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Beltane Crafts, Activities, and Recipes

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Activities and Crafts


Jump the balefire. The bonfire, or need-fire, is one of the oldest Beltane traditions. When lighting the fire, use nine sacred woods from the following list:
oak, apple, hawthorn, birch, elder, ash, blackthorn, grape vine, mountain ash (rowan), holly, willow, cedar, yew, and hemlock.

Ashes from the balefire can be scattered in the fields as a fertility charm. Women wishing to conceive can tie a bag of the ashes around their necks. Traditionally, cattle and other animals were driven between two fires for protection, healing, and purification. Modern pagans can ritually purify tools or other things in the balefire. Jump the dying embers of the fire for summer blessings.

Dance around the maypole.

Gather the first wild herbs of the season.

Go a-Mayin' by going to the woods and fields to gather flowers. Take a picnic.

Wash your face in dew at sunrise on Beltane for beauty in the coming year. (Traditionally the dew from the hawthorn tree, but dew from grass and flowers will do.)

Make daisy chains and fresh flower wreaths and chaplets (head dresses) to wear and to place atop the maypole. Braid flowers in your hair. Make and wear leafy green masks to represent the Green Man who has returned.

Make a wish at the hawthorn tree, a tree associated with faeries. Place strips of cloth symbolizing your wish in the tree (the color should be appropriate to the nature of your wish, i.e. blue for health, pink or red for love, green or gold for prosperity). Take some time to attune to the tree. When you feel you have contacted its spirit, visualize your wish coming true as you hook the cloth on one of the tree's thorns, chanting your wish. When you have finished, leave a gift for the tree.

Make love in the woods. Beltane is the time of year when the Goddess and God consummate their passions. Traditionally it is a time when lovers pledge to live together for a year and a day. At the end of the period, they may part ways if things haven't worked out. If all has gone well, they may make plans for a handfasting at Midsummer.

Commune with the faeries.

Mark the boundaries of your circle with oatmeal, a traditional Beltane grain.


Decorate a tree in your garden or your local park with ribbons representing your wishes on them or those loved ones that you want to mention in your prayers


Braid bracelets out of red and white ribbons or red white and blue for the triple Goddess and give them as gifts to friends or family


Create your own Bel-fire by lighting a large red candle and dropping into it dried rosemary, lavender or rose petals. As you do so think about what your heart desires over the coming months and give thanks for all that you have in your life.

Visit a local sacred well or other water.

Have a plant swap with friends bringing some lovely variety to your home and garden.

Get creative with face painting. You can transform you and your loved ones into Greenmen and women! If you don’t want to paint your whole face green simple spirals drawn on with eye-liner can look just as effective.

Make a Green man mask. Firstly cut out a mask shape with holes for the eyes and mouth. Then start with a circle of leaves, glue them down around the outside and gradually build up layers as you move into the middle of the circle and the whole of the face is covered. You can use real leaves for this or cut some out of green paper or felt.



Make a Faery House for Beltane
Author Unknown

You will need.
Flat base, such as pieces of bark from tree.
Larger stone, sea shells, moss and other natural items to build the house with
Tiny stones, gravel etc. for walk ways
Tiny dried flowers, bag of potpourri works great
Anything natural that you find outdoors
Wood glue
Spray varnish

1. Start with the flat base. Choose items for a house and glue to base.

2. Add walkways, trees, flower beds, windows, antennas, gazing balls, swings, porches, little piles of fire wood, just let your imagination go wild.

3. Your house may be as simple or elaborate as you think your faeries would like it to be.


A Maypole Centerpiece

You will need...
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Heavy cardboard
Paint
Crepe paper in two or three colors (red and white are traditional)
Some small stones
Flowers for decorating
A ruler
Scissors
Tacky glue

Step One - Cut a circle from heavy cardboard about 1 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube.

Step Two - Glue the cardboard tube to the center of the cardboard circle. Let dry.

Step Three - Paint the cardboard tube and the cardboard circle. Let the paint dry.

Step Four - Cut 2 pieces of each color of crepe paper, the length of the tube. Cut the crepe paper in half length-wise. Glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the tube alternating colors.

Step Four - Put some small stones inside the tube to add some weight so that it will not tip over.

Step Six - Decorate the top of your Maypole with flowers and more crepe paper if desired. Enjoy!


Possibly the most well known Beltane custom is that of the Maypole, made of great trees driven into the earth, which is said to represent the world center or the Tree of Life. It used to be that the Maypole was made from the communal pine tree from which all but the uppermost branches had been removed. Red and white ribbons were attached to the top (white for the Goddess and red for the God).

Traditionally, there were eight dancers (one person for each Sabbat), paired into four couples. The men would grasp the red ribbons and the women would grab the white ones; together they would weave the birth canal by moving in circles around the pole, weaving under each other's interlocked upheld arms in mock sexual union. The Maypole itself is the phallic symbol, impregnating the birth canal being woven around it by the dancers. Beltane circles were once constructed with the Maypole at the center and a balefire at a distance at one or all four cardinal points.

Because of the sexual connotations, Parliament made Maypoles illegal in Europe in 1644 but they came back with the Restoration and a 134 foot maypole was erected in the Strand in London.


Make Some Pressed Flowers

1. Selecting The Flowers
Garden flowers, leaves and ferns can be collected and pressed for use in making pictures or cards. A botanical collection can also be made with wild flowers but it is important for ecological reasons that you only take one or two common flowers from a spot where they are plentiful and never harvest rare or endangered flowers.

Flowers should be picked after mid-day when they are dry. They should be pressed as soon as possible after picking to avoid wilting. You will find through trial and error which flowers dry best? and which colors are lasting. Do not try to press a very thick flower... it would be best to disassemble and press just the petals. Remember... fresh flowers, press quickly and carefully, dry well, and use small flowers (or thin pieces of thicker flowers).

2. Pressing The Flowers
Flowers can be pressed between sheets of blotting paper and placed in a telephone book with weights.

A flower press can be used, consisting of layers of newsprint interleaved with corrugated cardboard. A press uses plywood board top and bottom, and pressure is applied by tightening the wing nuts on the four corner screws. Flowers are then carefully laid in the press, with plenty of newspaper between layers, and cardboard after every few layers. Leave them undisturbed for two or three weeks for best results.

Now you can place the flowers in a scrapbook or use them to decorate handmade papers, candles or other crafts.



Mother Earth Suet Holder
by Lynda Musante

One of the "duties" of Mother Earth is to provide for the wildlife of the world. Our wire holder will feed the wildlife in your own garden or backyard.

3" Wooden disk
3 Plastic coated wire hangers
16 Gauge wire
Plastic container or used margarine tub
Nail
Craft Snips
Sand paper
White glue
Bird seed
Pine cone
Peanut butter

Sand disk smooth. Spread glue on disk to seal wood. Allow to dry. To make wings, squeeze the hanger hook of one hanger closed. Pull the center of the hanger up to the hook of the hanger and loop it into the twisted section to secure. Bend hook over the loop. To assemble the body, straighten the hooks on two hangers and bend them at a right angle. They will become the arms. Insert one hanger crossways into the second hanger. Bend both arms forward.

Cut a 12" length of wire. Hold wings in position and wrap wire around all three hanger's
twisted sections to secure. Pull down the wide section of the two body hangers and flatten center area. Use nail to poke two holes 1" apart at the center point on each side of the plastic container bottom.

Cut four 3" lengths of wire and bend each piece into a "U" shape. Insert a wire "U" through one set of holes and position container over bent hanger. Twist wire to secure it to the hanger.

Repeat with three other sides. Fill container with birdseed. Spread a pinecone with peanut butter then squeeze arms together to hold it.

Your bird feeder can stand in the garden or hang. Glue disk to top for face.


Beltane Ideas and Activities
*** are also great to do with children

***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean up of anything that is not where it should be.

Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you can not make a full size version

Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom

Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)

***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family

***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy

Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!

Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole

***Make "May Day" baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family's doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they'll think a faerie did it!

***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom

***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as its good luck to wish for things on this day!

Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.

The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.

Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.


***Dance the May Pole

During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work. (from Trish Telesco's Victorian Grimoire http://www.amazon.com/exec/obido...aganplace)

Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now. Use the wonderful Bulb Planting Chant below.

Fun for the Kids
***fun for grownups too

Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.

Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
Easy Wreath for Your Head
Need:
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Curling ribbon

To do:
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. About one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear.


***Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
Fairy Furniture
May is a month that fairies love. Show them your appreciation and give the kids a great project by making them some furniture!
Items needed:
Twigs, vines, dried flowers
Needle and thread
Scrap material
Scissors
Hot glue gun-be sure little fingers are safe!
Pruners to cut the twigs-again watch those little fingers

Directions:
Decide what you're going to make. We'll make a chair, to give you an example. Cut the twigs in this manner - one long, bendable piece that will form the back legs and back of the chair, and four equal length twigs which will form the two front legs and the seat. The chair should stand no more than four inches tall (including the back)

Bend the long twig, and hot glue one of the smaller pieces in between the two ends where you want the seat to be. This will be the back of the seat. Hot glue on each side of the bent twig facing towards you a smaller twig; these will be the sides of the seat. Glue the front piece of the seat to these side twigs. Glue the two front legs to the seat so that the chair legs are even. If you wish, wrap the vines around the chair back and legs. Cut the scrap material to form a "back" and a "seat" - these are NOT to be as wide as the chair, but will fit inside of the twigs. Using your needle and thread, attach the material to the chair using a whip stitch. Hot glue small dried flowers at the top of the chair. This technique can be used to make all kinds of fairy furniture, from tables to beds, to sofas - all of which are sure to delight your fairies as much as your children!




May Pole Candles
By Barbara Morris and GrannyMoon's Morning Feast Archives

You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass "Craft Bells"
Candle holder (stand)

Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels) Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don't tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 - 8 inches, so the ribbons can "drape" Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a safe eye on candle & ribbons.


May Cone Basket
Author Unknown

You will need:
Construction paper
Glue or tape

Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, and then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap. Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is approx. 12 inches by 2 inches. Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle. Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor's or friend's doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.



Grapevine Beltane Ribbon Wreath

Create this decorative wreath in minutes! Choose your own colored ribbons and flowers for a personal touch and you'll have a custom made wreath that looks like it took hours to create, even though it didn't. Of course, you don't have to tell anyone that; it'll be our little secret!

Supplies:
12" grapevine wreath
5 to 7 ribbons, 3 yards in length each of various widths (3/8" to 5/8"
3 to 4 silk flowers with leaves
Floral wire
Glue

Directions:
Cut 1-1/4 yds. From each ribbon, set aside.

Holding bundle of ribbons together, wrap wire around middle of bundle. Secure to wreath at the top.

Starting at the middle, loosely braid ribbons. Loosely knot ends (Knots will be removed later).

Attach ribbon bundles to wreath as desired.

Bringing bundles together at bottom, secure on wreath with wire. Untie knots at end of braids.

Pulling gently, allow individual ribbons in bundles to loop as desired.

Trim ribbon to desired length.

With remaining lengths of ribbon, form a bow. Glue bow to bottom of wreath.

Glue flowers and leaves as desired.




Recipes

Elderflower Champagne


The ingredients you will need for your Beltane Elderflower Champagne are:
8 litres water
1.25 kg sugar
8 large elderflower heads
4 lemons
4 tablespoons mild white wine vinegar
To begin with you will need to go and pick your Elderflower blossoms. Be sure to thank the tree for giving you it’s flowers. If you are able to, then pick a nice sunny day to pick your elderflowers. As you do so give thanks to the sun for the warmth and light it provides. Be sure to thank the nature spirits dwelling within the Elder bushes for their delightful gift to you.
Now boil the water and dissolve the sugar into it. When the water is cool, add the elderflowers, juice of two of the lemons and slices of the other two, plus the vinegar. Be sure to rinse the elderflowers before using them.
Now you just need to cover with a clean cloth and leave for a day.
Once you have let your Elderflower Champagne for a day it is time to strain and bottle it. The best way to do this is to strain your Beltane champagne through a fine sieve or piece of muslin, carefully squeezing the flowers to extract as much flavour as you can. A sieve is fine if you don’t mind a few petals in your Elderflower Champagne
Now decant your drink into the bottles you are going to keep it in. Store your Beltain Elderflower Champagne in clean screw top bottles. Ensure that you screw the tops on very securely as this champagne is, by nature of it’s name, fizzy! You don’t want any exploding champagne bottles!


Leave the Beltaine champage for ten days before drinking as by this time, the natural yeasts from the flowers will have worked in conjunction with the sugar, and you will get a lovely, fizzy summer drink. This Beltane drink tastes wonderful with ice and lemon.
Your Beltane champagne is best drunk within a month. The elderflower champagne is still ‘live’ and continuing to ferment, so the longer it is stored the more alcoholic (and drier) it will become. So how long you leave it before drinking is a matter of your personal taste.
This is a fabulous drink to enjoy at any time, drink it or use it as part of your celebrations on the 1st May, Beltane. The elderflower champagne would also be a wonderful Beltane gift to give to friends and family. It would also be a wonderful drink to celebrate a May handfasting. Enjoy the fun of collecting your elderflowers and making this beautiful elderflower champagne.



ASPARAGUS WITH CHIVES AND BLOSSOMS

1 pound Asparagus, washed
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, snipped
16 Chive Blossoms
1/2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Refresh under very cold water and drain well. Remove the chive stalks to separate the flowers. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the sesame seed. Stir for 1 minute, add the snipped chives, and stir for 1 minute more. Add the asparagus and soy sauce to the skillet with a few pinches of salt and generous grindings of pepper; stir well, cover, and cook for a minute or so. Remove the lid, sprinkle the chive blooms over the asparagus, and cover for 1 to 2 minutes so that the chive blooms steam briefly. Stir lightly and taste for seasoning. Serve hot. Comments: Bright lavender chive blossoms begin to bloom in the garden about the time the asparagus bed is at its peak. Hence, this is a natural combination and a simply tasty dish. Since chive blossoms are so strong in flavor, add them at the last minute in this recipe. Source: FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN by Susan Belsinger

CHICKEN BARLEY STEW WITH HERBS

2-3 LB chicken breasts on the bone
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 LB leeks (3-4 large ones, 4-5 little ones) thickly cut. May substitute onions
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 oz barley
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 3/4 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon dried sage

Comment: This is originally an Anglo-Saxon recipe. The original calls for rabbit, but chicken is just as good.
In a large Dutch Oven, melt the butter, then fry the leeks and garlic in the butter. Add the chicken and brown. Add remaining ingredients, reserving the sage. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove meat from bones and add back to the pot. Add sage. Stir well and serve. Serves 8

MEDALLIONS OF PORK WITH RIESLING SAUCE

12 ounces Pork tenderloin, cut into 1" rounds
Flour
4 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Onion, thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Dry Riesling wine
1/2 cup Raisins
3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Green peppercorns, ground
1/2 teaspoon thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano, minced
1/4 cup butter, chilled & cut into pieces
1/4 cup Pine nuts, toasted

Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat in flour; shake off excess. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and sauté about 4 minutes per side. Transfer pork to plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add onion mixture, wine, green peppercorns and herbs to same skillet and boil until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Add pork to skillet and heat through. Divide pork among plates. Add 1/4 cup chilled butter to sauce in skillet and whisk just until melted. Mix in pine nuts. Spoon sauce over pork and serve.

Dandelion Salad

1 Dishpan full of young dandelion leaves
4 Strips of bacon
1/2 c Sugar
2 T Flour
1 ea Egg beaten
1 t Salt
1/2 c Vinegar
1 1/2 c Water
3 ea Eggs, hard boiled, diced
Wash, drain, and cut up tender dandelion leaves. Brown bacon; remove drippings and crumble Combine sugar and flour. Add egg, salt, vinegar, and water and mix until smooth. Pour into bacon drippings and heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Pour warm dressing over dandelion. add crumbled bacon and hard boild eggs. Toss lightly and serve immediatly.


Beltane Bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and combine:

4 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 cups sugar
1 tube almond paste
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 eggs

When dough is worked to medium soft, shape into flattened balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool, ice with white Solar Cross. You could try this as a single loaf. I also like to make an almond biscuit with biscuit mix, almond extract, sugar, cinnamon, and eggs, but in smaller proportions. Source: Ann Moura Aoumiel's book Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft, Llewellyn Publications, 1996

Elder Flower Fritters- Medieval England
From Wisteria's Faery Recipes

The French use elder flowers to pack apples. They claim that this enhances the flavor.1 egg
1 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon Rose Water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
2 cups elder flowers, freshly picked & cleaned
2 tablespoons brandy
Mix the egg, rose water, honey, & brandy in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the flour & cinnamon; the batter should resemble slightly thick pancake batter. If the batter is too thin, add a little more flour; if too thick, add more brandy. Fold in the elder flowers. Fry like pancakes or drop by the teaspoon into a deep-fat-fryer until golden brown. Serve with a sprinkling of orange water & fresh lemon, or dip into fresh sweet cream. Yield: About 2 dozen
Note: If you are not using self-rising flour, add 1 teaspoon baking powder & 1/2 teaspoon salt. Variation: If you can't find elder flowers, substitute 1 cup finely diced apples & a hint of fresh mint for similar magical effects. Magical Attributes: Protection from Faery folk, trust, beauty, energy for attraction, & magical ambience. Can also be eaten on Lammas, St. Valentines Day, or Hallow's Eve.

Fried Honey Cakes
These cakes are not unlike those made on the night before Beltane by women around the turn of the century. These cakes were left in the garden to please Faery visitors.

1/2 cup sweet white wine
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 cup honey
2/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Oil for frying
1/8 teaspoon salt

Beat the wine & egg in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt & sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine the honey & nutmeg in a small bowl. Heat 1/2-inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot, but not smoking. Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time; fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into the honey.
Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen.

Wildflower Pound Cake

1 C Butter
1-1/2 C Flour
1 Tsp Vanilla or Lemon Extract
5 Eggs separated
1-1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 C Assorted Edible Flower Petals- small pieces

Cream the Butter. Sift flour and add gradually to the butter. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored, add sugar gradually. Combine mixtures. Beat egg whites until stiff to add to mixture. Sift baking powder over mixture beat thoroughly. Fold in fresh flower pieces. Turn into a buttered deep cake pan, bake one hour at 350 degrees. Note: Garnish with fresh flowers.

Beltane Lemon Curd Mousse Cake

To make the shortbread cookie crumbs for the crust, seal the cookies in a heavy plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into fine crumbs.

Servings: Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Ingredients:

Curd:
2 1/3 cups sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Crust:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs- about 7 1/2 ounces
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

Mousse:
5 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

6 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream

Lemon slices, cut into quarters for garnish

Preparation:

For curd:
Mix sugar and cornstarch in heavy large saucepan. Gradually add lemon juice, whisking until all cornstarch dissolves. Whisk in eggs and yolks. Add butter. Stir over medium heat until curd thickens and boils, about 12 minutes. Transfer
to medium bowl. Chill until cold, at least 6 hours - Can be made 1 week ahead. Press plastic wrap onto surface of curd and keep chilled.

For crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 8-inch-diameter springform pan with nonstick spray. Blend cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press onto bottom of pan. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool.

For mousse:
Pour 5 tablespoons water into small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place 1 3/4 cups lemon curd in large bowl. Stir 3/4 cup curd in another small saucepan over medium-low heat until very warm.

Stir gelatin mixture over medium-low heat until dissolved and liquid is clear-do not boil. Whisk warm gelatin mixture into 3/4 cup warm curd. Gradually whisk gelatin-curd mixture into curd in large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until whites are thick and glossy. Fold whites into curd mixture in 3 additions. Using same beaters, beat cream in another medium bowl until peaks form. Fold into egg white-curd mixture in 3 additions. Pour enough mousse over cooled crust to fill pan completely. Pour remaining mousse into small bowl and reserve. Cover and chill mousse cake, reserved mousse, and remaining curd overnight.

Using long thin knife, cut around cake to loosen. Remove pan sides. Gently spread 3/4 cup of remaining curd over cake. Transfer reserved mousse to pastry bag fitted with small star tip. Pipe rosettes of mousse around top edge of cake. Chill cake until ready to serve- Can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Arrange lemon slices between rosettes. Cut cake into wedges. From Bon Appétit

Strawberry Crisp

1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
1 c All purpose Flour
1 c Brown Sugar
1/4 c Chopped Walnuts
1/2 c Butter or margarine
1/2 c Sugar
3 c Sliced fresh or frozen Strawberry
Mix together oatmeal, flour and brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white sugar together. Grease an 8" square pan. Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top. Bake at 350 deg F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or topping.

Jam Filled Lemon Tarts
from Auramooth's Wiccan Page

1-3oz package softened cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Add sugar and lemon.

1 cup flour

Mix in flour. Gather dough into two balls, chill one hour. Roll out dough, cutting 2" disks out with cutter. Spoon 1/4" of jam into center of disc. Gather edges into three equally spaced corners-like a tricorn hat-and roll pointsover slightly, pinching shut. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Tasty jam: rhubarb ginger, apricot, cherry, etc. geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCD.html

Beltane Marigold Custard
from Wicca:A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham

2 cups milk
1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 to 2 inch piece vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water
Whipped cream
Using a clean mortar and pestal reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the egg yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with fresh marigold petals.

MEADE

1 gallon Water
4 pounds Honey
6 Cloves
2 Sticks cinnamon
Juice & peel from one lemon
1 teaspoon Activated dry yeast


In a large nonreactive pot, add the next four ingredients to the gallon of water. Boil all together for 30 minutes, then strain into a crock that will hold it with a little room to spare. When cooled, add the yeast, dissolved in some of the liquid. Allow to ferment in a cool place - 55 degrees is ideal - until it ceases bubbling and the liquor clears, then bottle, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark cellar. It should not be used for at least a month, and longer is better. This meade, unlike many other drinks, does not improve with really long aging, so it should be consumed within a year of the time it was made.

Beltane Dandelion Delight

This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with the earth's reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theses with dandelion water. Magickal Attributes: divination, wind magick, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit World.

Ingredients:
3 C Dandelion Petals
1 Gallon Orange Juice
Juice of One Lemon
1/4 C Sugar
Ginger Ale (optional)

Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water. In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions. Make certain you only have petals (no green parts). Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved: strain juices and chill. Add ginger ale for a light bubbly drink.

VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice and juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is refreshing, purifying quality and poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.

May Wine
INGREDIENTS:
1 bottle of white wine- German is ideal
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
12 sprigs of Woodruff, fresh
PREPARATION:

Pour wine into a wide mouth jar or carafe. Add the sliced strawberries and woodruff, and let sit for an hour or more. Strain and serve chilled



Strawberry Cookies

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
red and green food coloring

Cream the sugar and shortening until fluffy, on medium speed if using an electronic mixer. Beat in egg, milk, zest, and extract. Sift flour and powder together in a bowl and gradually add to the other mix. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Half dough and put the other half back in the fridge. Form dough into flattened balls and roll to 1/8 inch on a floured surface. Using strawberry-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies, and cut out little indentations like strawberry seeds if desired.

Put 1 tablespoon of water into each of two dishes and add a few drops of each color of food coloring. Paint the cookies with a paintbrush using the colors, making the body of the strawberry red and the stem and leaves green. Bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes, then cool on racks. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough.

Yield: 5 dozen



May Serpent Cake


The serpent or snake is a symbol of May because of its ancient association with fertility. This association dates back to the earliest Pagan religions, and though later religions cropped up casting the serpent in a deceitful role, the Earth religions still honor the snake as a blessed creature this time of year. Its way of slithering along the body of the Earth made it an obvious phallic symbol, and May Day is full of such symbols (the maypole being the most well-known one).
The holiday of Beltane comes on the first of May and encourages those who celebrate life to greet spring's bounty with festivities, and that of course always involves food. This snake-shaped cake, incorporating appropriate seasonal ingredients, is a wonderful addition to a party table.


Ingredients:


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
The zest of one orange
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons honey, boiling
1/2 cup strong espresso coffee
1 egg
1/3 cup amaretto or rum
1/3 cup wild cherry or raspberry jam
Garnish: 4 coffee beans and some candied orange peel, in slices


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400º F. Mix the sugar, spices, zest, soda, and salt into the flour in a bowl. Cut in the butter until little pebbles form. Pour in the honey, coffee, and liqueur, and mix in the egg. Mix the batter until everything is evenly distributed and you have a nice soft dough. Let it cool. Turn it out onto a floured surface and divide in half. Roll one half into an 18-inch rope. Make a deep trough down the center and fill it with jam. Seal it by bringing the edges up over the jam and pressing the seam together. Then flip it seam-side-down onto a parchment-paper-covered baking sheet. Arrange the snake in a circle, but don't press the ends together. Make one end tapered like the end of a snake's tail, and make the other end triangular like a snake's head. Press in coffee beans for eyes and orange rind for scales if desired. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough and bake them for 30 minutes.
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Activities and Crafts


Midsummer Family & Children Activities
Author Unknown

This is a good time for clearing away non-useful energies, and establishing a stable base. Cleansing may include leaping a fire (a low one, please), or putting herbs symbolizing (or charged with) the non-useful energies into a fire. You may leap a fire not only for purification, but to re-energize yourself.

Litha is a time for healing of all kinds, and protection rituals. Some work can and should be done alone, but there is room for more social gatherings.

Get all your friends together with some drums and rattles, and dance the whole night through. A Spiral Dance would be nice, too. "Sing, Dance, make Music and Love, all in my Presence..."

Have children make their own "Green Man" mask. Cut eye-holes in a paper plate. Let them glue on real or construction paper leaves.

Go berry picking. Have the children chose their best berry and throw it back into the berry bushes as they thank the Goddess and the bushes for the fruit.

Make a Wicker Man and burn him in your Litha bon fire

Burn a Wreath in the bon fire or try using Wreaths of Vervain and

Mugwort which were burned in ancient times at the end of the festivals to burn away bad luck.

Many families placed roses on the altar, as this is the Goddess flower for this time of the year. Try this yourself for a beautiful and fragrant decoration.

Leave out milk and honey as an offering to the Fae folk

Have a mock battle between the Oak and Holly King. Remember that this is part of the cycle and as the wheel turns the Holly King will rise again at Winter Solstice

Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron or around a bowl full of mugwort

Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables

Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out

Make a charm to hang around your neck with a seashell

Have an outdoor breakfast picnic to welcome the Solstice

Stay up and watch the sun come up on the longest day of the year!

Draw a picture of the sun at sunrise and sunset

Try a fire divination, stare into the coals of your bonfire as it settles or look for forms in the leaping flames.

Create a ritual to bring healing and love to Mother Earth

Make a Catherine Wheel, or frame of sticks and withies (slender, flexible branches) with flammable material among the spokes. At the climax of your ritual, ignite the wheel and send it rolling down a hillside into a pond or lake. (obviously the hillside should be stone, bare earth, or covered with moist vegetation--no dry grass or underbrush!)

Make protection amulets for friends and family dispose of last years in the Litha bonfire

Couples who handfasted the year before at Beltane, tend to marry in a more formal handfasting at Midsummer or Lughnasadh.


Games: during the cooler parts of the year, spend some time going to tag sales/yard sales and thrift stores to pick up games (check on whether they have their parts, etc.) or purchase $30 or so worth of age-appropriate games for the kids (and you) to play. A huge favourite in our home is Mancala. I have had my arse handed to me by a six-year old while playing this game and I have seen 12 year-olds LOVE this game so it is a very fun game for all.

Water balloons: pick up three or four bags of balloons at the Dollar Store and help the kids have a water balloon fight (always encourage safety and fair play).

Sun prints: pick up the blue sun print paper at a Michaels or even some sun print fabric at a local fabric shop. Have the kids scour outside for items to print and then make a summer collage or add it to your Grimoire.

U-Pick-It: These farms are everywhere. In Florida, there are blueberry and strawberry farms that we can use for U-Pick-It trips. The nice thing about berry farms is that berries freeze incredibly well and are a fun way to teach children the concept of from the farm to the table and also push the idea of harvest as we head into the Harvest celebrations of Lughnassadh and Mabon.

Dress Up Boxes: Boys and girls alike enjoy these. $30 at a thrift store will outfit you dress up boxes well and give the kids a lot of play time.

Movies: Make a weekly run to the movies to get out of the heat and to settle down and enjoy a good movie. Movies before the first 7PM showing are usually bargain priced. Pick up some candy at the Dollar store and you can take a family of four to the movies for $25 as opposed to the full price and full candy showing of $45. Let the kids pick the movies.

Sprinkler fun: Let the kids run in the sprinklers as you water your lawn. It gives them some fun while you are doing something utilitarian.

Ball Games: Just about any reasonable sized city has a ball team. Baseball tickets are cheap and fun.

Ice Rinks: Oftentimes, you can find a skating rink that has an ice rink. Nothing is better than skating on some cool ice when it is 95 out.

Mythology: Read mythology (from the library) about Sun Gods and Goddesses. Have the kids draw their favourite, or dress up as their favourite and act out the stories in an impromptu fashion.


Earth Puppets
Materials:
Use natural items found in the yard, tape, and glue.

The easiest kind of puppets can be made from a twig. Select a twig that forks. You now have 2 arms and a handle to hold the puppet with. Find a fallen flower, and tape the stem to the handle for the head. You can also tape the stem of a fallen leaf to the handle for the head. For clothing, wrap a leaf around the handle, and your puppet has natural summer wear.

Another puppet can be made with a pine cone. Glue the pine cone to the forked twig, for the head. Dried and fresh grass make loads of hair styles, beards, and mustaches. Use seeds or small rocks for eyes, nose, and mouth. Make clothing out of leaves and bonnets out of flower petals or acorn caps.

Use a large box or table for the stage, and enjoy the show.


Vegetable Tray Puppets
Materials:
Large carrots, popsicle sticks, cream cheese, raisins or olives, celery, parsley, green beans, radishes, cauliflower buds, broccoli buds, cucumber spears, any other desired vegetable, and cheese slices.

Having trouble getting the younger children to eat their vegetables? Let them play with their food! Peel several large carrots and cut off both ends. With a paring knife (adults only) cut a slit in the bottom of the larger end. Place several carrots on a plate. On a serving tray, in the middle place a small bowl of cream cheese, and surround with "garnishing vegetables". Cut cheese slices lengthwise to strips of hair.

Insert popsicle stick in the slit in a carrot. Using the cream cheese as glue, attach raisins or olives as eyes, and other assorted vegetables as arms, legs, hair, etc. Let the child(ren) put on a mealtime play before eating the characters. Lots of fun for the whole family!
Treasure Boxes
Materials:
Sturdy cardboard box, natural items for decoration, white glue, med-size paint brush.

This little box is for the youngster to collect "treasured" memories from summer. Start with a large shoe box and lid. Let the child collect some items from the yard, the park, and/or the beach. Glue flat items to the box, and place the non-flat items inside. To give the box a more durable finish, brush on a coat of white glue diluted with water. Encourage the child to tell stories of where the different items came from, or make up stories about the contents.


Wheelbarrow Planter
Materials:
1 plastic detergent scoop, 2 large brightly colored buttons, white glue, 1 cup potting soil, seeds.

Take the plastic detergent scoop and poke a couple of small holes in the bottom (adults only!) with a nail or a needle. Let each child pick out two brightly colored buttons for the wheels. Glue wheels onto the sides of the scoop so that it sits at an angle. Once the glue has dried, let the child pour 1/2 cup of potting soil in the scoop, place in a couple of seeds around the sides of the scoop, and pour in the rest of the soil. Slowly add water to the soil until soaked through. Place on small dish in sunny spot. Watch the new life grow from the seeds and spring forth from the soil just as life springs forth from the Goddess.


Litha Spiral Candles
Materials:
Decorating wax strips or preprinted wax logs, plain ball or short pillar candle(s), craft or butter knife.

Have your child choose a couple of colored wax strip combinations. Cut each strip into 2 pieces 2 3/4" long and on piece that is 2" long. Lay a short length of one color over a longer length of another color and roll them into a tight spiral log, 1/2" in diameter by 11/2" long. When you've got eight logs use the knife (adults or older children) to cut each log into as many slices as you can. Firmly press the wax slices all around the outside of the candle, starting at the base and working up. Continue placing the slices as close together as possible until the whole candle is covered.


Stained Glass Sun Catchers
Materials:
Wax paper, crayon shavings, colored string, yarn, or thread, lace, leaves, flower petals.

To begin, have the child empty crayon shavings from their sharpener, or (adults only!) use a paring knife to create shavings. A cheese grater works great for large crayons. Arrange shavings, and any of the accessory items the child chooses and sandwich between two sheets of wax paper. Iron (adults, of course) the whole package on low setting, just until the shavings melt. Cut the "stained glass" into shapes and hang them with string, in a sunny window.


Fairies' Feathered Friend Feeder
Materials:
An empty milk carton, nontoxic paint, glitter, white glue, popsicle sticks, 10" wooden dowel w/ 1/4" diameter, wire hanger (cut bottom of hanger for inserting into milk carton), birdseed.

Rinse out milk carton thoroughly. Do not completely open top, rather glue open spout back together. Cut 3" wide by 4" long arched openings on "spout" side and opposite side of carton, with base of opening approx. 3" from bottom of carton. Let the child paint the outside of the carton in Litha colors of red, yellow, orange, white, green. Before the paint dries let child sprinkle colored glitter all over the carton, (birds are attracted to shiny objects). Let carton dry. Glue painted or non-painted popsicle stick shingles onto the top of the carton as a roof. For the perches, poke holes in the carton just below the openings, and slip the wooden dowel through the holes. Poke two holes in the top of the carton just under the roof, insert one end of the cut hanger into each hole. Fill the bottom of the carton with wild birdseed. Hang in a spot that is easy to view, but far enough away from fences or other objects to thwart predators. Tell child how fairies, brownies, and sprites ride on the backs of birds to get from one place to another if it is too far to walk.



Midsummer Wreath

Bundle of reeds, 1 inch thick and 2 feet long.
Roasting pan
Paper towels
Twine
Scissors
Piece of ribbon 5 feet long
Dried flowers
Extra ribbon for bows
Reeds are available in craft stores and basket supply stores.

How To Make It

Soak the reeds in a roasting pan of warm water until they're flexible, about 15 minutes. Dry the excess water from the reeds, and then bend them into a circle, overlapping the ends. Have a partner help you tie the reeds together with twine. Tie tight double knots, and then cut off the extra twine. Let the reeds dry for about 15 minutes, and then tie the one end of the 5 foot ribbon around the wreath. Wrap the ribbon loosely around the wreath. Leave gaps so that the reeds show through. Cut the flower stems to three inches. Weave the flowers into the wreath or tie them on with ribbon. Add ribbon bows and you're finished!



Daisy Chain Flower Crown
Author Unknown

Use any single-headed flower, like wild daisies or clover, but remember not to pick them from endangered wildflower planting areas. Daisies grow wild in my yard and so do other little wildflowers I don't know the name of. Whatever it is should have a slim but tough stem and shouldn't snap easily. Pick close to the ground for a long stem. And if they aren't growing happy and free in the woods or a field, there's no magic. You can't use supermarket-purchased daisies, it's against the rules.

Split the stalk - we kids used their fingernails, but I guess you're allowed to use an exacto knife or something. Cut a slit about an inch long near the head of the flower. If you're just making a daisy chain, you'll just have a sparse row of daisies the length of the chain and you can cut the slit lower on the stem. The fairy crowns have to be compact with flowers, and the more color you can add to it the better. Yellow and white daisies are pretty.

Split the stalks close to the flower head. When it's done you can decorate it a little more. Anyway, make sure you have a lot of flowers for the fairy crown; it has to look like a bunch on a ring.

Slip the end of the stem through the slit and pull it taut. Slip that stem through the slit in the next flower, and then slip that flower's stem through the slit in that flower. Make it as long as you like and weave the ends together when you're done



Midsummer Door Ornaments

Items Needed:
Small broom, about 1' by 8"
Plastic seasonal flowers ~ {Roses, Wildflowers}
3 different colours of ribbon, about 12"-16" long
Some thin wire ~ {strip garbage bag twist-ties of their paper coats}
Ornament oriented to the sabbat
Wire Cutters
Scissors

Directions: (Note, if doing this project with children, please watch the scissors and wire cutters) Take the wire cutters and cut the flower stems to a height that is workable. With the wire, begin tying into them the seasonal flowers and the berries at the base of the broom nearest where the bristles begin. Make sure the leaves of the flowers lie flat against the bristles. This will be a great background for the colour of the flowers to contrast against.

Take the berries and the fruit and lie them between the flowers and then tie them of with the wire. As soon as all of that is in, pick out your favourite Midsummer ornament.

Take the ribbon and tie in a bow or a knot, either will do, around the wire. Let some of the extra drape around and under the broom.

When you want to hang this, simply take a bit of wire and string it through the top of the broom handle and nail it to the door, hang it in a window or wherever you prefer. To hang it with the bristles pointing upwards, weave the wire up through the bristles and then twist it a few times for some extra strength.


A link for more crafts! : http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/lithacr ... Crafts.htm




Recipes



Foods: Fresh vegetables of all kinds and fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges, summer squash and any yellow or orange colored foods. Flaming foods are also appropriate (barbecues represent the bonfires....) but especially chicken or pork.. Traditional drinks are ale, mead (since honey is now plentiful), and fresh fruit juice of any kind and herb teas. Pumpernickel bread is also appropriate.

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

6 small boneless chicken breast halves

6 stalks asparagus

3 ounces Colby or Colby Jack cheese

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pignoli nuts -- finely chopped

3 eggs

salt and pepper -- to taste

6 ounces pesto sauce

1 Cup heavy cream

Directions:

Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4 inch thickness and set aside. Snap off tough bottoms of asparagus. Place in boiling water and cover for 1 minute. Drain, rinse with cold water; then pat dry. Cut asparagus from tip down stalk into 3 inch Iengths. Cut cheese into sticks 1/2 inch high x 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long. Set aside. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan and pine nuts in a bowl. In another bowl beat eggs.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place a stick of cheese and an asparagus spear next to one long edge of each breast.

Roll breast around ingredients tucking in ends to form a neat package. Secure with a toothpick. Dip each piece in egg and then in breadcrumb mixture. Make a double coating by dipping again into egg then crumbs. Place packages in a baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F degrees. While the chicken is baking combine pesto and cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce 2 minutes until Iightly thickened. Serve pesto cream sauce over chicken.

If you want you can make these ahead of time and freeze. These freeze very well.



HERBAL LEMON COOKIES
(Author Unknown)


1 cup Butter or margarine
2 cups Sugar, divided
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Lemon Grass / Lemon Balm / Lemon Basil - chopped


Cream the butter and 1-3/4 cups sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs. Add to the creamed mixture and mix. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom. Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned. Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.

Lavender Cheesecake

Ingredient
1½ cup Total graham cracker and or gingersnap crumbs
½ cup Melted butter
24 ounces Cream cheese; softened
1½ cup Sugar
6 Eggs
2 cups Sour cream
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
8 ounces Sour cream
1½ tablespoon Sugar
¼ cup Sugar
½ cup Chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Crushed dried lavender flowers
1½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Whole dried lavender flowers
¼ teaspoon Vanilla extract

CRUST FILLING TOPPING Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine crust ingredients and press firmly into the bottom and up 2" of the sides of a 9" springform pan; chill. With mixer on high speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. With mixer on low, add eggs, sour cream, cornstarch, lemon juice, lavender flowers and vanilla. Blend all ingredients on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour mixture into the chilled crust and bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cake in for 30 minutes longer. Remove and let cool in pan. Chill. Mix sour cream with the remaining three ingredients and spread over the top of the cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, remove the rim of the pan, loosen the cheesecake from the bottom, and slide it onto a plate. From Tom Bergey of Newalla, OK in Kitchen Table: Where Herbs and Spices Make a Difference column in the August/September 1994 Herb Companion. Vol. 6, No. 6. Pg. 22. Posted by Cathy Harned. Submitted By CATHY HARNED On 10-02-94


Honey-Lavender Biscotti

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don't want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can't judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn't change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they're done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE: Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.

Summer Pudding
Recipe by Jan Brodie

1 lb. Mixed Red Soft Fruits
4 oz. Sugar
Enough White Bread to line a Pudding Basin
Whipped Cream for serving

Trim the crusts off the bread and line the pudding basin with it, cutting a circle for the base. Ensure that the basin is lined without any gaps. Cook the fruits and sugar, without adding extra water, for a few minutes until the juices run. Drain the fruits and retain the juices. Fill the lined bowl with fruit and place a circle of bread on top, enclosing the fruit. Then put a plate on top held down with a weight on top. Place in fridge overnight. When ready to serve, turn out onto a plate and pour the reserved juices over the top. Serve with whipped cream.
(The above recipe for "Summer Pudding" is from Jan Brodie's book "Earth Dance: A Year of Pagan Rituals", page 98-99, Capall Bann Publishing, 1995)

Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup Mango
1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
1 small jar Red Cherries
1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)

Take a 1/2 cup of Orange Juice and mix in 3 tbls. of pure maple syrup. Pour this over the fruit. This will keep the fruit from turning brown.

Midsummer Cookies
by Akasha Ap Emrys

3/4c softened butter
2c brown sugar
2 eggs
1T lemon juice
2T grated lemon rind
2c sifted flour
1c finely chopped pecans.

Cream butter in a large non-metallic mixing bowl. Gradually add the brown sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, lemon juice, and rind, then mix well until mixture is well blended. Cover the bowl with a white or yellow towel or cloth napkin, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, shape dough into 1" balls and place approx 3" apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for abut 20 minutes. Cool on racks. Yields 36.

Faery Honeycakes

Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery

1/2 cup sweet white wine
1 egg
2/3 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of honey
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
Oil for frying

Beat the wine and egg in a medium bowl. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Stir into the egg mixture. Let stand 30 minutes. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a small bowl. Heat 1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan until hot but dont let it get so hot it smokes!! Drop the batter into the oil 1 tablespoon at a time and fry untill golder brown. Drain on paper towels. Dip into honey. Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Green Garden Goddess Dip Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery

1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. spinach, triple washed, patted dry, and destemmed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 cup loose parsley, washed well
1/4 cup chives, sliced
1 T. freshly chopped dill
1 T. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. hot sauce, of choice
1 - 8 oz. container plain vegan soy yogurt

In a non-stick skillet, saute the green onion and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes to soften. Add the spinach and continue to saute until the spinach just wilts. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside to cool completely. Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vegan yogurt, and process for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add the vegan yogurt and process well to combine. Taste and add additional salt, hot sauce, or lime juice, to taste. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as an appetizer with raw vegetables, bread slices, crackers, or chips, or use as a condiment on sandwiches, cooked vegetables, or grains. Yield: 2 Cups

Sun's Up Cobbler from Hearth & Home witchery

1-lb 14oz can (3 1/2 cups) halved peaches
3 slices slightly dry bread (toast on light)
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Drain peaches, reserving 1 cup syrup. In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup. Over med-high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes. Add lemon juice, butter or margarine and peaches. Heat JUST to bubbling. Pour into 10x6x11/2 inch baking dish.

Cut bread lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Dip into 1/4 cup melted butter, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with cream (optional) Makes 6 servings.

Lunchtime Cranberry Sun Mold

from Hearth & Home Witchery

2 -3oz packages orange flavored gelatin
2 7oz bottles ginger ale
1 1lb can whole cranberry sauce
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 83/4 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned

In saucepan, combine gelatin and cranberry sauce. Heat and stir until almost boiling. Stir in undrained crushed pineapple and ginger ale. Remove from heat and stir until fizzing has stopped. Pour into round mold. Chill until set. Unmold onto a serving dish with a layer of lettuce leaf bedding. Garnish with orange and grapefruit sections. Top with alternating orange and grapefruit sections in a "pinwheel" array. Serve as salad or dessert.


Midsummer Passion Punch from Hearth & Home Witchery

Leaves from 4 sprigs of mint
1/4 cup sugar
4 cups seltzer water
6 cups passion fruit juice
1 lime
ice cubes
6 passionflowers

Bruise the mint leaves with the sugar in a mortar and pestle. Transfer the mix to your punch bowl. Pour seltzer water and fruit juice over the leaves. Squeeze in the juice of the lime. Add ice cubes and garnish with passionflowers.
Substitute club soda or sparkling water for seltzer water if desired.

One note for serving: You should NEVER get passionflowers that have been grown non-organically, because they will almost definitely have chemicals on them that you do NOT want near your food! If you have no way to acquire passionflowers (or even if you do and you just like this idea), I might suggest investing in some rose-shaped cake pans--they're usually in a set of four or six and make cupcake-size cakes--and filling them with water and freezing to make big pretty flowery ice cubes. You can even sprinkle some mint leaves in there to freeze into the cubes. It looks beautiful, but believe me, it won't last long under the hot sun!

Fairy Nectar

2 cups milk per serving
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
cinnamon

Warm milk, be careful not to boil it. In each mug add your honey and vanilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Buttermilk Scones for Litha from Hearth & Home Witchery

3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter. Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs. Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind. Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gather the
dough into a ball and press so it holds together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 12 times. Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.

Glaze: In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend. Brush the dough with the glaze. Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces. Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned. Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter (recipe follows).

Orange Honey Butter for the Buttermilk Scones!

2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Rind
3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon honey

Combine the orange rind, powdered sugar, butter and honey in a small bowl and blend until well mixed. Chill slightly and serve with scones or biscuits.

Solstice Herb Bread

3 C. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. dry active yeast
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 1/4 C. hot water
2 tbsp. Crisco

Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add herbs, water, and Crisco. Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth. Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk. Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds. Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again
doubles in bulk. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.


Bright Memories Litha Parfait

from Hearth & Home Witchery

1 (2 3/4 ounce) package vanilla custard powder (no bake)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk
1 (21 ounce) can pineapple pie filling
2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

In sauce pan prepare custard according to the package directions using the milk. Remove from heat. Gradually stir cheese into hot mixture, mixing well. Stir in vanilla. Chill custard mixture and pie filling separately until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon alternate layers of mixture and pie filling into parfait or juice glasses. Top with some type of berries if desired.


Honey-Lavender Biscotti from Hearth & Home Witchery

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Lightly grease three baking sheets (lining the baking sheet with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup much easier). In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs to a light lemon color; stir in honey, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lavender blossoms. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the egg mixture; fold in until the dough is just combines. To shape the dough into a log, lightly sprinkle flour on the work surface, on top of the dough, and on your hands. Use just enough flour to form the logs and to prevent sticking; you don't want the logs to be covered with flour. Divide dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, pat and shape each piece into a loaf approximately 3 inches wide, 7 inches long, and 3/4-inch high. Place two rolls onto each prepared baking sheet with 3 to 4 inches of space between them. Bake 25 minutes or until dough pops back up when lightly pressed with a finger. (After dough has baked 10 minutes, reverse cookie sheets from front to back and move from the top rack to the bottom one. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes). You can't judge the cooking by the color. The biscotti shouldn't change color during the second baking, so poke them to tell if they're done. They should feel dry and offer some resistance. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 275 degrees F. Using a long serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn the slices over, onto their sides; return slices, on baking sheets, to oven. Bake another 15 minutes. NOTE: Do not crowd the biscotti slices on the baking sheet for their second baking as they need the hot air to circulate to enable them to crisp up evenly. Remember biscotti will continue to crisp up, as they cool, so do not be tempted to over bake. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks. Store biscotti in an airtight container. They will keep well for a few weeks. Yields about 54 biscotti.

This is one of my favorite pies. Since blueberries and rhubarb are not is season at the same time one or the other fruit will have to be frozen. It's awesome with vanilla ice cream.

BlueBarb Pie

9 inch double pie crust
¼ tsp. salt
1 c sugar
¼ c flour
2 c fresh rhubarb or frozen
2 c blueberries
1 TB butter

Mix salt, sugar and flour. Add fruit and stir well. Heat over to 450. Pour filling into bottom crust and dot with butter. Add top crust and seal, cut vent holes. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower temp to 400 and bake until crust is brown and filling bubbly; about 30 minutes.

Lemon Chess Pie Edain McCoy

Pie shell, but don't bake it yet
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cornmeal
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
Optional:
Second pie shell for covering
Orange slices for garnish at serving time

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Put the pie shell in a deep-dish pan. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the eggs, milk, butter, juice, and lemon peel. Beat until smooth. (You might need an electric mixer, but possibly not.) Pour into the pie shell and bake about 40 minutes until golden brown. Make sure that if you decide to use a
second pie shell over the top, you seal it well around the edges (crimping the sides if desired!) and that you cut steam holes in the top layer so it doesn't explode! Top with orange slices for an added solar touch.

Sunny Soltice Peach Pie

You will need:
1 pie crust (unbaked)
4 cups slice peaches fresh
2 tsp. unbleached flour
1/4 cup peach preserves, with no added sugar in them.
1 tsp. freshly sqeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
dash of sea salt

Preheat oven to 400. In the unbaked crust of your choice arrange the peach slices in overlapping circles. Sprinkle the peaches with the flour Combine the peace preserves, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dash of sea salt in saucepan and heat until hot while stirring. Pour this glaze over the peaches and bake for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 375 and continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes. May be served warm, at room temp or cold the decision is yours.

Summer Solstice Cobbler
1-1lb 14oz can (3 1/2 cups) halved peaches
3 slices slightly dry bread (toast on light)
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Drain peaches, reserving 1 cup syrup. In a pan, combine cornstarch and salt and slowly blend in reserved syrup. Over med-high heat, cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2minutes. Add lemon juice, butter or margarine and peaches. Heat JUST to bubbling. Pour into 10x6x11/2 inch baking dish.Cut bread lengthwise into 1 inch strips. Dip into 1/4 cup melted butter, then into mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Arrange over peaches. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until toasty. Serve with cream (optional) Makes 6 servings.
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Lammas Crafts, Activities and Recipes

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Activities


# One way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. She's your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you. Make a corn dolly to save for next Imbolc.

# This is a season to throw away useless thoughts and habits and to form new ideas which bring renewed strength. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire.

# Lughnasadh is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire.

# Have a magical picnic and break bread with friends.

# Do a meditation in which you visualize yourself completing a project you have already begun.

# Bake bread! This is a grain festival! If you've never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you've harvested--herbs or onion or corn--to your bread. If you don't feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread. Bake sacred loaf bread and give a portion of it to Mother Earth with a prayer of appreciation.

# Make prayers for a good harvest season.

# Do prosperity magic.

# Kindle a Lammas fire with sacred wood and dried herbs.

# If you live in or near a farming region, attend a public harvest festival, such as a corn or apple festival.

# Decorate the altar and house with grains such as barley, oats and wheat -- also fruits and veggies.

# Begin gathering and drying herbs, flower, grains or seeds for spell working in the next year.

# Make magickal oils now with fresh herbs.

# Braid onion and garlic charms. Onion is sacred to the sun -- because of its shape, and its dye is a golden amber to burnt apricot. When the onion is cut, it reveals the symbolism of the moon. Garlic, too, is sacred to the moon -- the crescent shape of the cloves. It exorcises evil and protects.

# Collect rain and storm water for use in spell work or to empower objects, add dried mugwort and store in glass bottles.

# Make a corn wheel.

String Indian corn on black thread for a necklace.
If the Sabbat falls on a rainy day, you could collect rainwater in a glass or earthenware container, add dried mugwort, and use to empower objects.

Create and bury a Witch's Bottle. This is a glass jar with sharp pointy things inside to keep away harm. You can use needles, pins, thorns, thistles, nails, and bits of broken glass; it's a good way to dispose of broken crockery, old sewing equipment, and the pins that come in new clothes. Bury it near the entry to the house (like next to the driveway or the front door), or inside a large planter.

Make a Corn Dolly to save for next Imbolc.
Double over a bundle of wheat and tie it near the top to form a head. Take a bit of the fiber from either side of the main portion and twist into arms that you tie together in front of the dolly. Add a small bouquet of flowers to the "hands," and then you can decorate the dolly with a dress and bonnet (the dress and bonnet may be made out of corn husks if you wish, or and cotton material is fine too).

Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross.

Have a magickal picnic with libations to the earth of bread and wine.


Sprout wheat germ in a terra cotta saucer (these can be found in nurseries for use under terra cotta flower pots).
The sprouts can be added to homemade bread or used as an offering. Children enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow, too.

God the grain,
Lord of rebirth.
Return in spring,
Renew the Earth.







Crafts

Corn Dolly -

You will need:
Dried corn husks
Twine or string
Colored markers
Glue
Construction paper

Soak your husks in warm water until they become pliable (1 hour). Bunch together several damp husks and tie a piece of twine around them about 1/2 inch from one end. To make the head, hold a bunch by the tied end and, one at a time, fold the husks down over the twine as if you were peeling a banana.

Smooth the husks to create a face, then tie another piece of twine around the doll's neck. For the arms, tightly roll up a single husk, starting at one long edge. Use twine to tie it off at both ends where the doll's wrists should be. Now fit the arms between the husks below the head and then tie off the doll's waist.

To fashion a skirt, arrange several more corn husks so that they are inverted around the doll's waist. It will look as if a skirt has blown up over the doll's head. Tie the husks in place around the waist, then fold the skirt down and smooth the husks. For pants, divide the husks below the waist into two groups and tie each one at the ankle with twine.

Now draw on facial features and other details. Then glue on a braided twine hairdo and clothes made from construction paper or pieces of fabric.


Corn Wheel -

You will need:
A round wire or other hoop on which to build the wreath
8 ears of corn of equal length -- dried or fresh
Cardboard
A short piece of ribbon or twine (for hanger),
Glue,
Florists wire (optional)

Fashion a round hoop wide enough to accommodate the length of two ears of corn. Using ribbon or twine, form a loop to serve as a hanger. Tie or glue this securely to the hoop.

Position the eight ears of corn inside the circle, paying close attention to the illustration. Be sure to keep the hanger/ribbon positioned at the top of the wreath. Tie or wrap the corn shucks around the hoop. (They can be held in place with florists wire, if need be.) Use stray ends of the shucks to cover the hoop completely. (If using dried corn, the shucks should have been soaked in water before starting.)

Use florists wire to keep the shucks in place. Cut a small, round piece of cardboard. Lay the wreath on the table and position the cardboard circle in the middle of the hoop. Using a glue gun or some other fast drying glue, adhere the tips of the ears to the cardboard circle on the BACK SIDE of the wreath, being careful that the cardboard is not obvious from the front. You may want to cut out the middle of the cardboard circle so it can not easily be seen from the front. Allow the glue to dry and hang.


Lughnasa Bracelets
Lammas by Anna Franklin & Paul Mason

This is based on an Irish tradition from Croc na Bealtaine in County Donegal, where the young men would gather bilberries and thread them through the stalks to make bracelets for their girlfriends by way of a love spell.

Ideally you should use firm berry fruits with their stalks attached. Take a needle and strong cotton or nylon thread to make the bracelet. Seeds, grains, nuts, corn or ears of wheat can also be used. Or try a mixture and see who can produce the most decorative. To add to the fun, make a necklace of fruit and eat it while your partner is wearing it.


Lammas Rebirth Incense

Celebrate the Cycle of Life and Rebirth at Lammas
By the time Lammas rolls around, it’s usually pretty hot. In some parts of the world, gardens are beginning to dry out, and the earth has gone from soft and pliable to dry and cracked. If you haven’t harvested your herbs yet for drying, now is a good time to start doing so -- in other words, pick them before they die on their own. Any fresh herb can be dried simply by picking it and tying it up in small bundles in a well-ventilated area. Once they are completely dry store them in airtight jars in a dark place.

To make your own magical Lammas incense, first determine what form you’d like to make. You can make incense with sticks and in cones, but the easiest kind uses loose ingredients, which are then burned on top of a charcoal disc or tossed into a fire. This recipe is for loose incense, but you can adapt it for stick or cone recipes.
As you mix and blend your incense, focus on the intent of your work. In this particular recipe, we’re creating an incense to use during a Lammas rite -- it’s a time to celebrate the beginning of the harvest. We’re thankful for the foods we’ve grown, and for the bounty of the earth, and the knowledge that we’ll have enough to eat through the coming winter months.
You’ll need:
1 part basil
1/2 part cinnamon bark
1 part coriander
2 parts goldenrod
1 part heather
1/2 part rosemary
2 parts Sweet Annie (you can use dried apple blossoms if you don’t have Sweet Annie)
1 part yarrow

Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and if the leaves or blossoms need to be crushed, use your mortar and pestle to do so. As you blend the herbs together, state your intent. You may find it helpful to charge your incense with an incantation, such as:
We’re thankful this day for the gift of rebirth,
Fruits and vegetables, the bounty of earth.
For the Harvest Mother with her basket and scythe,
Abundance and fertility, and the blessings of life.
We’re grateful for the gifts we carry within
And for what will become, and what has been.
A new day begins, and life circles round,
As grain is harvested from the fertile ground.
Blessings to the earth and to the gods from me,
As I will this Lammas, so it shall be.
Store your incense in a tightly sealed jar. Make sure you label it with its intent and name, as well as the date you created it. Use within three months, so that it remains charged and fresh.


Smudge Sticks

Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially -- and are fairly inexpensive -- it's easy to make your own if you've got herbs growing in your garden, or if there's a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting.

You'll need:

Scissors or garden clippers
Cotton string
Plants such as sage, mugwort, rosemary, lavender, or juniper
Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths about 6 - 10 inches long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves.

Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together. Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began. The smudge stick in the photos contains sage, rosemary and pennyroyal.

Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You'll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants.

When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2" loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of your smudge stick are even.

Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. When your sticks are dry, you can burn them in ritual for smudging by lighting one end.

Safety tip: Some plants may have toxic fumes. Do not burn a plant unless you know it is safe to do so.



Rain Barrel

To make a rain barrel like the one shown here, you'll need the following:

A plastic, food grade 50-gallon barrel. You can usually find these in the classified ads -- I got mine for $15.
3/4" C-PVC fittings - basically, you'll need a piece to run down out of the barrel, a 90-degree elbow, a length of straight pipe about 6" long, and t-connector with a spigot on top*
Clear PVC glue
1 3/4" brass hose fitting
*The rain barrel in the photos was constructed using bits of pipe and some couplings I had laying around the house, so there are several additional pieces on my barrel. If you buy new fittings just for this project, yours will look a lot more streamlined.

The top of your barrel, which should have at least one removable cap, is actually going to be the bottom. That means that after you put it together, you're going to flip it over, so think of the barrel as being upside down while you're working.

Attach all your fittings together so that you have a drop of about two inches out of the bottom (which is really the top), a 90-degree turn, and then a straight length of pipe that comes out beyond the rim of the barrel.

Be sure to use PVC glue so that everything stays together permanently.

Connect the top threaded piece of pipe into the removable cap - it should have a threaded center so you can screw in a piece of 3/4" pipe with no trouble at all.

Flip the barrel over so that the pipe is now coming out at the bottom, as shown. You'll need to place your barrel on an elevated stand, because gravity is your friend - the water has to be able to flow downwards to get out of the barrel. I used logs for my stand, but you can also use cinder blocks, or even build a table out of scrap lumber. Be sure that whatever you use is sturdy - a full 50-gallon barrel can weigh 400 pounds!

If you're using a downspout gutter as your water source, this part is really easy. Simply cut a hole in the top of the barrel (which used to be the bottom) large enough for you to insert your house's rain spout through.

If you don't have a downspout, and you want to simply catch rain in the barrel, you can still do this. Cut away the top of the barrel using a saw. Place a section of sturdy screen over the top of the opening, and then staple in place. You may wish to cut a frame out of the top piece that you cut off, and place that over the screen to keep it in place. The screen will keep bugs and leaves from getting into your water, but still allow rain to collect.

Ideally, the downspout is the best collection method, because all the rain that runs down your roof will end up in your barrel.

Finally, drill a small hole near the top of the barrel. This will be in case of overflow - it will prevent excess water from sloshing out the back of the barrel where the downspout is, which is right by your house wall.

Attach a brass hose fitting at the end of the PVC pipe. When you're ready to use water out of the barrel, simply attach your hose, turn the spigot, and start spraying.

If you don't like the idea of a plain barrel sitting in your yard, you can decorate it with designs and fun symbols.

Note: Some people create multiple barrels, and then connect them all together using fittings beneath the stands. This method works well if you have a lot of space. Most people can get by with one or two barrels.




Recipes


Bake corn bread sticks.
You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening

Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.




IRISH STEW

1 1/2 pounds Mutton, cut into pieces
Parsley sprigs
6 Carrots, sliced
2 pounds Potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 pound Onions

Place meat and vegetables in saucepan and cover with cold water. Add salt and pepper as required and flavor with a few parsley sprigs and add carrot slices. Slowly bring to a boil and skim off the top. Simmer over a very low heat for approximately 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Note: You can probably substitute lamb for the mutton and not need to cook as long.
Taken from http://www.unc.edu/~reddeer/recipe

GAME HENS WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC

3 Cornish Game Hens, halved
3/4 cup Olive oil
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
3 Tablespoons Dry sherry
1 Tablespoon Fine chopped fresh rosemary
juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Split each bird in half . Set aside. Using a very large bowl mix the remaining ingredients together. Marinate the bird halves in this mixture for 1 hour, turning often. Broil in oven 7 or 8 minutes on a side, or on a charcoal barbecue. I prefer the charcoal, but be sure the coals are not too hot. Cook to your liking.

Chicken with Brandied Fruit and Almonds

4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound total)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3 medium nectarines, pitted and cut into thin wedges*
3 tablespoons brandy
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)

Rinse chicken; pat dry. Place each chicken piece between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap. Combine flour, salt, and ground red pepper. Coat chicken pieces with flour mixture. In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter or margarine over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or till chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once. Remove skillet from heat. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; cover and keep warm. Add nectarines, brandy, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water to the skillet. Return to heat and cook for 1 minute, stirring gently. Serve the fruit mixture over chicken. Sprinkle with almonds. Garnish with oregano, if desired. *Note: Fresh plums, peaches, or pears can be substituted for the nectarines. From Hearth & Home Witchery


GARDEN VEGETABLE COUSCOUS

1 cup couscous
1/2 small orange bell pepper, stem and seeds removed
4 small scallions, white and light-green parts only
12 small yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus grated lemon zest, for garnish (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place couscous in a medium heatproof bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the couscous, cover, and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cut bell pepper into 1-inch-long matchsticks, and add to the warm couscous. Thinly slice the scallions crosswise, and add to the bowl. Add cherry tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice together. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over couscous, vegetables, and toss. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired, and serve. From Hearth & Home Witchery


Baked Polenta with Sausage and Mushrooms

Corn is abundant during this time of year and to celebrate the harvest I like to make polenta. Polenta is a traditional Italian dish made with cornmeal. It can be a bit tricky sometimes but after playing with the cornmeal a bit, you will get the hang of it.

1 tb olive oil
1 sm Yellow onion; chopped
2 lg Garlic cloves; minced
1 md Red sweet pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1/2 lb Mild Italian sausage, loose
1/2 lb Fresh mushrooms, (white or brown), trimmed and thinly sliced
2 1/2 c Milk, broth or water
3/4 c Yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
1 tb Chopped fresh sage
1 tb Chopped Italian parsley
1/4 ts Ground cayenne pepper
1 c Ricotta cheese
1/2 c gruyere or swiss cheese
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tb Butter or margarine; melted
4 tb Grated parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Sauté onion, garlic, and sweet pepper until hot through. Add crumbled sausage and continue cooking just until meat changes color. Stir in mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid. Drain excess fat and set mixture aside.

Place milk or other liquid in a large, heavy saucepan over moderately high heat. Slowly add cornmeal, stirring briskly with a wire whisk to prevent lumping. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes or until mixture is very thick and smooth while stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove pan from heat and stir in herbs, cayenne pepper and ricotta and gruyere cheeses. Add sausage and sweet pepper mixture. Combine all parts well and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into two 9-inch pie plates lined with plastic wrap. Cool on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate at least an hour, or as long as three days.

When ready to serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut polenta in wedges and place on an oiled shallow baking pan large enough to hold polenta in one layer without crowding. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until polenta is lightly browned and very hot when tested with a small knife in center of wedge. Serve with a topping of Tomato Sauce and sprinked with more parmesan cheese.

Summer Veggie Goulash for Lammas

1 lb of hamburger
3-5 lbs of potatoes, diced
3-4 ears of corn for fresh kernels
2-3 green bell peppers, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 lbs of green beans, diced
1-2 cans of tomato sauce
1/2 c. Heinz Ketchup
Garlic Salt
Water
Fresh or dried herbs: I like rosemary, thyme, dill and/or basil

How to cut fresh kernels:
Stand ear of corn on it's end. While holding the ear at a diagonal, use a sharp, unserrated knife to cut down the edge of the corn, freeing the corn from the ear. The kernels will fall to the bottom
(so do this on a cutting board). Turn the corn a bit and repeat. Free all the kernels from the corn before starting this recipe.

In a large pot, brown the hamburger. As it browns, sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. You can add other spices at this stage. Once the meat is cooked, drain it and remove the hamburger. In the same pot, saute the onion in a bit of oil. After the onion has cooked for a bit, add the green peppers and saute both until they are about 3/4 cooked. Add the hamburger back as well as the potatoes, corn, and green beans. Give this all a nice good stir and add the cans of tomato sauce and ketchup. Add water until the veggies and meat are just submerged. Add the rest of the herbs and boil on medium-high, stirring occasionally. Once the potatoes are soft, it is done.

CORN PUDDING

2 cups young, fresh corn
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt

Melt butter into 12 X 12 glass baking dish. Beat eggs and other ingredients. Mix thoroughly and pour into dish. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour, or until firm. A small pan of water in the bottom of the oven prevent drying. Serves 4 - 6

Corn Fritters

1 C. sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups cooked corn
Vegetable oil in heavy saucepan or deep-fryer

Heat 3-4 inches of oil to 375. Mix remaining ingredients except for corn with rotary beater or mixer until smooth. Stir in corn. Drop by rounded spoonfuls into hot oil. Cook until light golden brown (do not overcook or allow the oil to become too hot.) Drain on paper towels. Serves 6-8 adults From Hearth & Home Witchery

Calendula Cornbread

For less dense bread, use all unbleached flour. If you use sorghum rather than honey, the bread will be a little darker and heavier in flavor.

3 to 4 tablespoons fresh calendula petals OR 2 to 3 tablespoons
chopped dried calendula petals
2 cups buttermilk
11/2 cups cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 extra-large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1/4 cup honey or sorghum

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Soak calendula in buttermilk while assembling remaining ingredients. Oil a 10-inch skillet or baking pan. Sift cornmeal, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs, then add calendula-buttermilk, oil and honey and whisk together for 1 minute. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and blend well. Pour batter into prepared skillet or pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cornbread cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. Serves 8. From Hearth & Home Witchery


Corn Bread Sticks
You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening

Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake 425 for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Graham Bread

2 cups graham flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup molasses
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tblsp sugar
3 tblsp melted butter
1 egg, beaten

Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl, and all liguid ones in another. Stir the liguid into the dry, mixing quickly and well. Bake at 350 degrees until edges pull away from sides of pan and it is golden brown, aprox 30 minutes. From Patricia Telesco

Herb Flat Bread

This flatbread doesn't contain yeast, so it's quick and simple to make.

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspooon finely chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt , for sprinkling
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, bakingpowder, salt, sage, chives, and parsley; process for 5 seconds to combine. Add vegetable shortening and process until well combined, about 15 seconds. Add milk and 2 tablespoons water, and process until the dough comes together, about 7 seconds. Transfer dough to a lightly-flowered surface and knead for about 1 minute, forming it into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes. Heat the over to 200° with a baking sheet set on the rack. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Meanwhile, cut the dough into 3 equal pieces and form each piece into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll one of the pieces of dough out into a very thin circle (it should be less than 1/16 inch thick and about 6 1/2 inches in diameter). Using a fork, prick the dough 7 or 8 times. Lightly brush one side of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle it lightly with salt. Transfer round of dough, with the oiled side down, to the hot skillet and reduce heat to medium; cook until surface is covered with golden to dark-brown speckles, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. If the flatbread begins to burn, lower the heat and continue to cook. Remove bread from skillet and transfer to the baking sheet in the oven. Repeat the rolling and cooking process with the remaining 2 pieces of dough. Cut the bread into wedges with a pizza wheel or sharp knife, and serve warm. Makes 3


Lughnasadh Sabbat Cakes
Gerena Dunwich

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, chilled & cut into 1/2 inch bits
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons cold water

Combine oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a deep mixing bowl and stir until well mixed. Drop in butter bits and stir the oat and flour mixture together with the butter until it looks like flakes of coarse meal. Pour the vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of cold water over the
mixture. Toss together lightly, then gather the dough into a ball. (Add up to 2 more tablespoons of cold water drop by drop if the dough begins to crumble.) Wrap the dough in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough out into a rough rectangle about 1/8 of an inch thick. With a stick and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 2 inch triangles. Arrange the sabbat cakes about an inch apart on a large buttered baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes until they are golden brown and firm. Cool on wire racks before serving. This recipe makes 40 cakes 2 inch in size.

PITCAITHLY BANNOCK (Scottish)

8 ounces Flour
4 ounces Butter
2 ounces Caster Sugar
1 ounce Chopped Almonds
1 ounce Mixed Candied Peel

Set Oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet . Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and rub in to form a dough. Add the almonds and mix in the peel, making sure they are evenly distributed. Form into a thick round on a lightly floured surface and prick all over with a fork. Place on the sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve sliced thinly and buttered. Serves 8 From the booklet Scottish Teatime Recipes


BLACKBERRY COBBLER

4 cups fresh Blackberries
3/4 cups Sugar
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 1/2 cups Water
1 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons melted Butter

Pastry:
1 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Shortening
6 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping cream
6 Tablespoons Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place fresh berries in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish. Combine sugar and flour; add water and lemon juice, mixing well. Pour this mixture over berries; bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes while preparing the pastry. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees

Pastry: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in whipping cream and buttermilk. Knead dough 4 or 5 times; roll to about 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough to fit baking dish. Place the pastry over hot berries; then brush with melted butter. Cut a few vents in the top of pastry with knife. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Serve cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream Servings: 8

Brigid's Blackberry Pie
Makes one nine-inch pie

4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too "wet", mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)

(The above recipe for "Brigid's Blackberry Pie" is quoted directly from Edain McCoy's book "The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways", page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)

Sunday Pudding

In the 19th century The Sunday before Lughnasadh once was known as Bilberry Sunday in many parts of Ireland. This traditional recipe combines the Bread, which is traditional at Lughnasadh with the berries traditionally picked then.

6 cups of some kind of berry. Traditionally it would have been bilberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, red or black currants.
1 cup sugar
loaf of good white bread that is a day or two old.

1. Wash the berries and place them in a bowl. Cover them with the sugar and leave them in the refrigerator overnight
2. The next day, pour the berries and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes or so. It should produce quite a bit of juice. Set aside to cool a bit.
3. Cut the bread into 1/4 inch slices and remove the crust. Line the bottom and sides of a 2-quart bowl with the crustless bread making sure there are no gaps.
4. Pour in half of the fruit and juice
5. Cover the entire top with crustless bread, cut to fit.
6. Pour in the rest of the fruit and juice
7. Cover the top with crustless bread.
8. Place a plate on top of the pudding and weight it down with a couple cans of food.
9. Place it in the refrigerator for at least one night, preferably two.
10. Run a thin, flexible knife around the pudding, Place a plate over the top of the bowl and flip it over onto the plate. Remove the bowl.
11. Serve with lots of fresh cream (preferably not whipped cream, but if you must use it, do).
12. This is a very rich dessert with intense flavor and should serve about 8 people. By Anna Franklin in Lammas

Marigold Custard for Lammas

2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup fresh marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbs.. sugar
1 to 2-inch piece vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water (available in gourmet food stores)
Heavy whipped cream

Use a spoon or fork to crush the marigold petals in a cup. Mix together the salt, sugar and spices. In a large sauce pan, scald milk with the crushed petals and the vanilla bean. Then remove the vanilla bean and add yolks and dry ingredients. Cook over low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool. Top with freshly whipped cream and for a really pretty festive look, garnish with small marigold blossoms or petals.

Calendula Cornmeal Crisps

Best to use a little whole-wheat flour for nutrition and body, but you could use all unbleached flour for a more delicate cookie. Also try almonds or pistachios in place of pecans, or cherries or chopped dried apricots in place of the cranberries.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh or dried calendula petals
1 cup pecans
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Scant 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
12 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter cut into 12 pieces
1 extra-large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a food processor, combine sugar and calendula; pulse until calendula starts to break down into smaller pieces. Transfer calendula sugar to a shallow bowl. Pulse (or chop with a knife) pecans and cranberries until coarsely chopped; transfer to a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine flours, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Toss to mix.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Measure 3/4 cup of the calendula sugar and put it in food processor with butter. Process until creamy and blended, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape sides if necessary. Add egg and pulse for about 1 minute; add vanilla and pulse to blend. Add dry ingredients and process until just blended; do not over mix.

Transfer dough to bowl with nuts and fruit; stir to distribute nuts and fruit evenly. Using a spoon or your fingers, scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball about 1 inch in diameter or slightly bigger. Roll balls in remaining calendula sugar and place on baking sheets, spacing balls about 2 inches apart. Using a flat-bottomed glass, gently press balls to about 1/4-inch thickness. (Dip bottom of glass into sugar occasionally to prevent ticking.)

Bake cookies about 14 minutes, until their edges are lightly browned. If baking two sheets at once, switch places halfway through baking time. Remove cookies from sheets immediately and cool on racks. (If the cookies cool on the pans, they will harden and break when removed.) Store in a tightly covered tin. Makes 4 dozen cookies. From Hearth & Home Witchery

SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix butter and sugar until well blended. Work in the flour and salt. If the dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 Tablespoons (30 ml). more butter. Roll 1/2 inch thick on a slightly floured board. Cut into rectangles approx. 3/4 inch by 2 inch. Prick each rectangle twice with the tines of a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Makes 30 cookies.

Honey Mead

1 gallon water
2 tsp cinnamon
a sprig of saffron
2 1/2 pounds of honey
1/2 cake yeast
2 tsp ginger
5 whole cloves
2 capfuls rosewater
12 ounces fruit or juice

Bring water to a boil with all the herbs so that a tea is formed. Add honey until dissolved, then add fruit or juice. cover tightly and boil about 15 minutes. Cool to lukewarm and add yeast dissolved in warm water. Cover with towel for two days before straining and bottling. You may have to air this periodically to prevent pressure build-up.
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Mabon Crafts, Activities and Recipes

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Activities and Crafts



Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back
to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season.

Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter.

Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction -for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center).

Decorate the table with colorful autumn leaves in a basket. Display the fruits of the harvest - corn, gourds, nuts, grapes, apples - preferably in a cornucopia. Or decorate with wildflowers, acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons, anything that represents the harvest to you.

Like its sister equinox, halfway across the Wheel of the Year, the Autumn Equinox is a good occasion for a ritual feast. Plan a meal that uses seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables. You can serve bread, squash, corn, apples, cider and wine. Make some homemade wine or cordial gather and dry herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods.

Make grapevine wreaths using dried bitter-sweet herb for protection. Use ribbons of gold and yellow to bring in the energy of the Sun, and decorate with sprigs of dried yarrowor cinnamon sticks.

Make a protection charm of hazelnuts (filberts) strung on red thread.

Make a witch's broom. Tie dried corn husks or herbs (broom, cedar, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rosemary) around a strong, relatively straight branch of your choice.

Make magic Apple Dolls Gifts of the Harvest can be used to make tools and emblems that will remind us of their bounty all year round.

Look for colored leaves. Collect fallen leaves and make a centerpiece or bouquet for your home. Save the leaves to burn in your Yule fire.

Visit an apple orchard and, if possible, pick your own apples. Hang apples on a tree near your home. Watch the birds and other small animals who will enjoy your gift.

This is also the time for replacing your old broom with a new one. As the broom corn is ripe now, besom making is traditional and magickal this time of year.


Begin the festival with a vineyard or orchard harvest. You might check the farm lands in your area to see if there's an orchard or pumpkin patch that allows customers to harvest produce for themselves.

Traditionally Sabbat festivals begin at sun set on the eve of the Holiday. You can use the daytime hours of this holiday eve to prepare baskets for harvesting the next day. Baking a pumpkin pie (from scratch if possible) is a wonderful way to bring in the fragrance of the holiday season.


Altar and Home: It is appropriate to decorate your altar and home with traditional Autumn colors of gold, orange, red, and brown. Decorations might include pumpkins grouped on the doorstep, dried flowers and wheat attractively arranged in a stone vase, Indian corn hung from the front door, fall leaves scattered across the altar, and baskets of apples.

Fresh Apple Candle Holders: Apples can be easily made into clever candle holders by making a circular cut into the stem area and hollowing out a space big enough to hold a votive candle. Place the candle snugly in the hole and light. This decoration is especially appropriate because apples are sacred to Pagans for the pentacle shaped arrangement of the seeds inside. To see this for yourself, slice an apple in half from
side to side rather than from top to bottom.

Mabon Thanksgiving Dinner: To remember and honor the harvest, Mabon is designated as the Witches' Thanksgiving. Gather friends and family on the Equinox for a harvest celebrations in grand proportions. Serve roasted squash or turkey; mashed potatoes; fresh whole grain bread; vegetables; corn bread stuffing; cranberry sauce; pumpkin pie; hot spiced cider; and wine.

Gourd Rattle: It is easy and fun to make a dried gourd rattle.
Follow these easy instructions: allow the gourd to dry completely; drill a hole in the area opposite the stem; pull out the fiberous material inside with tweezers; fill with a few dried beans; glue in a stick that fits the hole for a handle; and decorate if desired. This instrument can then be used for ritual, private meditation, or drumming circles.

Gourd Dipper: To make a gourd dipper, take a fresh gourd; slice off an area to be left open for dipping; scrape the insides clean; and allow to dry in a place protected from insects and high humidity. The dipper can then be used for scooping grain, herbs, seeds, incense, or other magickal items.

Hayrides: Organize or attend an old-fashioned hayride to honor and celebrate the harvest.

Harvest Platter: Choose a large platter on which to form this
centerpiece. Arrange dried or silk leaves, pieces of wheat, nuts, small Indian corn, small gourds, sugar pumpkins, and candles together on the platter. This centerpiece can be lit before each meal to remind all those gathered around the table that the final harvest is near.


Take a nature walk either in your neighborhood, in a forest or a park in your area. Talk to your kids about the signs of change for the fall season leaves, acorns, brown grasses, etc. When you get home, ask your child to draw pictures of what they say and remember as the signs! Include this in your Autumn Equinox scrapbook.

Make homemade applesauce. It really is a cinch.the peeling is the big hassle of it.but well worth it. Buy 3-5 pounds of firm apples, such as a Macintosh. Just about any apple but a Red Delicious will work. Peel, core and cut the apples in quarters. Put the quarters in a pot over a medium to low heat with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 teaspoon of cinnmon, if desired. Let it cook down, stirring occasionally, down to the consistency that you desire either chunky or smooth. Applesauce freezes REALLY well, so do consider making a very large batch.

Roast pumpkin seeds. You dont have to wait until Samhain to do so. Use the pumpkin to make a soup or pie.

The Squirrel Game - Let the kids pretend they are squirrels gathering nuts for the winter. Give each of the kids a small paper bag, then toss out several unshelled nuts onto the floor and let the kids race to see who can collect the most. Older and younger children should be separated for this game. Another way to play this game, (if you have a way to corral a large quantity of leaves) is to hide nuts beneath a large pile of leaves and give the kids a set amount of time to find as many nuts as they can.

Make a special wreath that you will use every Autumn Equinox. Something simple is good to make, like a grapevine wreath, some ribbon and other natural items (even things you have found during a nature walk). The grown ups can use the glue gun and the kids can tell you where to put things. If you dont have nature walk items, go to your local craft store and purchase some items.even the $1 store has picks sometimes.

Make appleheads. Peel any firm apple, and cut facial features in the apple, such as eyes, nose and mouth. For very good instructions, go to Fabulous Foods.

Make Leaf People: After you gather leaves, give three or four to each child. They can paint them, add yarn and other items to make people. The sky is the limit!

Leaf Blow Race: give each child a leaf. Have a contest to see who can blow a leaf across a table the fastest!

Eat some leaves: salad (made of leaves), spinach quiche, stuffed cabbage, coleslaw, herbs done in tempura.

Make Jello jigglers with leaf cookie cutters.

Pretend! Let the children pretend they are leaves falling from the trees or that that they are squirrels gathering nuts or even that they are scarecrows (some can be the crows!).

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Depending on when the leaves turn in your area, beautiful multi-colored leaves can be dipped in paraffin, to be used for decoration. Quickly dip the leaves in melted paraffin, and put them on wax paper. When the leaves are dry, you can put them in a huge decorative jar with a sigil of protection carved lightly on some or all of the leaves.



Fall Leaf "Stained Glass"

Items needed:
fall leaves
wax paper
iron
towel
picture frame

Directions:
Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible! Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame. Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrange the leaves in a pleasing design. Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly. Tape the "stained glass" to the picture frame and cut off the excess. Hang in a window for best results.



An Autumn Windsock
Author Unknown

You'll need:
Oatmeal or cornmeal container
Leaves: real/foam/paper/cloth
Glue
Strips of fabric or crepe paper
Stapler
Fishing line, raffia, yarn or string

Cover the container completely by gluing on the leaves and overlapping them until the container is covered. You won't need the lid-so cover the bottom and the sides. Once this is done and dried, turn the container over so the opening is up and staple strips of crepe paper or fabric to the inside edge of the container, so when you turn it over it will look like a windsock. Carefully poke or punch two holes in the opposite end of the container, one on each side. Thread your string through each hole and knot on the inside. You will use this to hang your project.

This is a very basic project that can be changed with imagination and creativity.

You could:
-String pinecones from the bottom instead of paper.
-Use seedpods, leaves and other natural items to glue around the container as a collage.
-To the top of the windsock you can glue natural items too, just don't interfere with the string that you'll hang it from.
-You can paint your container first if you don't want to cover it so tightly with the leaves.
-Use fall colored thin ribbon instead of paper or fabric, and use the same ribbon to hang the windsock.
-You could also string beads onto fishing line or other thin string and use these to dangle-it would be a little bit more of a wind chime/wind sock. You could also glue the same beads around the top and bottom edge.

This can be as simple or elaborate as you wish! It's not waterproof so we hang it either inside by a window or on our porch, which is partially covered. Kids love to hang these by their bedroom window!



Leaf Mobile
Author Unknown

You will need:
Clear Contact paper
Colorful fall leaves
String
Small branch

1. Cut 2 squares of Contact Paper for each leaf, about an inch larger then the leaf all the way around.

2. Peel the backing off one piece of the Contact paper and carefully press the leaf onto it.

3. Peel the backing off the second piece of Contact Paper and stick it to the other side of the leaf so that the sticky sides of the paper are together (so you laminate the leaf).

4. Press the paper together firmly all the way around the leaf then trim off the excess, leaving about 1/4 inch of clear paper all the way around the leaf.

5. Repeat the process with all your leaves.

6. Poke a small hole in the stem end of each laminated leaf.

7. Thread your string through the holes (the strings may be different lengths if you like)

8. Tie the strings to your small branch, and find a good place to display your artwork where the leaves will catch the breeze and flutter.



Salt Dough Cornucopia
Author Unknown

Materials:
Salt dough recipe (below)
Craft Bond gloss finish decoupage
Paintbrush
Glue gun
Acrylic paints: brown, yellow, orange, green, red and purple

Salt dough:
2 cups all-purpose white flour
1 cup salt
1 cup boiling water

Combine boiling water and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Slowly mix in 2 cups of flour. Place dough on work surface and wearing plastic gloves, knead it until smooth. If dough is sticky, continue adding small amounts of flour.

Instructions:
Make dough recipe (above). To color the dough, work small amounts of paint into the dough until desired color is achieved. You may have to work in a little flour when adding paint to keep the dough from being too sticky. The dough should be slightly sticky but easy to shape.

Cornucopia:
Using brown clay, mold a cone shape about 4 1/2-inches long and 2 1/4-inches in diameter at wide end. Mark lines 1/2-inch apart along sides from wide end to narrow end. Press in the wide end so the cone is slightly caved (see fig. 1) Roll 2 - 1/4 x 8 inch snakes. Twist snakes together and attach around wide edge. Cut off excess. Bend slightly so the cone is C-shaped.

Pumpkin:
Using orange clay, form a 1 1/4-inch ball. Mark 8 lines with a butter knife from center top to center bottom of ball. Using the bottom end of the knife, press a dent in the center top of the ball. Make a -inch cone shape with green clay. Stick the point of cone in the indent at the top of the pumpkin (stem). Roll a small snake with brown clay. Twist the snake slightly and stick one end into the indent with the stem

Crookneck squash:
Using yellow clay, roll out a 1 1/4-inch oval making one end narrow and one end fat. Bend the narrow end slightly.

Grapes:
Using green clay, roll a 1-inch narrow snake. Twist into a spiral. Using purple clay roll approximately 20 3/16-inch balls. Shape balls into a triangle and stick the green spiral into the fat end of triangle.

Apple:
Using red clay, roll a -inch ball. Using bottom end of butter knife, press a dent in the top of apple. Using brown roll a 5/16-inch triangle and stick the point into the dent in the apple. Using green form a small leaf and stick one end of the leaf into the dent in the apple.

Corn:
Using yellow clay, roll a 1 1/2 x 3/8-inch oval. Using a butter knife, mark lines lengthwise and widthwise in checkerboard fashion. Using green clay, shape 5-6 leaves of various lengths. Layer leaves around one end of the corn. Press bottom of leaves together to form a point.

Carrot:
Using orange clay, roll a 1 1/4-inch snake. Make one end into a point. Poke the other end with the tong of a fork to create a dent. Using green clay, create 3-4 very small snakes. Pinch these snakes at one end and poke the pinched end into the dent in the carrot.

Bread:
Using tan clay, roll a 2 1/2-inch oval. Make slanted slits across the top of the bread.

Finishing:
Bake figures in a 200 oven for 1/2-hour for every 1/4-inch thickness. Bake pieces until they are completely hard. Let cool.

Paint decoupage finish on each piece. Let dry.

Arrange pieces and glue together with a glue gun.





Make a God's Eye

God's eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they're versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration, make them in fall colors -- yellows and browns and reds and oranges. At Yule, you can make them in reds and greens. If you'd like to make one for your household altar, you can make it in colors that correspond to your family's deities and traditions. You'll need two sticks of equal length -- I like to use long cinnamon sticks, but you can use a dowel rod, popsicle stick, or just branches you've found on the ground. You'll also need yarn or ribbon in different colors. If you like, you can include decorative items like shells, feathers, beads, crystals, etc.

By using alternating colors of thread or yarn, the finished result looks like an eye. In some traditions, you might associate the four points of the cross with the four classical elements, or the directions on the compass. You could even see them as representative of the four major Sabbats -- the solstices and the equinoxes. One great thing to do while making god's eyes is use them as a spell working in themselves -- visualize your intent while wrapping the yarn, whether it's protection for your home and family, to bring love your way, or even a prosperity talisman.

To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you'd doing this with children, it's a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping. Look at the diagram for an idea of how this will look.
Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later). As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm. Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm. Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm.
This is actually easier than it sounds -- look at the diagram in Picture 1 and follow the arrows. Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you're working in. Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again. Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god's eye. What you'll end up with will look like the photo in Picture 2.
Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer. Hang your god's eye on a wall, or use it on your altar for Sabbat celebrations.





A Mabon Centerpiece

Materials

A basket (in fall colors or with trimmings to make it autumn-oriented)
A doll-sized scarecrow (or materials to make one of your own)
Real or fake autumn leaves
Real or fake gourds/nuts/seeds of the season
Dried herbs or potpourri of the season (apple scent works well)

Directions

First youll want to prepare your basket. It can be a small or large basket of any style, but you can decorate it for the season any way you desire (if it has a handle, consider winding or gluing acorn strings around it). Into the center of the basket, you place your scarecrow figure. It can be bought as a harvest decoration at a store, or it can be one you make yourself out of straw and fabricif you opt to make your own, you can dress it up appropriately and give it season-appropriate clothing and symbols. There is the option of making only the torso of the figure since only that will show, but if youve already got one with legs, they will be covered up by the ornamentation. Find a way to anchor the doll into the basket. Then you can dump an apple-cinnamon or autumn-flavored potpourri or series of dried herbs around the scarecrow in the basket, and intersperse this with leaves, nuts, and gourds. Buying tiny craft gourds around this time of year is easy and cheap, and they dont go rancid in the middle of the season, which is a plus. You might even throw in stars made out of twigs and tied together with wire, or any other symbol that means something to you. The basket has a nice effect of decorating a table or altar for the time between the autumn equinox and the landmark of Halloween.

Ritual use

In ritual, you can use an actual corn dolly instead of a crafty scarecrow, so that it has more meaning, and each item added to the basket can have symbolic value. One suggestion is to gather up enough acorns to stand for your wishes for the season, and ceremoniously place each in the basket as you think of its purpose. The basket can be anointed and dedicated to a deity if you wish.



Apple Head Crone Dolls
Author Unknown

You will need
Apples
Potato peeler and paring knife
Colored markers
Wool yarn
Empty 16 ounce plastic bottle
Bottle cork
10x16 inch piece of fabric
Rubber band

When choosing an apple for the doll's head, remember that a carved fruit will shrink to about 2/3 it's original size. Peel and core the apple. Then, carve a face on one side, using a tip of a potato peeler to hollow out deep set eyes and a paring knife to make a slit for the mouth. For a nose, incise a triangle that extends from between the eyes toward the mouth. Then, carve ears, dimples, and extra creases. Place the carved apple on a drying rack and store in a dry spot until it shrinks. Once the head is dry, use colored markers to enhance the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

Now, make a wig for your doll. Cut at least ten strands of yarn that measure twice the desired hair length plus 2 inches. Gather the strands together and fold the bunch in half. Tie another strand around the yarn 1 inch from the fold to make a loop that can be stuffed into the top of the head. Brain or trim the wig however you like.

To make the body, cut off the base of a plastic bottle. Plug the top with a cork to serve as the doll's neck. Wrap the fabric around the body so that it extends beyond the top and bottom of the bottle. Secure the fabric around the bottleneck with a rubber band and then fold the cloth down. Tuck excess cloth at the base into the bottle. Now top off the doll by gently pushing the cored apple down onto the cork.




Woodys Flower Vase
Source Unknown

Materials
inch diameter sticks
Scissors
An empty plastic (p-butter) jar
2 thick rubber bands
Ribbon
Glue
Pine cones

Break or snip sticks to about 1in. longer than jar. Place rubber bands around jar, 1in. from top and 1in. from bottom. Tuck the sticks under the rubber bands, placing them together as close as possible. Once the jar is surrounded by sticks, push the rubber bands to the center of the jar and cover with autumn colored ribbon. Ribbon can be tied into a bow. Glue on a few pine cones and fill the vase with flowers. (While hiking and looking for sticks, explain why fallen sticks are more Earth friendly, but if live branches are needed, to take only what is needed and thank tree for gift.)



Recipes



Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup instant rice or instant brown rice
1/4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 (16ounce)can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients except cranberry sauce and water. Form into 45 meatballs. Spray large skillet with non-stick cooking spray.Cook meatballs, covered, for 8 - 10 minutes turning occasionally until meatballs are done and no longer pink in the middle. Add cranberry sauce and water to skillet.Cover and cook on medium-low for 3 to 4 minutes.

Roast Fillet Of Beef

1 Fillet of beef (5-6 lb) trimmed
5 Garlic cloves, slivered
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper
Tabasco sauce
1 cup Soy sauce
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 cup Port wine
2 teaspoons Thyme
1 bunch Watercress

To prepare the fillet, make slits in it and put slivers of garlic in the slits. Rub well with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Combine the soy sauce, olive oil, port and herbs and place the fillet in this marinade in a baking dish for at least 1/2 hour unrefrigerated, or an hour or more in the refrigerator. Turn several times while it is marinating. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the fillet on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast for 30-35 minutes, basting occasionally with the marinade. A meat thermometer should register 120~ for very rare, 125~ for rare, 130~ for medium-rare. After it is removed from the oven, the internal temperature will rise as much as another 10~. Allow the fillet to rest, covered with foil, up to 30 minutes. If it needs to sit longer, you might try a catering trick: Wrap the fillet, just out of the oven, in plastic wrap. Unwrap just before slicing. Cut into slices and place on a warm platter; garnish with sprigs of watercress.

Broccoli Casserole

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts, thawed
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; fold in broccoli. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Cover and bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Harvest Ratatouille

8 - 10 tablespoons olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
3 large or 4 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 large eggplant, sliced into chunks the same size as the zucchini slices
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Tomato paste, to taste (optional)

1. Heat 5 or 6 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the onions, and saute about 1 minute, until fragrant and softened. Add zucchini and eggplant and saute about 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add more olive oil as needed if the pan looks dry. Add tomatoes, peppers, and garlic, stirring to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer about 20 minutes, until veggies are cooked through.
2. Take off the lid, add other add-ins, if you like, increase heat to high, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes to evaporate excess liquid, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add a little tomato paste if using, and stir well.
3. Serve hot, or allow to cool and add a little olive oil before serving. Serves 6.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes & Greens


2 pounds Red-Skinned Potatoes, sliced
6 large Cloves Garlic, sliced lengthwise
1/3 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Wine Vinegar
Salt
Pepper
4 cups Watercress Sprigs, rinsed
2 Tablespoons Chives, chopped

Mix potatoes, garlic and oil in a 10 x 15" rimmed pan. Bake at 450 degrees until well browned, about 1 1/4 hours. Turn vegetables with a wide spatula every 10-15 minutes. Pour vinegar into pan, scraping with spatula to release browned bits and to mix with potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour potatoes into a wide, shallow bowl. Chop half the watercress and mix with potatoes. Tuck remaining watercress around potatoes and sprinkle with chives.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 acorn squash, washed and cut in halves
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of crushed Ritz crackers
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar

Wash and cut acorn squash in half from stem to bottom Scoup out the seeds and rub the inside and cut parts with butter Put the acorn squash on a cookie sheet Melt the butter, and mix in the walnuts, brown sugar, and crackers Place in the holes of the squash and bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes or until done

Acorn Squash and Apple Soup - Makes 5 servings.

1 medium acorn squash
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 leek (white part only) rinsed well and chopped
1 tart apple (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 Tbsp. minced fresh mint leaves, as garnish
Milk or additional broth to thin soup (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut acorn squash in half length-wise, remove seeds and pulp. Set on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the flesh is tender when pierced, roughly 45 to 90 minutes (depending on size). Remove squash from oven and allow to cool.

While the squash is cooling, in a large, heavy pan heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and leek and sauté for about 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the apple and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.

Scrape out the squash pulp and combine with the apple mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the broth to the pan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and set the soup aside to cool slightly.

In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth. Return soup to pan and heat just before serving. Add milk or additional broth to thin soup, as desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each serving with mint and serve.

Crockpot Cream of Tomato Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large chopped onion
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 minced carrots
2 pounds peeled and diced tomatoes (reserve and add all juices)
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt
Pepper
2-4 tablespoons freshly chopped herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, savory, chervil, Italian parsley, mint, lavender) or 1-2 teaspoons dried herbs or spices (Italian spices, basil, oregano,
marjoram, thyme, cumin, curry powder, nutmeg)
1 cup heavy cream

Combine the oil, onion, garlic, and carrot in the crockpot. Cook on high, stirring frequently, until the onion softens. (This can also be done in a skillet.) Add the remaining ingredients except for the herbs and spices and cream. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours. Add the herbs and adjust seasoning. Cool slightly and puree in small batches. Return to the crockpot and add the cream. Reheat until piping hot, or else cool and chill before serving.

Chicken & Leek Soup

3 1/2 pounds Frying Chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 pound Beef Shanks, cut into 1" pieces
6 cups Chicken broth
3 slices Thick cut Bacon
1 Tablespoon Dried leaf Thyme
1 Bay leaf
3/4 cup Pearl Barley
1 1/2 cups Chopped Leek, white only
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley

Put the chicken, beef, stock, bacon, thyme, and bay leaf in a large, heavy pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Meanwhile boil barley in 1 1/2 cups water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Remove chicken for pot. When cool enough to handle, debone and set aside. Add leeks and barley to the pot, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove beef shanks and debone. Chop meat coarsely, and return to the pot, along with the chicken. Simmer covered, for 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.

Autumn Equinox Stew

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large eggplant, cubed
1 small acorn squash, peeled, cubed
1 large zucchini, peeled and cubed
1 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
1 sprig fresh thyme
3 large tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup dried lentils

Give thanks for the earth's bounty with this luscious stew made from fresh seasonal vegetables. This stew cooks quickly and can be easily prepared over a festive fire or on the stove.

Put olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until highly aromatic. Add
eggplant and squash and zucchini. Saute until edges show signs of cooking. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with fresh-baked bread.


Beef & Barley Vegetable Soup

3 pounds Soup Meat
2 Tablespoons Fat
2 quarts Water
1 1/2 Tablespoons Salt
1/4 Tablespoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley
1/2 cup Barley
1 cup Carrots, cubed
1/4 cup Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Celery, chopped
2 cups Canned Tomatoes, drained
1 cup Peas

Brown meat with bones in hot fat. Place meat, soup bone, water, seasonings and parsley in a soup kettle. Cover tightly and simmer 1 hour. Add barley and simmer another hour. Cool and skim off excess fat. Remove soup bone. Add carrots, onion, celery and tomatoes. Simmer 45 minutes. Add fresh peas and continue cooking 15 minutes. If leftover soup becomes to thick, dilute with beef broth. Can be doubled or tripled and freezes well.

Rosemary Grilled Chicken

2 broiler chickens (3 lbs ea. split) -- backbones removed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 clove garlic, optional
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper - to taste

Prepare the grill by placing an oiled rack 4-6 inches over medium-hot coals. Combine the oil, butter, wine or lemon juice, rosemary garlic (if desired) and salt. Brush the chicken halves inside and out with 1/4 cup of the seasoned butter Place the chickens bone side down on the grill. Baste them frequently with the remaining seasoned butter and turn the pieces every 10 minutes for a total of 30 to 40 minutes in all. Sprinkle well with pepper.

Rosemary Potatoes

8 small red potatoes, scrubbed & quartered
8 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup minced fresh rosemary or 2 tbsp dried
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Place potatoes and garlic in a single layer in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and toss potatoes to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and rosemary and toss again. Roast for 30 minutes or until potatoes are crisp on the outside and tender inside. Sprinkle with green onion and serve. Serves 8

Rosemary Herb Butter

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, removed from the stem
1/2 teaspoon orange or lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile pepper
1 stick butter, softened

Combine all of the ingredients. Make a log by spreading the mixture across a length of waxed paper. Roll the log back and forth to make a smooth tube about 1 1/2 inches thick. Twist the ends and store in the refrigerator or wrap airtight and store in the freezer.

Rosemary Herb Bread

2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 1/2 tablespoons margarine
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place ingredients in the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacture. Select Basic or White Bread setting. Start.

Wild Rice with Apples and Walnuts

1 cup wild rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Cook rice and oil in water for 50 minutes.

1 cup walnuts
1 rib of celery, chopped
4 chopped scallions
1 cup raisins
1 red apple, peeled and chopped, set aside in lemon water
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
Combine nuts, celery, onions, raisins, drained apple and lemon rind and set aside.

3 T. lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup olive oil
pepper, to taste
Whisk together juice, salt and pepper, garlic and oil and add to cooked rice. Add fruit mixture to the rice (to which has been added oil, spices and juice) and mix well. May be served cold or heated.

Harvest Spread

This recipe calls for lots of chopping and grating.

1C. tart apples, diced fine
1 C. celery chopped fine
1 C. mild cheddar, grated fine
2 Pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese
1 Tbsp. mayonaise
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or apple pie seasoning
1 C. chopped walnuts or pecans

Prepare all ingredients as listed. Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Mix to with a wooden spoon. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serve with crackers.


Witches Apple Pudding

Dough:
2 cups flour
4 Tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/2 Tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg

Combine the above ingredients as you would for biscuits and set aside for later.

Fillings:
6 apples sliced
1 Tsp. cinnamon
3 Tsp. sugar or honey
1 Tsp. nutmeg

Combine in baking dish.

Syrup:
1 cup water
1 Tsp. butter
1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup honey.

Bring syrup to a boil. Drop the biscuit mixture on top of the fruit. Pour hot syrup over all and bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Serve warm. Vanilla ice cream makes a lovely addition.

Carrot Ginger Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated carrots (about 2 large)
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup coarsly chopped walnuts
2 tbls grated fresh ginger.

Bake 425 degrees.

Fresh ginger has a sharp refreshing taste while dried ground ginger is sweeter. This recipe call for both fresh and dried ginger.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger and salt. In a
small bowl combine eggs, sour cream, oil and mix until blended. Pour into dry ingredients and stir till just blended. Add the carrots, raisins, walnuts, and fresh ginger, and stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin tin cups and bake between 15 to 20 minutes. The tops of the muffins are golden brown and when a tooth pick is inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean and dry.

Harvest Morning Muffins

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup grated apples
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-muffin tin or line it with paper liners. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the eggs, sugar and oil until well combined. Stir in the
grated apples and carrots. In a separate bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Blend the dry ingredients with the apple mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.


Share the Wealth Applesauce

24 tart apples
Juice of a lemon
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup raisins (optional)

Peel and core the apples, then cut them into chunks. Place the apples in a large nonreactive saucepan, and add the lemon juice and water. Stir in the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the cinnamon and raisins, if desired. Stir light for a chunky sauce and rigorously for a smooth sauce. For a pink applesauce, use red apples and leave the skins on. Once the apples are soft, you can strain out the skins or lift them from the sauce with a fork. Makes 2 1/2 cups. (Pour into resealable jars, decorate to give as Harvest gifts.)

Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie

1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

2 slightly beaten eggs
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1/4 cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter, softened

Prepare and roll out pastry. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Trim; crimp edge as desired. In a large bowl stir together eggs, pumpkin, and half-and-half or milk. Stir in the granulated sugar, flour, lemon peel, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Pour pumpkin mixture into pastry-lined pie plate. Cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together the brown sugar, pecans, and butter until combined. Remove foil. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over top of pie.

Bake for 20 minutes more or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and topping is golden and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours. Makes 8 servings.

Fresh Apple Pound Cake

2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups firm apples, diced
3 cups plain flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together sugar and oil. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to oil mixture. Stir in vanilla, apples, nuts, and mix well. Pour batter into a greased 9 inch tube pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is done.

Icing:
1 stick margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat margarine and sugar together over low heat. Add milk and let come to a full boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over the cake.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
5 dozen cookies

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup raisins or chopped nuts
1/2 cup teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400°. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking Soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add shortening and mix. Stir until Mixture is crumbly. Stir in egg, pumpkin, oats and raisins or nuts. Drop Teaspoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or Until done.


Pumpkin Apple Muffins

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 chopped peeled apple

In large bowl combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased muffin cups almost full. For a streusel topping combine 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoon flour and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle 1 heaping teaspoon over each muffin. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Make 12 muffins.

Pumpkin Bread

1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup non-fat, plain yogurt
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on high speed until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and combine. Add the pumpkin, yogurt, honey and vanilla and combine until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger and allspice. Fold this mixture into the pumpkin mixture and combine until smooth.
4. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the center of the oven. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Apple Ginger Quick Bread
Source: Old Farmer's Almanac

Yield: 1 loaf or 6 mini bundt cakes

A pleasant change of pace, especially attractive if baked in mini
bundt pans. This bread freezes well, too.

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 medium-size tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup raisins and/or 1/2 cup unsalted mixed nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan or 6 mini bundt pans.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt; set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine just until blended thoroughly (do not beat). Spread into the prepared pan(s). Bake the loaf pan for 80 minutes, the mini bundt pans for 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the loaves comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pans.


Applesauce Cake

1 1/2 C. Applesauce (chunky is especially good)
1 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Shortening
1 C. Raisins
2 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 C. chopped Nuts.

Combine applesauce, sugar, raisins and shortening in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture comes to a boil. Allow to cool. Combine dry ingredients and nuts. Stir everything together until well blended. (Mixture will be very thick.) Pour into a greased and
floured 9" x 12" pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread for Mabon

9 cups whole-wheat flour
4 teaspoons salt
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups water
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup honey

Sift together 3 cups flour, salt, and yeast. Combine milk, water, butter, and honey in a saucepan and heat over low heat until liquids are warm (butter need not melt completely). Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes. Add remaining flour a cup full at a time until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and allow to rest 10 minutes. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in large greased bowl and turn to grease all sides of dough. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about one hour. Punch dough down and turn out onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a loaf. Place into greased
loaf pans. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about one hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks.

Honey Corn Muffins

½ Cup unsifted, unbleached all-purpose flour
½ Cup fine whole wheat pastry flour
1 Cup stoneground yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt or buttermilk
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup corn oil

makes 12

Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin with vegetable spray. Combine flours, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended. In another bowl, mix egg, yogurt(or buttermilk), honey and corn oil until well blended. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until the
mixture is moist.(Dont over beat or your muffins will be tough ) Pour in the muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes.(Just until they are firm). Serve with Honey Butter.

CARROT HONEY CAKE

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup walnuts (optional)
powdered sugar

Beat eggs. Add honey and oil and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Stir in carrots and nuts if used. Grease and flour a 9 inch by 13 inch pan. Pour batter into pan and smooth it out. Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes. (This recipe can be made into cupcakes using the paper cupcake liners.) Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool. Just before serving, sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar. YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes


Cool Apple Nog

1 can (12 oz.) frozen apple juice concentrate (undiluted)
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
10 ice cubes (crushed)

In a blender, whirl all ingredients until smooth. Garnish each serving with fresh mint sprigs. Makes 4 servings.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider

4 cups apple cider 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
4 cups grape juice additional cinnamon sticks
2 cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
1 tsp allspice

In a 4-quart saucepan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Bring just to boiling. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
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Chakras and Crystal Healing

Our bodies are made up of an electromagnetic energy sometimes referred to as the AURA. The flow of this energy affects our health and well being. The chakras are responsible for directing and distributing this energy through our body. Each chakra is responsible for distributing energy to different organs, muscles and nerves. Through our chakras, we receive and transmit physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. The goal is to have all chakra centers clear, balanced, and vitalized for peak health and well being.

Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum. Each chakra is said to spin at a different frequency. Through our chakras, we receive and transmit physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. We can bring fresh energy into our body through the chakras that can nourish our organs and glands. When each chakra spins at its optimal frequency the body radiates perfect health; emotions are centered and balanced and we enjoy a sense of peace.

Chakras can be manipulated to keep the body healthy and emotions centered by using meditation, colors and crystals. Stones are used at chakra centers for clearing, revitalizing, and healing. Generally, the selection of stones for healing corresponds with the associated color of the chakra.

The goal is an overall feeling of good health and inner peace. The chakras are the very essence of your whole being. These are the paths to discover the deeper realities within one self.

When your chakras are not working properly you are unable to move your physical, emotional and mental body onto a higher spiritual level. Each chakra affects different parts of the body and sometimes illness can be caused by poor chakra health. Illness is caused mostly by old patterns, by actions, by fears and by overindulgence, which is usually a sign of anxieties and conflicts. These conflicts create imbalance and disharmony in the body. We are often too focused in the reality and physical being of life to listen to our inner selves. Then the chakras become out of balance and we become prone to illness. The energy imbalance in the chakra affects the health of your physical body.



There are seven major chakras running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.


The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. It is the energy center that connects us to the earth and our ambitions. On a physical level this chakra controls the back, legs, hips, feet, spine and the circulation of the blood. When not functioning properly, this chakra causes aches, strains and loss of mobility to these areas. When you are trying to make things happen in the physical world, doing business or acquiring possessions, the energy will come from the first chakra.

The Sacral Chakra is the second chakra and is located two inches below the navel. It is rooted into the spine. This is the energy center for passion, creativity and self worth. It also controls the body's organs like the lower sexual organs, the bladder, bowel and lower intestine. When functioning properly, it helps maintain a healthy yin yang balance. When this chakra is aligned and balanced, you become expressive, creative and spontaneous. When it is not functioning properly, you may have a low self esteem and low sex drive.

The third chakra is the Solar Plexus, located two inches below the breastbone in the center of the torso, behind the stomach. This chakra is the center of personal power, passions, anger and strength. When this chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, feel that others are controlling your life, or be depressed. It also controls the upper intestines, upper back and spine. When functioning negatively, it can cause a person to be fearful and suffer from a low self esteem. Because it governs the stomach, many ulcers and stomach disorders are brought on by excessive stress and worry.

Heart Chakra is the fourth chakra, located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. The heart chakra is the main center, or control panel, for our body. When we have problems with this chakra we have problems with our heart, blood, circulation and the vessels that carry the blood, as well as our lungs and how we breathe. We have ribs that protect these areas, but these also become weakened when this center is not functioning properly.

The throat chakra is our fifth chakra and is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck. It is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally released. On a physical level this chakra includes the throat, thyroid, mouth, teeth, tongue, and jaw. The problems manifest with this chakra, are sore throats and thyroid problems that can lead to a lack of energy, vitality, and weight problems.

Third Eye Chakra is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead and is the sixth chakra. It is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, as well as the energies of spirit and light. On a physical level, this chakra involves the pituitary glands, the skull, eyes, the brain, the nervous system and our senses. If this chakra is unbalanced, we can suffer headaches, sinus and nasal problems and disease within the brain and the skull. This is because we are not living in the physical sense, instead we are in the head; always thinking and worrying about the future instead of living in the now. We can also suffer from different types of mental disorders that are caused through our nervous system.

Crown or seventh chakra is located just beneath the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death. This chakra encompasses part of the spinal cord, the stem of the brain, pain center of the brain and part of the nerves. When people become sick and suffer a lot of pain that they cannot handle, it is because the energy flow is blocked to this chakra.



Learning how to cleanse the Chakras encourages physical wellness. Each chakra is related to a certain system and, when they are blocked, energy is unable to flow properly through the body. While chakras funnel energies into our bodies, cleansing with crystals and colors balances the chakras out. Crystals or stones are used to remove imbalances from the chakras by placing the corresponding colored stone on the appropriate chakra and focusing visual intention. Every person has their preference between crystals or tumbled stones for this cleansing. Generally, the selection of stones or crystals corresponds with the associated color of the chakra. Each chakra has more than one color associated with it, but they each have a primary color.


By placing a crystal on each chakra you allow the crystals or stones to absorb the negative energy blocking that chakra. All of the stones for each chakra will be accompanied by a clear quartz crystal. Clear quartz transmits energy to the other stones and it channels all the chakra colors.

When working with the individual chakras, you need to recognize the source of disturbance. Explore and find the appropriate chakra associated with the issue. You would need to pick the appropriate crystal and place that crystal on the corresponding chakra. Find your rhythm of breath, visualize yourself drawing in the light, filling up your whole body. The light should correspond to the chakra color. Feel the positive energy working for you.

Using a combination of meditation and crystals is the best way to align and clear your chakras. The best way to do this is to lie down and allow the crystals to rest directly on the chakras. The person visualizes the color, light, and energy filling the body up and the stone absorbing and taking away the negative energy.

Our mind is always thinking, even in sleep. Energy freely flows to and from the body through the chakras. We learn how to listen to our bodies when the mind is clear. Meditation gives our mind the rest it needs. Having energy flowing freely from the body through the chakra gives us a well balanced life, physical vitality and helps us to distribute these energies through the body. Chakra balance supports and promotes good health and a sense of well being.

The goal is to have all chakra centers clear, balanced, and vitalized for peak health and well being. True healing is a partnership between the person and the crystals. Letting go of the barriers allows the power to flow in and out. The more open and receptive the patient is the stronger the results. Having faith and belief in the crystals will give the person strength for the healing. It is a magical experience to see and feel the stones on the body, giving and receiving their energies. When you are done with your meditation, you feel more calm, balanced, open, receptive, and in tune with yourself. With crystals you can re establish your connection with the earth, becoming more accepting of your place and purpose on this planet. By accepting the function of the crystals and meditation your aura should be glowing, your chakras clear and balanced, and your body should be filled with positive energy. Crystals and meditation give us a message of love, beauty and harmony of light. We can open our hearts to the stones and we will find peace.




Basics

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1st Root or Base Chakra

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. This center holds the basic needs for survival, security and safety. The root chakra is powerfully related to our contact with the Earth Mother, providing us with the ability to be grounded into the earthplane.

This is also the center of manifestation. When you are trying to make things happen in the material world, business or material possessions, the energy to succeed will come from the first chakra.
Associated with: connection to the Earth, grounding, survival, security, physical needs, physical energy, power, growth, stability,
Governs: back, feet, hips spine, legs
Color: red, brown, gray or black
Stones: black obsidian, black onyx, black tourmaline, bloodstone, brecciated jasper, carnelian, red garnet, hematite, leopardskin jasper, red jasper, red calcite, red coral, ruby, smokey quartz



2nd Spleen or Sacral Chakra

It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way.
Associated with: emotional balance, creativity, abundance, freedom, healing, intuition, passion, personal expression, sexuality & reproduction
Governs: sexual organs, bladder, bowel and lower intestine
Color: orange
Stones: amber, carnelian, fire opal, fluorite, honey calcite, orange calcite, peach aventurine, sunstone, turquoise



3rd Solar Plexus Chakra

It is located two inches below the breastbone in the center behind the stomach. The third chakra is the center of personal power, the place of ego , of passions, impulses, anger and strength. It is also the center for astral travel and astral influences, receptivity of spirit guides and for psychic development. When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed.
Associated with: ambition, intellect, personal power, protective, strength, sense of self-worth, self-confidence, laughter, humor, joy
Governs: stomach, upper intestines, upper back, upper spine
Color: Yellow
Stones: amber, citrine, golden tiger eye, honey calcite, rutilated quartz, sulphur, sunstone, topaz, yellow calcite, yellow carnelian, yellow jasper, yellow sapphire



4th Heart Chakra

It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This center directs one's ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit.
Associated with: compassion, love, unconditional love, emotions, universal consciousness
Governs: heart, lungs, blood and circulation
Color: green andor pink
Stones: actinolite, cuprite -balances heart chakra with root chakra, emerald, fluorite, green apatite, green aventurine, green calcite, grossular garnet, jade, jasper, kunzite, malachite, moldavite, moss agate, peridot, rose quartz, rubellite, serpentine also known as New Jade, tourmaline -especially watermelon, ruby zoisite



5th Throat Chakra

It is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck and is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought, speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of.
Associated with: communication, divine guidance, truthfulness, expression of will power and creativity
Governs: throat, thyroid, mouth, teeth, tongue, jaw.
Color: light blue or turquoise
Stones: amazonite, angelite, aqua aura, aquamarine, blue calcite, blue lace agate, blue tigers eye, blue topaz, blue quartz, kyanite, lapis, opal, sodalite, turquoise



6th Brow or Third Eye Chakra

It is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead. This is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, the energies of spirit and light. It also assists in the purification of negative tendencies and in the elimination of selfish attitudes. Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your Higher Self. The main colors are purple and dark blue
Associated with: coordination, balance, mental clarity, psychic abilities especially clairvoyance, intuition, spiritual awareness, wisdom
Governs: pituitary gland, pineal gland, skull, eyes, brain, nervous system, the senses
Color: dark blue, violet or purple
Stones: amazonite, amethyst, apatite, apophyllite, azurite, charoite, lapis, picture rock, purple fluorite, sapphire, sodalite, sugilite



7th Crown Chakra

It is located just behind the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom, and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. This is also the center of connectedness with the Goddess (God), the place where life animates the physical body. The silver cord that connects the aura bodies extends from the crown. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death.
Associated with: cosmic consciousness, enlightenment, spirituality, life force energy, higher self, perfection, ultimate wisdom
Governs: top of spinal cord, brain stem, pain center, nerves
Color: white, colorless clear, purple - violet, gold
Stones: amethyst, apophyllite, clear calcite, danburite, diamond, iolite, clear quartz, herkimer diamond, moonstone, opal, rainbow moonstone, scolecite, selenite


All Chakras
Activation - Stimulation: garnet, quartz
Alignment - Balancing: bloodstone, blue kyanite, calcite, dolomite
General Strengthening - Stimulating: bloodstone, botswana agate, chrysoberyl, chrysocolla, danburite, fluorite, kunzite, kyanite, obsidian, quartz






A Brief List of Chakra Crystals and Stones

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Abalone: root, sacral and solar plexus chakras, calms, emotional situations, intuition, promotes imagination, healing

Agate, Blue Lace: clears throat chakra, calms, assists inner attunement, healing

Agate, Bostwana: stimulates crown chakra, inner knowledge

Agate, Fire: sacral root chakras, courage, protects, fear, spiritual progression, meditation, healing

Agate, Mexican Crazy Lace: root chakra, balancing, calms, protects, laughter, emotional pain, wealth, attract new friends

Agate, Moss: heart chakra, abundance, success, prosperity, gain peace, self-confidence, higher self-esteem, protection, addiction, healing

Agate, 3rd Eye: protection against evil, enhance psychic abilities, intuition, ESP, imagination, concentration

Agate, Tree: heart chakra, introspection and self discovery, relieves tension

Agate, Turritella: root chakra, negativity, healing, anger, love, courage, emotional trauma, aura

Amazonite: heart and throat chakra, brings clarity, truth and trust, dispels negativity, health and well being

Amber: solar plexus chakra, chakras balanced and revitalized, calms, protection, love, negativity, healing, good luck, depression

Amethyst: opens crown chakra, promotes inner peace, love, insomnia, balance, healing, cleansing, initiates wisdom & under standing, communicates directly with the inner soul

Amethyst, Black: 3rd Eye Chakra, grounding, healing, environmental cleanup

Amegreen: Crown and Heart Chakra, lift spirits, love, fear, business, healing, negativity, fears

Ametrine: 3rd eye chakra, harmony, healing, stress relief, learning, meditation, negativity, psychic abilities

Amphibole Angel Quartz: crown and 3rd eye chakras, balance, love, Spirit Guides, dreaming, clarity, verbal abuse, meditation, energy healing

Angelite: throat, 3rd eye and crown chakras, inner peace, dispel fear, forgiveness, healing, communicate

Apache Tear: root, sacral and heart chakras, soothes grief, insight and acceptance at times of death

Apophyllite: 3rd eye chakra, charge objects, truth, calms, healing, helps eyes

Apatite: 3rd eye chakra, learn, healing, inner peace, enhance energies of crystals

Aqua Aura, Blue: throat Chakra and 3rd eye chakras, activate all chakras, power, healing, love, protection, soothe anger, release stress, communicate, inner truth

Aqua Aura, Tangerine: solar plexus and heart chakras, activate all chakras, wealth, healing, love, protection, stress

Aqua Aura, Tanzanite: 3rd eye and crown chakras, activate all chakras, wealth, healing, love, protection, stress

Aquamarine: throat and heart chakras, courage, strength, peace, protection and calming

Aragonite: throat, heart and thrird eye chakras, increases prayers and magick charms, confidence, anger, stress, calms, psychic, healing

Arfvedsonite: crown, 3rd eye and throat chakra, courage, forgiveness, self-confidence, reduces guilt, self-doubt, depression,

Atlantasite: all chakras, end disputes, understand love, healing, spiritual, stress, success in business, power, money

Aventurine, Blue: 3rd Eye and throat chakras, self discipline, patience. inner strength, protection, healing emotions, intuitive

Aventurine, Green: heart chakra, heals heart, physic healing, emotional stress

Aventurine, Peach: heals heart, physic healing, emotional stress

Aventurine, Red: Root, Sacral and 3rd eye chakras, enhances creativity, see possibilities, prosperity, negativity, healing

Azurite: 3rd eye and crown chakras, align all chakras, soothing, intuition, meditation, divination, healing, depression

Azurite Malachite: 3rd eye, crown, solar plexus and heart chakras, stress, depression, love, well-being, good fortune, prosperity, abundance, protection, new beginnings

Beryl, Green: crown, frontal, 3rd eye and thymus chakras, gentle energy, calms, meditation

Bismuth: heart and base chakras, see and overcome blocks, meditation, grounding, focus, relationships

Bloodstone: root chakra, healing, courage, wealth, confidence, business, protection

Boji Stones - Kansas Pop Rocks: all chakras, metaphysical healing, balance and align ones energy field, promote the removal of blockages to allow healing to take place, memory loss, depression, healing

Bronzite: base and solar plexus chakras, protection, restore harmony, courage, indecision, change, healing

Calcite, Blue: throat chakra, calming, ease emotional pain, healing, happiness, communication

Calcite, Clear Optical: all chakras, amplifies energy, healing, protection, inner peace, lessen fear, stress, clear away negative

Calcite, Golden: clears and activates all chakras, disagreements, meditation, negative emotions, negative energy, amplify positive energy

Calcite, Green: heart chakra, heals the heart for love of self and others, breaking old relationship habits, let go love issues, joy

Calcite, Honey: root, solar plexus and third eye chakras, amplifies energy, assists with challenges associated with change, psychic, intellect, memory

Calcite, Mangano: heart chakra, anger, grief, fear, calming, bring love, abuse, success, memory, physical energy

Calcite, Orange: sacral and solar plexus chakras, various chakras, protecting, purifying, grounding, prosperity, spirituality, reconciliation, healing, psychic abilities, increases and amplifies energy, stress

Carnelian: root and sacral chakras. creativity, individuality, courage, protection energies, memory, past lives, protection from anger, jealousy, fear, brings good luck, ease sorrows

Cats Eye: 3rd eye chakra, power, forgiveness, healing, prosperity, negative, luck, protects, peace, increase positive in relationship

Cavansite in Stillbite: 3rd eye, protection towards disease: will not have the ability to return, intuition, activate channeling

Celestite: throat and crown chakras, clearing chakras, mental activities, balance, angelic realms, astral travel, dream recall, cleanses, healing, eyes, hearing, mental dysfunction, eliminates toxins, digestive disorders

Chalcedony: throat and 3rd eye chakras, calming, joy, healing, negative, depression, harmonizes mind, body, and spirit

Chalcedony, Pink: heart chakra, stabilize all chakras, dissipates negative energy, depression, inner peace, divorce, self-love

Chalcopyrite: opens, cleanses and activates crown chakra, crystal healing, remove energy blocks, crown chakra, meditation, perception, protection

Chiastolite, Cross Stone: root and third eye chakras, protection, harmony, negativity, calms fears, guilt, spirituality during illness and trauma, creativity

Charoite: 3rd eye, crown, solar plexus and root chakras, power, negative emotions, anger, entity release, healing

Chrysanthemum: all chakras, new beginnings, spiritual growth, supports change, self development, jealousy, confidence

Chrysocolla: throat, heart and root chakras, harmony, balance stone, gives comfort, heal, self confidence

Chrysoprase: heart and solar plexus chakras, stress, abundance, friendship, healing

Chrysoprase, Lemon: heart chakra, prosperity, business success, happiness, negative, soothing, healing, depression

Citrine: solar plexus chakra, promote success, abundance, especially in business, mental clarity, confidence, happiness, will power, protection, depression, self-doubt, eliminate nightmares

Copper: all chakras, healing, energy & mental agility, enhances stone energies, emotion, wisdom relieves pain

Coral Fossil Agatized: root chakra, evil eye, luck, trauma, inner peace, emotional cleansing, protection, love, irritability, healing

Danburite: heart chakra, communication, love yourself, relationships, calms, angelic energy

Dolomite: balance and alighn chakras, relieves sorrow, anxiety, loneliness, encourages generosity, insomnia

Dragon Stone: grounds the heart chakra and aligns all of the chakras, patience, healing, stimulate personal power, dissolves grief - sadness and sorrow, increase anything it touches

Dumortierite, Blue Quartz: 3rd eye chakra, self-discipline, clarity, peace, courage, depression, stress, happiness, patience, angels, clairvoyance, meditate

Emerald: heart chakra, stimulates heart chakra, helps domestic bliss, harmony, fidelity, joy, all healing

Epidote: all chakras, healing, negativity, increase anything it touches, emotional and spiritual growth, patience, panic attacks

Fluorite: all chakras, centers the mind, healing, computer and electromagnetic stress

Fluorite, Blue: throat chakra, all chakras, protection, grounding, mental clarity, negative, psychic, inner peace, spiritual awakening

Orange Elestial: all chakras, relieves sorrow, depression, lightens the heart, strength, emotional burdens, uplifting energy

Fluorite, Lavender: heart, third eye and crown chakras, Shyness, negativity, self fulfillment, aniexty, wealth, serenity, clarity, healing

Fluorite, Green: all and heart chakras, spiritual, psychic, truth, protection, healing, meditate, self-love, peace

Fluorite, Yellow: all chakras, attracts wealth, abundance, manifestation, sharpen mind, decisive, creative thoughts, negativity

Fuschite Crystal: 3rd Eye Chakra, healing Stone, enhances power of other minerals, meditation, fairies and natures spirit

Garnet: root chakra, creativity, imagination, purifies, strength, courage

Girasol: throat and crown chakra, calms, reignite interest in life, heals spiritual - emotional and physical

Hematite: root chakra and magnetic hematite is for all chakras, protection, legal, calming, healing, negativity

Herkimer Diamond: 3rd eye and crown chakras, attunement, balance, stress, healing

Howlite: place on third eye, state of mind, stress selfishness, rudeness, reduces pain

Infinate: root, sacral, solar plexus and heart chakras, clears chakras, negative, healing, emotional, spiritual, calming

Iolite: 3rd eye, inner knowing, eliminate debt, disharmony in relationships, carry to aid financial situations

Jade: heart chakra, healing, wealth, emotional balance, courage

Jade, Serpentine: all chakras, protection, wisdom, shields, luck, love, purity, friendship

Jasper, Breciated: all chakras, stimulates base and sacral chakras, relaxation, protection, eases stress, grounding

Jasper, Dalmation: base chakra, see strengths and weaknesses, patience, protection, depression, relax, bring sense of fun to life

Jasper, Kambaba: heart and root chakra, soothe nerves, grounding, protection, healing, ward off negativity

Jasper, Leopard Skin: base, heart and crown chakras, success in work-business, protection, stress, healing, negativity, grounding, spiritual discovery

Jasper, Ocean: heart chakra, love, grounds, healing, heals emotions, protects

Jasper, Picture: 3rd eye and root chakras, grounding, creativity, harmony, business, emotional healing

Jasper, Red: root and sacral chakras, intensifier, strength, balancing, calming

Jasper, Yellow: solar plexus chakra, protects spiritual work, positive energy, memory, intellect

Jasper, Zebra: all chakras, acheive goals, joy of life, stress, meditation, stamina, compassion, increase endurance, protection

Jasper, Picasso: all chakras, calming, promotes weight loss, creativity, self-discipline, relationships, renew old friendships

Jasper, Leopard Fossil Snake: cleanses and aligns chakras, aura healing, stress, protection, absorbs negative energy, courage,

Jet: base chakra for grounding and all chakras for purification, alleviates grief, protection, negativity, psychic experience, calm, fear, negative energy, healing

Kyanite, Black: clear blocked energies in any chakra, empowers vision and clairvoyance, meditation, grounding

Kyanite, Blue: all chakras, protection, honesty, anger, meditation, communication, fibromyalgia, healing, arguments, psychic, dreaming, astral travel, never needs cleansing doesn't hold negative energy

Kyanite, Green: all chakras, protection, loyalty, anger, honesty, healing, meditation

Kunzite: heart chakra and aligns it with the third eye and throat chakras, spiritual, love, healing, heartache, protection, negative energy

Labadorite: solar plexus and brow chakras, transformation, clear- balance and protect aura, clarity into destiny, attract success, dream recall, stress, psychic development, esoteric wisdom

Labradorite, Golden: solar plexus chakra, inner strength, courage, calm, endurance, spiritual, manipulation, new situations

Lapis: Throat, 3rd eye and crown chakras, deep power, wisdom, inner strength, psychic abilities, decision making, gemstones of friendship and truth, emotional balancing, PMS, protection, insomnia, dreaming, healing, depression

Lemurian: all chakras, meditation, healing, inspiration, joy, hope, problem solving, psychic dreams

Lemurian Golden Healer: all chakras, meditation, healing, protection, inspiration, joyful energy, problem solving

Lemurian Seed Crystal, Pink: all chakras, healing, love, emotions, traumatized by negative

Lepidolite: all chakras especially heart and third eye chakras, harmony, peace, calm, remove negatives, nightmares

Lithium: all chakras, healing, balancing, sends & receives energy, calming, stress, peace, meditation, prayer, grief, anger

Lodestone: all chakras, attract love - luck and healing, used to lessen and dispel greif- fear - anger and despression, protection, grounding

Lodolite: crown chakra, strong healing, manifestation of desires, spiritual energies

Malachite: solar plexus and heart chakras, clears mental blocks, heals the heart, brings true love

Moldavite: 3rd eye, throat and crown chakras, powerful metaphysical energy, breaking through limitations and past patterns, spiritual growth and psychic awakening, manifest positive life changes, meditation, ease transformation, letting go

Mookaite: 3rd eye, solar plexus and root chakras, lower chakras, balance, change, meditation, protection, emotional, stabilizes health, immune system

Moonstone: crown, heart, sacral and third eye chakras, stress, love, calms, change, protection/travel, abundance

Moonstone, Black: root chakra, prosperity, healing, injured animals, clumsy children, settled home and relationships

Moonstone, Rainbow: align and activate all chakras, intuition, spirituality, love, magick, sleep, harmony, protecting

Moqui Balls Shaman Stones: all chaktas, cleansing, relaxation, meditation, astral journeying, negative energy, grounding, centering, protection, earth healing

Morganite: heart chakra, love, compassion, healing, self-control, patience, balance emotions, ease pain of separation

Mugglestone: sacral and root chakras, grounding, protection, clarity, knowledge, artistic abilities, strength, vitality, confidence, willpower, balance, motivation, healing

Nebula: all chakras especially root chakra, memory, fear, letting go, grounding, healing, emotional stability

Obsidian, Rainbow: root chakra, brings pleasure, joy, love, enhance clairvoyance, scrying stone, self development, protection, grounding, centering

Obsidian, Snowflake: root and third eye chakras, letting go, meditation, intuition

Onyx: root chakra, happiness, good fortune, stress, purify negative emotions, spiritual strength, healing

Obsidian: root chakra, protection, remove negativity, healing, focus, abuse, scrying, manifestation

Onyx, Blue: heart and throat chakras, stress, grief, self-control, negative emotions, crystal healing and energy work

Opal: crown chakra, inspiration, release inhibitions, memory, face emotions, happy dreams, eases the process of change

Opal, Dendritic: solar plexus, abundance, relationships, joy, harmony, healing, positive emotion, spiritual

Obsidian, Mahogany: all chakras, strength, protects, stimulates growth, decision making, stress, healing

Peridot: heart chakra, health, wealth, protection, healing, marriage, stress, anger, find lost, love

Petrified Wood: root and third eye chakras, business success, calm fears, protection, stabilize emotions, grounding, past life regression

Petosky: 3rd eye and crown chakra, keep naughty spirits from interfering, emotional issues, negative energies, healing

Psilomelane: 3rd eye, crown and root chakra, magic, magical ritual, healing, spiritual

Pietersite: solar plexus and third eye chakra, love, forceful stone, personal change, forgiveness, healing

Prasiolite - Green Amethyst: heart, crown, third eye and solar plexus chakras, attract abundance, spiritual, aids in spells and rituals, healing, inner peace, general uplifting, courage

Prehnite: solar plexus and heart chakras, chakra grid for calmness, protection, increases physical energy, calming, ease worries, meditation, healing

Psilomelane: 3rd eye, crown and root chakras, magic, magical ritual, healing, spiritual

Pyrite: solar plexus chakra, sharpens intellect, shields

Nirvana Quartz Ice Point: all chakras, protective, negative behavior, growth, emotional well being, physical and spiritual well being, health

Quartz, Clear: channels all the chakra colors, transmits energy, charges and intensifies, protection, balancing, healing, physic development, meditation

Quartz, Gold: align all chakras, balance yin yang, healing, scrying, spiritual

Quartz, Phantom: all chakras, meditation, healing, recover memories, negativity, intuition, love, emotional healing

Quartz, Rose: opens heart chakra, develops love, healing, peace, happiness

Quartz, Rutilated: all chakras, strength, balancing, purification, self confidence

Quartz, Smokey: root chakra, cleanses, grounds, protects

Quartz, Strawberry: heart chakra, love, healing, calming, amplify gratitude and generosity, balance emotions, meditation healing

Quartz, Tourmalated: all chakras, independence, responsibility, progression, dreams

Quartz, Spirit: all chakras, grief, abundance, self-worth, protects, negative, dream, fear, healing, abuse and stress

Arkansas Ice Quartz: channels all the chakra colors, transmit energy, healing, protection, balancing, healing, meditation

Rhodochrosite: heart and solar plexus chakras, balancing and love stone. use for harmonizing and cleansing

Rhondonite: heart and root chakras, aligns chakras, grounds energy, heals emotional shock, abuse and anger, helps with forgiveness, promotes calm, wound healer

Rhyolite - Rainforest Jasper: all chakras, protection, regeneration, healing, resolution

Ruby: root chakra, integrity, happiness, prosperity, love, protects home, healing

Ruby Fuschite: crown and heart chakras, love, health, wealth, protects, gentleness, discourages violence

Ruby with Kyanite: throat, heart and root chakras, courage, passion, calms, communication, dispels anger and frustration, clarity, meditation

Ruby in Zoisite: root and heart chakras, emotional, confidence, integrity, optimism, abundance, psychic, empowerment, healing

Tourmaline Pink, Rubellite: base and heart chakras, serenity, positive, healing, strength, increases success, love, joy, release our old hurts

Sardonyx: root, throat and 3rd eye chakras, protection, strength, friends, good fortune, depression, healing

Scolecite: heart chakra, clears chakras, Deep relaxation, sleeping, meditation, dreams, change and hardship, love, joy

Selenite: crown chakra, mental clarity, strengthening decisions, angelic guidance, past lives, good business practices, removes energy blocks from the physical and etheric bodies, healing, clears other stones

Selenite, Red: crown chakra, transformation, heal emotions, negative energy, mental clarity, protection, calms, healing

Septarian: low chakras, powerful, healing, calm, communication, grounding, negative energy, joy, spiritual uplifting

Seraphinite: all chakras, angel stone, intuition, psychic, love, purifying, magickal, healing, imbalance

Sodalite: throat and brow chakras. logic, rationality, efficiency, stimulates thought, communication, truth, end arguments, honesty of emotions, increases intelligence, unite logical with spiritual

Spectrolite: root chakra, sleep, luck, anxiety, depression, self-confidence, inspiration, independence, magical revelations

Stilbite, Peach: crown and throat chakras.intuition, creative energy, acceptance-letting go, manifestation, heart

Stromatolite: massages the chakras, heal past-life, meditation, physical and emotional stress, patient and steady energy

Sugilite: 3rd eye and crown chakras, healing, spirituality, psychic, love, anger, jealousy

Sunstone, Gold: sacral and solar plexus chakras, focusing, power, inner peace, strength

Tektite: all chakras, helps with emotional stumbling, overcome challenges, wisdom

Tigers Eye, Gold: solar plexus, sacral and root chakras, protection, courage, prosperity, luck, depression, honesty

Tigers Eye, Blue: throat and 3rd eye chakras, confidence, decision making, see truth, courage, protection, good luck, healing

Tigers Eye, Mutli: root chakra, intuition, fear, personal power, enthusiasm for life, calming, grounding

Tourmaline, Green: third eye chakra, healing, spiritual energy, abundance, joy for life,calm

Tourmaline, Black: root chakra, negativity, calming, grounding, reduce anger, protection

Topaz Silver Blue: all chakras, joy, confidence, love, success, negativity, healing, emotional balancer, soothing

Turquoise: throat chakra, astral travel, opens communication, joins love and wisdom

Unakite: all chakras and especially heart chakra, visions, love, creativity, calms

Vogesite: all chakras, business, harmony, hope, strength, encouragement, comfort from within, abuse, acceptance

Zebra Marble Jasper: all chakras, healing, protection, clarity, grounding, patience, meditation, dream recall, inner truth, manifest desires
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Re: Alura's Book of Shadows

Postby Alura Noel » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:02 pm

http://magic-spells-and-potions.com/mag ... _metal.htm


Magical Properties of Metals and Alloys

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Base Metals

Aluminium - The magician's "invisibility metal". Reflects incoming energies and makes the perfect base for magic mirrors. Useful for magical protection if worn as jewellry.

Copper- is primarily a conductor and it is also a bridge in many ways. It's a good metal to use for a magic wand because of this. Copper can be used to draw away negative energy.

Tin- is an amazing substance that is a reminder that metals are made of crystals and that they are only experienced by us as "metallic" and "hard" because the circumstances of our world hold it in that state. If you can clear your mind of the general ideas about tin, you will find it a very helpful, compliant and co-operative element for symbol making especially.

Iron- is the heart of the Earth but also, the heart of the universe itself. It is both terrestrial and stellar; as above, so below. Therefore, you can use iron as a grounding tool for earthbound work and at the same time, as a universal tool for other work. Iron is the metal of choice for out of body experiences and shamanic travel as it opens up the connections between this world, and the others.

Lead- is the silent metal. It is a law upon itself and in magic, creates a space of silence. This is the perfect metal for "black space" meditations. Because of its ability to be silent in and of itself, it makes a good barrier to all forms of energy, and can be used to keep things in, as well as out; however, that is not its main purpose in energy magic but indeed, it is about "the silence within".

Zinc- is the metal of magical revelation. It appears innocent and ordinary in its physical state, but on the other levels zinc is an extraordinary event with powerful transformational properties. One of the most fascinating metals to work with in energy magic.

Nickel- is an extraordinary metal which extends into most dimensions, and has many levels of existence. It is extremely complex and when added to an alloy, increases the complexity of the mix by its very presence. It is therefore useful when additional information or energy is required, or when dealing with trying to solve problems, advance knowledge or a personal breakthrough or threshold shift is required.



Precious Metals

Gold- is the sun metal. It has therefore been linked over the millennia with everything to do with health, wealth, and growth. On another level, it is about slow flow towards accomplishment. When working with gold, bear in mind that most things sold as gold these days are alloys. 24k gold is pure gold only.

Silver- is a high level conductor, an open river that carries all things both ways. Silver absorbs many things but it doesn't store them which makes it into a very good metal for magical charms that need to flow and work on a continuous basis and without needing to be cleaned in between. Silver is also magically neutral.

Platinum- has been called the "solid wisdom metal". It has a time attribute similar to lead which gives it extra dimensionality and a viewpoint of the wisdom of hindsight (or foresight). Platinum is an excellent metal for soul meditations and to help find and keep on a true road in this lifetime.

Ruthenium- is an interesting metal which in and of itself isn't that strong, but lends strength when added to gold or platinum. For energy magic, Ruthenium can be a good choice when we need a catalyst to lift existing strengths and qualities to the next level.

Rhodium- is the metal of achievement beyond earthly wealth, power and respect. Meditations and potions invoking rhodium have the power to move the world in a very different way.

Palladium- is the metal of guardianship on the highest levels. Not a protector or a teacher, but a stable champion and a friend to keep grounded even when travelling very far from home.

Osmium- is the metal of endurance beyond reason and strength beyond expectation. Adding the essence of osmium to a potion will evoke the vast reserves of strength which lie within each of us, but which we rarely reach or tap.

Iridium- is the crucible metal and it is all about staying true to oneself in changing circumstances or even in hell itself. Iridium is helpful when absolute resolve is required; and through this resolve remaining steady, the environment becomes changed instead. A great seed component of energy magic potions that require a miracle to bring about the desired outcome.

Plutonium- is alive, active and extremely complex. If the energy magician can get away from previous entrainments about this metal, the ability of plutonium to interact with the environment and cause it to change is an extremely powerful change catalyst and change bringer indeed.

Uranium- is the shape shifter metal. With its many aspects, it can become whatever the observer is most interested in and it has aspects of all major metals combined within it. It can be used to awaken sleeping aspects of the self, and to discover more of the whole story in any context.




Transition Metals

Zirconium- is the first of the transition metals, their very existence being a practical reminder that metals are crystaline in essence - and nothing more so than zirconium, which is manufactured to produce the beautiful artificial cubic zirconia diamonds. Light and strong, lustrous and exceptionally resistant to corrosion, zirconium dances between the planes and keeps its identity regardless of the states it inhabits. Magically, this makes it into a good companion for far journeys, and transmutation.

Titanium- is a light, strong metal with low density which seems at home most in an oxygen free environment - space metal, in other words. Use for meditations, explorations and invocations of stellar entities, and interstellar communication.

Chromium- is primarily a catalyst that helps lift us up and out of ordinary places and into the extraordinary. Both radiant and reflective, it can be used as a portal for extradimensional travel.

Tungsten- is a strong and powerful protector, highly resistant to heat and other forms of radiation. It has a core quality of strength in structure in difficult environments, including extraterrestrial environments.

Manganese- has interesting effects on its environment and belongs to the group of metals used in shape shifting. Because of its ability to both deflect and refract light and energy, it is a flexible shield maker and strengthener, an ally to the traveller.

Cobalt- takes the refraction properties of manganese one step further and produces very specific, deeply hypnotic emanations that can both cloak and transform the traveller. Radiant, powerful and extremely psychically active.

Cadmium- is on the other side to cobalt in relation to manganese and has a strong resonance to the physical, from where it refracts outward as it transmutes itself and stretches into other dimensions. It is good for a base, and a launch pad to far journeys, providing a grounding or beacon back home, as well as an ongoing "ladder" of unfoldment points to go further and further from home. Good for beginners.

Mercury- is in essence a flow of crystals, a crystal river. Extremely active and impactful at the multi-level, mercury has many applications from change, via transdimensional transportation of consciousness to being a perfect choice for a magic mirror.




Metalloids

Gallium- challenges our idea of the established and asks us to let go of preconceptions, stretching our receptive abilities to discover the truth about reality, which is always multi-dimensional. Working with gallium increases intelligence, systemic thinking and reduces fear of the unknown.

Indium- has properties which are of little use in the environments we are familiar with - but on far journeys, its existence becomes more strongly revealed, as do its purposes. Use Indium for meditations of the true unknown, the unfamiliar, and to expand consciousness. Indium can be used as a guide towards the Akashic records, and Indra's web.

Thallium- is another of the metalloids that seems to be not at home on planet Earth at all. In its physical form, it is extremely toxic; in its metaphysical forms it is an event like the Northern Lights that can stimulate a renewed or deepened sense of awe about the nature of the Universe. Shows us the limitations of considering everything from a physical point of view.

Bismuth- is best known for making pretty, multicoloured "hopper crystals" and is a wonderful, safe and generally non-toxic introduction to the nature of metals and crystals, which in the end, obey the same universal laws and are more than just relatives in existence. Like the other metalloids, there is a whole lot more to it than meets the eyes, and bismuth particularly combines a great many "wonderful" properties of the other metals, crystals and metalloids, such as multi-faceted refraction, flow, regularity of structure and metaphysical expansion. An excellent metal/crystal for beginners and children.

Germanium- has the same physical structure as diamond, but presents as a metal-like appearance. Germanium is an excellent metalloid for stimulating finding the truth beyond the form and is therefore a particularly useful addition to truth potions, and to cut through mental confusions and prejudices.

Antimony- is the example of the multi-level events that are the metalloids which has been used by humans for magic, metaphysical, practical and healing purposes for the longest time. It is relatively straightforward and like all the metalloids, stimulates thought, expansion, and banishes "construct thinking". Because Antimony has been associated with healing for so long, it has a powerfield making it useful now for healing quests and to find healing answers beyond the ordinary.
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Re: Alura's Book of Shadows

Postby Alura Noel » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:32 pm

Tea Blend Recipes + Drinks


Yarrow Tea

Yarrow tea is currently used to help stimulate the appetite, fight fevers and colds, combats gastric and digestion issues, as well as protects the gallbladder.

To prepare Yarrow Tea:

Cut the stems and flowers from a fresh yarrow plant.
Place them in a food processor, and process until the entire plant is well diced (not juicy).
Spread the diced herb onto a tray in the sun and leave to dry for 2-3 days. You can speed up the process with a food dehydrator.
Once dry, steep one tablespoon of yarrow in boiling water for 5-10 mins.



Bee Balm Tea

1 Tbsp. Fresh bee balm leaves or petals
OR 1 Tsp. dried bee balm leaves or petals
1 C. water
Honey (optional)

Bring water to a boil. Place bee balm in a cup (or a tea ball and then in a cup). Pour boiling water over bee balm. Add sweetener (optional) to taste. Let steep for 10 minutes.




Ease, Digest & Invigorate Tea

Soothing, uplifting, energizing, and flavorful, all in one warm cup of tea. The combination of herbs entice the taste buds while simultaneously feeding the soul.

Ingredients (to make approximately 1 quart):
1/4 C. Dried chamomile flowers
1/4 C. Dried peppermint leaves
1/4 C. Comfrey leaves
1/4 C. Lemon balm
1/8 C. Meadowsweet
1/8 C. Hyssop
1/8 C. Fennel seeds
1/8 C. Dehydrated orange peel



Orange Peel Green Tea

Have you wondered what to do with your orange peels since they don't decompose very well? If you don't want to throw them away but also don't want to toss them in with your compost, consider dehydrating them and turning them into a savory tea. Add a dab of honey to sweeten this zesty morning beverage.

Ingredients (to make approximately 1 quart):
2 C. dried orange peels (I chopped orange peels into small cubes and threw them in the dehydrator)
1 C. Tbsp dried green tea leaves



Apple Hibiscus Tea

It is delightfully sweet and sour, slightly tangy, yet smooth. Add a dab of honey for a savory cup of tea.

Ingredients (to make approximately 1 quart):
2 C. dried apples (I chopped fresh apples and threw them in the dehydrator)
1 C. Tbsp dried hibiscus flowers



Floral Fantasy Tea
3 parts Lavender
3 parts Yarrow
1 part Chamomile
1 part Stevia

Spiced Anise Tea
4 parts Anise Hyssop
1 part Cinnamon
1 part Vanilla Bean
1 part Cloves

Devoted Remembrance Tea
3 parts Rosemary
3 parts Lavender
3 parts Marjoram
2 parts Anise Hyssop

Dark Rose Tea
2 parts Rose Hips
3 parts Anise Hyssop
3 parts Yarrow
1 part Bergamot

Aromatic Mint Tea
2 parts Spearmint
1 part Marjoram
1 part Sweet Woodruff
1 part Sage

Good Start Tea
2 parts Yarrow
2 parts Rose Hips
2 parts Lavender
1 part Marjoram
1 part Stevia

Chocolate Mint Tea
4 parts Chocolate Mint
3 parts Lavender
2 parts Sweet Woodruff
1 part Stevia
1 part Rose Hips

Black Licorice Tea
2 parts Anise Hyssop
2 parts Bergamot
2 parts Marjoram
2 parts Spearmint

Everything & More Tea
1 part Lavender
1 part Yarrow
1 part Anise Hyssop
1 part Stevia
1 part Spearmint
1 part Bergamot
1 part Rose Hips
1 part Calendula

Love Charm Tea
3 parts Yarrow
1 part Lavender
1 part Anise Hyssop
1 part Spearmint



Lavender Herbal Tea Blend

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon balm leaves
2 cups boiling water
1 tea bag (optional)
honey, for serving (see Homemade Lavender Honey)
Directions:

1
Rinse the inside of the teapot with hot water.
2
Place the loose herbs into the teapot, or into a tea ball. Add boiling water to the pot and steep for 5 minutes; strain.
3
Serve in warmed china cups, with honey to taste. Makes two cups of tea.
4
Note: If you would like a stronger tea, add a black tea bag or loose tea of your choice and you can add another cup of water to make 3 cups of tea.



Blends

Recipes
The recipes given here call for dried ingredients and yield six cups of tea. Use one tablespoon of dried herbs per cup, plus one for the pot. For fresh leaves or flowers, triple the amounts (seed measurements don't change). Pour boiling water over the herbs, cover and let steep for one to three minutes. Herb teas are naturally pale. Sweetening with honey darkens them and adds body. Lemon juice bleaches the color; try rose hips instead. Peppermint, betony and sunflower teas can take a little milk.

Mint Mania
3 tablespoons peppermint leaves
1 tablespoon catnip leaves
1 tablespoon rose petals
1 tablespoon lemon verbena leaves

Orchard
3 tablespoons chamomile flowers
2 tablespoons lemon verbena leaves
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon crushed coriander seed
1 teaspoon snipped dried apricot

Bistro
4 tablespoons toasted sunflower hulls
4 teaspoons fennel seed
4 teaspoons orange rind (colored part only)

Maytime
3 tablespoons chamomile flowers
1 tablespoon bee balm leaves
2 teaspoons rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons crushed coriander seed
2 teaspoons peppermint leaves



Teas


Sweet, soothing tea
6-12 oz of water
fresh or dried rose petals (4)
dried grass (a pinch)
dried geranium flowers (8)


Boil, and enjoy as a tea to greet old friends over.

Lavender Mint
6-12 oz of water
fresh orange mint leaf (1)
dried lavender flowers buds (7)
OR
fresh lavender flowers and/or leaves (3)
green tea bag (1)


Purification, cleansing, a tea for any cold day, refreshing and puts your mind at ease.

Sleepy Time
This tea causes drowsiness and may impair people.
Consult a trusted doctor/naturopath first before consumption
6 oz of water
dried valerian root (a pinch)
dried ginger root (graded at discretion)
fresh lemon juice or concentrate (2 drops)
teaspoon of honey (optional)


Well.. it makes you sleepy! Be careful, valerian causes sleepiness.

Mint Explosion
12 oz of water
fresh peppermint leaf (3)
fresh spearmint leaf (4)
fresh orange mint leaf (3)
fresh chocolate mint leaf (optional)


Any purpose, really, aids in digestion most importantly.

Mushroom Longevity
6 oz of water
teaspoon of ground reishi mushroom (2)
spearmint leaf (add to cup after for decoration)


Ling Zhi is an amazing longevity tea. Reishi is revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the mushroom of immortality.

Pomegranate Tea
water (12 oz.)
green tea leaves (1 bag; 1 tsp)
fresh pomegranate arils, or seeds (5)
fresh peppermint leaf (1)


Green tea and pomegranate arils in water,
slowly work up to a boil (approximately 10 minutes),
add peppermint leaf at boil,
boil for 1-2 minutes, then serve.

Nightfall Tea Time
water (12 ounces)
garden sage (1 small to medium leaf)
golden sage (1 small leaf)
cinnamon basil (1 leaf)
orange mint (1 leaf)
black tea/orange pekoe (1 teaspoon)


bring water to a light boil,
drop in both sage leaves and cinnamon basil,
boil for 2-3 minutes,
drop in orange mint leaf,
turn heat off and let steep for a minute,
then add black tea.
serve and enjoy.

This tea is great just before bed.

Something Different
Water (12-16 oz)
Orange peel (3, size of thumb nail)
Golden Sage (1, small)
Garden Sage (1, small)
Cinnamon Basil (1, small)
Ground cinnamon (1 pinch)
Green Tea bag (1-3 Tsp)
Black tea bag (1-3 Tsp)


Bring water to boil,
Add in green tea, orange peels, golden sage, garden sage, cinnamon basil, pinch of ground cinnamon.
Boil for 2 minutes,
Remove from heat,
Add in black tea bag, once you see a burst of color emerging from the bag, remove it. This is to give it a defined taste and color. If you leave it in, the tea will taste like black tea with cinnamon.





Chai

(All measurements are per cup – multiply for the number of cups or medium-sized mugs you are making. There are two approaches: focus on one key spice, like cardamom, or use a smaller quantity of several ingredients)

3/4 cup water plus 1/4 cup milk (if you are using skim or 1 percent, use half milk and half water)
Sugar to taste
Roughly ~2 teaspoons per cup loose black tea leaves (Ideally Assam or Ceylon tea – English Breakfast will do)

Some or all of the following (measurements are per cup or per medium-sized mug):

2 green cardamom pods
2-3 whole black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1-2 pieces cinnamon (“real cinnamon” not Cassia. May be labeled “Vietnamese cinnamon”)
Fresh ginger (2-3 thin slices for extra zing)

Or

Loose tea masala (a mixture of spices) (Devesh has both the MDH and Everest brands. Kalustyans has a loose Tea masala sold by weight);
and ginger (see above) if desired

Heat water and milk. Before it comes to a boil, add fresh ginger (with skin, sliced into thin rounds), if using and any or several of the following: a few pods of green cardamom, Cinnamon stick, fennel seeds, peppercorns and/or cinnamon. Devesh used 1/8 teaspoon of tea masala per cup and fresh ginger, skipping the other spices. When the milk / water mixture boils, add loose black tea. Turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes. Pour into a cup through a sieve to strain out tea leaves and spices. Add sugar / sweetener to taste.




Iced Green Tea Elixir with Ginger & Lemon
makes 3 quarts

1/4 ounce good quality Chinese green tea leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/4 cup pomegranate syrup or pomegranate molasses, without any added sweeteners
3/4 cup ginger syrup, recipe below
Mint, to garnish
Lemon slices, to garnish
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish

Place the tea leaves in a large bowl. Heat 3 1/2 cups of water to about 170°F. (Or bring to a boil, then let cool for 5 minutes.) Pour the hot water over the green tea leaves and steep the tea for 5 minutes. Strain the tea, keeping the liquid and discarding the leaves.

Stir in the lemon juice, pomegranate syrup and ginger syrup. Add 8 cups of cold water. Stir. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Serve over ice with a lemon slice and fresh pomegranate seeds, or a handful of muddled mint.

Ginger Syrup
makes about 5 cups

1/2 pound fresh ginger root, skin on
3 cups white sugar
2 cups water

Cut the ginger into knuckle-sized pieces. Buzz the ginger in a food processor or chopper until it is fine and stringy, like rough wood chips.

Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer just until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the chopped ginger. Let the pot cool on the stove, then put it in the fridge to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve at least twice, to remove the finer bits of ginger. Discard the ginger. Pour the syrup into a bottle or closed container and refrigerate. This syrup will keep for several weeks at least, as long as it is refrigerated.

Optional: Try this tea in a bourbon cocktail — incredibly good. Shake up 1 ounce bourbon with 4 ounces iced tea and a handful of mint. Strain and serve over ice with lemon.



chrysanthemum tea

To make iced chrysanthemum tea, bring one cup of water to a boil, then add one tablespoon of dried chrysanthemum flowers and simmer for two to five minutes (the longer it simmers, the strong the flavor and color). Add sugar or honey to taste (optional) and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat, strain, and serve chilled. You can also add a teaspoon of goji berries to the simmering tea to give it little bursts of sweet-sour flavor.




Hibiscus-Earl Grey Iced Tea
Serves 8

2 quarts water (preferably filtered)
6 Earl Grey tea bags (or 6 teaspoons looseleaf tea in an infuser)
1/2 cup dried hibiscus blossoms

Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar or pitcher and refrigerate for at least two hours and overnight. A shorter brewing time yields a lighter drink, while a longer brewing time intensifies the color and flavor.

Strain and chill until ready to serve.

Some variations:
• Add other ingredients during the infusion, such as orange slices, a cinnamon stick, a couple of star anise pods, or a couple of thyme sprigs.
• Sweeten the brewed tea with simple syrup.
• Serve with a slice or twist of lime.



How to Make Boba and Bubble Tea
What You Need
Ingredients

1/4 cup dried boba tapioca pearls per serving (NOT quick-cooking boba)
1-2 tea bags per serving, any kind
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Milk, almond milk, or sweetened condensed milk
Fruit juice or nectar (optional)

Equipment

Saucepan
Bowl for holding the cooked boba
Measuring cups

Instructions
1. Cook the Boba: Measure 2 cups of water for every 1/4 cup of boba being prepared into a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the boba and stir gently until they begin floating to the top of the water.

Turn the heat to medium and cook the boba for 12-15 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, cover, and let the pearls sit for another 12-15 minutes.

2. Prepare Sugar Syrup for the Boba: While the boba are cooking, make a simple sugar syrup to sweeten and preserve them once cooked. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil over high heat on the stove or in the microwave. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

3. Prepare a Strong Cup of Tea: This can be done either while the boba are cooking or ahead of time. Allow enough time for the tea to cool completely before making the boba. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea bag. Use one tea bag for regular-strength bubble tea or two for a stronger tea flavor. Remove the tea bag after 15 minutes and chill the tea.

4. Finish the Boba: Once the boba have finished cooking, drain them from the water and transfer them to a small bowl or container. Pour the sugar syrup over top until the boba are submerged. Let sit until the boba are room temperature, at least 15 minutes, or refrigerate until ready to use. Boba are best if used within a few hours of cooking, but will keep refrigerated for several days. The boba will gradually harden and become crunchy as they sit.

5. Make the Bubble Tea: Pour the prepared tea into a tall glass and add the boba. Add milk for a creamy bubble tea, juice for a fruity tea, or leave plain and add a little extra water. Sweeten to taste with the simple syrup from soaking the boba.

Additional Notes:
• Very Chilled Bubble Tea: For an extra-chilly bubble tea, combine all the tea, milk, and/or juice, but not the boba in a cocktail shaker. Add a few ice cubes and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and add the boba.

• Shortcut Boba: If you want immediate gratification, just cook your boba until they are tender, 5 to 10 minutes, and use them as soon as they're cool. This kind of boba don't keep for very long (turning rock hard in a few hours), but are delicious if eaten right away.

• Saving Leftover Boba and Making Boba for Later: Boba are best if used within a few hours of cooking, but will keep refrigerated with simple syrup for several days. The boba will gradually harden and become crunchy as they sit.



Matcha Shake
makes one drink

1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk
handful of ice

Place the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a pint glass.




Spiked Iced Soy Chai Tea
Serves 8
2 quarts cold water
4 to 6 spiced or black chai tea bags (if using loose tea use 4 teaspoons per quart)
1 cup vanilla soy milk
8 ounces aged rum (bourbon or white rum may be substituted)
*honey or agave syrup, optional

Combine the tea bags and water in a large pitcher and cover. If you are using loose leaves a large French press for tea works great. Place the mixture in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 8 hours. The longer you leave the tea to cold brew the stronger it will become.

Remove the tea bags. Add the vanilla soy milk and the aged rum. Stir to combine.

* Sweeten if desired with honey or agave syrup, but be sure to taste first because vanilla soy milk is already sweetened.

Serve over ice.




Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail with fresh mint and orange


6 cups water

4 or 5 black tea bags

1/4 cup agave syrup (honey will do too)

1/4 to 1/2 cup bourbon (depending on how strong you want your cocktail)

4 to 6 sliced orange rounds

6 sprigs fresh mint

lots of ice

Bring water to a boil. Turn off water and add black tea bags. Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, place the tea in a large pitcher and let rest in the refrigerator until cold.

Place agave, bourbon, orange slices and fresh mint in a medium bowl. It the back of a spoon, begin to muddle (or press together) the ingredients. The oranges will release come juice, the mint will become fragrant, and the bourbon will tickle your nose. It’ll smell delicious. Once the mixture is pressed together, and the flavors are extracted, add the mixture to the pitcher of tea. Stir well. ((Feel free to strain the orange wedges and the mint leaves before pouring into the pitcher of tea, if you’d like.))

Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour sweet, boozy tea over ice. Enjoy. Drink it up.




Back Porch Tea

MAKES ONE DRINK

INGREDIENTS
6 oz. unsweetened, fruit-infused iced tea (like Republic of Tea's Cranberry-Blood Orange Black Tea)
1.5 oz gin
Sliced white peach, or another fresh fruit
Seltzer to top

INSTRUCTIONS
In a collins glass filled with ice, combine the tea, gin, and fruit. Top with seltzer, stir, and serve.



Watermelon Tea Cocktail Recipe


*1/2 small, seedless watermelon, pureed and run through a fine mesh sieve for about 1.5 cups juice
*1.5 cups dry-yet-fruity white wine (like 2008 Pigmentum Ugni Blanc Colombard)
*1 cup Lobocha Fukamushi Sencha Japanese Green Tea, brewed and chilled
*Squeeze fresh lime juice

*Stir, chill and serve.



The Leland Palmer

Ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup hot water
3 cups freshly brewed jasmine tea, cooled
3/4 cup gin
3/4 cup limoncello*
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup chilled club soda
Ice cubes
6 lemon slices (for garnish)
*Limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur, can be found at many supermarkets, at Trader Joe's markets, and at liquor stores.
Preparation
Stir honey and 1/2 cup hot water in small bowl until honey dissolves. Cool completely.
Combine honey water, jasmine tea, gin, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in large pitcher. Add club soda and stir to blend.
Fill six 1-pint mason jars or 6 tall glasses with ice cubes. Divide tea mixture among jars; top each with lemon slice.



High-Tea Cocktail
Ingredients
1 tablespoon cardamom pods
1/4 cup sugar
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and chopped
3 bags black tea (preferably English breakfast or orange pekoe)
6 ounces gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
5 dashes orange bitters
Orange and/or lemon twists, for garnish
Directions
Toast the cardamom pods in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 3 cups water, the sugar and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced to 2 cups, about 10 minutes.

Strain the syrup into a glass measuring cup; if you have less than 2 cups syrup, add hot water. Add the tea bags and steep, about 3 minutes. Discard the bags and cool the syrup to room temperature (don't squeeze the bags or the syrup will taste tannic).

Combine the syrup, gin, vermouth and bitters in a large cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy, about 15 seconds, then pour into a pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with orange and/or lemon twists.




White Peach Green Tea Cocktail
This delicious summer recipe combines the sweetness of white peaches with the subtle aromatics of green tea.


Combining the delicate sweetness of white peaches and the subtle aromatics of green tea, “think of this as a green tea version of classic peach iced tea.”

Use only fresh, ripe white peaches and the highest-quality Japanese loose-leaf green tea available; look for finely cut tea leaves that are bright green in color.

2 teaspoons loose-leaf green tea leaves, divided
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 lime, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons hot water
Ice cubes
½ fresh white peach
1½ ounces Grey Goose Vodka
2–3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Simple syrup, to taste

Mix 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves and powdered sugar in a saucer. Cut a notch into the flesh of a lime wedge and moisten the rim of a martini glass by rubbing the lime around the rim. Dip the glass into the green tea and sugar mixture until the entire edge is rimmed evenly.

Steep 1 teaspoon of the green tea leaves in the hot water for 1–2 minutes to produce a strong green tea. Pour the hot tea into a mixing glass. Add ice cubes to dilute and gently chill the tea.

Cut the white peach into bite-size pieces. In a shaker, muddle the peach pieces into a soft pulp. Add the vodka, chilled green tea, lime juice and simple syrup to taste based on the ripeness of the peaches and the strength of the tea. Shake well, strain (Okubo uses a special bird’s nest strainer) and pour into the glass.




Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer
Makes a 32 ounce pitcher
1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes
2 cups vodka
3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below
4 ounces lime juice
Soda water
Fresh lavender for garnish

Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.

In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a sprig of lavender.


Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried food-grade lavender buds)

Combine these three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender) and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain pressing the blueberries to get all of their juice.
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

Postby Alura Noel » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:44 am

http://www.paganwisdom.com/wisdom/magic ... s_and_cons


How to Create your Own Spell + Pros and Cons of Magic Circles

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basic-spellcrafting-t18880.html?hilit=How%20to%20cast%20magic%20circles#p145436 I found Ravencry's post to be really helpful :) I copied and pasted the post...



Ever wish that you could write a spell and you think that you can't? Think that way no more, everyone and ANYONE (no matter what religion you follow) can write a working spell! How? Here's how I do it, you may add and take out what you wish,but always make spellwriting and casting personal! A spell should be one's personal, spiritual involvement with the Lord and Lady.


How to write a spell:

Its always nice to have a book with correspondences in it. I used to use The Pocket Spell Creator. It has correspondences for herbs, days, colours, crystals, oils and food! It also has chants for every type of spell that's commonly used. You also might want to explore what things the Gods and Goddesses cover, if you are the type to call on all Gods from all pantheons. If not, research the Gods and Goddesses of the pantheon you feel closest to. If you don't have access to books like that, the internet is always good, and you can cross-reference what herb/crystal/oil does what.

1. What kind of spell do you want to cast?

It's always good to have what kind of spell you want to cast in mind. I think that's a fairly obvious point and I'll leave it at that.

2. What day of the week would it be best cast on, and under what moon phase?

Timing isn't everything, but if you are the type to time your spells to maximize the potential of it happening, find the best day to cast your spell. These are what I usually use:

SUNDAY: Yellow, the Sun and solar deities. It is associated with magic dealing with: authority, divine power, friendships, healing, learning, reason and world leaders.

MONDAY: White, the Moon and lunar deities. It is associated with magic dealing with: cooking, dreams, family, the home, intuition, medicine, spiritual growth and the ocean.
TUESDAY: Red, the planet Mars and the god Tiw. It is associated with magic dealing with: athletics, competitions, conflicts, courage, hunting, legality, logic, physical strength, politics, vitality and war.
WEDNESDAY: Purple, the planet Mercury and the god Woden. It is associated with magic dealing with: communication, divination, education, mystical insight, resourcefulness and self-improvement.
THURSDAY: Blue, the planet Jupiter and the god Thor. It is associated with magic dealing with: dedication, endurance, faithfulness, legal matters, loyalty, luck and money matters.
FRIDAY: Green, the planet Venus and the goddess Frigg. It is associated with magic dealing with: art, fertility, love, music and pleasure.
SATURDAY: Black, the planet and god Saturn. It is associated with magic dealing with: banishing, change, death, motivation, reincarnation, understanding and wills.

The phases of the moon play a part also. I personally believe it to be different aspects of the Goddess looking down upon me, so I try to fit the aspect with the spell I am to do. Maiden for the waxing, Mother for the Full, and Crone for the waning/dark/new moon.

5. What kind of spell will it be?

This basically means will you be making a candle spell, a pouch spell, or just a traditional spell? (by traditional I mean, a candle with a colour that corresponds to the spell, a few loose herbs to burn on the charcoal (which also correspond), and whatever else you would use in a spell)

4. What ingredients will you incorporate?

This is where it becomes tricky, because many sources say different things for herbs and crystals. Find one source that you feel to be right, and stick with it, because many places will tell you different things, like I said.

Once you have a good source, list which herbs have properties that correspond to the spell. Lets say I wanna do a love spell. I would have in my list: Geranium, Rose, Ginger, Coriander, etc.

Once you have the list, begin to cross out which herbs you don'thave. Soon you'll have a list of the herbs that you have, (or crystals, oils, candles, whatever you are going to use in the spell). From this list, pick out a specific number that corresponds to the spell. Say, once again, your doing a love spell. I would only use two herbs, one masculine and one feminine, in the spell. (If you are homosexual, I would choose two herbs of the same gender) For luck, I would use 4, like a 4-leaf clover Once you have the list of what you will use (and you have!), you may begin the next step.
5. Writing the chants and calls

If you are one to cast circles, you can write your own personal callings to them, asking them to lend their power. If you are creating a spell for love, then you can ask fire to bring desire, water to bring true love, air to keep your head steady, and earth to ground you. If not, thats fine too. Remember, this is your spell. Make it yours!

Rhyming. I know that a lot of people have a hard time with it, but I use rhymezone.com's rhyming dictionary So I have a rhyme for everything If there is no rhyme that makes sense, its fine. Rhyming is not needed for a spell. The only reason most do, is that A) the chant is easier to remember, and B) rhymes just roll off your tongue and sound nice when spoken a loud. This, according to many, appeals to the Gods and Goddesses. You may rhyme or not. It is wholly your choice.

But one thing to be sure to do is to say EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. Try not to be vague. Try to give as many details as you can. This avoids the spell going wrong, or backfiring.

6. Crafting the spell

Now that you have the list, you can start planning out the details. What will you do first in the spell, call the deity that you are working with, or will you light the candle first? Let's say (here I go saying it again) you are crafting the love spell. You have geranium and you have basil. (female and male respectively) You have 2 red candles. And you have a bowl of water. You have chosen Aphrodite and Eros to call upon. First, I would call to Aphrodite, then I would light the candle, then call to Eros, and light the other candle.

This is where symbolism comes into play, also. You can draw a heart around the candles with the herbs, and slowly bring the candles closer together, as you bring your lover closer. Remember this: Symbolism helps you work the spell strong. Why? Because in our minds, we already have symbols set for certain things and feelings. An eye for psychic power, a heart for love, a dollar bill for money. Once you start working your mind by bringing up these symbols, you start working the spell before you even start casting it.

7. The final draft of the spell! *FINALLY!!*

Now that you have all the details, now is to write it out and fix anything that you see that doesn't seem to fit. This is what my spell would look like (and yes, if you want to copy this is your BoS, feel free ;P)

The Heart of Aphrodite spell

You will need:
2 red candles
dried red rose petals
dried basil
1 red ribbon

Timing: Best cast on a Friday, 1 week before the Full Moon (even better if the moon is Full on Friday!)

1. Cast the circle.
2. Light the first candle, saying:
Aphrodite, hear my call,
head over heels I wish to fall!
3. Light the other candle, saying:
Eros, Lord of love divine,
Bring a lover true and fine!
4. Sprinkle the herbs in a heart around the two candles. Leave them to burn for 15 minutes.
5. After 15 minutes, move the candles 2in apart from each other. Now say:
Closer, closer, my lover moves to me,
Apdrodite, Eros, hear my plea.
6. Wait 10 minutes, while waiting, see your lover (not anyone specific, but a shadowed figure) coming to you, and loving you how you wish them to love you. See them being faithful and truthful.
7. After visualizing, move the candles together all the way and say,
Goddess and God of adulation,
Bring me a lover of divine creation!
So mote it be!
8. Let the candles burn down. After they have burned down, take all of the wax and herbs and bundle them together in red cloth, and tie it with the red ribbon. Bury outside your front door.



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There are three main reasons to use a circle.

1) To take you 'between the worlds'. The casting of the circle is seen as creating a 'sacred space' that exists halfway between, or simultaneously in, both the material and the spiritual worlds (astral/ethereal). This can help your magic because it has less 'resistance' to break through by having to work across realms, your circle can serve as a conduit between the realms through which your magic can flow more smoothly.

2) To keep energy (or things) in. By casting a circle you are creating a barrier with which to contain the energy you are raising within. Sort of like a pressure cooker is used to contain the heat and pressure to more effectively concentrate it for whatever use you are working towards. The energy can then be either focused within the circle, such as when charging an amulet, or released by breaking the circle, at which time the energy the explodes outward in various ways depending on the skill and intent of the person(s) focusing it. It can also be used as a 'cage' to keep anything you summon/stir/call/rouse/etc. within your area and keep it from freely roaming about the material realm.

3) To keep energy (or things) out. The other common usage of magic circles is to keep energy or things out of where you are working. If you start raising energy, things that like energy will be attracted to it. You most likely don't want these things strolling through your working area, as they can be distracting, disruptive or worse. In this case the circle serves as a shield to keep these unwanted influences away while you are doing your work.

You may find that one, two or all three of these methods may be used simultaneously depending on the kind of work you are doing.

Some considerations against using a magic circle include:

1) Shields block energy. If you are trying to raise energy from the natural world around you, having something shielding you from it can be counter-productive. It is like having a ritual to celebrate the sun and starting it by closing all the drapes. Yes, some light might still get in, but you're blocking the very thing you're trying to connect with. Some people create magic circles designed to let certain types of energy in or out, but that may also require additional concentration and energy to maintain the special shielding.

2) Shields take energy. It takes energy to construct and maintain a circle, and you might prefer to use that energy in your ritual or work itself.

3) You just don't need one. Sometimes you just intuitively know you don't need one. Sometimes you are doing pure ritual without raising energy, and there really isn't any point to erect a barrier.

4) It's 'fast magic'. Sometimes the magic working is a simple casting off of energy with intent to focus it. There isn't any formal ritual, just a simple 'casting'. In this case there is no need to create a circle because by the time you've started working, you're already done. The circle wouldn't add anything to the work.

As a final note, people confuse a magic circle with their body's natural aura. A circle and an aura are two different things. Your aura is always with you, and is the spiritual projection of your physical body (or vice-versa). A magic circle is a something that you construct, not an intrinsic part of you.

Depending on how you use your circles, a person's natural 'shielding' may or may not be a magic circle. Some people maintain a simple shield, while others may maintain a constant magic circle that they walk within. This varies according to the person.
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

Postby Alura Noel » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:52 am

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GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC TERMS

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Age ― World cycle, approximately 2,150 years, determined by the relation of the earth, sun and constellations of the zodiac.

Ageless Wisdom ― An ancient body of spiritual teaching underlying all the world’s religions as well as all scientific, social and cultural achievements. First made available in writing to the general public in the late 1800s by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and in this century by Alice A. Bailey, Helena Roerich, and Benjamin Creme. [See the Ageless Wisdom Teachings ― in brief, for further details.]

Ajna center – The energy center (chakra) between the eyebrows. Directing center of the personality. Its correspondence on the physical level is the pituitary gland.

Alchemy – refers to a medieval quest for an elixir or kimia, capable of turning copper and other base metals to gold. Alchemy is both a philosophy and an ancient practice focused on the attempt to accomplish this transmutation, investigating the preparation of the “elixir of longevity”, and achieving ultimate wisdom, involving the improvement of the alchemist as well as the making of several substances described as possessing unusual properties.

Angels – The gnostic and later also Christian term of devas. The archangels are the seven highest devas of our planet (43-selves) who preside over their respective departments in the deva hierarchy.

Animism -Wicca is a form of Animism. Animism is a belief that the Divine power or force exists within everything in the physical universe. Believers are known as Animists.

Antahkarana – An invisible channel of light forming the bridge between the physical brain and the soul, built through meditation and service.

Apothecary – One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes. In wiccan / pagan terms it is one who possesses the knowledge to heal the wounded and the sick with natural elements & herbs (herbalist).

Aromatherapy – is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health.

Ashram – A Master’s group. In the Spiritual Hierarchy there are 49 ashrams, seven major and 42 subsidiary, each headed by a Master of Wisdom.

Astral body – The emotional vehicle of an individual.

Astral plane - The plane of the emotions, including the polar opposites such as hope and fear, sentimental love and hate, happiness and suffering. The plane of illusion. A different plain of existence from that inhabited by humans, said to be where spirits live.

Astral projection – (or astral travel) is an interpretation of one form of out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an “astral body” separate from the physical body and capable of traveling outside it.Astral projection or travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the astral plane.

Astrology – is the study of correlations of celestial events with behavior on earth, particularly correlations which cannot be explained by gravitation, magnetism, or other forces that are well-established in physics or other sciences.

Athame or Athamé – is a ceremonial dagger, it is one of several magical tools used in neopagan religions and various Witchcraft traditions. An athame can take many forms. It frequently has a double-edged blade and is used in ceremonies to cast a circle and is part of an altar. Rituals involving drawing lines, either visually or physically are best done with an Athame. The handle may be inscribed with particular symbols dictated by the tradition. There are rituals of consecration for a newly acquired athame, be it new, or acquired from another person.When purchasing a knife for this purpose (or any ritual tool) it is considered important never to haggle over the price. As it’s primary use is to direct energy it should be made of pure materials.

Atomic Consciousness – Atomic consciousness is world consciousness. The individual as a joint owner of a consciousness collective is like a cell in an organism. The organism is an envelope of an individual in a higher kingdom. When in the collective consciousness of his world the individual has so developed that he can take over this material world as an envelope of his own, then he will be a ‘god’ of this world.

Aura - is a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object. The depiction of such an aura often connotes a person of particular power or holiness. Sometimes, however, all people, or all living things, or all objects whatsoever are said to manifest such an aura. Often it is held to be perceptible, whether spontaneously or with practice: such perception is at times linked with the tht third eye of Indian spirituality. Various writers associate various personality traits with the colors of different layers of the aura.

Avatar – A spiritual Being who descends in answer to mankind’s call and need. There are human, planetary and cosmic Avatars. The latter would be called ‘Divine Incarnations.’ Their teaching, correctly apprehended and gradually applied by humanity, expands our understanding and presents the next step forward in mankind’s evolutionary development.

Besom Witches Broom – A broom decorated with cleansing herbs of sage, parsley & rosemary to cleanse the ritual space before working magic.

Book of Shadows or (Grimoire)- a collection of works describing witchcraft rituals. Initially, when Wicca was still dominated by covens, “only one copy [of the Book] existed for an entire coven, kept by the high priestess or high priest. Over time this proved unfeasible and each witch had their own copy, the book was burned after a person died, so that it would not be discovered that they had been a witch. An individual (solitary) witch writes their own book of shadows based on personal favourite chants, spells, recipes, core rituals and practises.

Buddha – Last Avatar of the age of Aries. Previous World Teacher who manifested through the prince Gautama around 500 BC. The Embodiment of Wisdom, He currently acts as the ‘Divine Intermediary’ between Shamballa and Hierarchy. Buddhists expect their next great teacher under the name Maitreya Buddha.

Buddhi – The universal soul or mind; higher reason; loving understanding; love-wisdom. The energy of love as the Masters experience it.

Buddhic plane – Plane of divine intuition.

Cauldron – Large pot or bowl, usually black and made from cast iron. Used for cooking in magical foods and water scrying.

Causal body – The vehicle of expression of the soul on the causal plane. The receptacle where consciousness of one’s evolutionary point of development is stored.

Causal plane – The third of the four higher mental planes on which the soul dwells.

Celestial – Celestial pertains to the visible heavens or the sky. A celestial body is a heavenly body, such a planet. A celestial is often personified or considered to be a living being, rather than an object.

Celestial Event – is any event in the sky. For example, the Sun rising is a celestial event, or any two planets appearing in the same place in the sky is a celestial event. The celestial event can involve any celestial body, whether it be the Sun, Moon, a planet, an asteroid, comet, star, black hole, quasar, or other celestial object.

Chakras – Energy centers (vortices) in the etheric body related to the spine and the seven most important endocrine glands. Responsible for the coordination and vitalization of all the bodies (mental, astral and physical) and their correlation with the soul, the main center of consciousness. There are seven major chakras and 42 lesser ones.

Channelling – (mediumistic) A term used in reference to the esoteric process of receiving messages or inspiration from invisible beings or spirits.

Charge of the Goddess – Invocational verse based on mediæval Tuscan witches’ ritual. This has been rewritten several times in the 20th century by Wiccans.

Clan – Group of monads that are at the same stage of development and incarnate together.

Clairvoyance - Objective consciousness in the emotional and mental worlds. Acute intuitive insight or perceptiveness. The supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.



Cleansing – Spiritual cleaning removing negativity. Herbs have restorative properties and are often used in cleansing rituals.

Coven - in olden times, claimed to be a group of thirteen witches. Nowadays used to describe any group or meeting of Wiccans or Witches.

Deity – is a recognised preternatural or supernatural immortal being, who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers, often religiously referred to as a god/goddess.

Deva – Angel or celestial being belonging to a kingdom in nature evolving parallel to humanity, and ranging from sub-human elementals to super-human beings on a level with a planetary Logos. They are the ‘active builders,’ working intelligently with substance to create all the forms we see, including the mental, emotional and physical bodies of humanity.

Dharma – Is the innermost nature of every individual, that which constitutes his true being. Dharma is what is given in the interdependent arrangement of things… Dharma is the meaning of life for every individual.

Divination – to foresee, to be inspired by a god, related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a standardized process or ritual. It is an integral part of witchcraft and has been used in various forms for thousands of years.

Druidism – was the religion of the Celtic people that was administered by priests and priestesses called Druids. Remnants of Druidism still presently exist.

Elementals – Elementals are “Nature’s Angels” and they are referred to by various names including Fairies, Elves, Devas, Brownies, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Sprites, Pixies as well as many others. An elemental is a mythological being first appearing in the Alchemical works of Paracelsus in the 16th century. Traditionally, there are four types: Gnomes – earth elementals, Undines – water elementals, Sylphs – air elements, Salamanders – fire elementals.

Elements – in Alchemy, the world is made of four elements Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

Esbat – Esbats are the celebration of the 13 full moons that occur every year. The Esbats are lunar and represent the Goddess at her height of power. These are the times when Her magick is more potent than on any other day of the month.

Esotericism – The philosophy of the evolutionary process both in man and the lower kingdoms in nature. The science of the accumulated wisdom of the ages. Presents a systematic and comprehensive account of the energetic structure of the Universe and of man’s place within it. Describes the forces and influences that lie behind the phenomenal world. Also, the process of becoming aware of and gradually mastering these forces.

Etheric body – The energetic counterpart of the physical body, composed of seven major centers (chakras) and 49 minor centers, a network which connects all the centers, and infinitesimally small threads of energy (nadis) which underlie every part of the nervous system. Blockages in the etheric body can result in physical illnesses.

Etheric planes – Four planes of matter finer than the gaseous-physical. As yet invisible to most people.

Evolution - The process of spiritualization of matter; the way back to the Source. The casting aside of the veils of delusion and illusion leading eventually to cosmic consciousness.

Fairy – (faery, faerie) an Earth-bound Nature spirit, also a spiritual and chaotic expression of reality. It is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.

Feng Shui – is related to the concepts of Yin & Yang, and Chi. Proper practice of feng shui is meant to maintain good health, wealth, relationships, creativity and more. The aim of feng shui is to create a living and working (and dying – feng shui is for graveyards, too) environment in harmony with nature and the flow of energy. The details of feng shui relate to position of elements, color and materials. Fountains, mirrors and crystals are particularly important accessories in feng shui. Feng shui literally means “wind-water.”

Forces of Light (Forces of Evolution) – The Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet. Planetary center of Love-Wisdom.

Forces of Darkness (Forces of Evil, Forces of Materiality) ― The involutionary or materialistic forces which uphold the matter aspect of the planet. When they overstep their role and impinge upon the spiritual progress of humanity, they are designated as evil.

God (see also Logos) – The great Cosmic Being Who en-souls this planet, embodying all the Laws and all the energies governed by those Laws, which make up everything that we see and cannot see.

Green Man – a pagan deity or symbolic woodland spirit and totem. Often depicted as a head surrounded by oak leaves or painted green, usually carved in wood or stone.

Green Witch (Hedge Witch) – A Green Witch is a solitary practitioner of natural magic. Green Witches use nature’s gifts of flowers, plants and herbs for medicinal and magical purpose. They make brews, tea’s and potions and perform magical rituals and spells for the benefit of themselves and others – with harm to none. They tread lightly on the earth and worship Mother Nature, the sun & moon, they also have little or no environmental footprint. Being attuned to nature and treating the Earth gently has always come naturally to any Witch.

Great invocation – An ancient formula, translated by Hierarchy for the use of mankind to invoke the energies which will change our world. Translated into many languages, it is used daily by millions of people.

Guru – A spiritual teacher.

Handfasting – is an alternate form of marriage ceremony. It dates back hundreds of years, and spans several cultures. In some cultures (as in the Scottish Highlands), it was a marriage of a “year and a day”. If at the end of the year, the couple found that they were incompatible, and there were no children, they could part. Otherwise, they could agree to remain together, and the marriage then became a legal and lifelong bond. The binding of hands, which gives us the expression “Tying the Knot,” has been done using ribbon, cord, rope, specially embroidered cloths or handkerchiefs, and many other things.

Heathen or (Ásatrú) – One who adheres to the religion of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. The ancient Norse Viking religion of Asatru prefer the term “Heathen” or “Pagan”. An adherent of a Neopagan religion that seeks to revive the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Germanic peoples.

Herbalism / Herbalist / Herbology – The art of combining medicinal herbs. The practice of making or prescribing herbal remedies for medical conditions. Practitioners of herbalism may be licensed MDs, naturopaths, or osteopaths. They may also be unlicensed.

High Priest / Priestess – Coven leader and teacher.

Incantation – Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect. A formula used in ritual recitation; a verbal charm or spell. Words or a formula so chanted.

Incarnation – Manifestation of the soul as a three-fold personality, under the Law of Rebirth.

Initiation – A ritual, or series of rituals of admission involving an invocation at a coven meeting established for that purpose. A voluntary process whereby successive and graded stages of unification and at-one-ment take place between the man or woman in incarnation, his/her soul, and the divine Monad or spark of God. Each stage confers on the initiate a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of God’s Plan, a fuller awareness of his/her part in that Plan, and an increasing ability to work consciously and intelligently towards its fulfillment.

Involution – The process whereby spirit descends into matter, its polar opposite.

Kabbalah - A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. A secret doctrine resembling these teachings.

Karma – Eastern name for the Law of Cause and Effect. The basic Law governing our existence in this solar system. Every thought, every action that we have and make sets into motion a cause. These causes have their effects, which make our lives, for good or ill. Expressed in biblical terms: As you sow, so shall you reap. In scientific terms: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Kitchen Witch (Domestic Goddess) – An informal solitary witch who mainly uses practical magic centering on the home, hearth and family. In the family of Wiccan – Kitchen witchery, however, is a unique form of the Craft, which focuses more on honouring the mundane in life. This involves honouring the Goddess by taking care of hearth and home, from finding sacred meaning in daily household chores to blessing everyday cooking with love and magic. Cookery and food is an integral part of kitchen witchery. The Kitchen Witch honours what she cooks, preparing meals with loving intent. Using fresh ingredients, often from her own garden, she makes magic in the kitchen by creating delicious, seasonal food, herbal remedies, and magic spells. The Kitchen Witch is attuned to the seasons and elements of nature. She grows and eats food in season, and honours the wheel of the year by marking festivals, solstices and equinoxes, although she does not adhere to specific rules or rituals – and with harm to none.

Kratophany – a manifestation of Divine power.

Krishna – A great Avatar who appeared around 3,000 BC and served as the vehicle of manifestation for the Lord Maitreya during the age of Aries. By demonstrating the need to control the astral/emotional nature, Krishna opened the door to the second initiation. Hindus expect a new incarnation of Krishna at the end of Kali Yuga, the dark age.

Law of Attraction – The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in multiple ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances.

Law of Cause and Effect (Law of Action and Reaction) – See Karma.

Logos – God. The Cosmic Being Who ensouls a planet (Planetary Logos), a solar system (Solar Logos), a galaxy (Galactic Logos) and so on to infinity.

Lord of the World - See Sanat Kumara.

Magic – the principles, practices and knowledge enabling humans to have control over Nature. The expressions of active consciousness affect matter to act as energy. Magic consists in using the knowledge of the pertaining laws of nature and the method of their application affecting physical-etheric material energies by means of mental material energy to bring about changes in the visible molecular kinds



Maitreya – The World Teacher for the age of Aquarius. The Christ and head of the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet. The Master of all the Masters.

Manas – Higher mind.

Mantram - Formula or arrangement of words or syllables which, when correctly sounded, invokes energy.

Masters of Wisdom – Individuals who have taken the fifth initiation, having passed through all the experiences that life in this world offers and, in the process, having acquired total mastery over themselves and the laws of nature. Custodians of the Plan of Evolution and all the energies entering this planet which bring about the fulfillment of the Plan.

Medicine wheels – or sacred hoops, were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground (in Native American spirituality). The Native American Medicine Wheel was a working model of how to gain an understanding of the delicate structure and balance of life, the relatedness of actions and reactions in the Universe and, how our individual lives played a role in the Creator’s grand scheme. It is a circular symbol of truth, power and knowledge.

Meditation – Scientific means of contacting one’s soul and of eventually becoming at-one with the soul. Also the process of being open to spiritual impression and thus to cooperation with the Spiritual Hierarchy.

Medium – a person who provides evidence of survival of the human personality beyond the physical state we call death. They provide a link between the two worlds communicating with people who have died through mind-to-mind contact.

Mental body – The vehicle of the personality on the mental planes.

Mental plane - The plane of the mind where the mental processes take place.

Metaphysics - the theoretical philosophy of being and knowing. A person who studies metaphysics attempts to clarify the fundamental notions by which people understand the world, including existence, the definition of object, property, space, time, causality, and possibility.

Monad/Self – Pure Spirit reflecting the triplicity of deity: (1) divine Will or Power (the Father); (2) Love-Wisdom (the Son); (3) active Intelligence (the Holy Spirit). The spark of God resident in every human being.

Neo-Pagan / Neo-Paganism – Neopaganism is a 20th century religion, which draws upon ancient religious symbols from outside the traditions of the Abrahamic “Religions of the Book” (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) (but may include them as well), and employs these symbols in a new way for modern needs (hence the prefix “neo-”). It is a “synthesis of historical inspiration and present-day creativity”. “Though it [paganism] draws on the past, it is designed for living in the present”. Neopagans feel that people should believe and do whatever works for them, i.e., whatever helps them to live wisely and well.

Norsemen - the Scandinavian people before the Christianization of Scandinavia. Who practise Wiccan/Pagan/Heathen as their religion.

Occult - The hidden science of energy (see Esotericism).

Ostension - the phenomenon of a legend becoming a real event .

Overshadowing - A voluntary cooperative process in which a Master’s consciousness temporarily enters and works through the physical, emotional and mental bodies of a disciple.

Pagan / Paganism – Often referred to as a country dweller. But it’s much deeper than that, they are people who worship Nature and recognize the harmony in natural things. Observing the cycles of the earth, sunrise, sunset, the Solstices and Equinoxes, the moon phases. Those who have a belief in or adopt a worldview that there is a Force or Forces around that can guide them when contacted, whether they are called gods or goddesses, elementals, or angels. Those who take responsibility for their words and actions. It means being connected to the “here and now”, living “in the moment”, while working towards goals that improve your life and your world. Being a modern Pagan means to feel in awe of Nature and life. Pagan/Wiccan/Druid/Shaman have relative belief systems.

Palmistry - The practice or art of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.

Pantheism – is the view that God is all; the universe, nature, and God are equivalent.

Patron Deity – A deity you feel especially close to.

Pentacle – a five pointed star in a circle, a Wicca symbol used in ceremonies and magic corresponding to the human head outstretched arms and feet.

Pentagram – A five pointed star without a circle, often used interchangeably with the Pentacle. A five petal flower can also be used to symbolize a pentagram.

Permanent atoms - The three atoms of matter – physical, astral and mental – around which the bodies for a new incarnation are formed. They retain the vibratory rate of the individual at the moment of death, guaranteeing that the energetic evolutionary status thus far achieved will be carried over into successive lives.

Physical Mediumship – is the process whereby someone, in Spirit, works or operates through the mental and physical energies of the medium and causes something physical to happen on the Earth plane. Physical Mediumship is objective in nature; that is, when the phenomena occur, everyone is able to see and/or hear them.”

Physical plane – The lowest vibrational states of substance, including: dense physical, liquid, gaseous and etheric matter.

Plane – A level of manifestation.

Pralaya – A non-mental, non-astral, non-material state of existence somewhere between death and rebirth, where the life impulse is in abeyance. An experience of perfect peace and unending bliss prior to taking the next incarnation. Corresponds to the Christian idea of paradise.

Psychic – A person who is extremely sensitive to energies and other worldly entities.

Radiesthesia – The theory and practice of dowsing, or diving, using maps and pendulums.

Rays – The seven streams of universal divine energy, each the expression of a great Life, whose interaction at every conceivable frequency creates the solar systems, galaxies and universes. Movement of these energies, in spiralling cycles, draws all Being into and out of manifestation, coloring and saturating it with specific qualities and attributes.

Rebirth (Reincarnation) – Man is reborn as a man (never as an animal), until he has learned everything he can learn in the human kingdom, and has acquired all the qualities and abilities necessary to enable him to continue his consciousness expansion in the fifth natural kingdom. Rebirth explains both the seeming injustices of life (since in new lives the individual has to reap what he has sown in precious lives) and the innate, latent understanding and the once self-acquired abilities existing as predispositions.

Rede / Wiccan Rede – The basic Wiccan moral code… An’ It Harm None, Do As Ye Will.

Reiki - Can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence, or spiritually guided life force energy. The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. Rei can be defined as the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe. Ki is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans.

Runes – Runes are letters in a family of ancient alphabets known as runic alphabets. Thousands of examples of runic inscriptions can be found in stones, coins, and artwork, and many Scandinavian countries also boast extensive collections of runic manuscripts. Runes are also used by some people as a tool for divination, since these individuals believe that runes have mysterious powers.

Sabbats - There are 8 Sabbats that make up the Wheel of the Year. The Sabbats are solar, seasonal and represent the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. These days are Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltain, Litha, Lughnasadh, and Mabon.

Sanat Kumara - The Lord of the World; the etheric-physical expression of our Planetary Logos who dwells on Shamballa. A great Being, originally from Venus, who sacrificed Himself to become the personality vehicle for the ensouling deity of our planet 18,5 million years ago. The nearest aspect of God that we can know.

Satan (Devil) – “the accuser”,is the title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenged the faith of humans in the Hebrew Bible.In Christianity and Islam the title became a personal name, and “Satan” changed from an accuser appointed by God to test men’s faith to the chief of the rebellious fallen angels. Satan/Devil we’re created by the Christian faith, as Witches, Wiccans & Pagans do not believe in Satan/Devil or evil.

Self/Monad – The divine spark within every human being.

Self-realization - The process of recognizing and expressing our divine nature.

Sex Magic – a system of gaining spiritual power by harnessing and preserving sexual energy, one application of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal and/or orgasm to visualize an image of a desired result.

Shamanism - is an anthropological term referencing a range of beliefs and practices regarding communication with the spiritual world. A practitioner of shamanism is known as a shaman. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.

Shamballa – A center of energy; the major center in the planet. It is located above the Gobi Desert on the two highest etheric planes. From it and through it flows the Shamballa Force, the energy of Will or Purpose. It corresponds to the crown center (chakra).

Sigils – symbols endowed with magic qualities [latin - sigillum: seal] A focus of magical energy such as a pentacle or a designated Rune. Sigils may be adopted as amulets, talismans or magic items for use in rituals.

Skyclad – Naked for the purpose of ritual magic.

Solar Logos – A Divine Being ensouling our solar system.

Solitary Witch – A solitary Witch is simply a Wiccan who practices on their own, without the aid of a Coven. They are often referred to as “Kitchen Witches” “Garden Witches” & “Green or Hedge Witches”. They worship the mother earth within the privacy of their own home or on their own property. They may call for a gathering of their closest friends and family during one of the eight Pagan Sabbats. It is during such gatherings that many find mentors and instruction to continue study of their particular faith.

Soul (Ego, Higher Self, inner ruler, Christ within, Son of Mind, Solar Angel) – The linking principle between Spirit and matter; between God and His form. Provides consciousness, character and quality to all manifestation in form.

Spirit – As used by Maitreya, a term meaning the sum-total of the energies – the life force – animating and vitalizing an individual. Also used, more esoterically, to mean the Monad which reflects itself in the soul.

Spirit of Peace or Equilibrium – A cosmic Being who assists the work of Maitreya by overshadowing him with His energy. He works closely with the Law of Action and Reaction, to transform the present chaotic conditions into the opposite state in exact proportion.

Spiritual – The quality of any activity which drives the human being forward towards some form of development – physical, emotional, intuitional, social – in advance of his present state.

Talisman – An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection. Many talismans are made with astrological, magical or religious symbols on them. They work best when they are carried constantly by the person they were made for. Whether it’s a rabbit’s foot, pentacle charm or a horseshoe held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune.

Tarot - is a pack of cards (most commonly numbering 78), used from the mid-15th century in various parts. The cards are used to connect the user with the collective unconscious in order to get information about a person or situation, used by fortune tellers to help predict future events.

Tantra – is a Sanskrit Word which means Tantu, Dhaga and Thread. Thread helps one to bind problems. Our great Ancestors used Tantra for Self Defense, Self Protection and they used the powers of Tantra to protect people and Society. One should always use Tantra for the right cause. The misuse of power can bring disaster to the creator.



Tasseography - (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.

Telepathy – Is the ability that allows two people to talk to one and other using the power of thought.

Theophany – the belief that Nature is a manifestation of the Divine in all of Its forms.

Trance – A genuine trance is a strong sharing of mental and physical energies and consciousness between a medium and the spirit communicator. It is a condition of unconsciousness, Trance is considered the strongest degree of control. There are various degrees of trance control: from light trance to very deep trance. Deep trance is used primarily in Physical Mediumship.

Transmission Meditation – A specialized form of group meditation and service in which the members offer their energy centers (chakras) as instruments for stepping down the energies emanating from the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters. It provides the planet with a pool of energy more accessible and useful to humanity. Also a potent method of personal spiritual development.

Triangle – A group of three people who link up each day in thought for a few minutes of creative meditation.

Vehicle – The form by means of which higher beings find expression on the lower planes. The physical, astral and mental bodies, for instance, form the vehicles of the soul on lower levels.

Winter God – the Mid-winter spirit who originally flew across the Mid-winter sky on a sledge drawn by a team of eight legged horses. This may have developed into the character of Father Christmas, or Santa Claus.

World Teacher – The head of the Spiritual Hierarchy in any given cycle. The Master of all the Masters. The office held at present by the Lord Maitreya.

Yoga – Union of the lower nature with the higher. Different forms and techniques to gain control of the physical, astral or mental bodies.

Zodiac - In astronomy, the zodiac (Greek) is the ring of constellations that lines the ecliptic, which is the apparent path of the Sun across the sky over the course of the year. The Moon and planets also lie within the ecliptic, and so are also within the constellations of the zodiac. 12 signs make up the zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces.

Zodiacal Period – Esoterically, the cultural development of mankind is not continuous but discontinuous-cyclical. It is divided into 12 zodiacal periods of some 2500 years each. In the year 1950 began the zodiacal period of Aquarius as the vernal equinox entered into the zodiacal constellation of Aquarius.
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

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abandonment

Dreams of being abandoned by a lover, friend, or family member suggest that this is something you fear in waking life. Childhood feelings of being left out often translate into abandonment dreams. In this case, you need to work on strengthening your self-esteem. You may have not spoken up for yourself in a difficult situation. In that case the dream might indicate that you have abandoned yourself, your principles, or values.

abdomen

Seeing your abdomen in a dream suggests the gestation or digestion of a new idea or phase of your life. If your abdomen is swollen, the birth of a new project may be imminent. If you have pain in your abdomen in the dream, you may be having difficulty digesting something that has happened in your waking life. The body also speaks in the dream state, so if you are feeling sick you may dream of an upset stomach.

abduction

If you’re abducted or kidnapped in your dream, it means you’re feeling pressured to do or say something you don’t believe in and don’t want to do in waking life. Abduction dreams often stem from guilt concerning things you’ve done or are about to do that aren’t typically in your character. If you witness someone else being abducted, it means you’re not acting on the opportunities you’ve been given. Abduction dreams can also indicate you feel someone else is unfairly receiving credit for your work.

abnormality

If strangely formed things appear in your dream — a crooked mirror, a misshapen arm — don’t be alarmed. One interpretation is that your mind might be open to new and unusual things. However, the dream could also be telling you something that appears “normal” is not what it seems. If you dream someone you know has an abnormality, your intuition could be cautioning you that the person is not who he appears to be.

abortion

Dreaming of abortion is not usually literal. Many times, an abortion dream reflects the guilt you feel about doing something you shouldn’t. The abortion in the dream is a warning to “abort” your actions and stop. The dream can indicate fears about a direction you are taking in your life. It may warn you that you have a tendency to stop out of fear and miss opportunities the new direction presents. Dreaming of an abortion might indicate a relationship has suddenly gone off course, or that your behavior or the other person’s is killing some aspect of the relationship.

abroad

Dreaming of going abroad may predict positive new situations you’ll soon encounter. It can also represent a desire for a change from your day-to-day life. Notice how you feel in the dream. If fear or anxiety is present, you might feel you are in foreign territory when dealing with something or someone in your waking life. If you are happy or excited in the dream, you may be expanding in new and positive ways.

absence

If you dream someone is absent in your dream, you may be looking within yourself for something or some quality that person possesses. This is a form of an anxiety dream, where you are searching for important items in your life. What are you missing, either in your work situation, a relationship, or within yourself, that you need to be happy?

abuse

If you dream of being abused, it’s a sign you feel you’re being taken advantage of in some way in your waking life. You feel powerless or helpless to protect yourself in a situation or relationship. You may also be receiving information from your subconscious that you are abusing some responsibility or gift you have been given.

abyss

Dreaming of falling into an abyss signifies that some part of your life is out of control. It could be you’re not working hard enough or not taking care of yourself. Maybe you’re due for a move — in your career or elsewhere. You could also be feeling that you are losing yourself in a situation. Looking into an abyss means you’ll soon be challenged to go deeply within. An abyss dream can also encourage you to trust the void within, even though you can’t see your way to the bottom.

accelerator

This could be a release dream if you feel out-of-control in some area of your waking life. If the accelerator on your car is pushed down and you can’t stop it, you feel things are moving too fast and you don’t know how to manage the rapid change going on.

accent

Hearing or speaking with a foreign accent indicates you may feel like a “foreigner” in a situation or relationship in your waking life. Your dream may be encouraging you to gain insight into an irksome problem from a different (foreign) perspective. It may also signify that you will be traveling soon.

accident

A car crash in a dream can be a literal warning — be careful in the coming weeks or months. However, vehicles in dreams often symbolize transitions in life. A car accident, particularly if you are driving in the dream, may indicate you feel the changes you are making in your life won’t succeed. A skiing accident or crash while going very fast is an out-of-control release dream. It advises you to take hold of your life before things get more complicated. A plane crash usually indicates worrisome thoughts. Where are you experiencing worry or anxiety? Accidents at sea relate to your emotional nature — perhaps you feel your emotions have gone dangerously off course or you are on a collision course with someone important in your life. Most crash dreams are not precognitive, so first try to see what information the dream might be giving you about where you are going in your life, not just in everyday matters but on many levels.

accordion

Accordion music often signifies a longing for the past. The sound of an accordion has a melancholy quality, so you may be feeling nostalgic or melancholy about an earlier time in your life. What are you missing about your earlier life? Try to integrate those experiences into your current life.

accusation

Accusations in a dream may be literal. Do you believe you’ve done something wrong? If you’re accused, you may feel you’re being judged or unfairly treated. The person judging you in these dreams is usually you. This dream could also reflect worries about how other people perceive you.

ace

An ace in your dream is always a good omen of things to come. Aces and the number one stand for positive beginnings. Perhaps a new business opportunity is coming your way, or a new friendship or love interest.

ache

Aches or pains in your dreams can be literal sensations coming from the physical body while you are sleeping. If the ache or pain seems severe in the dream, it might be time to get a checkup. If you actually feel the pain in the dream, you’re probably half-lucid and feel the pain in waking life, as well. If the ache is imaginary, it could mean you are hurting emotionally in your waking life at this time. Often the body sends a message during a dream to alert you to something you may not be aware of in your waking life.

acid

To dream of acid being poured on you signifies your anxiety levels are high right now. It may be time to take a break. If you dream of drinking acid, the dream is a metaphor that something is “eating you up.” Figure out what’s bothering you and fix it.

acorn

A dream about an acorn is usually an abundance dream — you want something you don’t have. Acorns signify the ability to be patient while your desires manifest. Squirrels often hide acorns for times in the future when they will need them. Consider small steps you can take toward your goals — the harvest will be there when you are ready.

acrobatics

Performing acrobatics in your dream is a good sign that you feel vital and healthy. It could also mean you’re able to overcome emotional difficulties now because luck is on your side. Perhaps you feel someone is making you perform complex maneuvers to get what you want. If you are anxious in the dream, it could be time to stop jumping through hoops to please others.

actor or actress

Perhaps you’re only seeing your own or someone else’s persona — the side that person wants to show to the world. Seeing yourself as an actor in the spotlight suggests a desire for publicity or a more public life. Such a dream can also suggest you’re acting out a role or putting on an act for someone. Another interpretation is that you admire the qualities of the actor you are dreaming about. If so, those qualities exist within you — your dream wants you to recognize and develop them.

addict/addiction

If you dream someone is an addict or has an addiction, your dream may be alerting you to something that has not been revealed about someone you know. If you are the addict or addicted in the dream, your subconscious is letting you know you are obsessing about something to your detriment. You don’t feel in control of whatever is happening in your life and seem helpless to control your need for the situation to continue.

address

If you dream of the numbers of your house you are being given a message from spirit about your current living situation. You feel at home where you are right now. If you see the address of your childhood home in a dream, the dream is asking you to relate experiences from that time in your life to a current situation in which there are similarities.

admiration

If someone is admiring you in the dream, it’s a sure sign you’re feeling good about yourself. If you’re admiring someone else in the dream, it signifies your insecurities may be your downfall with your current problem. The other person could have qualities you wish you had. Your dream is telling you that those qualities exist within you. You have only to seek them out.

adoption

If you dream of adopting a child, it could be a literal dream; perhaps you’d like to do so in the future. This dream can also indicate you are ready to adopt new ways of being or a new start in life.

adultery

If you’re committing adultery in a dream, it could mean you worry you could fall into it or that you’re contemplating doing it. If you dream your partner is committing adultery, chances are you worry he could. But it doesn’t necessarily mean he is unfaithful. In this case, use the dream as a jumping-off point to explore possible problems in the relationship. Adultery can just signify you are not being honest about your needs and feelings in a relationship. Make sure you communicate with your partner often to maintain closeness. If you are not in a relationship, think about where in your life you may be betraying your values.

affliction

Dreaming that you have an affliction of some kind can mean you feel some part of you is unable to do what you want. Figure out what it is that is holding you back. This dream rarely signifies an actual physical affliction.

afternoon

Dreams that take place in the afternoon suggest clarity and lengthiness, as daylight is at its strongest and longest in the afternoon. Are you with friends in the afternoon? If so, the dream describes positive and lasting associations that exist now or may soon be formed. Notice the events and people in your dream to further understand the dream’s meaning.

age

A dream of old people who are strangers might indicate a fear of aging. However, it can also signify reason or wisdom coming from your unconscious. Do the old people in the dream give you advice? Take it. Your inner sage is telling you what to do. This is also true if you dream of yourself as an aged person. If you dream of an older relative who has already passed on, you may be receiving a visit from the Other Side.

aggression

Aggression in a dream could be an emotional release dream of pent-up frustration or anger at a person or situation in your waking life — even at yourself. If you are not the aggressor in the dream, you might feel someone has control over you. Perhaps you feel weak and vulnerable. Think about where you are being pressured and by whom. If you’re the aggressive one, you may harbor resentment against yourself or the person you’re attacking. Usually, this type of dream signifies an emotional release of stresses built up during the day.

air

Air symbolizes the realm of the mind and, in some cases, the realm of spirit. When you are moving through air in your dream, you are almost certainly dealing with your thoughts about something. Your dreams are suggesting you need a fresh perspective or should watch your thoughts concerning a particular person or situation. Your subconscious can also be letting you know what you truly think and believe, regardless of what you have told others. Air also represents the breath of life, so if you dream you need air or are trying to catch your breath you may feel pressured in some way. If someone is cutting off your air in your dream, you might feel suffocated by a personal relationship. If you dream you need to “get out in the air,” you are seeking freedom and space.

airplane

Airplanes not only fly, they traverse the medium of air. This clue signifies that plane dreams represent your thoughts or even spiritual matters. If you are flying a plane, you are making a shift in how you think about your life. Perhaps you are gaining new perspective on a situation or experience. If you are a passenger on a plane, you are being guided, perhaps by divine energy, to change how you think about things or to change beliefs that no longer support who you are. If you dream you are in a plane experiencing turbulence, you are struggling in your waking life with changing thoughts and beliefs and have not yet become reconciled to a new point of view. If you dream the plane is going to crash, you are releasing fear in the dream state that you won’t be safe or survive if you let go of your old way of seeing things. You may be soaring to new heights in some facet of your life or taking a metaphorical journey into the unconscious realm. An airplane dream can also mean career advancement or refer to an upcoming journey. A flying dream can be used as a launching pad to a lucid dream. If you miss your airplane, it refers to a missed opportunity you need to look into.

alarm

An alarm ringing in warning in your dream indicates you have worries about some aspect of your life. Try to figure out what the problem is, and do something about it. In some cases, an alarm in a dream may be literal. It’s time for you to wake up.

alien

To dream of one or more space aliens indicates you feel you don’t fit in some situation in your life, or something about the situation feels “alien” to you. You may fear trying something you have not yet mastered, or you feel incapable of handling a situation that has come up. If you dream someone you know is an alien, something about what that person believes or how he behaves may be foreign to your nature. This person could also represent qualities you have rejected about yourself or feel are not part of who you are.

alligator

This symbol may suggest you’re being thick-skinned or insensitive to someone else. It may also signify danger. An alligator that guides you or talks to you may be your totem. Notice your emotion in the dream. If you’re not afraid, think about what an alligator represents — perhaps you need to be more thick-skinned yourself and less sensitive to the remarks of others.

altitude

In your dream, you’re looking down from great heights. What are you standing on? Is it something steady or is it shaky? If it’s a big mountain, for example, you might feel on top of things at this time in your life. Looking down from a high place enables you to get a fresh perspective on things. Notice where in your life you need to change your thinking about a situation and gain a new view. If you are fearful in the dream, you may worry that you have taken on more than you can handle or you may be feeling overwhelmed.

ambulance

Being in an ambulance most often indicates a release of anxiety and a desire to heal your emotional imbalance. You may be worrying over things that are out of your control. If you have a medical problem in the dream, though, it might be time to get a checkup. If you see someone else in an ambulance, you may have hidden guilt about hurting that person in some way. If you have been dealing with one crisis after another at home or work, everything can feel like an emergency! In that case, learn to ask for help.

amusement park

Dreaming of an amusement park may suggest you need a vacation from your concerns over a troubling issue. To dream of being on a ride denotes enjoying life and letting go of inhibitions. You are being reminded to play and to make time for the carefree, spontaneous activities of childhood.

ancestor

To see an ancestor in your dream could represent a part of you that this person portrayed in life. What it is about your ancestor that you want to find in yourself? If she appears to you in a loving, vivid way, it may be an actual visitation. Enjoy it and feel blessed. You could be looking to the past for answers. Usually, this suggests you are releasing your worries in a dream.

anchor

An anchor grounds you. It acts as your foundation. It also holds you in place, which can be either beneficial or detrimental. If you need to let go of a situation, this dream advises you to do it now. If you’ve been contemplating making some kind of commitment, it’s a good time to do so. An anchor also predicts stability and security. If you dream of having problems with the anchor, however, it means you’re currently dealing with a difficult situation that needs to be resolved.

angels

Angels represent help from your higher self or from a guardian. The appearance of an angel may suggest a growing spiritual awareness. If you encounter an angel with a human face, it is most likely your personal spirit guide. Listen to what he or she has to say.

animals

Animals can represent your instinctual nature, wisdom, innocence, predatory tendencies, or sexuality, depending on the perceived nature of the animal. An animal can also symbolize the physical body, or appear as a metaphor for an astrological sign (such as a lion for Leo). It could be letting you know about a pain within your physical body. If you’re not scared of the animal in your dream — especially if you’re intrigued by it — this may be your totem, your personal animal guide or guardian spirit. Your dream may encourage you to discover what qualities of the animal you possess and need to develop or express.

anniversary

To dream of an anniversary signifies current and/or future happiness and many festive occasions. It also indicates good health. Note your feeling about the anniversary. Are you happy? Envious? Interpret the meaning as it applies to you.

ant

This signifies difficulties that can be overcome with a little bit of work. Normally, they’re small problems you may be making into a big deal. Look within yourself to find the source of the negativity. Ants suggest restlessness (“feeling antsy”). They also indicate small annoyances and irritations. Alternately, they may represent feelings of insignificance. Consider the number of ants in the dream. A single ant? A colony? A huge, swollen anthill? One ant suggests loneliness. Many ants suggest trivial problems are “bugging” you.

anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common dream experiences. Normally, anxieties in your waking life translate into your dreams in strange ways. Anxiety dreams do not need deep analysis. Let your subconscious work it out for you while you sleep on it. Just know you have released some of the anxiety that has built up during your day.

apparition

An apparition can signify a message or warning. It can be seen as communication with the dead. Alternately, you might feel that another person in a relationship is like an apparition — he’s there, but not truly present. If you are the apparition, you may feel you are losing yourself in the relationship.

applause

Applause in dreams signifies you are seeking a reward for genuine efforts. This is a healthy dream that means you feel good about what you’ve done, and you’re looking for the respect and appreciation you deserve.

apples

An apple in a dream is usually a good sign. Apples stand for wholeness and for knowledge. Ripe apples on a tree may mean your hopes and hard work have borne fruit. Apples also stand for long life and achievement. To dream of eating an apple suggests you’re currently in good physical health.

appointment

A missed appointment signifies the same thing as a missed train, bus, or airplane. You’ve missed an opportunity or will miss one if you don’t act soon. Figure out what that opportunity is, and put your best foot forward. If you have an appointment coming up and you dream you’ve missed it, you are just releasing anxiety about something that is important to you.

April

April is the time of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. When you dream of April or your dream is set in the month of April, you may be experiencing the flowering of aspects of yourself. April can signify new beginnings or long-held efforts beginning to blossom. April is also associated with the warming of the sun and time to be outdoors, as well as spring weddings and new beginnings in love. Look to what is happening in your life to understand what April means to you. April in dreams can also refer to someone born during the month, so look to see what aspects of yourself might be reflected in friends or family having April birthdays.

arch

Passing under an arch in a dream may symbolize a transition in your life — a move from one phase or stage to another. If you avoid walking under the arch, you could be resisting transition or change. Note the characteristics of the arch, whether it’s adorned in any way, and whether other people are also passing through it. This will flesh out the symbol’s meaning for you. An arch can also suggest you are opening up to new experiences.

argument

If you have a dream in which you’re arguing with someone, it could mean you fear intimacy with this person in waking life. On the other hand, it may also be that you’ve had an argument or sense an argument is soon to come. If you see two people arguing in your dream, it indicates you feel there is too much confusion around you right now. Lighten your load.

arm

Arms allow you to manipulate things in your environment. The same might be true in a dream. Seeing an arm suggests you can maneuver or manipulate things in your dream environment. If the arm is pressing against you in some way, you may be feeling “strong-armed” by someone.

arrow

An arrow often signifies a precise message — look where the arrow points. If you’re defending yourself from a foe, this dream means you’ll have the strength to triumph in whatever situation you’re soon to face. Arrows indicate directions, so notice the direction in which the arrow is going. In a precognitive dream it can signify a path you are to follow.

artist

To dream of yourself as an artist suggests a great need to express your emotions and creativity on a bigger scale. It doesn’t necessarily mean you want to paint. Try to integrate some of your creative ideas into your work or personal relationships. You are the artist of your own life.

ashes

Are they the ashes of a person or from a fire? If you dream of ashes from someone you know who is alive, you may fear losing that person. If the ashes are from someone who has passed away, maybe that person is actually giving you a message from the Other Side. If the ashes remain from a fire, you may fear an endeavor that is important to you might not come to fruition.

atlas

Dreaming of an atlas may suggest you are considering moving or taking a trip, or that you should. It can also mean the world is yours for the taking. Big things could be on the way.

attack

If you’re being attacked in a dream, physically or otherwise, you believe you are under emotional attack in real life. Chances are you’re feeling very vulnerable. Who’s attacking you? If you dream you’re attacking another person, it means you have strong feelings of resentment toward someone.

attic

Whether or not you have a real attic in your home or grew up in a house with an attic, you might find yourself dreaming you are in an attic. Usually, the attic is the place of memories and family legacies. If you dream you are in the attic, you may be feeling nostalgic about times past, or you may be processing family patterns that are causing distress in your waking life. The attic can also be the place of rediscovered treasures you didn’t know you had. If you dream you find a precious heirloom in the attic, your subconscious is alerting you to gifts you have within yourself that you need to rediscover and express. Perhaps you should take some part of yourself out of “storage” or dispose of things you are clinging to from your past. You may be exploring the realm of the higher self or seeking knowledge from a higher source in your dream.

August

August represents summertime and relaxation for most people. You may be working hard and looking forward to time off. A dream about August could carry a message about a particular person, including you, whose birthday falls in August. Look at what you are doing in the dream to interpret its meaning.

authority

A dream of being in a position of authority can be a release dream or a wish dream. However, you are the authority in your own life, so your dream may be bringing that part of you to the fore. Usually, you work out responsibilities from waking life in your dreams. This is simply a matter of figuring things out during the nighttime, when your choices make you less vulnerable than they would in waking life.

avalanche

During an avalanche an extreme amount of snow buries all in its path. This anxiety dream suggests you feel overwhelmed emotionally. The dream is helping you release your fears at night. Examine the jumble of emotions you experience. If you can change your daily situation to reduce stress, do so.

award

If you’ve won an award in your dream, it may mean you secretly desire more recognition for your achievements or that you are actually being recognized for your work. You have positive feelings about your capabilities and what you are worth. Create some momentum. It could be time to ask for a raise or promotion.

ax

How is the ax used in your dream? If you’re wielding it, it means that you are trying to chop a problem or situation down into manageable pieces. If the ax is aimed at you, you may fear someone is trying to take away important parts of who you are.





baby

A baby in a dream almost always represents new life or a new beginning. Your dream may have nothing to do with a physical pregnancy; instead it may represent an idea that is gestating or growing. It could also relate to the pending birth of a child or a desire for a family if that is on your mind. Alternatively, a baby could indicate dependent behavior or infantile longings you are demonstrating in a particular situation. Notice how you feel toward the baby in the dream to see if you are joyful or afraid about moving into a new part of your life.

babysitter

If you dream you are a babysitter or need a babysitter, the “caretaker” part of you is being called forth to nurture and care for yourself. Do some inner child work to connect with the small, helpless, vulnerable part of yourself so you can feel confident and secure in your waking life.

bachelor

A dream of being a bachelor indicates unwillingness to shoulder responsibilities in your waking life. You feel weighed down with responsibilities and desire freedom or escape. If you are afraid in the dream, it could signify that you fear being alone and not having someone with whom to share your life.

back

Your back is a source of strength and support. If you turn your back to someone in a dream, you might be turning your back on an opportunity or rejecting a part of yourself. If someone in your dream turns her back to you, you are experiencing rejection on some level. You may be asked to take on a lot of responsibility, which will require effort and strength. If you have been trying to see all sides of an issue, your dream may be revealing what is hidden from view.

backpack

If you are carrying a backpack in your dream, you may be feeling weighed down or that you have taken on too much in some area of your life. If you are carrying someone else’s backpack in the dream, you are assuming responsibility for problems that are not yours. If the backpack is light and easy to carry in the dream, you feel you can easily handle your responsibilities.

backward

If you dream you are walking. moving, or traveling backward in your dream — or slipping backwards — you feel you are covering old ground in some situation in your life. You may be slipping into old patterns of behavior, thinking, or emotional response.

backyard

If you are in the backyard in your dream you may be feeling relaxed and at ease. Notice who is there with you and what you are feeling. The backyard is where you entertain, relax, and have fun, so most likely you are feeling good about an upcoming event in your life. In the front yard you are visible to your neighbors, so you may dream of being in the backyard because you want to hide something in your life from prying eyes.

bacon

A dream of bacon may relate to your financial situation. Notice if you are worried in the dream — are you able to “bring home the bacon”? You could be experiencing worries about your continued employment and ability to support yourself. If you are enjoying cooking and feeding others the bacon, you feel you are a good provider.

bad

Dreams in which you are being told you are bad relate to inner judgments you make about your own behavior or value. If you dream someone else is bad, you see in that person an aspect or quality of yourself that you feel is not healthy for you. If you feel bad in the dream, you might be feeling guilty or sorrowful about an action you have taken or failed to take that has, in some way, let you or others down.

badge

Seeing a policeman’s badge in a dream may mean you believe you have done something wrong and are worried you will be found out. If it is a merit badge of some sort, you are feeling a sense of accomplishment and recognition.

badger

If you dream of a badger, think about the qualities you associate with this animal. In nature a badger is a resourceful creature whose adaptability helps it to survive. These qualities may represent aspects you need to cultivate or express at this time in your life or in a particular situation you are currently facing. The animal can also represent the literal word — you may feel pressured or “badgered” by someone or you are pressuring someone else.

bag/baggage

Like the backpack, a bag in a dream can symbolize the “baggage” you are carrying in your life and in your relationships with others. Notice whether the bag is heavy or light, and whether or not it impedes your movement in the dream. You may be trying to “bag” something in the dream, in which case the dream portends an opportunity you hope will materialize.

bail

If you dream you are in jail and hope to be bailed out, you feel you need help in some area of your life and that this help has to come from someone else. You don’t feel you can be successful on your own in the situation, so it is time to ask for the help you need.

baking

A dream of baking could be literal — you’re thinking about upcoming events. It may also signify that you crave more self-nourishing activities. Baking in a dream is a sign that your creative juices are flowing and you want to make something that will also nourish others.

balcony

If you are on a balcony in your dream you are being seen by others in an elevated state. Consider the condition of the balcony. If it’s clean and polished, the dream may indicate that others hold you in high regard. If the balcony is crumbling or tarnished, the dream may suggest you need to repair your public image.

baldness

For a woman to dream of being bald indicates her fear of getting older or losing her femininity and appeal. For a man to dream he is bald signifies his fear of loss or a desire to come completely clean in a situation.

ball

Because a ball is round, it connotes wholeness and completion. If you are playing with a ball, you are being asked to embrace your inner child and make time for play. If you are competing in a game such as ping pong, you are experiencing life’s ups and downs but holding your own. If you dream of attending a ball or big event in a ballroom, you desire more socialization and prestige.

balloon

Seeing a balloon in the air indicates a wish to fulfill some desire or fantasy. You’d like to be more creative and rise to new heights. It also may refer to a longing for childhood. If you dream of a child carrying a balloon and it blows away, it signifies your sadness at the loss of the child-part of you.

band

If you are part of a band in your dream, you long for creative expression and want to feel you belong. If you are watching or listening to a band, you are expressing desire to have that experience of togetherness and collective purpose in some area of your life.

bandage

A bandage indicates you feel wounded in some aspect in your emotional life, but you have the resources to comfort and heal yourself. If you dream of putting a bandage on someone else, you are trying to heal something in your relationship with that person that you see as unhealthy or detrimental to the success of the relationship.

bank

Generally, a bank is a symbol of security and power — a foundation — but the meaning depends on what you’re doing in the bank. If you are receiving or depositing money, it’s usually an auspicious sign, an indication that you are financially secure. If you are waiting in line, it may mean you are literally waiting for a check or money to arrive. If you’re holding up a bank, it may symbolize that money you’re expecting is being “held up” or delayed.

bankruptcy

You may dream about being bankrupt even if you have no financial problems. Though the dream could be literal, more often it suggests you feel you’ve missed an opportunity that was foolish to pass up. You might also be expressing worries about your finances.

banquet

If you dream you are at a banquet this may be a time in your life when you are feeling well-nourished emotionally. It could also mean that you want more opportunities in your life or that you want to “have it all.”

baptism

Baptism is a rite of initiation into a spiritual life. If you dream you are being baptized, you are undergoing a spiritual initiation or embarking on a new part of life. If you dream of a baby being baptized, you may be inaugurating a new project or venture.

barbs/barbed wire

Barbed wire in a dream may indicate you feel confined or restricted in some area of your life. If you are trying to go somewhere and have to cross barbed wire, you might be in a life transition that you fear will be painful. If you cut yourself on a barb or barbed wire, you fear being emotionally hurt in a situation, possibly by someone’s “barbed” tongue.

bargain

If you dream you are searching for a bargain you may feel something you have agreed to do in your life is exacting too high a price. If you are excited about getting a bargain, the dream is telling you that you feel you got something of high value with little effort on your part.

bark/barking

If you hear the sound of a dog barking in your dream, it is most likely a warning to alert you to something going on in your waking life from which you need protection. Notice the action in the dream to understand fully the message the barking is meant to convey.

barrier

If barriers in your dream are keeping you from getting where you are trying to go, you are experiencing the same feelings in your day-to-day life. If you are the one in the dream putting up barriers, you may feel vulnerable in a relationship, situation, or undertaking, and fear you won’t succeed.

basement

The basement most often represents long-buried dreams, fears, and hopes for your life. When you dream of being in a basement you are connecting with your subconscious mind, the repository of that long-buried information. You could also be unearthing something hidden in your past that you need to examine (see underground).

basket

A dream of holding or trying to fill a basket can represent what you feel you have and still need in order to make your life complete. If you are carrying a basket to someone else, you are offering what you have to another.

bath

In a bath you wash away dirt and grime, and feel refreshed and clean again. When you dream you are taking a bath you are cleansing yourself — mentally, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. It represents a desire to restore yourself to a pure state in some area of your life and wash away what is no longer needed. If you are watching someone else bathe, you may feel that person needs to “come clean” with you about something, or that you need to do the same with her.

bathroom

The bathroom is the most personal of dream locations. It is where your most private self comes to your attention. In the bathroom you hide yourself from the eyes of others to perform intimate personal functions. If your dream is set in the bathroom, you may be processing old feelings of shame and embarrassment. Your dream may also be letting you know where you have feelings of inadequacy about your self-image or body-image. What it is about yourself that you want to keep private from others? Because the bathroom is also the place where you perform bodily functions, dreaming you are in your bathroom can mean you want to release or get rid of emotional or mental “waste” in your mind, heart, or life. If you dream you are trying to go to the bathroom, you might need to. Your physical body sensations will intrude into the dream state to let you know when you need to wake up. Dreaming of being in a bathroom could simply mean that your bladder is full. If the bathroom is crowded, the dream could mean you lack privacy. If you find yourself in a bathroom for the opposite sex, it may suggest you are crossing boundaries.

battery

A battery provides energy. If you dream you are charging the battery in your car, your dream is telling you that your own energy needs refueling. If the battery in the dream is dead, you feel depleted and need to rest and restore yourself.

beach

To dream of being on a beach is, most likely, a wish or release dream. You’d like to find some time in your life to take off, go on vacation, and leave your responsibilities behind. If you’re on the beach with someone, notice what he or she is doing and examine the symbolism related to it. If you are lying on the beach looking at the horizon, you are anticipating an unknown future that has deep emotional significance.

bear

Like all animal symbolism in dreams, a bear can have many meanings, depending on the feelings and actions in the dream as well as your own associations with the animal. Consider the bear’s characteristics and how it behaves. In Native American cultures a bear represents strength, so if you have a bear in your dreams you may be facing a situation in your waking life that requires strength. You also may be being asked to “bear” a certain responsibility, condition, or development.

beard

If you dream of someone with a beard, you may feel that person in real life is hiding some part of himself. If you dream of yourself with a beard, you may be trying to conceal some aspect of yourself that doesn’t fit with your public persona.

beating

Being assaulted in a dream is most often a dream in which you are releasing the emotion of fear. You fear something in your life is going to hurt you emotionally or hurt your opportunities. Think about the people connected with the situation in your life and whether or not you feel they would hurt you to get ahead. You may also feel “beaten down” about something that has heartfelt meaning to you. Your dream is expressing the depths of your discouragement so you can find your power in the situation. If you are beating someone else in the dream, you have unexpressed anger or frustration about a particular person or situation. Or, you dislike the qualities in yourself that the person in the dream represents.

beaver

A beaver is a hardworking animal, known for building dams in water. If you dream of a beaver, think about where in your life you feel you need to “dam” up your emotions for your own safety and protection. You might also possess the hardworking qualities of the beaver and feel at home in your emotional life right now. The beaver can also represent someone close to you whom you admire for his beaver-like qualities.

bed

Your bed is your place of retreat and rest, and where you engage in physical and emotional intimacy with another person. If you dream you are in your bed, this is a dream about intimacy. Notice if you are alone or with another. What you are doing in the dream? Think about where in your life you are longing for greater intimacy.

bedroom

In the bedroom you dream, rest, and restore yourself, and experience romantic, physical, and emotional intimacy. When your dream is set in the bedroom, most likely you are processing something about your intimate relationships and/or your physical and emotional needs. Sometimes noticing you are in your bedroom in a dream can trigger a lucid dream — a dream in which you realize you are dreaming even though you don’t wake up. Think about the emotional and romantic relationships in your life when you dream of being in your bedroom. Your dream may be letting you know whether or not your needs for intimacy and connection are being satisfied. Even dreams of sex are often dreams about unexpressed desire for greater intimacy with someone rather than the physical act of sexual intercourse.

bee

Bees are industrious creatures who live in colonies and have common goals. If you dream of bees, you may desire to have a greater common purpose with others in your life. Or, you may recognize qualities you associate with bees in yourself or another person. If the bees are stinging you, your subconscious is asking you to wake up to something in your life that needs to change.

beggar

If you dream of a beggar, notice how you treat this person. Your dream shows how you feel about your weak side. Are you kind to him? If so, it most likely means you are good to yourself. If you’re nasty to him, you need to be less hard on yourself.

beheading

If you dream about a beheading, notice who the victim is. If it’s you, think about where in your life or your relationships you are “losing” your head and not thinking clearly. If another person is being beheaded, you are trying to get rid of some qualities you associate with the other person that you see in yourself as well. Beheading dreams can also be past-life dreams.

bell

Hearing the sound of a bell in a dream may mean unexpected good news is on its way. If you’re ringing a bell, it means you may soon need to call upon trusted friends. They’ll help you in your current situation. If you hear bells at a distance, you may hear from someone far away or from your past. If you dream of a joyous bell ringing, expect happy communication.

bench

If you dream you are sitting on a bench, there may be a situation in your life where you feel you are sidelined and out of the action. Perhaps you’ve been working to create something and are waiting to see results. Think about where you are procrastinating in your life and not getting into the action — make the necessary changes.

bicycle

If you dream you are riding on a bicycle you believe you can accomplish what you want under your own power. Your own hard work will get you where you want to go. A bicycle also requires balance, so you may be feeling balanced in your life now.

big

Often in dreams you see things bigger than they are in normal, waking life. When something or someone is big in a dream, it indicates that this person or situation looms large in your thoughts, emotions, or actions. If you are bigger in your dreams than in your waking life, you may be growing as a person. Your dream is using the symbol of size to acknowledge that development.

birds

The appearance of a bird in a dream could indicate you wish to be free, to fly away, or to flee from something. Because birds fly through air, when you dream of a bird you may be receiving messages about detaching from a situation so you can see it from another angle or perspective. As with all animals, you have your own personal connotations to birds. In many cultures, birds can be spiritual symbols. Among certain Native American tribes, an eagle symbolizes spiritual knowledge. If the bird you dream about is very colorful and has beautiful plumage, you might be feeling particularly attractive. If you dream of a bird such as a peacock, you may have pride of accomplishment or think someone you know is stuck up. Dreaming of a mythical bird such as a phoenix may portend a rebirth in your life.

birthday

Birthday dreams can have contrary meanings depending on the context. To dream of receiving birthday presents may mean happy surprises are coming, or advancement is in order. If you are in your childhood home in the dream, you may be receiving messages about events from your past at a particular age in your childhood that are causing you distress in your adult life. Notice your feelings around the birthday: whether you are alone or at a celebration; whether you are happy or sad; whether you get what you wanted or are disappointed. All these clues will help you correctly interpret what the birthday symbol means in your dream.

black

The color black in a dream may indicate transformation and canceling out negative energy. It can be a good sign, depending on how you feel toward the black object. The color black can also signify boredom, but the former translation is usually correct. In some cultures, black represents the void (think “black hole”), and in others it signifies wholeness and unity.

bleeding

Blood is vital to life. To dream of bleeding suggests a loss of power or a change in matters of the heart. If you dream of having your blood sucked by a vampire or other entity, a partner or friend may be draining you emotionally. End contact with this person.

blue

Blue is a cool color and is associated with the fifth or throat chakra, the place of self-expression. If you dream of blue, you may feel the need to communicate with someone about a particular event or situation. A calming and relaxing color, blue makes you think of the oceans and the sky. It is often associated with spirituality and teaching. When blue shows up in your dreams, you may be feeling calm and relaxed, or you may be feeling “blue” and experiencing sadness about some situation in your life. In some areas blue is associated with improper speech, e.g., “the comic’s jokes were blue.”

boat

Like cars, boats in dreams can come in all sizes, shapes, and degrees of power. If you are rowing or sailing your own boat, you feel in control of a situation or transition. If you are a passenger on a ferry or other boat, you don’t feel you can control what happens. Boats traverse water and water in dreams relates to your emotional life. Anytime you dream you are on a boat you are trying to move through an emotional situation, either in your current life or from the past. If the boat is trying to break through ice, your feelings around the issues are old, frozen, and hard to access. If the boat is navigating through rough seas, you are experiencing emotional ups and downs in your life. If you are in a small boat and cannot get to shore, you feel out of control regarding an emotional issue in your daily life.

bomb

A bomb in your dream suggests you worry that your emotions will get out of control and you will “blow up” at someone. If you are trying to defuse a bomb, it means you are attempting to get control of your emotional reactions.

bombshell

Dreaming of a bombshell may mean you are feeling particularly attractive at this point in your life or aspire to that kind of recognition from others. You could also be processing unexpected and surprising news that has upset you.

bones

Bones in a dream signify the bottom line — bones are the raw material of a dream. Are the bones scattered? Maybe you’re torn in waking life over a decision you have to make. Notice the condition of the bones. That’s how you feel about a current nagging issue.

book

A book in your dream can signify new beginnings or a new chapter in your life. Books also represent inherent wisdom and listening to your gut. An old or worn book means that you should leave the past behind you and look happily toward your future.

boss

A dream of your boss suggests she has qualities that you either like in yourself or that trouble you. It may also advise you to become the authority in your own life or embrace your innate leadership abilities.

bottle

A bottle holds liquid, which in a dream equates with emotions. Think about where in life or with whom you are “bottling” up your feelings. Your dream is encouraging you to deal with your emotions in a more healthy way.

breakdown

To dream of having a mental breakdown indicates you feel completely overwhelmed and out of control in waking life. Talk to someone and ask for help with the responsibilities on your plate. If you dream your car breaks down on the road, you don’t feel ready for a transition occurring in your life, or you worry that you don’t have everything in place that you need to be successful.

break-in

Dreaming of someone breaking into your house means you fear people changing your ideals or getting involved where they shouldn’t in your waking life. If you hear noises, it could also be a literal dream and you should investigate. Is the security for your home adequate?

breasts

Women’s breasts may relate to sexual desire. They can also symbolize nurturing and motherhood. Are the breasts exposed? If so your dream could reveal a concern about exposure. Are they diseased or injured? This can be an indication of how you feel personally.

bride

To dream of a bride, whether it’s you or another person, indicates you are about to join your fortunes to another in some way. It may also indicate a deep desire for marriage if you are unmarried. A bride is also about to embark on a new stage of life, so think about where in your life you are ready for a new beginning, a fresh start.

bridge

A bridge connects one place to another, and in dreams it may represent crossing from one state of mind to another. Because bridges most often span bodies of water, you may be trying to move from one emotional state to another. Consider the other elements in the dream. What’s waiting for you on the other side of the bridge? What did you leave behind? You may be trying to connect two experiences in your life that share a common emotional response.

broom

If you dream of a broom, you may be trying to sweep something under the rug, hiding some action or issue you don’t feel good about. This dream can also suggest you are in the process of cleaning up a part of your life.

bubble

Bubbles in dreams stand for rebirth or a completely different way of looking at things. Bubbles floating in the air indicate excessively lofty ideas. You need to be more practical about the matter at hand. Bubbles can also be fun and joyful; you may be feeling particularly playful about a situation in your life.

bugs

Seeing bugs in a dream usually means that something is “bugging” you in your day-to-day life. Think about what is going on in your waking life — what or who is causing you distress? Something you need to complete could be weighing on your mind and may need to be resolved.

bull

A bull is a powerful, dangerous, and stubborn animal. Think about where you or another person is evidencing those qualities in a particular situation in your life. Perhaps you feel out of place like a “bull in a china shop.” Someone might be bullying you, or you may be exerting inappropriate power over another person.

bus

Dreaming you are on a bus is similar to a car dream, except that you are with other people on a vehicle that makes stops along the way. A bus has a predetermined route and destination. When you dream you are on a bus, you know you will eventually reach your destination. However, you may be impatient with the stops and starts along the way and your inability to control the amount of time it takes to reach your destination. Buses also have fairly frequent schedules, so you always can catch the next bus if you miss the one you wanted. In that way, a bus speaks to the mundane, predictable nature of daily life. Notice other aspects of the dream, such as the luggage you’re carrying, your destination, and what you’re leaving behind.

butterfly

Butterflies are magical creatures of transformation and beauty. When you dream of butterflies you are undergoing transformation on a very deep level. Ask for support from your angels and guides as you become who you are meant to be.

buttons

Buttons in a dream signify social change and how the public perceives you. Are the buttons fancy? Do you have problems buttoning your clothing? If they’re very tight, it could mean you are being too rigid in your ideals or behavior.

buy/buying

If you dream you are buying something it suggests you are open to allowing new thoughts, feelings, or perhaps people into your life. If you dream you have overpaid, you feel a new situation in your life does not have the value you’d hoped it would.

cabbage

Cabbage represents simple and inexpensive food to which everyone has access. When you dream of cabbage, it may signify a longing for simpler, easier times.

cafeteria

A cafeteria in a dream can signify social times in your life that offer no real connection. You may yearn for more emotional nourishment. Is the cafeteria nice and clean or dirty and depressing? Its condition shows how you feel about your social life.

cage

A cage represents possession or control, and what you see in the cage is the key to interpreting this sign. A cage full of birds may signify abundance, whereas a single bird may indicate you are narrowly focused at this time. An empty cage may mean the loss of something or someone important to you. A cage full of wild animals may signify you have control over a particular aspect of your life and you will triumph over your emotional ups and downs.

cake

A dream about a cake may mean a celebration is at hand. It can also indicate there’s something to celebrate that has been overlooked. Maybe you should push for something you desire, such as a promotion at work.

camp

Dreaming of camp depends on how you feel there. If you’re having fun, it signifies longing for youth, fun, freedom, and a release from the constraints of everyday life. If you’re not, it means that you feel someone is trying to steal your thunder and take away your simple pleasures.

canal

Canals represent a journey through the unconscious. Pay attention to other details in the dream. Is the water muddy or clear? Are you traveling with friends or family? A dirty canal suggests you have hidden emotional issues you need to work out as soon as possible.

cancer

Dreaming of cancer doesn’t mean you have the disease or are going to get it. To be successfully treated for cancer in a dream signals a change for the better. Dreaming of cancer may symbolize a desperate or fore-boding situation, or a draining of resources.

candles

Usually the appearance of candles indicates spirituality. A candle provides light in the darkness, or guidance through dark matters or the unknown. If a candle burns down to nothingness, it might indicate a fear or concern. A candle being put out could mean you feel overworked. A steadily burning candle may signify a steadfast character and constancy in friends and family.

cannibalism

To dream of cannibalism shows that your unconscious feels a need to consume someone else’s energy. Are you emotionally draining the people around you? If you dream of someone eating you, be careful of the people with whom you surround yourself. They’re not good for your self-esteem.

canoe

Canoes suggest a short journey that requires some effort, but that journey is often pleasantly tranquil. Pay attention to other elements in the dream, such as the state of the water and how hard you are paddling. A dream of paddling on a calm stream symbolizes confidence in your own abilities. If the river is shallow and quick, the dream may indicate concern over a hasty decision in a recent matter. To dream of paddling with your lover may indicate you are on the same page in the relationship; but if the waters are rough, there are some issues that need to be smoothed out.

car

When you dream you are in a car, notice what you can about the car. Is it going forward or in reverse? Is it a shiny new model or an old clunker? Are you the driver or a passenger? Are you in the front seat or the back? Is the road the car is traveling on straight or winding? Is the car going too slow or too fast? Is the car broken down or unable to get going? These questions will give you clues as to how you feel about your capability to get where you want to go in life. The car symbol can also tell you a lot about what you feel you deserve in life, or how you regard your station in life compared to others’. A moving car may mean you are headed toward a goal or moving ahead. Being in the driver’s seat symbolizes taking charge of your life. Is there a back-seat driver in the vehicle? Or are you taking the backseat in some situation in your life? A stolen or lost car could indicate you are losing control of your life. Cars sometimes represent the physical body, so take note of the car’s condition. Even if you feel in control the car may have fits and stops. Maybe it circles back around or has to climb a particularly steep hill. All these events may indicate the level of difficulty you feel you must face to move forward in your life and get where you want to go. If the car is going backwards, you may feel you are slipping backwards in some area of your personal life or work.

carousel

To dream of riding a carousel suggests that you are going around in circles and not making any progress in your endeavors.

carrot

Carrots, in dreams, could mean you’re a solid, earthy person with great inherent value, in the same way that a carrot has great nutritional value. If you are upset in the dream, someone may be enticing you with a promise that doesn’t materialize. You need to be true to yourself.

castle

Seeing one of these majestic structures in a dream might suggest power and strength, security and protection. Castles in the sky are fantasies and illusions — you may wish to escape from your present circumstances. Help will come soon if you need it.

castration

Dreaming of castration refers to feelings of inadequacy or impotence in life. You fear the unknown. Think about situations in your life where you feel powerless, helpless, or at the mercy of outside forces.

cat

Cats have had many mystical and superstitious connotations throughout history. Cats have been reviled as evil and bad luck, and revered as gods. Most often, when a cat shows up in your dream, you might be wishing for more independence in some area of your life. Or you could be receiving a message to be more curious and adventurous. Cats are hunters, so you may be in the process of trying to hunt down some important piece of information or lost object. If the cat in the dream is purring, you may feel particularly content in a relationship or situation. Cats can represent independence, the feminine spirit, or sexual prowess. They can also stand for evil or bad luck, or represent a catty or cunning person.

cattle

To dream of healthy, content cattle grazing in a green pasture suggests prosperity and happiness. Conversely, dreaming of weak, poorly fed cattle warns you are wasting your energy on the wrong things. Stampeding cattle imply that something in your life is out of control.

cave

A cave represents the hidden you — the person you truly are. How did you feel inside the cave? Were you frightened? Was it cozy? Caves also refer to rebirth and changing old ideas.

cedar

Cedar represents strength of conviction and health. It can also signify earthiness. Do you need to get back to basics? Cedar chips can refer to scattered thoughts. Get your ideas together and focus on your priorities.

celebrities

Celebrities in your dreams can signify a yearning to be more involved in the social scene. This dream also represents a part of you that craves recognition for past efforts. Dreams about having sex with celebrities are merely wish-fulfillment dreams or indicate a desire to embrace some quality in yourself that you associate with a celebrity.

ceremony

Dreams about ceremonies indicate you’re entering a new phase of your life. Do you feel comfortable with the changes? Are you enjoying the ceremony in your dream? Dreaming about a ceremony is usually a positive sign of good things to come.

chain

Seeing a chain in a dream means you are in the process of connecting different experiences, thoughts, or emotions together to make a whole. If you are chained up in the dream, you feel restricted or trapped in some area of your life. If you dream you are chained to other people, you feel your own ability to do what you want is tied to the fortunes or actions of others, whether you like it or not. You need to find your own power to chart your course.

chair

If you dream of a chair, perhaps you need to sit down and reflect on a situation in your waking life, or you just need to take a break. It is time to rest and just be with yourself.

chanting

Hearing chanting in your dream can refer to two things. If the chanting is loud, it means you’re ignoring a problem in your life. If the chanting is soft and meditative, it means that there is too much confusion around you — your subconscious is telling you to slow down and take a break.

chariot

Riding in a chariot in a dream suggests you want to speed up whatever is happening in your life. You are determined to take the reins and beat out the competition. In rare cases this could be a past-life dream.

cheese

Food in dreams almost always shows how you nurture yourself. Think of your associations with cheese and whether or not you like cheese. You may need to adopt some self-care habits. If you dream of Swiss cheese, there may be some aspect of you or your life that feels incomplete (holes). Alternatively, you may feel something or someone in your life is cheapening you (cheesy).

chemistry

The mixing of potions in a dream refers to intensity of life, alchemy, and purification. What things do you need to simplify in your life in order to make it work? Are you balancing your life well? This dream also indicates you need to take responsibility for your actions. You have the formula to make your life work.

cherry

A cherry can signify lust, female desire, and forbidden fruit. It also represents wholeness, as a circle does. Who in the dream is eating the cherries? Are they in a bowl? Are they beyond your grasp?

childbearing

Dreaming of childbearing signifies you are giving birth to new ideas, to a new part of yourself, or to a new stage of life. If the childbirth is difficult, it means you’ll have some serious struggles along the way, but your efforts will eventually come to fruition.

children

Dreaming of children may mean you yearn to return to a simpler, less complicated life. Such dreams might also relate to a desire to return to the past to recapture good times or to satisfy unfulfilled hopes. Children in dreams can also represent creative projects that are heartfelt and need to be nurtured.

chimney

To dream of a chimney signifies a spiritual ascension and approach to life. Your dreams are becoming more defined, and you need to follow your instincts. If smoke is going up the chimney, you are sending your wishes up for divine support. Alternatively, you may be worried that long-cherished plans will go “up in smoke.”

chocolate

Chocolate suggests a need or a desire to indulge in something. Or, conversely, it can indicate a need to limit your indulgences. Chocolate speaks to your sensuality and shows you want to sweeten a situation or relationship in your life.

cigarette

If you are a smoker, this dream could be a literal warning to quit. If you are a nonsmoker, dreaming of cigarettes could indicate you feel the words you are speaking could be harmful to yourself or others. If another person is smoking in the dream, the same may be true of someone you know. Cigarettes could simply indicate an unhealthy habit of thinking, or that you are addicted to certain patterns of thought or speech.

circle

A circle in Jungian terms represents the self and wholeness. It can also be a symbol of protection or social connections, as in a circle of friends. If you’re “circling around something,” caution is indicated. If you dream you are “going in circles,” you feel confused about how to proceed in an area of life or frustrated that you are not accomplishing what you set out to do. Dreaming of a circle can also reveal a desire to marry, as a ring shape might indicate hopes of partnership. If someone gives you a ring in a dream, it may represent your desire to marry or move your relationship to the next level. In many cultures, artists paint or create mandalas, large circles representing the spiritual nature of life. Notice the colors and designs of your circle, as many layers of meaning may be present. If you dream you are inside a circle looking out, you may feel trapped by a situation or sense a need to protect yourself from some person or situation.

circling

Circling around and around can mean that you feel you’re going in circles without getting anywhere. Pick and choose your battles. Analyze your goals.

city

Cities represent challenges, fun, and new enterprises. Are you starting something that can directly affect your financial situation? If so, examine how you feel about being in the city. That’s how you feel about the way the tides are turning in terms of your career.

climbing

Climbing up in dreams represents a longing for more knowledge. It can also signify that you want more challenges, yet emotionally you may feel drained. You’re searching for a belief system that matches your ideals.

cloak

A cloak hides your true intentions. It protects your secrets. Are you feeling guilty about something you’ve done? If someone else is wearing the cloak in your dream, chances are you feel left out of the loop.

clock

A clock can mean you are worrying about having enough time for something in your life. This dream symbol can also refer to a past event you wish you could change. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

closet

Closets are places where things are stored or hidden. If you are hiding something in your life, your dream may indicate that it is time to release this secret.

clothing

The clothing you wear in your dreams represents how you currently feel about yourself and your accomplishments. Is your clothing regal and expensive? Or is it tattered and torn? The clothing you wear refers directly to your self-esteem.

clouds

Dark, stormy clouds rolling in at a low altitude and flashing lightning may represent your anger regarding a situation. A slate-gray cloudy sky might indicate that your views on a subject are clouded. What in your life needs clarity? Dreaming of white, billowing clouds floating in a blue sky suggests matters are clearing up.

clover

This is a good sign that happiness is coming your way. A clover always signifies luck. If the cloverleaf is any color but green, it will take a bit of perseverance on your part to make the good things happen.

clown

Clowns can represent fear of the unknown and the dark, insecure side you feel within. If your reaction toward the clown is one of happiness and joy, it can also mean you long for happier, simpler times.

club

If the club in your dreams is a weapon of some sort, it might symbolize hidden aggression from your past. Because clubs were used long ago, it can refer to an old hurt that something current has unearthed. If someone is shaking the club, it could be a warning to deal with current emotional issues. If you dream about a group of people who form a club, your dream could be indicating you feel part of something, connected to like-minded people. Or perhaps you want to “join the club” but don’t feel you fit in.

cockroach

Dreaming of a cockroach can be a literal dream — you saw one while you were awake and it filtered into your dreams. Think about what you associate with cockroaches. Do you believe they are dirty or carry disease? If so, think about recent events — some situation in your waking life may have made you feel unclean in mind or heart. Roaches are incredible survivors, so depending on your association with them, you might be receiving a message about your own resiliency. Perhaps something in your life that you thought was over has reappeared, and you don’t welcome it. Were the dream cockroaches in your house? Because a house represents your life, consider what has been going on in your current life that might be “bugging” you.

cocoon

A cocoon represents safety, warmth, and protection with family and friends. It also signifies rebirth, a new stage in your life that’s soon to come or has already begun. This dream advises you to accept the new factors in your life. This is a positive change.

coffee

Drinking coffee is a pleasurable morning ritual for most people, so if you dream of drinking coffee, you might be feeling content at this time in your life. If you are making coffee in the dream, you want to start your day off right, or you might be nurturing yourself, family, or friends. If you dream you have spilled coffee, you are worrying that you have lost something you hold dear.

coffeehouse

People gather in a coffeehouse to talk and share ideas with each other. Where in your life would you like more social interaction and the chance to relax with like-minded people? Make time for such activities and personal connections.

coffin

A coffin may symbolize a feeling of confinement. Coffins also relate to death, so ask yourself what might be causing you to feel “dead” on an emotional level.

coin

A coin in a dream indicates a change in resources. A dream of many coins signifies money and prosperity. If the coin is heads-up, it means things are going in your favor. Tails-up on a coin indicates the tides are about to turn.

collar

A collar refers to possessiveness. Who is wearing the collar in your dream? If you dream you’re wearing the collar, it signifies oppression you feel from others. Are you looking for your dog’s collar? Many people dream of a dog’s collar if the dog is sick or after the dog has passed away. It indicates true love and affection for your animal.

college

College represents distinction and the attainment of your hopes through hard work. To dream of a college may suggest you will advance to a long-sought position. Dreaming you are back in college could mean you are working to achieve distinction in an area of your life. Rewards will follow a period of hard work.

columns

To dream of a building with columns suggests higher wisdom, intelligence, and authority. Are you standing near the columns? If you are, it means you long for more mental stimulation. Columns also stand for sexual prowess and virility. Incidentally, the akashic records — on the Other Side, where your soul’s purpose is written down — are said to be located in a building with huge columns.

contamination

This dream can be a warning about your health. If you feel you’re contaminated in the dream, it may be your body senses something is not right. This dream can also refer to obsessive tendencies or worries that someone else’s viewpoint is contaminating your own belief system.

contract

Seeing a contract in a dream means you are making a choice that involves a significant commitment on your part. It may refer to your finances, a relationship, or even commitments to yourself about life-style changes you intend to make. If you sign the contract, it means you are comfortable with moving ahead. If you don’t sign the contract, this could indicate you don’t feel ready to commit to something at this time.

corn

Corn refers to fertility, health, and rebirth. Usually corn in a dream is a positive sign of good things to come — think cornucopia. It can also mean you have thoughts that are now outdated (corny) about your life, others, or yourself.

corpse

To dream of yourself as a corpse or to experience your own death usually signifies a major change in your life, such as a divorce or the ending of a long-held job. If you dream of killing yourself, it could mean you are going through a traumatic personal transformation and want to leave your old life behind. If you dream of someone you know as a corpse, then the dream is telling you that an aspect of yourself represented by that person has died. Think about the qualities possessed by the person who is the corpse in the dream, and then reflect on whether or not you have failed to nurture those qualities in yourself. Often the message is an alert that a critical aspect of self has died through neglect or unawareness. Once you know what it is, you can take steps to revive that aspect of yourself if it is vital to your personal happiness.

costume

Are you wearing a costume in your dream? If so, this is how you may see yourself. A costume represents a disguise you wear and show to others. Is someone else wearing the costume? This may be how you see him or her.

couch

A couch in dreams represents analysis of the self. Are you comfortable on the couch? If so, you’re probably comfortable with who you are and how things are going in your life. Is the couch tattered or torn? If so, it’s time to do some self-examination and reorganize your priorities.

court

A dream of going to court can reflect a literal situation. Is a legal matter pending in your life? Dreaming of being in court also indicates a fear of being judged. Who is the presiding judge in your dream, and why do you feel he or she disapproves of you?

courtyard

A courtyard in a dream represents tranquil, peaceful times. It can also refer to family. What are you doing in the courtyard? If there is a lot of greenery, the dream can be a positive omen of prosperous financial times ahead.

cow

A cow can represent fertility, sustenance, or even prosperity. Because cows give milk, this might be a dream about your need to be nurtured or to nurture others.

coyote

A coyote is considered a slick, sly creature. Is there someone in your life whom you feel is sneaky or taking advantage of you? In your dream, are you scared of the coyote? If you’re not, the coyote could be your totem.

crab

Crabs live in water and walk sideways in a funny pattern rather than straight ahead. Dreaming of a crab may indicate your moods are unstable right now, or that you are having trouble finding a clear direction in a problem or relationship. It can also indicate pesky annoyances or fear of being brought down by trivial matters. If a crab bites you, it means your emotions are getting the best of you. The crab also refers to the month of July and the zodiac sign of Cancer.

cradle

A cradle in a dream can have a literal association if you have a baby. It can also symbolize yearning for one. Cradles signify protection and comfort. Who is in the cradle? Is the cradle secure? If the cradle is faulty, you might feel you’re not providing a stable life for yourself or a loved one.

creek

A creek represents a short journey or a new experience. Are you exploring a creek with a friend? What is the condition of the water in the creek? Water in a dream symbolizes emotions, so the creek’s characteristics will describe your feelings about your journey. Note the other aspects of the dream to discover more about the journey or experience you are undergoing.

crevice

A crevice signifies the unknown. Be wary of upcoming situations in which you may be placed. Is there something inside the crevice, or is it simply dark? This also refers to hidden desires in your unconscious mind.

crocodile

If the crocodile in your dream is immersed in water, it means you may be looking for the key to unlocking hidden emotions. Something is blocking you. If the crocodile is on land, it may signify you’re not being truthful with yourself.

crow

Crows are messengers. What is the crow in your dream trying to tell you? If someone is crowing in the dream, you may see that person (or yourself) as boastful and arrogant. If you fear crows, the crow in your dream might represent some aspect of your personality that you consider dark or negative.

crowd

Being lost in a crowd can signify a loss of individuality. You may feel the need to stand out from others. This dream can also describe confusion around you, or even boredom. Maybe it’s time to break away or travel.

crown

The obvious definition is wealth, position, power, and authority. But is the crown something desired or feared in the dream? Is it within reach or escaping your grasp? A crown may also indicate good advice from an older, wiser person or mentor.

crutches

If you have a dream about crutches, you may feel you’re relying too heavily on something or someone. It can also signify fear of being more independent and venturing out on your own.

crying

To dream of crying indicates repressed sadness, usually referring to problems of the heart. It can also signify a release from problems. Try not to analyze this dream. Let your unconscious work it out for you.

cup

Notice the other influences in the dream. A cup indicates that the answer to a current situation or problem is right under your nose. Is the cup full or empty? Cup symbolism can show you how you view situations in life — is your cup half full or half empty? If you dream of a full cup, then you are feeling satisfied and satiated in the situation. If empty, then you don’t yet know how to resolve the situation. A cup can also be a gift coming to you, so pay attention to signs and synchronicities in the days following the dream.

cursing

If you dream that someone is shouting curses at you, it could mean you are upset with yourself for something you’ve thought or done and feel a need to be punished. If you are the one cursing at others, you are releasing built-up frustration and irritation through the dream.

cypress

A cypress tree may indicate the desire to travel to a Mediterranean destination. It also signifies the mystical qualities of wholeness, immortality, security, and wisdom.

dagger

If you dream of a dagger, you may be feeling threatened emotionally by a situation in your life. If you see daggers in someone’s eyes, you feel disapproval from him. If you are the one shooting daggers, you disapprove of something in yourself or in another person but are not directly communicating or trying to clear up the situation.

daisy

Daisies are light, happy flowers that bloom in the summer. Dreaming of daisies indicates you feel good about your life right now and are hopeful about the future.

dancing

A dream about dancing represents movement, freedom, joy, and a time of happiness. It also indicates liberation from constraints and a deep connection with your current emotional state.

darkness

Darkness is a symbol of the unconscious, the hidden, and the unknown. Darkness can also stand for lower impulses, death, and fear. To dream of being overtaken by darkness suggests fear or trepidation about a matter at hand. To dream that you lose a friend or child in the darkness indicates you may be unaware of certain behaviors you have that are driving others away. You may also be losing aspects of yourself mirrored in relationships with others that you are not paying attention to and illuminating in your daily life. Darkness speaks to the hidden, shadow-side of our psyche. It is the ultimate unknown, and in the dream state our psyche reaches out to let us know where darkness is obscuring important information about our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships, and actions.

dawn

Dawn signifies rebirth or embarking on a new direction in your life. Translation of this symbol depends on how you feel about the dawn. If you’re afraid, it could mean you feel turmoil about moving forward with new projects, ideas, or undertakings.

daybreak

Daybreak indicates the outlook on a matter is brightening. A gloomy or cloudy day suggests you feel discouraged about something you are doing, whereas sunlight represents clarity and hope.

dead

If you dream of someone who has crossed over, most likely you are reconciling unfinished emotions (grief, anger) concerning that person. You may also see qualities in yourself that were qualities the deceased exhibited when she was alive. In that case the dream is pointing out similar attitudes, beliefs, and patterns of behavior, so you can learn and grow from the experience. If you dream of a loved one who has passed away, and the dream is vivid and deeply loving, it may be an actual visitation from that person.

death

A death dream usually isn’t a premonition of death, but it may indicate a death of some part of yourself or an area of your life. If you feel no sense of fear in the death, the dream can mean you’re letting go of something. On the other hand, a corpse can indicate you feel stuck in a lifeless routine.

decapitation

A dream about decapitation can happen when you feel a sense of disconnect from your body. You may want to stop certain thought patterns, or wish to reconcile certain ways of thinking with your physical day-to-day life. You may also fear “losing your head” over a situation in your waking life.

decay

Decay, in a dream, can indicate you are ready to get rid of the old to make room for the new. It can also signify you’re neglecting your body or mind. Notice what is decaying in your dream.

December

December is traditionally a time of giving and receiving gifts. To dream of this month can suggest anticipation of good things to come. Because December is a winter month, you might be worrying about a time of dormancy or loss.

deer

Deer are graceful and gentle creatures that are easily frightened. In folklore, deer are the messengers of fairies and therefore could be messengers of the unconscious. Are you feeling fearful in some area of your own life? If you dream of hunting deer, and are not a hunter, this might indicate you are trying to capture the gentle, graceful nature of the deer for yourself.

dentist

Going to the dentist in a dream could be literal reminder. Do you have an upcoming appointment or do you need a checkup? If not, dentists in dreams can refer to worries that something is wrong. Your dream might also indicate a need to rely on an authority figure. (See teeth for more associations.)

desert

A desert is usually thought of as a barren place, where little grows. It can symbolize a fear of death, or of being infertile. But dreaming of a desert can also alert you to hidden beauty and hidden life that is camouflaged by ordinary perceptions.

dessert

Desserts represent enjoyment, forbidden pleasures, and hidden guilt. How do you feel about eating the dessert?

devil

The devil is an archetype for your hidden, nonconforming side. Dreaming of the devil might mean you feel you are acting in a way that is harmful to yourself or others. Perhaps you believe someone close to you is acting in a malicious way. Are you scared of the devil in your dream? If you’re married or in a committed relationship, the devil can represent your partner. Pay close attention to how you feel toward him. If you are “bedeviled,” you are being asked to have a sense of humor about a situation that is frustrating you.

dew

Dew represents tiny treasures or small pleasures. To dream of sparkling dew may portend a coming blessing.

diamond

A diamond symbolizes love, as in a diamond ring, as well as hardness and endurance. It may also symbolize wealth. A lost diamond, especially a ring, may reveal concern about a love relationship. A gift of a diamond depends on who is giving it and other circumstances. A diamond passed from a parent or relative could refer to an inheritance; one from a friend might indicate a wish to obtain the person’s love.

digestion

Digestion could be a literal dream alluding to what you ate before going to bed. It can also signify spiritual nourishment or becoming more emotionally committed to your personal relationships. If you dream you are having trouble digesting something, think about what is going on in your life that you are not able to accept.

digging

What are you digging for? If it’s something lost, you may be attempting to retrieve a part of your past. If it’s a treasure, you may be delving into the unconscious — a treasure chest of knowledge. However, if you are burying something, it indicates a wish to cover up an act, hide your feelings, or obscure the facts of a matter.

dirt

When you dream about earth or dirt, you may feel “dirty” about some recent action. Or, you may be trying to bury feelings that are making you uncomfortable. If you have been stressed at work or in your life in general, you may be dreaming about the ground to symbolize your desire to “ground” yourself and your anxious feelings.

disappearance

This is a common dream in which you are searching for a missing person or item. If it’s an object, you’re merely coping with a trivial loss. If it’s a person who is nowhere to be found, it means you long for a connection with this person. Perhaps you’ve had a disagreement and you want to make up, but your unconscious knows this may be impossible.

discipline

Being disciplined in your dreams could refer to how you feel about yourself or others. Are you getting things done the way you should? If not, you may feel you need to punish yourself.

disinfectant

Disinfectant in your dreams can refer to cleaning up your own life. Do you feel dirty about particular emotions you’re experiencing? Are you comfortable with your own sexuality? Using disinfectant could also show you are attempting to deal with bad situations in your waking life.

dismemberment

Dismemberment, in a dream, refers to breaking apart before putting things back together. It suggests joining the pieces of your own life puzzle.

disobedience

A dream about being disobedient signifies that you’re feeling too many restrictions in your life right now. You want to rebel and break free.

diving

To dream of diving into a body of water may indicate you are about to dive into something in your waking life that has strong emotional content for you. On a deeper level, a diving dream may symbolize an exploration of the unconscious.

doctor

A doctor can indicate healing or a healing guide. For some people, a doctor in a dream might symbolize mainstream thinking as opposed to alternative health options. Dreaming of a doctor may also mean you need to visit one but are afraid to go.

dog

Dreaming of a dog can mean you’re seeking companionship, affection, or loyalty. Dogs are beloved around the world. In animal companions, such as dogs and cats, you may see qualities that reflect ones you would like to have yourself. In your dream, notice how you interact with the dog. Is it friendly or wary? What color and breed is the dog? How do you feel with the dog? Most often, unless you are afraid of dogs, they symbolize friendship, unconditional love, and loyalty. If you are dreaming of dogs, you might see these qualities in yourself or another person. Or you might desire a romantic partner who has these qualities.

doll

Dreaming of a doll refers to childhood thoughts and memories. Is the doll in good condition? If so, it means you’re feeling good about your past. If it’s in poor shape, it’s a sign you need to heal certain issues from your past. Also, think about any situation or relationship in your life in which you feel you are being toyed with or treated like a toy.

dolphin

Because it resides in the sea, a dolphin may be considered a messenger of the unconscious or a guide to the unconscious realms. You may be diving into your unconscious. What do you fear? What do you hope for? Because a dolphin is at home in the water, you may feel emotionally balanced. Dolphins are also playful, so your dream may be telling you that you need light, playful experiences in your life.

door

A common dream symbol, doors can indicate an opening or a new opportunity at hand. A closed door suggests something is inaccessible or hidden, or that an opportunity has passed by. If a door is broken, something may be hindering you from taking a new opportunity. The condition of the door, the material it’s made of, and any markings that appear on it often provide clues about what lies behind it or about your perception of reality.

doorbell

If you dream you hear a doorbell ringing, your unconscious is trying to get your attention to let you know something new is arriving in your life. If you are ringing a doorbell in your dream, you are trying to get someone’s attention.

dove

A dove in a dream is always a lucky symbol meaning peace, affection, love, and prosperity. Notice where the dove goes. Is this the direction of your heart’s true desire?

dragon

Dragons refer to intuition and psychic ability. You may know that something is about to happen, but you don’t want to admit it. Dragons also represent authority and power. How do you feel about the dragon in your dream?

drawer

A dream of a drawer or putting something into a drawer signifies putting aside foolish pursuits and dealing with the current situation. You may dream of drawers when you’d like to keep a part of yourself hidden from the rest of the world. If you take something out of a drawer, analyze the object to determine what part of yourself you’re now ready to share with people.

dream

To have a dream that you’re dreaming usually indicates you’re having a lucid dream. In these dreams you can learn how to control outcomes and steer things toward positive results.

drinking

Symbolically, water is related to the unconscious and emotions. Drinking may suggest you are being nourished or thirst for emotional involvement. As a metaphor, drinking spirits may suggest a search for spiritual sustenance. For an alcoholic or someone who is close to an alcoholic, a dream of drinking alcohol may be a warning.

driving

Driving signifies a need to take the wheel and gain control of your life. If you’re driving and the car swerves out of control, or the accelerator is stuck in place, it’s possible your unconscious knows you don’t yet have the skills to get where you want to go. The dream may also warn that you are being reckless or moving ahead too fast.

drought

Generally an unfavorable omen in a dream, droughts represent the absence of life or the drying up of your emotions. Are you with someone in the dream? Maybe an unresolved issue between you and someone you are close to is leading to a quarrel or separation.

drowning

Drowning in a dream signifies a deep-rooted fear of delving into your unconscious mind or your deep emotions. You are emotionally overwhelmed at this time in your life, or fear that if you give in to your emotions they will overwhelm you. The more you express and process your emotions, the less overwhelming they will seem.

drugs

Many times, dreams about drugs are literal — you’re under their influence. But being offered drugs in a dream usually refers to negative influences around you. Who is the person offering you the drugs? Drugs can also indicate that a part of you wants to be released from responsibility.

drum

Dreaming of a drum or drumbeats may relate to a primitive urge or the universal heart. Alternately, a drum could symbolize communication, magic, or even an entrepreneurial spirit, as in “drumming up” business.

drunk

You often dream of being drunk when you’ve had too much to drink in real life. If you dream of seeing a drunk, it could indicate you feel you’re being foolish and indulgent in a current situation.

dwarf

Dwarves are traditionally associated with magical powers. Dreaming of a dwarf could be an extremely fortuitous sign. On the other hand, a dwarf can symbolize a stunted condition. If growth is limited in your waking life, your dream may advise pursuing an alternate path.

dying

Dreams of dying represent the end of an emotional state, relationship, or situation at hand. To dream that you are going to die suggests inattention to a particular aspect of your life that requires your focus. If you dream of other people dying, you fear the qualities you possess that you also recognize in these individuals are passing away.

dynamite

If you dream of dynamite, you fear a potentially explosive situation. Are your repressed emotions about to explode? Examine other features in the dream to determine where the problem lies.

eagle

The eagle, soaring high in the sky, can symbolize a spiritual quest. It can also stand for combat, pride, courage, and ferocity. Eagles are traditionally associated with nobility. They also can represent a father figure or the sun.

earrings

Pay attention to the type of earrings in your dream. Are they cultured and demure, like pearls, or fun and large, like colorful hoops? If they’re conservative, it may be you’re longing to change the way people see you. If they’re outrageous, you may be worried about the way people see you or you seek a larger role in life.

ears

A dream of human ears can indicate you need to watch what you say. Ears can also call attention to something. Listen carefully to what’s going on around you.

earth

The earth is the ground underneath your feet. It is the soil in which all things grow. To dream of the earth signifies an awareness of the inter-connectedness of all things. It also may indicate you need to be more grounded and stable in your relationships and/or financial matters. If you dream you are digging in the earth, you may be searching for stability and a strong foundation in some situation. If you dream of seeing the earth from space, you may be longing to return home, to be nurtured by a familiar setting. A dream of gardening and working in the earth suggests you are growing as a person and planting seeds you want to blossom. If you dream of someone who’s “earthy,” you might want to connect with a part of you that is more comfortable with your physical nature. If you dream someone is “down to earth,” you consider that person, or an aspect of yourself, to be real, honest, and trustworthy. Dreaming of the earth is usually a positive, healthy sign.

earthquake

Dreaming of an earthquake might suggest your personal, financial, or business matters are unstable. Is something upsetting taking place in your life? Earthquakes can also have sexual connotations, such as the desire for sexual release. If there are other people in the dream, does one of them make the earth move for you?

east

East is the place where dawn breaks, thus it represents new beginnings. It is the symbolic and allegorical spring. If you are heading east in your dream, you may be about to embark on a new project or a new beginning in some area of life. Many South American shamanic traditions consider east the place of the visionary, home to the eagle, and symbolic of a new point of view or spiritual vision for yourself and the world. The sun rises in the east, so perhaps your “sun” is about to rise. A promotion or other positive development may be on the horizon for you.

eating

A dream of eating might suggest a craving for love or nurturance. It can also mean you are enjoying life or indulging in its pleasures. If you are the one being eaten in the dream, ask yourself if something is eating at you. Do you feel as if you are being eaten alive?

echo

To hear an echo in your dreams can mean you feel nobody is really listening to you or hearing what you’re trying to say. Or, it could suggest that your feelings of loneliness are calling to you, encouraging you to connect more with others.

eclipse

An eclipse suggests a disruption of what’s normal. When something is eclipsed, it means a period of activity has ended. Also, dreaming of an eclipse can mean cosmic forces are at work in your life.

eel

An eel, like a snake, can be a symbol of transformation, sexuality, healing, or hidden emotions. Take your cues from what the eel is doing in your dream.

egg

In the Jungian view, eggs represent wholeness, fertility, and new life. Eggs can also symbolize ideas that have not yet hatched. Finding a nest of eggs might indicate a waiting period, or that ideas are gestating. Financially, a dream about eggs can allude to your nest egg. What is the context of the dream? Is someone egging you on?

eight

Eight is the number of infinity, eternity, and universal abundance. A visually beautiful number, eight shows balance and symmetry. You may be about to make a major romantic commitment or celebrate an anniversary. Opportunities for financial growth may be on the horizon. Like seven, eight is a “luck” number, so good fortune is on the way if eights show up in your dreams. If you dream you are “behind the eight ball,” you have missed out on a lucky opportunity or somehow are blocked from achieving success.

election

To dream of running for office means you’d like to have more authority and power in your interactions with others. It can also mean you don’t feel you’ve been rewarded enough for your efforts. If you win an election in your dream, it symbolizes wonderful new changes are on their way.

electricity

Dreaming of electricity signifies drive and spontaneity — new life. It refers to a need to be more active. If you see something being electrified, it means you’re aware of the inner battle you’re currently having with igniting the passion in your life or your work.

electrocuted

To dream of being electrocuted signifies you may be shocked by the happenings around you. It also suggests you fear losing power in a close relationship or in your career.

elephant

The appearance of these large, solid animals may signify wealth, honor, and a steadfast character. As the elephants rule in the wild, their appearance in your dream may indicate you reign supreme in business and/or at home. How many elephants do you see in your dream? A herd of elephants may suggest great wealth, while a single elephant may represent a small but solid fortune. An elephant with its trunk held up is a symbol of excellent luck soon to come.

elevator

Rising in an elevator may symbolize a rise in status, such as a promotion, or a heightening of consciousness. Is the ascent rapid? Are you frightened? Exhilarated? A descent in an elevator might indicate a lowering in status or position, or a journey into the unconscious. A stuck elevator might suggest some aspect of your life is presently being delayed. A plunging elevator could indicate a rapid descent into the unconscious, and your fear of losing control in life.

elopement

If you have a dream of eloping, it’s possible you’re unhappy with your current love relationship and wish to run away. If you’re happy in the dream, it could mean you’re anxious for more stability in your emotion life and in love.

embarrassment

If you dream of being embarrassed, it indicates you’re unsure of what to do next. It also signifies a general lack of overall confidence. Issues from the past that used to bother you have probably resurfaced in your life. Resolve them, and you’ll stop having this type of dream.

embrace

To dream of embracing someone in a dream simply means that you have a new kind of affection for this person, or you see qualities in her that you would like to embrace in your own life. If you’re forced to embrace someone, it means you feel pushed to a level of intimacy and connection prematurely.

embroidery

Embroidery, in a dream, can refer to departed loved ones or unfulfilled dreams of the past. Do you feel as if you’ve missed an emotional opportunity? Are you thinking about a relationship you broke away from in the past? This dream also refers to the little details in your life. What is it you are trying to weave together or create?

embryo

To dream of an embryo signifies beginnings and kernels of ideas you need to develop. It can also, of course, refer to birth, rebirth, and pregnancy.

empty

An empty room, cup, container, or object is a metaphor for the way you feel about yourself currently. You’d like to fill the object, simply because you’re ready for things to go your way. This dream symbol also refers to boredom and loneliness.

enema

An enema, in a dream, indicates something is emotionally draining you. It could also stand for people in your life who depend on you financially. What do you feel is pulling you under?

enemy

Dreaming of an enemy you know in your waking life signifies that you long for peace with this person but believe it is not possible. An enemy you do not know in waking life usually refers to yourself — you are the enemy. Are you running from the enemy in your dream or facing him?

engagement

To dream of an engagement is usually a release or wish-fulfillment dream. Perhaps you long to have more security in your love life so you can plan for the future. This is also a good omen of positive social experiences to come.

engine

If you dream of putting together the engine of a car, it means your unconscious knows it needs to get down to basics — start over and rebuild things from the ground up. This may refer to a business, or to your insecurities and doubts about current relationships.

entrance

An entrance in a dream refers to the choices you need to make. Do you walk through the entrance? Are you scared to go in? You may dream about an entrance when you’re at a turning point in your life. To dream of making a big entrance signifies your need to be more socially proactive.

eruption

An eruption, in a dream, means you’re holding back in your waking life. You need to release some angst and start things fresh. If the eruption occurs as a volcano, it can refer to repressed sexual desire.

escalator

Dreaming of an escalator suggests slowly climbing the ranks in either business or spirituality. Who is at the top of the escalator? Can he or she help you with your pursuit? Does this person have authority over you?

escaping

If you dream of making an escape, consider whether you are avoiding or need to get away from something in your life. Examine the people in your dream. Are you trying to get away from them? Do you need to confront them about something they’ve done?

eunuch

Whether you have this dream about yourself or about another person, it refers to you and harbored feelings of inadequacy. It could also signify guilt over how you’ve acted toward others around you.

evening

A dream that takes place in the evening suggests a situation in your life may be coming to a close. To dream of stars shining in the evening sky suggests hope and brighter times ahead.

evergreen

A dream of an evergreen — especially the word itself — may be a metaphor. To be “ever green” indicates wealth or at least financial stability. An evergreen or pine tree might symbolize hope or even immortality. A decorated evergreen or Christmas tree suggests giving or receiving gifts.

examination

If you dream of taking an exam, it might indicate a concern about inadequacy or failure. A stack of tests could suggest you feel you are being tested too often. You feel that someone is judging you. Look at the surrounding elements in the dream. If you forget to go to class in your dream, it suggests you are worried about being unprepared.

exchange

To dream of exchanging one thing for another indicates a recent change in your way of thinking or even your style — the way you present yourself to others. What is it you’re exchanging? Notice the people around you in the dream and how they act toward you.

excrement

A dream of excrement can be a good omen. First of all, it can nourish new ideas and beginnings. It also signifies ridding yourself of what you no longer need to start out anew. In rare cases, it can refer to feelings of being dirty (see dirt).

execution

If you’re about to be executed or about to witness an execution in your dream, it refers to the current sadness and heaviness of heart you feel. If you’re depressed, seek professional help. In rare cases, execution can also refer to the end of the old, and a new start, in terms of a way of life.

executive

Dreaming of being an executive in your dream is usually quite literal. You may long for more power and authority in your career. In some cases, this also refers to having more stability in your home and family life. Or it reveals your desire to feel in charge of what is going on in your life.

exhaustion

More often than not, this is a literal dream referring to your current physical health. It may be time for you to take a break or go on vacation. Also, it can refer to feelings of being overly drained emotionally.

exhibitionism

Exhibitionism, in a dream, is healthy. It signifies a willingness to take things on with open arms and to show the world your vulnerability. In some cases, exhibitionism also refers to an affinity for more sexual adventures. It suggests you feel free of the constraints of society or age.

exile

To dream of being in exile usually represents one of three things. You could feel you’re being left out or punished by a social circle or relationship you long for. Or, it can mean you feel judged or criticized. Another possibility is that you just feel alone right now.

expedition

To set out on an expedition signifies an openness and willingness to have new adventures — both with travel and in your relationships. It’s a good sign for positive experiences soon to come.

explosion

A dream of an explosion could be an attempt by your unconscious to get you to pay attention to a matter of concern. An explosion may suggest a release or an outburst of repressed anger, or an upheaval in your life.

eye(s)

Eyes have been called the windows of the soul. If you dream of your own eyes, you may be opening up to a new way of seeing things in your waking life or to a heightened sense of your own intuition and inner wisdom. If you get something in your eye or your eye is bloodshot or otherwise unclear, something is obscuring your ability to see a situation clearly. If you are looking deeply into another’s eyes in the dream, you feel you are seen and known for who you really are — or you wish that were so.

eyeglasses

Eyeglasses (or contact lenses), in a dream, refer to seeing the world more clearly. Your unconscious is trying to tell you to take a good look around. If eyeglasses are handed to you in the dream, you are being given the opportunity to expand your range of vision. You need to pay more attention to what is going on in your life right now.

face

If you see your own face in a dream, this is a symbol for the face you show to others and the world. Your face is your identity in the world. It represents the most public aspect of your persona. In the dream, notice the expression on your face. Are you smiling? Angry? Sad? The dream most assuredly will be trying to reveal something that hides beneath your the public “face.” If the face is the main element of the dream and you dream you are turning away, you may be having difficulty facing a situation or behavior in yourself or others.

Facebook

If you dream you are on Facebook, you want others to be able to get to know you. If you are distressed in the dream by being on Facebook, you worry that you have revealed too much of yourself or are losing your privacy in some situation or personal matter of importance.

facelift

To dream of having a facelift signifies you’d like people to see you in a different light. What is it you imagine they feel toward you? On rare occasions, dreaming of a facelift can be a literal dream — you fear becoming and looking old.

fairy

Fairies are light, ethereal creatures of whimsy, fun, and guidance. Dreaming of fairies could indicate you want to embrace a lighter, more magical part of yourself or connect more deeply to nature and the spirit realms. Fairies can also be messengers or tricksters. Look at the situation or events in the dream to see what the fairies are trying to tell you about your life right now.

falcon

Dreaming of a falcon represents spiritual awareness and rising to new heights. It also indicates freedom from the burdens of society. In some cases, a falcon can signify news soon to come. If you feel a strong, positive connection to the falcon, it may be your totem.

falling

Falling is a common dream symbol and usually an expression of concern about failure. The dream could be a metaphor for falling down on the job. In most falling dreams, the dreamer never lands. If you do hit the ground, it could mean you’ve struck bottom in a matter. If you are unharmed, the dream may be suggesting that you won’t be hurt by something you perceive as a failure.

famous

To dream of being famous signifies you long to be in the public eye and to be rewarded for your previous efforts. This dream can be a release dream or a wish-fulfillment dream.

fan

A mechanical fan moves air and, as such, represents spiritual guidance. It indicates clearing the air and clarifying your thinking. Fans in dreams may symbolize your need to go with the flow now and take things as they come. If you dream of followers who are fans of yours, you desire recognition for your accomplishments, or you feel supported in your creativity and work by many people in your life.

fat

A dream of being fat might indicate a concern about your diet. It could also be a metaphor either for wealth and abundance, or for overindulgence.

father

The appearance of your father can have many connotations, depending on the context of the dream and your relationship with him. Typically it represents a need for advice in a troubling situation or the need to protect yourself in some situation. Someone in your life may have qualities that remind you of your father.

father figure

To dream of a father figure in your dream represents the need for more stability in your life. It could also be your unconscious telling you to be wary of the current situation you’re facing. If you have bad feelings about this father figure, you may doubt your place within your own family. Are those around you treating you with respect?

feather

To dream of a feather floating through the air bodes well. Your burdens will be light and easily mastered. To dream of an eagle feather implies your aspirations will be met.

February

A dream of this short winter month might suggest you feel the need to retreat from the world. Perhaps you are depressed with the amount of time things are taking to manifest in your life. If you love the winter and winter sports, this could be a dream of pleasure and anticipation of some of your favorite activities. The dream’s setting or this time of year may indicate when you are at your best and happiest.

feet

You get around in the world on your feet. Feet enable you to move forward in life, so when you dream about your feet, notice whether they are bare or in shoes. Bare feet may signify you are comfortable and feel free about whatever situation is currently going on in your life. If you are having difficulty moving your feet in the dream, think about where in your waking life you may fear moving forward. If your feet are steady in the dream, you feel confident and comfortable with your ability to get where you need to go in life.

fence

A dream of a fence can indicate that you feel “fenced in.” A fence can block you or it can protect you. If you are “on the fence,” the dream might suggest you are undecided about something.

fever

To dream you are suffering from a fever suggests a needless worry over a small affair. Be patient, and it will work itself out. This dream may also be a response from your body letting you know you are getting sick and that you actually have a temperature.

field

To dream of green fields, ripe with corn or grain, indicates great abundance. If you dream of plowed fields, you are getting ready to plant the seeds of your future. If you dream of lost crops, you fear some endeavor will come to naught. Perhaps you are ready to harvest all that you have created with your hard work and attention to detail. If so, enjoy!

fig

Figs are one of the sensual symbols. A dream about figs can refer to all things erotic — desire, sex, sexual need, and longing. Who is eating the fig in your dream? A fig also signifies hidden pleasures you should take advantage of. They’re waiting for you.

fight

To fight in a dream may represent a conflict or the need to resolve an issue. Are you winning or losing a fight? Are you fighting with a loved one? Pay attention to other details in the dream so that you may interpret it better.

filing

To dream of filing signifies a hidden need to separate your feelings and emotions from a potentially difficult situation. It could also recommend getting better organized in your life.

fingers

Fingers, in a dream, refer to touch, emotion, accusation, warmth, and communication. In order to determine the meaning of the dream, take note of what you’re doing with your fingers or how the other person is using them. Translate this literally, and then look for other symbols in the dream.

fire

Fire is a primal universal symbol, deeply embedded in the consciousness of all living beings. It represents rebirth, containing within itself the power of consumption and regeneration. Think about all the ways you use the imagery of fire in your daily life. If someone “lights a fire” under you, he is trying to get you going on something, but if someone “lights your fire” she ignites your passion. When you dream of fire — even the flame of a candle — you are being asked to come alive in some area of your life. Your subconscious is trying to connect you to that vital, primal energy of inspiration, life force, and passion. Fire is generally a favorable symbol, so long as you are not burned. Alternately, fire can symbolize destruction, purification, illumination, and a spiritual awakening. Look for other metaphors. What are you getting fired up about? Are you (or another figure in the dream) concerned about being fired or getting burned?

fire engine

A symbol of distress and ultimately of protection, a fire engine indicates worry over an important matter at hand with the hope that help is on the way.

firefighting

To dream of fighting flames suggests hard work is required before you’ll achieve success. If you are trying to put out a fire or are watching others put out a fire, you fear an emotional issue or situation will get out of control and you would rather make it go away.

fireplace

Fireplaces signify warmth, comfort, financial stability, domestic happiness, and a longing to increase your social status. Examine the aspects of the dream to determine which meaning fits for you. Sitting in front of a fireplace with a friend or loved one means you’d like to be closer, emotionally, to this person.

fireworks

A dream of fireworks suggests a celebration, a joyous explosion, or a release of repressed feelings.

fish

Fish are at home in the water, so dreaming of fish relates to your emotional life. Fish swimming can symbolize exploration of the unconscious or something that lies below the surface. The Jungian interpretation is that fish symbolize a spiritual quest. Fish in dreams also represent good intuition, so trust your gut. Fish also refer to the month of February/ March and the zodiac sign of Pisces.

fishing

To dream of fishing signifies a need to examine your emotions and to delve deeper into your unconscious. Because fish also refer to your intuition, you might be fishing for a solution to a problem — you already know how to solve it.

fit

Dreaming of being physically fit is a good indication that you’re feeling psychologically good about yourself. This can also be a wish-fulfillment dream — you’d literally like to look better and be more fit.

five

Five is the connecting number — the swing number between the four basic symbols and the higher numerical vibrations. It reflects the shift from the more purely personal numbers of 1, 2, 3, and 4 (self, duality, mother, and father) toward the transpersonal experiences reflected in 6, 7, 8, and 9 (others, spirituality, eternity, and cycles). As such it usually represents change when it shows up in a dream. Change is unpredictable and can be for good or ill, so notice what’s going on when five comes into your dreams. Five can also represent the struggle between freedom and discipline, and can give you important messages about how you approach goals and tasks. If you are giving someone “high fives” in your dream, you are celebrating an accomplishment or shared success.

flag

Your unconscious is aware of social issues around you. Are political issues irritating you? Perhaps you long for less confusion and more cohesiveness in a partnership. A flag can be a warning in a dream. If you dream there is a “flag down on the play,” then there is something inappropriate about your actions or someone else’s in a situation. Similarly, if you dream about seeing “red flags” in your dream, you are being asked to proceed with caution in that area of your life. Flags are also used to communicate and denote something of importance, so reflect on how the flags are showing up in your dreams to determine the meaning for you at this time in your life.

flames

To see flames in a dream represents the need for purity and purification of thoughts and deeds. Take note of what is on fire to determine the exact meaning. Flames can also refer to hidden passion or a crush you prefer not to admit to.

flint

Striking flint can represent fickleness or a little devil in you waiting to get out. It can also refer to love and marriage, or to a spark between you and another person.

flirting

If you’re flirting in your dream, you are trying to attract something new into your life. Who are you flirting with? If it has a positive outcome, it could be a wish-fulfillment dream rather than a prophetic one.

floating

This can be an astral dream — your spirit actually could be floating. This is a very positive sign of good things to come; it means happier, more hopeful, and easier times ahead.

flogging

To be flogged in a dream signifies you feel you should be punished for something you’ve done or for treating someone badly. To see someone flogged in a dream indicates the need to settle some emotional issues in your life.

flood

A dream of a flood might suggest you are being overwhelmed by emotion. Or, your awareness of the unconscious aspects of your being may be rising. A dream of flooding can also warn that personal matters are spilling over into other areas of your life.

flower

Flowers have universal connotations of celebration, love, and ceremony. If you dream of dead flowers, however, you are dreaming about a part of yourself or your life that has passed. If you dream of flower buds, you are opening to new experiences or aspects of yourself. If the flowers are in full bloom, you feel confident and fulfilled at this time in your life. Flowers represent your own unfolding, so think about what in your life is flowering, blooming, or past its peak. The type of flower will also have particular associations. Think about the color and type of flower and the connotations you have to determine what the dream’s message is for you.

fly (insect)

You may be experiencing some pesky setbacks that are causing disappointment now. Try to be patient. It may take a little longer, but things should go as planned. If you dream of being bitten by a fly, you are being annoyed by someone in your circle of acquaintances.

flying

A flying dream may suggest you are soaring, or flying high, as a result of a successful venture. Flying can also symbolize breaking free of restrictions or inhibitions. Flying itself can be a joyous experience in a dream, no matter what the symbolic meaning.

fog

Dreaming of foggy conditions indicates a lack of clarity in some aspect of your life. Fog can also symbolize something hidden or something you’re not seeing. Keep in mind that fog is usually short-lived. When it lifts, you will gain a new sense of clarity.

foliage

A dream of foliage signifies concerns in love and in financial security. If the foliage is lush and green, it indicates good times ahead. If it is wilting, it may portend problems soon to come.

food

Because food is essential for survival, a dream of food has to do with nourishment — ideas, relationships, material well-being, and so on. It also suggests you are acknowledging new ways of looking at things and incorporating them (digestion) into your life. Pay attention to the foods you eat in the dream — are they healthy and nourishing, or bad for you?

fool

To dream of a fool advises you to take a chance on something risky in order to be successful. It means a leap of faith is necessary for you.

footprints

Footprints may signify you long to emulate someone who is close to you. Perhaps you’d like to be as successful as that person or possess some of his qualities. It may also be a sign that you can see where you need to go in life but are not yet ready to step into those impressions.

forehead

A forehead in a dream signifies worry over a particular issue. Though things may be tough right now, this dream means you’ll soon find a resolution to the problem at hand.

forest

A forest suggests an exploration of the unconscious. It can also symbolize a need or desire to retreat from everyday life — to restore and revitalize your energies through nature. To dream of a lush forest in complete foliage may mean prosperity and pleasure, although finding yourself in a dense forest could signify you feel lost emotionally.

forgery

Deceptive people may be around you — watch out! This symbol could also indicate contracts are not as they seem. Read the fine print. Forgery can refer to unexpected money, such as an inheritance or lucky lottery number.

forked line/fork in the road

You’ll have to make a decision soon. This dream indicates you should choose the simplest route for now.

fortune-teller/fortune-telling

You are looking for answers of a mystical nature. You have anxiety about the future and want to be reassured. What is it you are concerned about? Seek out the help of people you trust.

fountain

A dream of a fountain can suggest longevity and virility. Water is related to the emotions and unconscious, and a fountain can indicate an emotional surge. Also, a dream of a fountain can recommend examining your emotions. What is the condition of the fountain? A fountain with clear water suggests vast possessions and many pleasurable emotions. A dry and broken fountain symbolizes emotional emptiness. A sparkling fountain in the moonlight can indicate a hidden emotional pleasure.

four

Four symbolizes masculine, father energy. It is the number of stability, structure, and foundation. Even the appearance of the number, with its square 90-degree angles, suggests structure and support. When four shows up in a dream, consider issues of fatherhood or with your father. This may be a message about your own stability and security in life, including financial security.

fox

If you’re currently arguing with someone, a fox dream may be a warning not to speak. Silence will help you gain control over the situation. Also, be careful of the people around you. Someone may not be as honest and forthcoming as she seems.

fragrance

To smell a fragrance in your dream is a sign of happiness to come and good luck in love. It can also indicate a visitation from a loved one on the Other Side who wore a particular scent. If so, enjoy the reconnection.

fraud

Dreaming of fraud can be a warning about yourself or others. Who is committing fraud in the dream? If you’re the one committing fraud, it’s possible you’ve shown a side of yourself to someone and now feel vulnerable.

freedom

A dream about freedom can mean two completely opposite things. It could indicate you feel repressed and are longing for more freedom to do the things you’d like to do. It might also mean you are currently feeling good about the freedom you’re experiencing in life.

freelance

To dream about freelance projects can be literal — you’re involved or would like to be involved in these types of undertakings. It could also refer to the autonomy you’d like to express more often. Creative ideas should come to you more freely now.

friends

If you dream of a gathering of your friends and they are all happy, you are feeling connected to others and happy with that support and connection. If you dream of a gathering of your friends who are sad and gloomy, you are feeling disconnected at this time in your life. You might want to reach out for support.

frog

Frogs are transformative creatures — remember the fairytale about the prince who was turned into a frog? They start as tadpoles, grow legs and arms, and develop lungs. To dream of a frog may imply a major change or transformation in your life. Because frogs live part of their lives in water, a frog may also symbolize a leap into the unconscious.

frost

Frost, like ice, may represent a cold emotional state, your own or someone else’s. To see a friend or lover in frost could mean chilly feelings regarding the relationship.

frostbite

If you dream of frostbite, it could indicate a part of you feels stuck in a current situation or love relationship. It could also mean you’re not expressing yourself as well as you could or should.

fruit

Fruit, in your dreams, refers to health, long life, and knowledge. Are you yearning to take a class? It may be a good time to do so. Sometimes, fruit in dreams can be your unconscious giving you a literal warning to eat more healthfully.

fugitive

If you’re on the run in your dream, chances are you’re running from yourself. What aspect of your life are you unhappy with? Being a fugitive also refers to running away from your problems in love, at home, or at work.

funeral

Rather than death, this usually refers to saying goodbye to a way of thinking or a way of life. It indicates change and transformation. In rare cases, it can refer to worry about growing older.

fungus

Fungus in your dream can refer to an actual physical problem. It can also symbolize a situation in your life that’s growing out of control.

funnel

Funneling liquid from one container to another refers to moving emotions, perhaps between you and someone else. You may be picking up the emotions of someone close to you or vice versa. Some people have this dream when their bladders are full in real life.

fur

Dreaming of fur indicates warmth, nostalgia, and friends from long ago. Have you recently seen a friend from your past? Fur in dreams can also suggest you are feeling luxurious at this time in your life.

fur coat

Dreaming of a fur coat doesn’t necessarily mean you want one. Even if you’re against the manufacture or ownership of a fur coat, its presence in your dream signifies luxury and easy living.

furnace

A furnace usually relates to security in your life and relationships. Lighting a furnace might refer to new love and the possibility of the relationship growing in intimacy. An unlit furnace can mean you fear you will be unable to provide the necessary fuel to accomplish your goals in life.

furniture

The meaning of this dream depends on how you feel about a particular piece of furniture. If you dream of furniture from your childhood, you may be reliving issues from the past. If it’s a comfortable piece of furniture, you might long for more comfort or warmth in your home life.

fury

To be in a fury in your dream indicates a certain anger you feel toward yourself with regard to recent decisions you’ve made. If you feel fury toward another person in your dream, you may harbor resentment toward him. You’ll need to deal with this soon.

fuse

If a fuse blows in your dream, this refers to repressed anger you have toward someone. It can also signify unexpected, startling news to come
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

Postby Alura Noel » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:16 am

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gambling

A dream of gambling suggests taking a chance. If you are winning, it may bode well for a risky business deal or even a new love relationship. If you’re watching others win, the game may symbolize fear of taking a chance. Whether you should be more daring or play it safe depends on other factors in the dream.

games

In order to translate this dream, notice what kind of game you’re playing and whether you win or lose. If it’s a board game, you may feel a bit insignificant in your current dealings. If you win, it’s a good omen of what is to come. If you lose, you may feel as if others are playing with you.

gang

If you encounter a gang in your dream, it means you’re feeling nervous about a situation you’re currently in, and the need to escape is great. You may also feel that others have “ganged up” on you and you are trying to hold your own in the situation. Confront the problem, and you’ll cease having this unnerving dream.

garbage

To dream of garbage suggests a need to get rid of old, worn-out ideas or excess baggage in your life. Ask yourself if you are clinging to something or some condition you no longer need.

garden

Dreaming of a garden sometimes indicates a need to bring more beauty into your life. It may be a metaphor for personal or spiritual growth. Or, it might suggest a desire to cultivate a new talent or to move into a higher realm of awareness. A garden with lots of weeds may symbolize a need to “weed out” old ideas so your spiritual self can blossom.

gardener

A gardener in your dream represents a person who takes care of things and enables them to sprout and grow successfully. These could be relationships, financial endeavors, or personal happiness. Who is the gardener? Do you know this person in your waking life? Chances are he or she has a positive influence on your life. If you are the gardener, you are actively tending to the details of your life.

garnish

In a dream a garnish on top of a dish signifies the ultimate details in terms of your soul. Because food relates to spiritual nourishment, the garnish is the final touch. This is a sign that you’re getting your life together — and it’s going well.

gate

A gate may represent a portal from one state of being to another. Is there a gatekeeper in your dream? Do you meet the gatekeeper’s criteria for passage to the next level?

gather

What are you gathering in your dreams? Flowers? Books? Whatever you’re gathering is what you hope to reap from your efforts. Take note of the object, and think about the associations you have with that item to understand what it is you are trying to pull together in your life.

gathering

To dream you’re in a gathering can mean many things, depending on what type of gathering it is. Is it a happy occasion? If so, it represents a time in your life when you are enjoying socializing with others. If not, you may be feeling emotionally connected to others who are going through a difficult time.

ghost

An apparition or ghost appearing in a dream may suggest that something in your life is elusive or out of reach. If a person who has died appears in a dream, consider your past relationship with that person and what he symbolized in your life. A ghost of a living relative or friend in a dream may mean someone you know is not as fully present as you would like him to be in your life. Or, if that ghost appears haggard, it may indicate a part of you that you fear is disappearing.

giant

Dreaming of a giant can mean two things. If you’re scared of the giant, you’re aware of problems looming over you that you’re unwilling to face. If the giant is friendly, it could mean your life is about to expand in a big way.

gift

If you’re given a gift in your dreams, it’s a good sign. You probably feel you’re being rewarded for a job well done. If your gift is broken or damaged, however, you may feel you’re not getting enough attention from loved ones. If you are giving the gift, you want to share more of yourself with others.

girl

To dream of a little girl can signify a longing for innocence or purity in your life. It could also refer to femininity. If you see yourself as a little girl, it means you’re feeling vulnerable lately and may want to be taken care of. Perhaps some childhood experience is influencing your behavior in your current life situations.

glass

Glass suggests separation and passive observation. Looking through glass in a dream may indicate something is clouding your brightest hopes. Receiving cut glass in a dream may mean you need to look at a situation from several different angles. As you do so, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.

glassware

Glassware represents your home life. If the glass breaks, it could indicate a recent or upcoming dispute at home. If the glass is beautiful or if you’re drinking from it, it indicates stability and good luck with family matters.

glider

Flying in a glider signifies hopefulness and optimism toward the future. Possibly, you feel like you’ve been liberated recently from an oppressive situation. This could also refer to the positive progress of a new love in your life.

globe

A globe, in a dream, signifies wisdom, world consciousness, and politics. It can also refer to upcoming travel. A globe is a circle, which signifies wholeness. You’re searching for completion in a project or venture.

gloom

If the scene around you in your dream is gloomy, you probably feel this way about your current state of affairs. What’s depressing you? Look to the other figures in the dream and examine whether or not they’re positive influences in your waking life.

gloves

If you dream of wearing gloves, regardless of the weather, it means you feel the need to protect yourself from something you are accepting into your life. To dream of old, ragged gloves suggests you may feel unprepared and unable to properly protect yourself. To dream of finding a pair of gloves may indicate you are being offered protection through serendipity.

glue

Glue, in a dream, may signify your wish to bind something or someone to you. Do you want to be closer to someone? If you dream the glue is an annoyance, perhaps you feel stuck in a current situation or believe someone is not sticking to a promise he made you.

goat

A goat signifies nature, femininity, and care-giving. If the goat is eating in the dream, it means you long to find more solid ground in your relationships. The goat also refers to the month of January and the zodiac sign Capricorn.

gold

Dreaming of gold jewelry, coins, or a gold object indicates success is forthcoming. To dream of a room filled with gold suggests you feel very blessed and abundant in your life right now. If you dream your gold is not real, you are feeling deceived by someone or in some situation in your life.

gold dust

Seeing or feeling gold dust usually indicates a sprinkling of good fortune. Alternatively, the dust could mean that something treasured is crumbling and you fear the loss.

Google

If you dream you are googling you are looking for a piece of information you feel you don’t have. If you cannot find what you are searching for, you feel the knowledge you seek is eluding you.

goose

A goose is often associated with a golden egg; dreaming of one is a symbol of abundance. On the other hand, a goose in the oven or on fire suggests that your goose is cooked — you’re in trouble. Alternately, a big goose egg can mean “zero” reward for your efforts.

gossip

If people are gossiping about you in your dream, you’re concerned with your recent behavior and are worried what people may think of you. If you’re the one gossiping, you may feel unable to open communication with someone in your waking life. This person could also have qualities you don’t like, qualities that are also within you.

grains

Grains indicate abundance, birth, and rebirth. They also refer to the start of a new project or undertaking. Dreaming of grains can also signify abundance and fruitfulness in financial ventures.

grandmother

Notice the aspects of this dream. Are you dreaming of a grandmother who has passed on? If the dream is vivid and in color, chances are you’re having an astral visit with her. Perhaps she wants to let you know she’s fine or she has advice for you. If you dream of someone else’s grandmother, you probably long to be close to a maternal figure.

grandparents

A dream about grandparents may signify that you’re looking for recognition and approval of your current efforts. If your own grandparents have passed away, check to see if this is an astral dream. Normally, you will receive visits from the Other Side from one grandparent at a time.

grapes

Grapes in a dream indicate fun, joyous times ahead. Don’t be so pragmatic — go with the flow. Be spontaneous and things will turn out for the best. Grapes also indicate enjoyment of life’s physical pleasures and nature’s abundance. If you are upset with someone, you could have “sour grapes” toward that person.

grass

Dreams set in meadows or tall grass have a mystical, fluid quality to them. You may be in a period of new growth in your life and are in the process of discovering different aspects of yourself. If you are barefoot, you feel part of whatever is happening. If you dream you are lying in a meadow in an idyllic setting, you feel in the flow of events and secure with the natural and instinctual side of yourself. Dreams about awakening sensuality often involve tactile imagery like soft grasses, wildflowers, color, and light, so think about where you may need to reconnect with your natural sensuality.

grave

Like many dream symbols, a grave is one that grabs your attention, especially if it’s your grave. A grave may portend a death, but not necessarily a physical one. It may mean you’re leaving the old behind, moving on to something new. As a metaphor, a grave suggests you may be dealing with a grave (serious) matter.

grease

This is a warning to watch where you’re going in some situation in your life. The road ahead could be slick and slippery. If another person is involved, make sure you can trust him. Take time to plan and prepare if you are embarking on a new venture. The dream may mean you want to move things along faster and are looking for ways to “grease” the wheels so you can achieve your goal as quickly as possible.

green

Green is the color of plants and is associated with the heart chakra. It is the integrating or balancing point in the rainbow of colors. The color of money in many nations, green in a dream is often associated with abundance on the material plane. If you dream of green, you could be experiencing feelings of jealousy toward another person or situation — the “green-eyed monster” may be present. With the expanding consciousness toward green living, you may desire to be more in harmony with nature and her resources. Green is also a color of healing, growth, money, and new beginnings. It suggests positive movement.

grief

Grief, in a dream, can be a good thing because it helps you deal with a problem you’re facing in waking life. Normally, you are actually suffering from something harsh in both the dream and in real life. The dream is helping you release the emotion.

grocery store

Dreaming of a grocery store refers to the many upcoming choices you need to make. Take note of what you purchase in the store. Is it a practical food, a staple such as rice or corn? Or is it a fun, sweet food such as cookies or cake? This is a warning about making the choices that best support and nurture you.

grotesque

Dreaming of something grotesque refers to a fear you have within yourself. What is grotesque in the dream? What does it signify for you? If a part of yourself is misshapen or grotesque, you feel a quality you possess is negative or unhealthy and becoming visible to others.

group

Dreaming of a group can have two meanings. How do you feel toward this group? Are you included or excluded? You may feel left out in your personal relationships if you long to be part of this group. If the group annoys you, it means you resent having to join or follow the pack.

growing

Growing, in a dream, refers to your emotional state. Are you the one growing? Are you watching something grow? If you’re growing straight and tall, it’s a sign of positive things to come. If your growing is distorted in some way, it means you’ll have some struggles, emotionally, but that you’ll come out of it a better, stronger you.

guard

Seeing a guard in your dream may signify that something you deem valuable is being kept away from you. What is beyond your grasp? Does it have to do with emotions or with a valuable object? Most likely, the thing you crave most is affection or love from a person close to you.

guest

Having a guest in your house can signify two things. Is this person someone you know? If he is, it’s someone you’d like to bring closer, within your circle. If the guest is a stranger, you’d like to feel freer with your choice of friends and within your social circle.

gun

A gun in your possession can symbolize protection, but it is also a sign of aggression. If you shoot yourself, the act is what’s important, not the gun. Think about where you might be shooting down other people’s ideas or even your own opportunities.

gushing

Gushing water or fluid often refers to release — mostly sexual. For a woman to dream of gushing water indicates repressed sexual desire. Gushing water from a fountain can also mean upcoming joy and happiness.

gymnastics

Performing gymnastics in a dream signifies you’re feeling happy and liberated — or that you’d like to feel this way. If you’re watching gymnastics, it indicates a longing for simpler, happier times.

gypsy

Gypsy dreams can translate differently, depending on how you feel about the gypsy. A gypsy can signify mistrust, misunderstanding, and misplaced values. But she can also symbolize adventure, freedom, and spontaneity. Analyze how you feel toward the gypsy, and you’ll get to the root of these issues.

hail

To dream of being in a hailstorm, or to hear hail knocking against the house, represents being besieged by a troubling matter, thoughts, or emotions. Know that you cannot be hurt by your own strong emotions, so express and release them. If you fear being hurt by another’s emotions, you need to talk with that person about how his emotional out-bursts are affecting your life.

hair

To dream you have a beautiful head of hair and are combing it indicates you are concerned with your appearance and the public self you show to the world. To see your hair turn unexpectedly white suggests sudden grief or shock over a situation. For a man to dream his hair is thinning might be a literal dream of a fear of baldness. For either sex, dreaming of losing hair reveals fears of losing your attractiveness or growing older.

hallway

A hallway can signify many things, but it usually refers to the many choices (doorways) along your path. If a hallway is empty, without doorways, it means you feel your path was chosen for you. If the doorways are open along the way, it means that you haven’t yet found your way — but you will.

halo

Dreaming of a halo indicates a longing to return to innocence and spiritual purity. What is it in your life that you feel needs refining? Chances are, you’re dreaming of a person or place from the past that you once deemed perfect.

halter-top

A dream of putting on or wearing a halter-top refers to a need to celebrate youth. Or, perhaps you’re too caught up in the need to be beautiful, and your unconscious is aware of this. How far will you go to stay young?

hammer

A hammer may suggest strength or power. However, because it can be used for either constructive or destructive purposes, the way the hammer is used is the key to its meaning in the dream.

hand

A dream of a hand (or hands) is open to numerous interpretations, depending on what the hand is doing and the surrounding circumstances. Shaking hands is an act of friendship or an agreement. Hands folded in prayer may suggest you are seeking help or pursuing religious or spiritual urges. A grasping hand may reveal a fear of death. Something important could be “at hand.” Beautiful hands signify feelings of great honor and rapid advancement. Ugly and malformed hands point to disappointment and poverty. A detached hand represents solitude — people may fail to understand your views and feelings in a matter. Burning your hands suggests you have overreached your abilities and will suffer some loss because of it.

handbag

If you dream of a handbag, it indicates that you’re trying to work out day-to-day problems. You’re concerned with the details — appointments, bills you have to pay, and so on. A lost handbag means you feel you are losing your identity.

handyman

A handyman fixes things or makes repairs on behalf of someone else. When you dream of a handyman it may signify that you feel some aspect of your life is not being fulfilled and you need help to fix whatever is wrong. You don’t feel you can fix the problem on your own, so ask for help. If you are the handyman, you feel you are good at helping others with their problems. The dream might also mean you’ll be asked to help someone soon.

hang

If you see someone being hanged in your dream, you are afraid of being judged without the chance to explain yourself. If you dream you’re being hanged for something you’ve done, it means you have enormous guilt. This is a warning to stop being overcritical of yourself.

hangover

To dream of a hangover signifies you’ve been overdoing some aspect of your life that’s unhealthy. It could be smoking too much or even drinking too much. Your unconscious recognizes this as a vice you would do better without.

happy

To dream of being happy signifies you’re optimistic about what is to come. It also means you’re aware of the positive energy surrounding you now. Go with it. Luck is on your side.

harbor

To dream of a harbor suggests you are digging into your subconscious for answers to a current situation. You long for peace, safety, and tranquility in your life. You want to feel secure in your emotional life.

harem

To dream of being in a harem can mean two things: either you long to be more open sexually or you fear your partner is being unfaithful. To see a harem may signify that you’re now open to try more creative things in life — perhaps exotic ones.

harvest

A harvest represents completion and abundance, and it may indicate that your reward is due. As with all symbols, personal connotations are important. For instance, if you grew up on a farm, a harvest dream could mean a longing to return to the past or to simpler times.

hat

A hat can suggest concealment, as in “keep it under your hat.” Dreaming that you have a feather in your hat indicates achievement. A tall hat signifies responsibility and authority.

havoc

If you dream there is havoc or bedlam around you, you’re feeling overwhelmed in your life right now. If you’re causing the havoc in your dream, it means you are aware that others deem your behavior less than satisfactory.

Hawaii

A dream of Hawaii or things associated with Hawaii is most likely a wish-fulfillment dream. Perhaps things have become too staid and predictable in life. You long for some fun and excitement. Maybe it’s time to take a trip?

hawk

A hawk is a creature with keen sight. A soaring hawk in a dream might suggest the need for insight. It also might mean you should keep a hawk’s eye on someone or a situation.

head

Dreaming of a human head could indicate that you are “ahead,” or successful, in a matter of importance. A head also symbolizes a source of wisdom.

hearse

If you dream of seeing a hearse, it may indicate you sense some problems ahead that you feel could be deadly. If you dream of riding in a hearse, it signifies that you’re saying goodbye to a certain part of yourself. Be ready for new things to come.

heart

To see a heart might relate to romantic inclinations. Is there a heartthrob in your life? Alternately, the image might suggest you need to get to the heart of the matter. On the negative side, if your heart is bleeding, it may mean you are sad or that excessive sympathy is becoming a burden for you, the recipient, or both.

heaven

If you dream of heaven, it could mean you’re aspiring to new heights in your love life or career. Examine who else is in the dream and what that person is doing there.

heel

The heel of your foot or shoe may symbolize vulnerability, as in the Achilles’ heel story. It might also stand for an oppressive situation, as in “under someone’s heel.” Are you dealing with someone who is not trust-worthy? He or she could be the heel in your dream.

heights

To dream of being afraid of heights signifies that you’re not doing enough in your career. You may have a fear of success, and consequently your own ambition is being thwarted. If you love heights, then you are soaring to new heights in some aspect of your life, or you are gaining new perspective on a situation or relationship.

helmet

Wearing a helmet in a dream denotes protection. The helmet could also symbolize a need to guard your time, thoughts, or ideas.

hemorrhage

To dream of hemorrhaging denotes that your life force is being sapped by a situation or person in your life. Someone or something is emotionally draining you and you feel your energy is being depleted.

herbs

Denotes that you will have vexatious cares, though some pleasures will ensue. To dream of poisonous herbs, warns you of enemies. Balm and other useful herbs, denotes satisfaction in business and warm friendships.

hermaphrodite

To dream of a hermaphrodite could mean two things. Either you’re trying to unify the different sides of yourself, or you’ve been presented with two choices and you have an important decision to make.

hermit

Dreaming of a hermit is a sign that you need to be patient and wait for things to right themselves. Now is not the time to take action. It also means you enjoy the time you spend alone, and that it is time to listen to your inner wisdom.

hero

To dream of a hero signifies you’d like more recognition in your career. If you dream you are the hero, it means you’re feeling good about yourself and can sense that things are now going your way.

hiccup

Most likely, some plans you had or will have in the near future have been thwarted and you’re searching to find out why. Hiccupping, in a dream, also refers to making too much out of trivial matters.

hiding

If you’re hiding in a dream, it signifies that you’re embarrassed or may feel guilty about some of your recent behavior. It could also point to a desire to get away from the rigors of daily life.

high tide

To dream of a high tide symbolizes that a change, usually favorable, is in order — the tides are turning.

hill

If you dream of going up a hill, it’s your unconscious telling you that you need to strive for more in life and love. If you dream of going down a hill, it may be that you’re afraid of setbacks to come.

hitchhiking

To dream of hitchhiking is a message that you’ve been too dependent on others. You’ve relied on them to get you where you want to go, and now you need to take more responsibility for your actions. It may also be a warning that you’ve put yourself in danger in some situation and that you should be more careful in the near future.

hitting

If you dream of being hit in a dream, it means you feel others are taking advantage of you and are judging you harshly. If you dream of hitting someone or something, you may have resentment or anger bottled up and you need to express it.

hog

A fat hog in a dream may suggest abundance, whereas a lean, hungry hog may foretell of a troubling situation. If the hogs are wallowing in mud, the indication might be that you’ve lowered your standards regarding a matter, or that you are groveling. A squealing hog suggests something distasteful has occurred or will soon occur.

hole

Seeing a hole in a dream can symbolize a fear of the unknown. It may also refer to sexual desire and the need for sex in order to feel complete. A hole in your clothing indicates financial concerns.

holiday

Dreaming of a holiday is usually a wish-fulfillment dream. Perhaps things have been a bit boring lately or a little too hectic. This is the way your unconscious says you need to take a break.

home

To dream of a home usually points to how you feel about your life at the time of the dream. It can also refer to family life in general. Was the home in your dream cozy or a mess? Did you feel good in it? Who else was there?

homesickness

Being homesick in a dream is usually quite literal — you long for the way things were in the past. It can also portend a call or visit from someone you once knew and haven’t heard from in a while.

homosexuality

Dreaming of being homosexual rarely has to do with your sexuality, unless this is a particular concern for you. More likely, the dream describes an emotional part of you that you’ve recently discovered. It might also mean you fear being different in some way.

honeymoon

A dream of a honeymoon can be a literal, wish-fulfillment dream. But dreaming of a honeymoon can also refer to a partnership in business. It’s a good sign of positive things to come. If the honeymoon goes badly, it could be that you’re nervous about the intentions of a new person in your life.

horse

A horse symbolizes strength, power, endurance, majesty, and virility. A man dreaming of a horse might desire virility and sexual prowess; a woman might be expressing a desire for sexual intercourse. Riding a horse suggests you are in a powerful position.

hospital

Finding yourself in a hospital suggests a need for healing or a concern about your health. Seeing someone else in a hospital might indicate that the person is in a weakened condition. If you work in a hospital, the dream may relate to work matters. In the latter case, other circumstances in the dream should be examined to interpret its meaning.

house

Houses are common forums for dreams. Overall, you can think of a house in your dream as representing you or your life in the larger context. If you dream you are in your childhood home, perhaps your subconscious is using that location to let you know whatever is happening in your current life has its roots in your childhood experiences. If you dream you are in a hotel, you might feel you are not “at home” in some part of your life. Think about recent events and situations where you might have felt out of place or not totally comfortable with what was happening. If you dream you are in an office, almost assuredly you are processing experiences and emotions about your work life and career. Discovering new rooms in a house or following secret passages in an old house can indicate you are exploring the unconscious. This can also mean you are discovering new parts of yourself. A small house might suggest a feeling of confinement. If a house is under construction, it could symbolize growth. If it’s dilapidated, the dream might be telling you that improvements are needed in some part of your life.

hugging

To dream you’re hugging a stranger suggests you crave affection. If you know the person you are hugging, the interpretation will depend on your relationship to that person.

humidity

Dreaming of humidity represents an oppressive situation, either at work or at home.

hurricane

Destructive and unpredictable, hurricanes in dreams can have different meanings depending on the context. A coming hurricane symbolizes torment and suspense. Possibly, you’re trying to avert failure. Looking at a hurricane’s debris suggests that others will save you from calamity. If you dream you are in a house that is shattered by a hurricane, or you are trying to save someone caught in the rubble, it may mean your life will suffer many changes; you won’t find peace in domestic or business matters. To see people dead and wounded as a result of a hurricane suggests you are concerned about the troubles of others.

ice

Ice in a dream may symbolize your emotional state or someone else’s. Are you being given an icy reception? If you are in a tenuous situation, you could be skating on thin ice. In a sexual context, you could be acting coldly toward your partner (or vice versa). To dream of ice floating in a clear stream signifies an interruption of happiness. Ice is frozen water, so think about where your emotions can’t flow freely, and release the blocks.

iceberg

To dream of hitting an iceberg in your dream means that things have been rocky emotionally, or you sense they soon will be. It’s a good indication that, though there are obstacles to overcome, you’ll be all right if you look for the warning signs and process your emotions as they emerge.

ice cream A dream of ice cream, especially melting ice cream, may suggest that obstacles are being removed and there is reason to celebrate. If ice cream is your favorite dessert, the dream suggests you’re being rewarded or have reason to treat yourself. It can also represent a desire for sexual fulfillment.

icicles

Icicles represent danger, or your concern about a matter that is hanging over you in some way. To dream of icicles falling off trees or the eaves of a house may suggest that some emotional misfortune will soon disappear. If you feel your own or another’s emotions are hanging over you, it is time to confront the problems, deal with the emotions, and process them.

idiot

Seeing an idiot in your dream signifies your unconscious is aware that you’re about to make a very foolish decision. If you dream of being an idiot, it means your self-confidence is low right now and you need to do something to bolster it.

illiteracy

Dreaming that you can’t read or write has two meanings. Either you’re having trouble expressing yourself in waking life, or there’s a breakdown in communication with someone close to you.

illness

If you dream of being ill, ask yourself if you’re in need of being cared for or pampered. This dream might also be a message to watch your health.

immortality

To dream of being immortal signifies your need to rise up to your own and others’ expectations. Also, this dream can point to anxiety or an acute fear of getting older.

impersonation

To dream of impersonating someone, or that someone is impersonating you, refers to envy you may be feeling toward someone to whom you’re close. Also, it signifies that your sense of self is being threatened in waking life.

impotence

A dream of impotence means you feel insignificant and powerless in some area of your life. Rarely does this dream actually refer to sexual problems.

incest

A dream of a sexual encounter with someone within your family is not necessarily a warning about incest. Examine your relationship with the person in the dream. If you’ve recently been alienated from this family member, the dream may be an expression of your love or need for love in a shocking way that will catch your attention.

indifference

This dream is indicative of how you think others view you. If someone is indifferent toward you in a dream, it could mean you worry this is how he really feels. Your unconscious may be letting you know that he does truly feel indifferent toward you. If you are indifferent toward someone or some situation, think about whether or not you wish to continue that relationship or project. Instead, put your energy toward something that has greater meaning for you.

indigo

Indigo is the dark, blue-black color of the night sky and is associated with the sixth chakra, the place of intuition and mysticism. It symbolizes the subconscious, the bridge between spiritual and physical reality. It is a color of deep mystery, the unknown, and psychic energy. When indigo shows up in your dreams, you may be opening to intuitive wisdom or experiencing psychic or precognitive dreams. Pay attention when indigo appears, as it could be alerting you to hidden information not obvious in your waking life. If you dream of someone wearing indigo, you may need to be wary — hidden aspects may not have been revealed yet.

infants

Infants signify new beginnings in life. You may be at the stage of a new venture where you are starting to explore your world and grow in your development.

infidelity

Many times, dreaming that your partner is being unfaithful is simply a fear you have of being abandoned or cheated on in waking life. However, sometimes this is a warning sign that the deed is actually being done.

inheritance

Dreaming that you come into an inheritance is a good sign of opportunities soon to arrive. The dream suggests you’ll be successful in your pursuits if you shoot for the stars. Dreaming of disinheritance denotes rough times ahead. If you dream of a will or making your own will, you are eager to create a legacy for others.

initiation

A dream of initiation suggests a new path is opening for you. It could be a career change or advancement. Often, initiatory dreams relate to a spiritual quest.

injured

If you dream of being injured, it refers to your current emotional state. Perhaps someone has used harsh words with you lately or has let you down in some way that has affected you deeply.

inquiry

If someone keeps asking something of you, in a dream, chances are you’re aware you need to get this particular thing done. If you answer her, it means you’ve decided to go ahead and do it. If you don’t, it means you’re not willing to deal with it yet, but you know you need to.

insects

What’s annoying or “bugging” you? If you dream of ants, you may be feeling “antsy” about a matter (see ant). Most insects in dreams are about your fears or frustrations. And, almost all represent little problems, behaviors, or situations that are annoying you but have not risen to the level of a major irritation. You can look to your own associations with the particular insect showing up in your dream to better understand the particular issue that might be the source of the irritation. Think of minor annoyances that come up during the day (rather than major difficulties), and you’ll be on the right track.

insults

To be insulted in your dream means you are being hard on yourself. What are the insults? Do you feel this way toward yourself? Many times, if you’re insulting someone in your dream, this is how you feel toward the person you’re insulting.

intercourse

Many times, this dream is about wish-fulfillment and release. If you’d like to be more adventurous in life, you might also have this dream. The partner in the dream is less important than how you feel about the actual lovemaking. You may be desirous of greater intimacy and connection with someone in your life.

interview

Being interviewed in a dream is similar to taking an examination. It suggests you feel you’re being judged. If you’re surprised by the interview, it may indicate you are feeling unprepared in a business or family matter.

intestines

Dreaming of intestines relates to your courage. Often someone who’s courageous is described as having “guts” or a bold action is considered “gutsy.” This body part symbolizes strength of will and the gumption to move ahead in the face of adversity. Notice in the dream how you feel about the intestines and the level of your intestinal fortitude. Are they strong and healthy, or weak?

invalid

A dream of an invalid may indicate that you (or someone else you know) feel weak or incapable of living independently. It’s an indication that you need to take charge of your life.

invisibility

To dream that you’re invisible is metaphoric. You may feel you’re being ignored by others and would like to be recognized more for who you are than who others think you are.

invitation

If you receive an invitation in your dream, it could mean you’d like to get out more and be more social. If you send out an invitation in your dream, you’re looking for guidance from someone close to you.

ironing

Ironing in a dream signifies getting all the little things done in your life — paying bills, going to the doctor, running errands, and so on. Ironing can also refer to turning things around and making them go more smoothly.

island

An island can be viewed as an exotic place or as a separate, isolated land. Dreaming of an island might mean that a vacation is due, especially if going to the islands refers to your vacation destination. Alternately, finding yourself on a desert island may suggest you are cut off from others or from your inner self.

itching

If you have an itch in waking life, it could translate into your dream. As a metaphor, itching in a dream refers to little nagging problems you need to deal with as soon as possible.

ivy

Dreaming of ivy growing on trees or a house indicates you are adding to what you have. You are experiencing beautiful growth on top of what you have already brought into being. If the ivy is taking over and you are concerned in the dream, it indicates something in your life is taking over — you need to cut back and regroup.

jail

A jail may indicate you’re feeling restricted or confined. You fear being punished — or, you may believe you should be punished. Dreaming of being a jailer suggests the desire to control others or to gain more control of your own life. In some cases jail dreams may refer to a past life. Who was your jailer? Do you know him in this life?

January

To dream of this month may mean you are ready for new beginnings. The new year begins in January, and it is a time of resolutions and change. Think about what in your life you want to change and make a plan to do so.

jaws

Do you feel like you’re under attack? Jaws can be the entry point to an archetypal journey into the underworld. Such a dream might also translate as a disagreement with a close friend, family member, or partner. If your jaw is stiff in a dream, you might be repressing things that you need to communicate.

jealousy

Who are you jealous of in the dream? Is it someone you know or is it a stranger? If it’s someone you know, this may be a literal dream. If it’s someone you don’t know, perhaps you are feeling a strong sense of inadequacy. Pamper yourself.

jewelry

In a material sense, jewelry can symbolize affluence, but look to other aspects of the dream for confirmation. Jewelry can also stand for inner wealth, self-worth, values, psychic protection, or healing.

jewels (gems)

Dreaming of jewels signifies good luck to come. To dream of owning emeralds means you may inherit property. Dreaming of a sapphire denotes continuous good fortune. Diamonds represent fidelity and commitment in love. Think about what the particular gem means to you. Your dream may even be telling you that wearing that gemstone might be good for your vibration.

job

Dreaming that you are at work may indicate you’re overworked. You may be deeply focused on some aspect of your job, or you might want to work harder and achieve more.

joke

If you’re the butt of the joke in your dream, you may feel you’re being taken advantage of or that people are talking badly about you. If you’re telling a joke in your dream, you’re trying to lighten a situation or provide comic relief.

judge

If you’re the judge, the dream suggests you have a choice to make. A judge can also represent justice or fairness. Alternately, a judge may stand for a part of you that criticizes your ideas or behavior. Or perhaps you’re concerned that you’re being judged. Who is judging you?

juggler

Dreaming of a juggler or having a dream in which you’re juggling implies that you’ve been spreading yourself too thin lately. You might be trying to juggle a number of things in your waking life. It also indicates worrying about finances. Concentrate on one thing at a time.

July

A dream that takes place in this month symbolizes relaxation and freedom from responsibility. July is vacation time, the celebratory time of summer, so you may need to take a break or make time to get outside in the sunshine and relax.

jumping

Pick your metaphor. Are you “a jump ahead,” “jumping to conclusions,” “jumping the gun,” or “jumping for joy”? A series of jumps may be the take-off point for a flying dream. A great leap can also symbolize success or achievement, “a leap of faith.”

June

June is often associated with weddings and graduations. This may be a time in your life when you are celebrating a love relationship or feeling you have “graduated” in your personal growth and development.

jungle

A jungle may represent a hidden, dark part of yourself that you’ve been avoiding. Your unconscious might be advising you to explore this part of yourself. The dream jungle may also represent a great, untapped fertility for spiritual growth within you. Or, it might symbolize a situation in your life that is incredibly dense and complex, and through which you’ll have to find your way.

junk

If you dream of junk or clutter, ask yourself if you’re clinging to the past — to things or ideas that are no longer useful. If something you value appears as junk in a dream, it may indicate that you need to reassess your values.

jury

Being in front of a jury in your dream simply means you feel that someone is judging you. To be on a jury indicates that you have an important decision to make.

kangaroo

To see a kangaroo may suggest you’re hopping mad about something. It could also mean that you have the ability to “hop to” a particular matter that is pending.

karate

To dream of karate indicates one of two things: either you feel that someone is opposing you and you need to defend yourself emotionally, or you have recently felt physically in danger and you want to be prepared.

ketchup

To dream of ketchup signifies a certain element of sweetness in your life that you’ve been ignoring. Possibly, you’ve been too hard on someone close to you. Learn to open up to this person, and your life will be better for it.

key

A key can stand for a part of yourself that you’ve locked away, or something you can now access because you have the key. Such a dream may also indicate you hold the key — the answer — to your own concerns.

kicked out

To get kicked out of a place denotes sadness about not fitting into a group or social situation. In waking life, this may also mean you push people’s buttons or limits too much and too often.

kicking

Kicking, in a dream, represents hostility and anger. Are you the one kicking or is someone kicking you? Kicking also indicates a desire to get revenge on someone who has wronged you.

killing

A dream of killing someone is not a warning that you might turn into a killer. Instead, the meaning is more likely a symbolic act of aggression. Who do you kill in the dream? What bothers you about this person? The dream may symbolize killing off an unwanted part of yourself, and the person you kill might portray characteristics you wish to eliminate.

kindergarten

If you see a kindergarten in your dream, it may mean you’re sick of people’s childish behavior. If you have children, dreaming of kinder-garten often indicates you want the best education for your own children. To dream of being in kindergarten suggests you long for simpler times.

king

A king is a ruler and a powerful authority figure. Dreaming of a king may mean you seek status or support. The king may represent your father or some other powerful figure in your life. If you’re the king in your dream, the indication is you have achieved a high level of authority or are a highly capable individual.

kiss

A kiss suggests a romantic involvement, but it can also be a metaphor, as in “kiss and make up” or the “kiss of death.” For married people to kiss each other symbolizes harmony in domestic life. Notice whether it is dark or light outside during the kiss. The former suggests danger or an illicit situation, whereas the latter represents honorable intentions. To dream of kissing someone on the neck symbolizes a passionate inclination toward that person.

kitchen

For most people, the kitchen connotes the “heart” of the home. This is the place where you were nurtured with food and sustenance in childhood, and where you still nurture yourself and your loved ones. If your dream is set in the kitchen, think about how you are nourishing yourself or feeling nourished (or not) by the people and events in your life. The kitchen is also a place of connection and bonds of family and friendship. Here you might chat with neighbors and friends. Therefore, kitchens in dreams can symbolize intimate conversations you might have had or want to have with others — or even with yourself. When you dream you are in a kitchen, think about what you were fed (thoughts, beliefs, feelings, events) growing up and how you feed yourself today. Most often the kitchen represents nourishment of an intangible kind and lets you know where you need to better care for yourself. Perhaps you are feeling uncared for in a situation or relationship in your waking life. Notice what you’re doing in the kitchen. Alternately, a kitchen might suggest that something is in the process of being “cooked up,” such as a new project.

kite

Flying a kite in your dream usually refers to a work or social situation that is taking off — you’re finally having success with it, or you’re just about to. If someone in your dream tells you to “go fly a kite,” you feel dismissed by others in some area of your life.

kitten

To discover kittens in a closet or a basement suggests the awakening of hidden aspects of yourself. Kittens can symbolize new ideas and projects.

kneeling

Kneeling down in a dream usually means you feel guilty. It also indicates that you hope someone will accept your sincere apology. You may feel that a situation in your life will “bring you to your knees.”

knife

A knife is a symbol of aggression. It’s also a phallic symbol. Examine the other aspects of the dream. Are you being stabbed in the back? Do you hold the knife, or is someone threatening you with it? A rusty knife may symbolize dissatisfaction, a sharp knife means worry, and a broken knife represents defeat.

knight

A knight signifies honor and high standing. Are you searching for a knight, or are you acting like a knight? Knights are armored and therefore might represent protection — or that you feel a need for protection.

knitting

Knitting, in a dream, can refer to the small details in life. It might also symbolize peace within the home and with family. A dream about knitting may mean you are putting together the fabric of your life.

knob

A knob appearing in a dream may imply you need to get a handle on a matter. Knobs also signify a means of passing from one room to the next, or from one way of life to another.

knot

Dreaming of knots suggests you’re all tied up about something — worries and anxieties are troubling you. You may feel as if you’re tied in a knot. Alternately, if you or someone close to you is tying the knot, the dream might signify concern about an upcoming marriage or a desire for marriage.

laboratory

A laboratory is a place where experiments are conducted. The implication is that you are unsatisfied with a present situation and are experimenting with something new. You might be testing a relationship with someone.

labyrinth

A dream of a labyrinth may indicate that you feel trapped in a situation or a relationship and are looking for a way out. It may also refer to the intricacies of a spiritual journey.

lace

Dreaming of lace might indicate romantic feelings or a strong desire to feel more feminine. If a man dreams of lace, he might have feelings for the woman wearing the lace. Or, he could be acknowledging a softer side of himself. Lace has intricate patterns, so think about any relationships in your life that might be more intricate than they need to be.

ladder

Are you going up or climbing down the ladder? An ascent may symbolize a higher step into an inner realm or a promotion to a higher status in your career or social standing. A ladder also means you should be patient — destiny is guiding you.

ladle

Serving something in a ladle in your dream indicates you may feel restless. You may be annoyed with your job as a caretaker of others. The dream signifies a need for change and less responsibility. Take a break.

lagoon

Lagoons symbolize doubt and confusion regarding an emotional matter, or a stagnant emotional situation.

lake

In the Jungian world, lakes and other bodies of water stand for the unconscious or emotions. In one interpretation, the dreamer who dives into a lake is returning to the womb. In another, the dreamer explores the unconscious. But if neither interpretation fits you or your situation, examine the other elements in the dream. Is the lake clear or muddy? The former suggests lucidity and clarity of purpose, whereas the latter may represent muddled feelings or uncertainty about a matter at hand.

lamb

A lamb may stand for gentleness. It can also suggest vulnerability, as in “a lamb to the slaughter.” Or it may be a spiritual symbol, as in “sacrificial lamb” and “lamb of God.” However, a dream of a lamb may simply indicate your love of animals. On another note, is this animal your totem?

lamp

A lamp, like a lantern, represents light or illumination and suggests you are searching for truth.

lance

A lance, by Freudian standards, is a phallic symbol, one of masculinity and aggression. Who is using the lance in your dream? Do you have intimate or aggressive feelings toward this person in waking life? Do you feel you need to defend yourself in a situation?

landing

Dreaming of landing in an airplane, for example, indicates your wish to finish a current project successfully. If the landing goes well, it’s a good sign that it will.

language

Hearing another language spoken may indicate a desire to meet more people and, perhaps, to travel to foreign lands. It may also signify that you feel you don’t understand something or someone in your waking life. Perhaps you feel lost in foreign emotions or events.

lantern

Holding a lantern or seeing one in your dream means you’d like to shed some light on a current issue. Perhaps you’re aware that you’re not getting the whole truth.

lap

This is a symbol of security, the “lap” of luxury. To dream of sitting on someone’s lap signifies safety from a troubling situation. To dream of a cat in a lap represents connection and comfort.

lasso

If a lasso is used on you, it means someone or something is holding you back. If you’re the one using the lasso, you are trying to capture an opportunity that you feel would be good for you.

launch

To launch a boat — or perhaps a space rocket — in a dream signifies the successful start of something new. Usually, it refers to new ideas or financial projects. Examine how the launch goes to see how your new endeavor will fare.

lawsuit

Dreams of legal matters suggest you feel you are being judged.

leeches

Leeches are nightmarish creatures that suck blood. Is someone in your life draining your energy or resources?

legs

Legs are frequently seen in dreams, and interpretation depends on the context. Overall, dreams of legs are about mobility and flexibility. A wounded leg might indicate inability to move forward at this time or that you feel your ability to get where you want to go is compromised somehow. Legs can also relate to your standing in the world, so think about how you view your position at work or home. Dreaming that your own legs are clean and shapely means you feel good about your abilities to support yourself.

leopard

Leopards are hunters, great climbers, and creatures of the night. What part of the leopard do you wish to emulate? If the leopard is attacking you, something from your shadow side needs to surface. You need to face your fears. If someone close to you is in your dream, you may feel that person is not as constant or committed as you believe — he may “change his spots” and hurt you emotionally in the process. If you dream of a leopard in a cage, you may feel your true nature is restricted at this time.

letter

A letter sometimes symbolizes a message from your unconscious to you. If you’re unable to read the letter, look at other aspects of the dream for clues. An anonymous letter may signify concern from an unspecified source. Blue ink indicates steadfastness and affection. Red ink may suggest suspicion and jealousy, and a letter with a black border may represent distress or a death of some kind. Receiving a letter written on black paper with white ink may suggest feelings of misery and disappointment over a matter. If this letter is passed between husband and wife or lovers in a dream, concerns about the relationship may be present. A torn letter may mean concerns that hopeless mistakes could ruin your reputation.

lightning

A dream of lightning indicates a flash of inspiration or sudden awareness about the truth of a matter. Lightning can also mean a purging or purification, or fear of authority or death.

lion

Lions are kings of the animal world and powerful hunters. A lion is also the symbol of the constellation Leo, so a lion in a dream may symbolize someone in your life who is born under the zodiac sign Leo. A lion in a dream may be calling you to claim your own power. If you are being attacked by a lion, you feel helpless and vulnerable in some situation in your life. If the lion is in a cage, you are afraid of your own power and feel it needs to be held back. Release the lion and empower yourself!

living room

The living room is the main room in most houses where you greet your guests and socialize. Usually when you dream you are in your living room, you are dreaming about the image you project in the world. This dream might be concerned with how you want other people to see you. Depending on the emotions and actions in the dream, you may feel you are being judged unfairly. Perhaps who you truly are and the image you want people to have of you are inconsistent. The feelings and actions in the dream, as well as the other people present in it, will reveal specifics. What is surfacing about your public image?

loss

To dream of losing something in a dream often means your unconscious is working out the loss of something very real in your waking life. What do you feel you’re parting with? Is it a healthy thing or something you actually still need? The thing you lose in the dream is often not literal; it’s a symbol for the actual lost object, relationship, or opportunity.

lottery

To dream of a lottery signifies taking a chance or throwing your fate to luck. If you dream of holding the winning number, then luck and good fortune regarding a matter at hand may follow. To see others winning in a lottery suggests you wish good fortune for those you know.

luggage

Luggage stands for your personal effects or what you carry with you on a journey. What happens to the luggage in your dream? Lost luggage might indicate concern about your identity or about being prepared for the journey. Stolen luggage might suggest you feel someone is interfering with your attempt to reach a goal.

magic

This dream could point to the magical aspects of creativity or, on the darker side, to deceit and trickery.

mailbox

A mailbox symbolizes sending and receiving communication. Think about what you want to communicate and to whom. An overstuffed mailbox means you have been ignoring the little details of day-to-day life. An empty mailbox means hoped-for communication has not come.

man

Whether you are male or female, a man in your dream represents a part of you. Notice the events in the dream and the man’s actions to understand the dream’s message. For a woman, dreaming of a man often means she is being asked to embrace a more assertive part of herself in order to accomplish what she wants in life. If you fear the man in the dream, perhaps you fear a part of yourself could hurt others.

manuscript

A manuscript represents the collection of your hopes and desires. To interpret the dream, note the shape or appearance of the manuscript. Is it finished or unfinished? Are you at work on it? Did you lose it?

map

You’re searching for a new path to follow, or are being guided in a new direction. What countries or regions are depicted on the map? What do these areas represent to you? These could provide clues to the dream’s meaning.

March/march

March marks the beginning of spring — a time of new beginnings and new growth. If you dream of March, it may be your birthday month. Or, the dream may mean you are looking forward to new beginnings in your life, or to a sense of renewal and rebirth. If you dream you are marching or being forced to march with others, you may feel you are following someone else’s lead or that you don’t have control over the direction your life is taking. Are you following your own dreams or someone else’s?

mask

A mask hides your appearance and your feelings from others, but the dream may signify that you are hiding your feelings about a particular matter from yourself. If another person(s) is wearing a mask, perhaps the dream is warning you that he is not being truthful.

May

May is the season of flowers and Mother’s Day, so a dream of May can indicate you are thinking of your own mother or want to become a mother.

medicine

Taking medicine in a dream can be a potent symbol of healing your wounds. It also suggests that you have to “take your medicine” and do what is necessary or required of you.

merry-go-round

A merry-go-round suggests that you are going around and around in life and never moving ahead.

meteor

A meteor or falling star may indicate that your wish will come true. Or, the dream could suggest you are engaged in wishful thinking. Look at the other elements in the dream to decide which possibility is true for you.

microphone

A microphone may symbolize the desire to communicate your ideas more forcefully or to a broader audience. You may wish to perform or to find a way to make your opinions heard.

microscope

A microscope symbolizes the need or wish to find something that’s out of sight or hidden from you. A microscope allows you to bring into clear vision something that your natural vision might miss, so think about what needs clarifying in your life. Also, think about where in your life you might feel that you are being “put under a microscope” or otherwise judged or evaluated in a way that has you feeling uncomfortable. If you are the one looking through the microscope, you may be too tied up in meaningless detail and missing the big picture, or conversely, you may need to dig into the details to find out the truth of the situation.

milk

Milk symbolizes nurturing. It can also represent strength and virility. To dream of milk portends prosperity and happiness. To dream of giving milk away may mean that you are too generous for your own good. Dreaming of sour milk means you are not nurturing yourself in the way that you need.

mist

Like fog, mist indicates a period of temporary uncertainty. Seeing others in a mist may mean things are not clear in your relationships with these people or in some situation involving others.

mistletoe

To dream of mistletoe signifies connection, celebration, and happiness in love. If you dream of kissing someone under the mistletoe, you desire greater intimacy with this person, or this person possesses a quality you wish to embrace.

money

Money represents energy, power, freedom, security, and influence. Think about what money means to you. Dreaming of gaining money suggests abundance; losing sums of money symbolizes a draining of physical and emotional resources. To dream of stealing money indicates you feel you need to get power and security from others.

moon

The moon represents feminine energy, nighttime, mystery, and duality. Your emotions might be running high right now. Try not to make too many impulsive decisions. Wait until you’re calmer. The moon also indicates feelings about a relationship and the mysteries of the human heart. Dreaming is very active during the moon cycles, and if you dream about the moon, notice the phase. Is the moon full, shedding clear light along the path? Or is it a new moon representing the start of a new chapter in your life or in a particular situation? If you cannot see the moon in your dream as you search the night sky, then you are in the dark about some situation.

morning

Morning represents a fresh start or a sudden, positive change of fortune. To dream of a cloudy morning indicates that heavy matters may over-whelm you.

mother

To see your mother in a dream means you are connecting to qualities in her or in your relationship that you need at this time in your life. Perhaps you want to be mothered now. What is the context in which she appears? Think also about your feelings toward your mother and any unresolved emotions or issues between you. This is a perfect time to heal old wounds. If your mother has crossed over, you may be receiving a loving visitation from her.

mother-in-law

A dream in which your mother-in-law appears suggests that you are looking to deepen connections or to resolve problems with her. Think about the qualities in your mother-in-law that you admire or that trouble you. You will find these same qualities in yourself. Perhaps your dream is asking you to become less engaged in someone else’s life; allow her take more responsibility for herself.

motorcycle

In a dream, a motorcycle is like a car in that you should notice the model, make, size, and any other pertinent details. Motorcycles are associated with the rebel, so you might feel the need to rebel against some part of your life. A motorcycle can also symbolize freedom. You might feel burdened with responsibility in your daily life; at night your desire for freedom and a carefree life emerges.

mountain

A mountain represents a challenge. If you’re climbing the mountain, you’re working to achieve your goals. Descending a mountain suggests that things are easier now and your future success may be ensured.

mule

Mules are known for their contrary behavior, as in “stubborn as a mule.” To dream of a mule suggests that you may be acting in a stubborn manner that others find annoying. Mules are also work animals. Consider whether you are rebelling against some aspect of your job or career.

murder

Murder symbolizes repressed anger, either at yourself or others. If, in your dream, you murder someone you know, consider your relationship with that person. If you’re the murder victim, the dream may symbolize a personal transformation.

music

Music in a dream symbolizes emotional matters. Consider the type of music you heard and how you related to it. Did it fill you with joy? Did it make you sad or angry? Did you recognize the tune? If so, does it connote a particular event or time in your life, or convey a message?

nail

A nail in a dream can have a variety of meanings. To “nail it down” suggests putting something together or holding it together. If you “hit the nail on the head,” your intuition is right on the mark. If you step on a nail in your dream, it’s a warning to be more aware of your surroundings. If you break a fingernail, you may need to take better care of yourself, physically.

naked/nudity

Being nude in a dream can symbolize a wish for exposure — to be seen or heard. It can also relate to a need to bare the truth. Alternately, a dream of nudity can have sexual connotations and suggest that you are no longer inhibited. Dreaming of being naked in your daily life means you fear embarrassment or exposure.

name

Hearing your name called in a dream can mean one of two things: either someone is trying to get your attention in waking life, or you are trying to alert yourself to something important that is happening around you. It may also be that your guides are attempting to contact you.

napkins

Napkins are used during mealtime to keep yourself clean, so this dream corresponds to the part of your life that nurtures and feeds you. If the napkins are dirty, you are not feeling nurtured in your life right now. If the napkins are clean, you feel you have the resources to feed your inner being. On the other hand, it can indicate you need to clean up your life in some way.

navigating

To dream of navigating a spaceship, boat, or other craft indicates a desire to come out on top in a current situation. This dream says that, although there will be obstacles, if you’re careful, you can find your way and navigate through obstacles.

neck

A neck can be a sexual symbol related to the slang term “necking.” It can also represent taking a chance, as in “sticking one’s neck out.” Alternately, if there is pain related to this part of the body, someone or something might be a “pain in the neck.”

necklace

To dream of receiving a necklace signifies a pleasant gift that highlights your ability to speak for yourself. To dream about losing a necklace may mean you’re afraid you will lose the opportunity to express yourself. This can also be a literal dream — you fear losing a particular necklace. If the necklace is too tight around your neck, you may feel closed off in your expression.

needle

A dream of a needle and thread might indicate that a matter is being sewn up or that a deal is being completed. A needle might also suggest that someone is needling you. To dream of threading a needle symbolizes you are trying to find an opening in your life.

neighbor

If you dream of a neighbor, think about the qualities you either like or dislike in her. These qualities reside in you as well, so pay attention to the events in the dream to figure out the message.

nest

A nest is a symbol of home and might indicate a desire to return home. If you are moving, it might relate to your concerns about your new home.

If there is an egg in the nest, the dream might relate to a concern about your savings or “nest egg.” To dream of a nest full of eggs is a good omen. An empty bird’s nest may denote worry about tough times ahead or sadness about your own “empty nest,” aging, and being alone.

newspaper

If you dream of a newspaper, chances are you feel out of the loop and your unconscious is urging you to be more on top of things. This is also a good sign that news is on the way.

night

A night setting for a dream might suggest something is hidden or obscured. Nighttime in a dream suggests a lack of clarity. There might be a need to illuminate something.

nine

Nine is the number of completion and the ending of cycles. It also signifies accomplishment. You may have attained a goal. If so, celebrate and acknowledge yourself and your achievements. You may be experiencing an end to a career, lifestyle, relationship, or even to an outdated way of thinking. The number nine encourages you to let go of what no longer serves you. When nine shows up, ask for support to easily release what is meant to move out of your life. If you are “dressed to the nines” in your dream, you have reached the pinnacle of elegance and opulence.

north

North is the place of dormancy, winter, and hibernation. It is also the compass point for direction in life, the reference point for finding your way in the world. You follow the North Star. If you are searching for “true north” in your dreams, you might be trying to find your own core of integrity. If you are heading north, it might be a fallow time when you can rest and regenerate. In Native American traditions, north is the place of the elder or ancestor, and of wisdom; it represents retreat and healing.

nose

A nose can be a symbol of intrusive behavior, as in “sticking your nose into someone else’s business.” Dreaming of a nose may suggest someone else is interfering in your life or that you are being nosy.

November

November is the time of Thanksgiving and a return to hearth and home to prepare for the winter. A dream that takes place in November could suggest going within and reflecting on all you are grateful for in your life.

nurse

A dream of a nurse suggests you are being healed or are in need of healing. It also implies a desire to be pampered or nursed. The dream could relate to a relationship or a project that you are nursing along.

oak

An oak tree represents strength, stability, endurance, truth, and wisdom. A dream of an oak may suggest that you have established a strong, proper foundation.

oar

An oar can represent masculinity and strength; it dips into the water, which symbolizes the emotions. To row vigorously suggests you are moving through an issue or situation quickly and aggressively. If you have only one oar and are rowing in a circle, it might suggest frustration with a lack of forward movement in life.

oasis

An oasis suggests you’ve arrived at a place of comfort and sustenance — that you are being nurtured. Or, it might suggest that you’re taking a break from your journey or have succeeded in reaching a destination on the journey. Alternately, the dream might imply that you need a rest or vacation.

objects

If there are many objects in your dream, you need to analyze each object and the symbolism around it. Many times, the objects represent how you, the dreamer, feel about yourself.

obstacles

Obstacles in dreams always translate metaphorically. In other words, you have placed a burden or problem in front of yourself, and all you need to do is step back and see the picture more clearly in order to solve the dilemma.

ocean

The ocean often represents the emotional setting of your life. The context of the dream is important here. Sailing through rough seas suggests you are capable of dealing with life’s ups and downs. Large waves can also represent untapped powers, strong emotions, or the unconscious. Catching a large fish in the ocean can suggest opportunity or that you are delving into the wealth of your unconscious. To be lost at sea may mean you need direction. To be anchored in the ocean might indicate you have found a place in life.

October

October is the harvest month, so to dream of October portends success. New friendships or business affairs will ripen into lasting relationships.

odor

If you smell an odor in your dream, it could be literal. You might smell an odor in waking life and it filters into the dream. Otherwise, good odors signify good luck and bad odors signify the opposite.

officer

An officer, whether military, police, or otherwise, represents an authority figure. Dreaming of an officer, especially if you don’t know the person, can suggest a fear or wariness of authority figures or a need for guidance from an authoritative person.

oil

A dream of oil represents great wealth or inner wealth, if you are pumping crude oil to the surface. Using aromatic oils in a dream can represent sacred matters. A person associated with oil might be slick, or a smooth talker.

old man If the old man guides or directs you in some way, he is, in Jungian terms, an archetypal figure. If the man appears to be weak or injured, he could symbolize some part of yourself that requires attention or someone in your life who needs your help. The dream may also advise you to redefine your beliefs about aging.

old woman In Jungian terms, an old woman is an archetypal symbol of feminine power, or the gatekeeper between life and death. If she is weak or injured in your dream, she may represent a part of yourself that needs attention, or someone in your life who needs help. She could also represent your own inner wisdom — the sage crone.

one

The number one almost always represents new beginnings, whether it shows up alone or in combination with other numbers. It is the initiator, usually a very positive indicator that you are moving in a new direction in life. It also signifies divine unity. You become one with another. One can indicate a time period such as one month or one year.

operation

To dream of an operation could mean you’re worried about some aspect of your health and you’d like to become more physically fit. It also represents change from a current situation.

orange

Orange is a joyful color linked with the second chakra. The second chakra is the place of your emotions, childhood experiences, and sensuality. It is associated with your emotional nature, water, creativity, and propensity toward addictions. Orange is a bright color that connotes warmth, connection, and affection. If you are dreaming of orange, you may be revisiting issues from childhood or opening up your creativity. Because orange is associated with childhood, a dream about the color orange might encourage you to be playful in the way of the child, especially in creative pursuits. When the second chakra is healed, you are in balance, so orange can also represent balance and harmony.

oven

An oven might represent a gestation period. It also symbolizes the womb and feminine energy. A dream of an oven could relate to a pregnancy or a creative project you have in the works.

owl

An owl represents both wisdom and mystery, and is a symbol of the unconscious. If you hear an owl screech in your dream, it could mean that unsettling news is coming. If an owl is your animal totem, listen to your own inner wisdom and you will know what to do.

ox

An ox is a steadfast, strong, and hard-working creature associated with stability and wealth in many cultures. To dream of an ox implies strength and endurance, and an ability to carry on against great odds.

painting

If a wall is being painted in your dream, the act may suggest something is being hidden or covered up. Pay attention to the color(s) as they can add information about the dream’s meaning. Painting at an easel may indicate you are ready to express your artistic or creative talents.

paper

To see papers piled high indicates a certain level of stress in waking life. Perhaps you feel you aren’t taking care of your responsibilities. If you’re signing papers in the dream, it indicates you’ll soon have a decision to make — and you’ll make the right one.

paradise

If you dream you’re in paradise, you are happy and content at this time in your life. Notice what is around you in your paradise — people, animals, scenery, and so on. Your dream will give you valuable information about what creates feelings of happiness and contentment for you.

park

Dreaming of a park may suggest a wish to relax and enjoy life. Walking in an unlit park at night may mean you are delving into areas of darkness and danger, or that you are pursuing hidden or mysterious matters. If you are parking your car, you may need to take a break from your journey at this time. If you are unable to find a place to park your car, you feel you cannot stop working right now, even though you are tired and need a break.

party

To dream you are at a party suggests a celebration is in order. If you are concerned about a particular matter that remains unsettled, the dream may indicate a favorable resolution.

peacock

A dream about this bird suggests you have a reason to be proud, just as the peacock displays its colorful tail feathers to get attention or show power. Alternatively, it could mean that someone you know is arrogant and unduly prideful. Pay attention to your emotions in the dream to interpret the meaning.

pearls

Pearls are gems hidden in oysters, which come from the sea. When you dream of pearls, you are dreaming of finding hidden “gems” within yourself, particularly of an emotional nature. If someone gives you pearls, you are receiving wisdom from your higher self or someone else whose opinions you trust. Let your inner gifts shine!

pepper

If you dream of pepper burning your tongue, it could mean you feel hurt by sharp words recently spoken — by yourself or someone else. To sneeze from pepper in a dream indicates that something in your life is irritating you and you want to get rid of it.

photograph

Because a photograph is an image of a person or object rather than the real thing, a dream of a photograph hints at deception or falseness. If you recognize a person in a dream photo, be aware that a part of you doesn’t think the person is being authentic and open with you. To dream of seeing yourself in a photograph may indicate nostalgia for the past. Or, you may feel trapped by an image others have of you that is not who you truly are.

physician

A physician appearing in a dream might indicate that healing is at hand. A physician is also an authority figure who might be offering a diagnosis on some matter. Sometimes, a physician may take the form of a trusted friend who isn’t a doctor but whose nurturing traits are healing.

piano

Music in general represents joyous or festive feelings. Note the condition and type of music coming from the piano. A broken piano symbolizes a need to reconnect with your creative, joyful side and to express all the aspects of who you are.

pill

Taking a pill in a dream suggests you may be required to go along with something unpleasant, but positive results should follow. If you’re taking a birth control pill, it’s a warning to pay attention to current sexual activities. This might also mean you don’t feel ready to embark on a new stage of life and want to prevent it from happening.

pilot

A pilot symbolizes someone soaring high in the sky. He’s in control in spite of the fast pace. A dream of a pilot may mean you’re in the pilot’s seat concerning some issue in your life. Because air symbolizes the mind, the issue may involve intellectual pursuits or communication.

plane

See airplane.

planet

Seeing a planet or visiting another planet in a dream may indicate a new adventure, a new way of thinking, or a new dimension of creativity.

plums

If you dream of ripe plums, you are feeling nurtured in life. If you are gathering plums in your dream, you need only do a little work to secure your heart’s desires. Receiving or eating a plum could indicate a “plum” opportunity is coming your way.

polar bear

Polar bears live in the frozen water and, as such, may symbolize a need to delve into old, frozen emotions to find the truth in a situation. Because polar bears are white, they blend in completely with their background and hunt from under the cover of this camouflage. Think about where in your life or relationships you are hiding or camouflaging your true feelings. Like other bears, polar bears are creatures of great beauty and strength. Where do those qualities exist in yourself or others? Polar bears are facing extinction, so the dream may contain a message that some part of you that resembles the qualities of a polar bear may be killed off by your current life circumstance.

police

Police officers represent authority; they uphold the law. A dream of police may serve as a warning against breaking the law or bending rules. It might also suggest a fear of punishment. Alternately, the dream may indicate a desire for justice.

pond

A pond signifies tranquility and a placid outlook — either your own or that of a person in the dream. Your emotional life might be calm and peaceful right now.

pregnant

If a woman dreams of being pregnant, it could indicate a desire for a child or the onset of an actual pregnancy. A pregnancy could also symbolize something new coming into your life — an idea or project that is gestating.

president of the United States

Not as uncommon as it may seem, a dream of talking with the president of the United States may represent an interest in lofty ideals or political matters, or a strong desire to be a politician.

priest

A priest represents a spiritual authority serving as a guide. Alternately, a priest might symbolize a dictatorial figure or one who judges and condemns. A dream of a priest may indicate the need to follow or eschew conventional religion. Look to surrounding details for clarification.

prison

Constraint and restriction are implied by this dream symbol. If you see yourself at work in a prison, the dream might suggest you’ve limited your creativity or that you feel it’s difficult to escape your job for a better one.

professor

A professor may represent knowledge, wisdom, and higher education.

prophet

A prophet provides knowledge, guidance, and perhaps a peek at the future. The symbol may also indicate that you need guidance.

puddle

Stepping into or stomping through puddles represents a parting or clearing away of emotional troubles, with good times to follow. To dream that you are just wetting your feet in a puddle may mean you only want to dip into your emotions a little bit.

pump

To see a pump in a dream suggests energy is available to meet your needs. A functioning pump could also symbolize good health. A broken pump signifies a breakdown or disruption in the usual way of doing things.

puppet

A dream of a puppet might indicate that you feel manipulated in some aspect of your life. Alternately, if you are behind the puppet or holding the strings, the dream may mean you’re acting in a manipulative manner.

quarantine

If you dream you are being quarantined you feel restricted by others. You may also believe you have been unfairly set apart in some way. You fear some part of your life or your behavior is unacceptable to others and needs to be healed.

quarrel

A dream of a quarrel may indicate that inner turmoil is plaguing you. If the person you’re quarreling with is someone you know, look at your relationship with the person and see if you can identify the area of disagreement. The dream may hold clues to help you resolve the differences.

queen

Both an authority and a mother figure, the queen is an archetypal symbol of power. If you are the queen, the dream may be suggesting a desire for leadership. If someone else is the queen, the dream may indicate you see the woman as capable and powerful.

quest

A dream of a quest may indicate a desire to achieve a goal or embark on an adventure.

quicksand

A dream of quicksand indicates you need to watch where you are headed. If you’re already in the quicksand, you’re probably mired in an emotional matter and feel as if you can’t escape. The dream could refer to either business or personal matters.

quill

A quill or fountain pen is a symbol of masculinity and signifies you need to follow your heart’s desire. It’s also a sign to stay steadfast in your convictions.

quilt

A quilt suggests warmth and protection. A patchwork quilt symbolizes joining together various aspects of your life to form a protective covering.

rabbit

The rabbit is a symbol of fertility and magic, like the rabbit pulled from the magician’s hat. Although fertility could relate to the conception of children, it might also concern financial abundance, the success of a particular project, or other matters. A white rabbit may signify mystical experiences.

race

If you are racing in a dream, perhaps you’re involved in an overly competitive situation or you’re in a rush. The message might be that it’s time to slow down and relax.

rain

A fresh downpour symbolizes washing or cleansing away the old. Alternately, a rainy day may indicate your emotions are gloomy right now. To hear the patter of rain on the roof may signify domestic bliss, while seeing a downpour from inside a house may represent feelings of sadness and loss. Seeing it rain on others may mean you feel emotionally tied to the fortunes of others.

rainbow

Usually seen after a storm, a rainbow in a dream may mean that favorable conditions will arise after a brief storm. Seeing a low-hanging rainbow over verdant trees may signify success in an endeavor.

ram

A ram is the zodiac symbol for Aries, so if you or someone you know are born under the sign of Aries, the ram may represent that person. If you dream of a ram charging you with its head down, it indicates you feel under attack. If the ram is close to you in the dream, it may indicate the attack is near or that you will have little time to react. A ram charging from a distance suggests you will have time to respond to the situation. Consider whether someone in your life is trying to “ram” something down your throat. If the ram is quietly grazing in a pasture, the indication could be that you have powerful allies on your side.

rapids

Rapids represent danger and a fear of being swept away by emotions.

rat

Rats are cunning survivors who live underground and near water. Dreaming of a rat or rats may suggest the deterioration of a situation. Or, someone might be behaving like a rat toward you. What are your own associations with rats? Whether or not you are afraid of the rats in the dream will help to clarify the message.

red

Red is the most intense of the colors in the spectrum of the rainbow. It has the longest wavelength and is associated with the root chakra, the spiritual center of your connection to the physical world and to nature. Red represents vitality, energy, and physical stamina. It can also refer to anger as in “seeing red.” Because red is the color of blood, it can symbolize the life force. If you dream, for example, that you are bleeding, look to see what situation in your life is sapping your energy and vitality. If you are wearing red in your dream, you are feeling vital and alive in the situation described by the dream. Red is also the color of passionate love and sexuality, so when you dream of red you may be dreaming of the passion you have for someone or something in your life. Red often indicates the dream originates from the deepest level of your being.

referee

A referee in a dream can symbolize an inner battle, or it can relate to conflict in your daily life. Can you identify the issue? If so, weigh the two sides, negotiate, and reach a settlement. Sometimes working with an unbiased third party can help.

religion

To dream of religion — discussing it or practicing it — indicates that you may be evaluating your spiritual path. Religion is dogmatic, so you may be going through a period in which you are revisiting beliefs or feeling rigid in your belief system. You may see others as rigid in their beliefs and think they don’t accept you. If your religion is an important part of your life, you may be receiving guidance or comfort in your dream from your spiritual beliefs.

ribbons

Ribbons are often associated with gifts, beauty, and decorations. As such they are usually happy portents when they appear in a dream. If you are trying to tie some ribbons together, you are in the process of pulling together various aspects of yourself and your life. If you are decorating your home with ribbons, you are adding beauty to your life in small ways. Look at the colors of the ribbons to find more meaning.

rice

Rice is the dietary staple of the majority of the world’s population. A symbol of fertility and good fortune, rice in a dream signifies your ability to feed and nurture yourself and others. If you dream you are throwing rice at a wedding, you are sending good wishes for a happy life.

river

A dream of floating down a river might indicate an inability to control where you are going. Or, it could mean you are at ease and confident about going with the flow. Are you allowing surrounding circumstances to direct your life rather than taking charge? A dream of a surging, frothing river may relate to deep-seated emotions that need to be processed. In mythology, a river sometimes symbolizes death or passing from one state to another.

road

A road is a means of getting from one place to another. What is the condition of the road in your dream? A smooth and straight road suggests the path ahead is easy. A road with dips and curves may indicate you need to be aware, flexible, and ready for change. A roadblock suggests there are detours or obstacles in your path.

rose

A rose symbolizes the feminine and is associated with romance, beauty, and love. A dream of someone handing you a rose may indicate an offering of love.

ruins

To dream of something in ruins suggests the deterioration of some condition in your life. Keep in mind that when things fall apart, an opportnity to rebuild inevitably appears. If you are planning a trip, especially one to another culture, a dream of ancient ruins could symbolize the adventure of the journey ahead. Alternately, it could mean you have the ability to access knowledge or wisdom from the past.

running

When you run in a dream, you may be in a hurry to reach a goal or to escape from something (usually yourself or a current dilemma). The dream may indicate that you’re rushing around too much and need to rest. Are you running alone or with others? The former may symbolize that you will overcome your competition in business matters, while the latter may represent participation in a joyous occasion. If you dream of running for exercise, it means you are moving toward a pleasant and successful life. Running and not getting anywhere indicates a feeling you’ve lost control of a certain situation in your waking life.

sacrifice

To see yourself sacrificed or making a sacrifice in a dream suggests you’re giving up something important for the sake of others. Closely examine your feelings about the matter. Decide what changes, if any, need to be made.

sailor

A dream of a sailor suggests that you are working on a ship. Symbolically, it could mean you are working on matters involving the unconscious or your emotions (see ship and water).

saint

A saint in a dream indicates you’re being guided or are seeking guidance from a higher source. Pay attention to what he says or does, and take his advice.

salt

Dreaming of salt generally indicates unpleasant situations or unhappy surroundings. Are you due for a move or a change in career? It could also mean you need to spice up your life.

school

A school dream may indicate you are gaining a deep level of knowledge or that your unconscious is processing lessons from your waking life. What happens in the school is important to the interpretation. If you’re late to class or show up to take a test without ever having gone to class, you feel unprepared for something in your life. If you’re looking for a school or classroom, you may be searching for the best way to continue your education.

scissors

Is there something or someone in your life you want to cut off? Scissors also indicate a need to “cut it out.” Or, the person with the scissors may be acting “snippy.”

scrapbook

Scrapbooks are full of things from the past that are filed away and forgotten. Note the other details of the dream. Are you viewing a scrapbook with someone? What are you placing in the scrapbook? The dream may suggest an unpleasant situation that needs to be put in the past.

sea

Dreams of the sea represent unfulfilled longings or the ebb and flow of emotions. If you dream you are “at sea,” then you might be feeling lost in some situation in your life. If you are dreaming you are unable to see land, then you might be feeling emotionally overwhelmed by some situation in your life and unable to see how to resolve it. Think first of your emotional life. Because the sea is deep, expansive water, the emotions coming up may be very deep within you and extremely important.

September

September is the first month of autumn and the time when many children return to school. Therefore, this symbol could indicate a harvest period, a time of decline, or a search for knowledge depending on your feelings and the actions in your dream. Think about what you associate with September, including the holidays Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

seven

Seven is the number of spiritual attainment, connection to the Divine, and luck. There are seven days in the week, seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic faith, seven chakras in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, seven notes in the musical scale, and seven colors in the rainbow. Even in mythology and folklore, the number seven shows up repeatedly (for example, Snow White and the seven dwarves). If seven appears in your dreams, expect good luck that has a spiritual foundation. Meditate on the number seven to understand how you can best develop and work with spiritual energy in your waking life.

shadow

Dreaming of your shadow may suggest you need to address hidden parts of yourself. Perhaps you do not accept these darker aspects of your personality and project them onto others. The dream may also mean you need to incorporate the shadow side into your psyche.

shaking hands

A handshake marks either a new beginning or an ending to a situation. Are you saying farewell to someone in a dream? Then perhaps you are saying goodbye to a matter at hand. If you’re meeting someone new, you might be embarking on a new venture or relationship. To dream of shaking hands with a prominent leader may mean others hold you in high esteem.

shaving

Is there something in your life that needs to be cleaned up or removed? To dream of shaving yourself connotes you are in charge of your future. Shaving with a dull razor suggests a troublesome or painful issue. A clean-shaven countenance indicates a smooth journey.

sheep

Do you perceive yourself as one of a flock? This can be a comforting image in terms of being part of a community. Or, it may indicate you lack individuality or the will to strike out on your own.

shell

A shell usually symbolizes a womb. Depending on the circumstances of the dream, it can portend the birth of a child or a new project. A shell can also represent protection. Is it time to emerge from your shell?

ship

Because a ship travels on water, the dream may signify a voyage through the unconscious or a journey involving your emotions. Consider the state of the ship and the condition of the water in your interpretation. To see a ship in a storm may indicate your concern over a tempestuous or unfortunate affair, either in business or personal matters. To dream of others shipwrecked may mean you feel unable to emotionally protect friends or family. If you dream that you are shipwrecked, then you are feeling at the mercy of your emotions and powerless to successfully navigate the situation. You might be burning out from overwork or chronic stress, so take time to consider where in your life you are feeling powerless to create positive change.

shoes

Shoes are a means of moving ahead. Shiny, new shoes might suggest a journey is about to begin. Well-worn shoes, on the other hand, might indicate you are weary of the journey or that it is near completion. Mismatched shoes could mean the journey is multifaceted. Consider the old cliché, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”

shovel

A tool for digging, a shovel in a dream may indicate you are searching for something or are about to embark on a quest for inner knowledge. A shovel might also represent labor or hard work ahead. A broken shovel could mean you are experiencing frustration in your work.

shower

To dream of taking a shower may symbolize cleansing or spiritual renewal. It might also signify a bonus, reward, or blessings being showered upon you.

sickness/illness

If you dream of being ill, ask yourself if you’re in need of care and pampering. This dream might also be a message to watch your health. A sick family member represents some issue that is troubling your domestic life.

singing

Hearing singing in a dream signifies a pleasant and cheerful attitude. You may hear promising news soon. If you are singing in the dream, note the type of song you are singing.

six

Six is almost always associated with career, so notice what is happening with your work life when six shows up in your dreams. Six was the number of days it took to create the world according to the Bible, therefore some spiritual texts associate it with worldly pleasures and the imperfection of humankind. Often six symbolizes romantic relationships, whereas the number two describes all types of relationships. Six is the sensual lover aspect. If in your dream you are at “sixes and sevens,” you are scattered and need to organize your thinking around a particular situation.

skating

Dreaming of skating may signify you are gliding over a matter at hand, or you may be skating on thin ice. Make note of all the aspects in the dream. Are you headed toward something? Are you skating away from something? Skating can be liberating, but it can also be frightening if you’re not sure how to do it. (See walking and running.)

skull

To dream of a skull and crossbones is a traditional sign of danger and possible death — a warning. If you just dream about a skull by itself, notice the feelings in the dream. Most likely this is a dream about personal transformation (like dreaming of a corpse or dying), not about death. One skull looks just like another, so think about where in your life you might be feeling a loss of your unique identity, or where you might have “lost face.”

sky

Dreaming of the sky symbolizes hope, vitality, and a creative force.

smoke

If you dream of smoke filling a room, it suggests a situation is being obscured. On the other hand, if the smoke is clearing, clarity is imminent.

snake

A snake is an archetypal image that can have numerous interpretations. According to Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams, and certain Native American teachings, snakes represent transmutation. Snakes do not always have a negative connotation; they also symbolize healing. A snake coiled around a staff is a symbol of health and medical practitioners. Are you afraid in the dream? What associations do you have in your waking life about snakes? Consider your feelings and the events in the dream before making a final interpretation. Analyze your dream and what’s going on in your life to see what makes sense for you.

snow

Snow can represent purity if seen in a pristine landscape. Because snow is a solidified form of water, it can also stand for frozen emotions. If the snow is melting, frozen feelings are thawing. To find yourself in a snowstorm may represent uncertainty in an emotional matter or sorrow at failing to enjoy some long-expected pleasure.

south

South is the place where daylight is the longest and the brightest, where the sun most evenly bathes all equally. It equates with summer. South is also a metaphor for declining fortunes. If you are “heading south” in a dream, you might be experiencing a reversal in your plans. In astrology, the south relates to childhood, your heritage, and the past. If you dream of returning to the south, you may be revisiting your past or past lives. In some South American shamanic traditions, the goal of the south is to shed the old and the past so the present can come into being.

spaceship

A spaceship in a dream may suggest a journey into the unknown or a spiritual quest.

spear

Thrusting a spear at someone in a dream may represent an effort to thrust your will on another person. If the spear is hurled over a field or toward a mountain or an ocean, the dream may mean you are making a powerful statement to the world (see field, mountain, or ocean).

spider

Spiders may symbolize a careful and energetic approach to your work. Most likely you will be pleasantly rewarded for your labors. To dream of a spider spinning its web signifies your home life will be happy and secure. A dream of many spiders means good health and friends. Spiders also represent creativity, so you might be experiencing a need to express yourself creatively at this time in your life. If you are afraid of spiders, you fear something happening in your daily life will trap you.

square

A square shape represents solidity and a strong foundation. If you dream of squares, you may need to be precise in your work or personal life. You might be building a strong foundation in some area, or trying to “square things” with someone else if you’ve had a misunderstanding or dispute. If you are called “square” in your dream, you may feel left out of a group or that you don’t fit in somehow. If you are hiding in the corners of a square structure in your dream, you may feel “cornered” in some way and want to protect yourself. A square can also represent equality and balance, as no one side is longer than any other. If you dream of a town square, you may be feeling the need to get together with others for companionship and common activities.

squirrel

Squirrels are resourceful creatures that save and hide food to get through the cold months. To see these creatures in your dream may mean you need to “squirrel” away some of your resources in preparation for leaner times ahead.

stairs

Climbing a stairway in a dream can mean you are on your way to achieving a goal. Descending a stairway, or falling down one, might indicate a fall in prestige or economic status. To sit on a step could suggest you are pausing in your everyday life to consider where things stand.

statue

Dreaming of a statue or statues could signify a lack of movement in your life. Statues are also cold and can symbolize frozen feelings.

stillborn

To dream of a stillborn infant indicates a distressing circumstance or a premature ending to a new venture.

stone(s)

Stones, rocks, and boulders in dreams can have various meanings depending on the circumstances and feelings in the dreams. A stone can represent a person in your life whom you feel you cannot reach on an emotional level. Someone could be “stone cold” to what you desire. Or, you may have withdrawn emotionally from a relationship and your dream imagery is letting you know that your feelings have gone cold for that person. If, in your dream, you are dodging stones, think about whether you feel attacked on some level in your day-to-day life. Because stone is hard, dense, and enduring, it can also represent qualities of strength, endurance, and solidity — you may feel that someone in your life is a solid person or that you yourself possess these qualities. If someone is being stoned in a dream, you may be receiving an intuitive message that someone you know is addicted to drugs or is feeling victimized. Work with your own connotations about stones to come up with the interpretation that works best for you.

storm

To dream of an approaching storm indicates emotional turmoil in some aspect of your life. Dark skies and thunder may also warn that danger is approaching. Alternately, a storm could symbolize rapid changes occurring in your life.

suffocation

To dream of being suffocated may have to do with the way you’re sleeping. Is your breathing being obstructed in some way, by a cold, asthma, or a blanket? If not, it’s possible you fear being bossed around or caged in. Other people or circumstances may be suppressing your expression.

suicide

A dream of killing yourself probably is a symbolic reflection of what’s going on in your conscious life. Such a dream might reflect a personal transformation, divorce, career change, or other major life shift. You are essentially killing your past — becoming a new person.

sun

Dreaming of the sun is usually fortuitous. The sun symbolizes light, warmth, and energy. In Native American lore, the sun represents the father or the masculine principle.

swimming

A dream of swimming suggests you are immersed in an exploration of emotional matters or the unconscious.

sword

A sword is a symbol of strength and power. It also can cut to the bone. Dreaming of a sword might suggest that aggressive action is required.

table

To dream of an empty table might suggest a concern about a lack of possessions. A table laden with food may symbolize a time of abundance.

tambourine

The appearance of a tambourine symbolizes a need for fun and joyful expression.

tattoo

Traditionally, tattoos were associated with the strange and exotic, although they are much more commonplace today as means of self-expression. To dream of seeing your body tattooed suggests you want to wear your true beliefs and feelings in a way that can be seen and known by others. You may also feel a need to express your originality and uniqueness, and to stand out from the pack. If you dream you are a tattoo artist, you may want to help others express their unique gifts and talents.

teeth

Dreaming of teeth is one of the more common and shared dream experiences. Interpretations can range widely depending on what is happening to the teeth in the dream. On the most basic level, you show your teeth when you smile or feel comfortable enough with another person to relax. Teeth are part of your appearance, so if you dream of losing your teeth or that your teeth are dirty or damaged, you are having an anxiety dream in which you are worried about how you appear to others. Teeth also enable you to take in nourishment, so you may be receiving information about your ability to nourish yourself or to digest some situation in your life. If you dream you are biting something, you might desire to “get your teeth into” a project or situation at work. If you dream your teeth fall out, this is an expression of anxiety. Think about what is causing anxious feelings or where you feel your might be seen as inadequate.

telephone

A telephone might symbolize the attempt to contact the unconscious. If the phone is ringing and no one answers, the dream might suggest you are ignoring the call of your unconscious. If you have trouble hearing the person on the other end of the line, it suggests you’re having problems communicating in a relationship.

tent

A tent provides shelter and is usually associated with camping. A dream of a tent could indicate you need a getaway — a retreat from everyday life.

texting

Texting in a dream signifies a desire to communicate. You are trying to get your message across to someone. Notice the emotion associated with the action. If you are frustrated and can’t get your text message the way you want, perhaps you feel unable to communicate with a particular person in your waking life.

thaw

Thawing represents a rebirth or a return to pleasant conditions. To dream of seeing ice thaw may mean something or someone who’s been giving you trouble will soon yield. Your emotions or feelings in regard to old injuries or resentments can also be thawing.

thief

If you dream of someone stealing something, the implication is that something is being taken from you. It could be a boss or colleague who is stealing your energy or ideas rather than an actual theft of goods. If you’re the thief, the message may be a warning that you are taking what you don’t deserve and should change your ways.

thirst

A dream in which you are thirsty suggests you are in need of nourishment — physical, mental, or emotional. To see others relieving their thirst suggests nourishment may come from others.

thorn

A thorn may represent an annoyance of some sort, such as “a thorn in your side.”

three

Three is the number of the triangle, the trinity, and the mysteries of body, mind, and spirit. Three almost always represents creative self-expression and nurturing mother energy. If three shows up in your dreams, ask yourself what creative projects you are being prompted to begin or continue. If you are dreaming about a relationship and three shows up, beware of a triangle. This symbol can also portend a pregnancy.

tiger

Aggressive and fierce in the wild, these animals in a dream may mean you feel threatened at this time or fear repercussions for your actions. However, if you see yourself fending off an attack, this may mean you will be extremely successful in your ventures. If you dream you have a tiger by the tail, you are conquering your fears and feeling empowered in your waking life.

tornado

Swift and terrible agents of destruction in nature, tornadoes in dreams suggest your emotions concerning a particular situation could be hurtful to you and others.

torrent

To dream of a seething torrent of water suggests profound unrest in your emotional state or that of another person in the dream.

totem

This is the term for your animal or spirit guide. Usually, your totem is the animal to which you have the deepest connection. If you’re afraid of an animal in your dream, it is not your totem.

tower

To dream of a tower could symbolize vigilance, as a watchtower, or punishment or isolation, as a guard tower. Dreaming of being in an ivory tower indicates you or the subject of your dream are out of touch with the everyday world. Usually a tower in a dream represents the realm of your mind, ideas, and beliefs.

train

A train symbolizes a journey. If the train isn’t moving, the dream might be suggesting some impediment in your life. If you can’t find your luggage, you might be concerned that you’re not ready for this journey. If you are on a smoothly running train but there are no tracks, you might be concerned over some affair that will eventually be resolved satisfactorily. Traveling on the wrong train may indicate you’re on the wrong track or going the wrong way.

treasure

A dream of a treasure may suggest hidden talents or abilities that you can now unearth. It could also indicate latent psychic abilities.

tree

When you dream about a tree it may represent a desire to be out in nature. A tree might also symbolize a part of your life, your body, or even your home. Trees in dreams may indicate whether or not you feel securely rooted in your life. Notice whether the tree has leaves, flowers, is in the process of shedding leaves, or is in the dormant stage during winter. Dreaming about a tree whose leaves are falling may be a message that some part of you or your life is in transition. You might be losing something that was an important part of you. A tree in winter, bare of leaves, may mean you feel exposed at the present time. Dreaming of a tree whose roots are exposed may mean you are being uprooted and are worried about your safety. Trees can represent your foundation and sense of security. They can even denote your family ancestry — your family tree. Notice the type of tree as well, as that may provide more information about the dream’s message.

trial

A dream of being on trial suggests you are being judged or are afraid of being judged. Alternately, a trial in a dream could indicate you are judging others (or yourself) too harshly.

triangle

Triangles have many spiritual and mystical meanings. In relationships, triangles represent worries over unfaithfulness or betrayal. If you dream of triangles, you may have three projects or concerns with which you are dealing, and each may feel equally important. A triangle in a dream could represent the trinity, or body, mind, and spirit. You might feel you are caught in the middle between two people. A triangle has beautiful symmetry and harmony, so you may be in a period in your life during which you feel balanced and peaceful. Triangles in dreams can also indicate that you need to look at a situation from more than one angle to see the whole picture. If you dream of a pyramid, you may be dreaming of past lives or of a desire for greater mystical knowledge.

tricycle

A tricycle indicates you feel you need support to get where you want to go. Perhaps you need additional training to be successful.

triplets

To dream of triplets indicates greater success than anticipated. For a man to dream of his wife having triplets represents a happy occasion, overflowing feelings of joy, and good will. Triplets contain the symbolism of the number three, so read about the meanings for the number three as well as triangle to decipher your dream.

tunnel

From a Freudian perspective, a dream of a tunnel suggests a vagina, and a train entering the tunnel represents sexual intercourse. Usually, however, a tunnel shows you moving from one part of life to another, but you can’t see the outcome yet. A tunnel may also be a link between two conditions. When you exit the tunnel, you will enter a new state of mind.

turtle

Although dreaming of a turtle might symbolize slow, painstaking movement, the shelled creature is also a symbol of spiritual development and patience. It could mean you feel at home wherever you go. If you dream the turtle is out of its shell, your dream might be telling you it’s time to come out from under your shell.

tweet

If you hear a bird tweeting in your dream, most likely this portends a message (see twitter).

twins

A dream of twins may mean there are two parts to a matter of concern or two aspects to your personality. Read more about the vibration of the number two to gain more understanding.

twitter

If you dream you are twittering, then, like texting, you are trying to communicate with someone. If you dream you are trying to twitter and can’t, you feel blocked in your ability to communicate at this time — even in short, brief communications.

two

Two is the number of relationship and partnership. When it shows up in your dreams it may be telling you something about your personal or business relationships, the opportunities and the challenges. Two is also the number of harmony and balance, as well as duality — of opposites. You may be asked to make a choice between two options.

ugly

If you or someone in your dream is ugly, you feel unattractive. Or, you don’t like your own or another’s behavior. This dream could point to an unhealthy trait that you or another possess. You may also fear rejection based on superficial criteria.

ulcer

If you dream you have an ulcer, something is eating at you. What in your waking life is bothering you? If the ulcer is bleeding in the dream, the situation is sapping your life force. Change the situation, or your reaction to it, if at all possible.

umbrella

An umbrella represents protection against adverse conditions. Because rain (water) symbolizes the emotions, this dream could refer to an emotional flood from the unconscious. If the umbrella is closed and a down-pour is soaking you, it indicates you are open to your emotional needs.

underground

To dream of being underground often symbolizes contact with your subconscious. Other images in the dream will provide more meaning about the nature of the contact. How do you feel about the situation? Is there something you’ve been hiding that should be brought to the surface? Do you feel protected by the underground cavern or room? Or are you hiding or being held prisoner? Dreaming of an underground railway could indicate passage to another state of being — a personal transformation.

underwear

A dream of underwear may mean you are exposing something that is under cover or hidden. It could also indicate that you’re bringing matters from the unconscious to the surface.

unemployment/unemployed

If you dream you are unemployed, this could represent literal events transpiring in your waking life at the time. More likely you are releasing fears that you won’t have meaningful work or that the work you do won’t support you. If you dream you are on an unemployment line, you feel you have to rely on others for your survival.

unicorn

To dream of a unicorn is always a good sign — it means happy circumstances will soon be yours. Unicorns protect you and cancel out the bad forces around them. To touch the unicorn’s horn means you’ll have luck for months. Dreaming of flying on a unicorn suggests you’ll have true friendships and good health.

unicycle

Riding on a unicycle requires balance and skill. If you dream you are on a unicycle, you may be trying to achieve balance in your waking life. If you fear falling, it could refer to a project or situation that requires a great deal of finesse and skill that you are not confident you possess. Alternately, you’re the “big wheel” and on your own.

urination

A dream in which you urinate may simply indicate that you need to wake up and go to the bathroom. Symbolically, the dream may represent a desire to eliminate impurities from your life.

vacuum

Dreaming you are vacuuming means you want to clean up something in your personality or your life. If the vacuum is clogged or not working properly, you feel unable to fix the problem at hand.

vagrant

Are you afraid of losing your home, stability, or livelihood? Perhaps you want to break away from social regimentation and responsibilities.

valuables

Uncovering valuables may symbolize the discovery of self-worth or inner resources.

vampire

To dream of a vampire may indicate that someone is draining energy from you or taking advantage of you. The message is to guard against people who take too much of your time or energy. To dream of battling and staking a vampire suggests triumphing over someone with harmful intentions.

vault

A vault usually holds valuables. Your ability to open it determines the nature of the dream. If you hold the key, the vault may be a symbol of wealth and prosperity. If you are unable to open it, the dream may signify that you are being frustrated in your effort to achieve wealth or a specific goal.

vegetables

If you dream you are growing vegetables, you are in the process of creating something healthy and nourishing in your life. If you are eating vegetables, you are feeding yourself vital nutrients and feel good about doing so. If you dream you or someone else “is a vegetable,” you worry that you are not in control of your own destiny.

veil

A dream in which someone or something is veiled suggests you’re hiding something or that something is being hidden from you.

veins

Veins are like tributaries that carry blood to the extremities. If you dream your veins are blocked, you feel your vitality or life force is blocked in a certain area — work, creativity, relationships, and so on. If your veins are discolored in the dream, you may not feel fully energized and alive; you aren’t sending energy throughout all parts of your life.

ventriloquist

If you dream of a ventriloquist, you should beware of deception and fraud. Who are you letting speak for you? Find your own voice.

verdict

If you dream of a verdict, you feel judged and believe what happens in your life is up to someone other than you. If you deliver a verdict, you have strong ideas about what other people should do, and want to control someone else’s behavior. You may also feel you are being treated unfairly in a situation. Or, you might believe you have done something wrong for which you need to be judged or punished.

victim

If you dream of being a victim, it may indicate you feel helpless in a particular a situation. If someone rescues you, the dream suggests help is available.

video

If you dream you are taking movies with a video camera, you are trying to hold on to memories of experiences that are important to you. If you see a video of yourself, you may feel other people aren’t seeing your real self, just an image of how they expect you to be. If you are playing video games, you may be trying to best someone in your waking life. Or, you could be stuck in a repetitious pattern in a situation or relationship in which you feel games are being played.

violet

The color violet is the highest frequency and is associated with the seventh (or crown) chakra, the place of divine connection. This delicate, ethereal color reminds you that the physical world is transitory. If you dream of violet, you may be in the process of having a spiritual awakening or wish to open more to spiritual concepts in your daily life. Violet is also one of the colors of wisdom. If violet shows up in your dreams, you may desire to withdraw from the world and retreat within. You may be a “shrinking violet” and need to be alone, or you might experience fear about being center-stage in your waking life.

violin

A violin being played in a dream may portend a romantic interlude — a time of love and harmony. It can also mean that you or someone else is high-strung.

visitor

Encountering a visitor in a dream indicates that a new condition is entering your life. If you welcome the visitor, the change may be for the better. If you turn the visitor away, you’re unwilling to change or you don’t accept what is being offered.

voices

Dreaming that you hear pleasant voices indicates positive communications and connections with others. If the voices are angry, think about where you are frustrated or angry with yourself or others. If the voices are sad, you need to process and release sadness or grief.

volcano

The eruption of a volcano or a smoking volcano may suggest that your strong emotions are rising to the surface and need to be expressed before you explode.

vomit

To vomit in a dream may be a dramatic exhibition of a need to rid yourself of something or someone. You need to eliminate something you truly cannot digest — thoughts, events, emotions, behavior, situations, or relationships.

vulture

Vultures clean up what is dead. If you dream of a vulture, it might indicate someone in your life is just waiting for you to fail. Perhaps you are being asked to clear out what is dead and no longer useful from your life. It may be time to let go.

waiter/waitress

If you dream you are a waiter or waitress, you are most likely spending too much of your energy taking care of others rather than focusing on your own needs. If you are being waited on, you feel you are getting what you deserve and that others are there to help.

waiting

Waiting in a dream is a sign that you are not in control of whatever it is you want to happen. Perhaps you are waiting for someone else or waiting for a situation to change. Waiting usually brings with it feelings of impatience and frustration, so think about where you are waiting in life and what you can do to move things forward.

wake

If you dream you are at a wake you may be processing feelings of loss, or that an aspect of your life that you cherished has died. If you dream of people at your own wake, your unconscious is letting you know that other people are aware that some aspect of you has died.

walking

A dream of walking means you are on your way toward a goal. Notice where you are walking. Do you encounter any obstacles? Is your path easy, or are you having difficulty? Walking and not getting anywhere indicates a static situation you need to change.

wallet

A wallet carries personal effects, such as your identification. It also contains money and credit cards. If you dream of losing your wallet, you may have concerns about your sense of self or your finances. What happens in the dream and how you react can help you determine its meaning.

wallpaper

If you dream you are putting wallpaper on the walls, you are trying to conceal or cover up something. If the wallpaper has an outdated pattern that stands out in the dream, you may have inherited old habits or patterns from your family that don’t really belong to you.

walls

Walls, like fences, can protect or block. Where are the walls and why are they there? If you need better emotional boundaries, you may dream of putting up a wall. You may also dream you are putting up a wall to keep someone from you, or that someone you know is putting up walls in your relationship. Fears of intimacy could cause you to wall yourself off from your own happiness. This dream might also suggest you need better boundaries in your relationships.

war

A dream of war could relate to reliving your past in the military. Whether you’ve served in the military or not, a dream of war might symbolize internal turmoil or a need to make peace with yourself or others. By examining other elements in the dream, you may determine the message behind the aggressive behavior. This could even be a past-life dream.

washing

If you are washing something in a dream, you may be attempting to cleanse or purify yourself. If a stain won’t come out, the dream may relate to a concern about something from your past connected with feelings of guilt.

water

Water is another of the primal symbols deeply embedded in the collective consciousness. The symbol of water has to do with movement, rhythm, life-giving nourishment, and the ebb and flow of your emotional nature. If you dream of water, most likely your subconscious is using this primal symbol to help you understand and process emotional issues. Emotional release dreams almost always involve water imagery. Consider your emotional state when you have water symbols in your dreams. If you dream you are drowning, you feel overwhelmed emotionally at this time in your life. If you dream you are trapped in ice or snow, your emotions have hardened and you are having difficulty identifying and releasing them. If the water in your dream is warm, pleasant, and cleansing, you are feeling emotionally balanced at this time in your life. A dream of water can also relate to the unconscious. In the Freudian perspective, water relates to sexual matters, usually the female genitalia (see lake, ocean, river, and waves). To dream of muddy water means your feelings about a certain person or situation are not clear. If the water is clear, you know what your heart desires. Rough water may connote problems communicating or getting along with a loved one.

waterfall

Water signifies the unconscious or the emotions, so to dream of water-falls may represent a sudden or dramatic change in your emotional state.

waves

Waves symbolize the power of the unconscious. Enormous breaking waves may represent powerful emotions; gentle waves suggest a tranquil state of mind.

weapon

Weapons may signify you feel under attack or need to protect yourself. Consider who is holding the weapon and how it is being used to determine the dream’s meaning.

wedding

A wedding unites two people, and dreams of weddings may indicate you’re in the process of integrating the masculine and feminine aspects of your nature. This dream might also symbolize a union of ideas or another type of partnership or connection. Weddings are joyful, social occasions, so dreaming of attending a wedding represents a desire for celebration and connection with others. If the wedding doesn’t take place, you fear a connection you are trying to cement in your life may not happen.

weeds

Dreaming of weeds suggests that something needs to be weeded out of your life. An overgrown garden might signify that something is being neglected in your life.

well

A well in a dream reveals that resources are available deep within you, although you may not be aware of them. To fall into a well symbolizes a loss of control regarding a matter at hand. A dry well indicates you feel a part of your life is empty and needs to be nourished. To draw water from a well denotes the fulfillment of emotional desires.

west

In many traditions west is the place of the adult and associated with the season of autumn. New life (the east) has moved through the ties of the past (the south) and come into full expression. Now it is time to move on. In the history of the United States, the west represented adventure, exploration, and the courage to move into the unknown. In the Peruvian shamanic tradition, west is the path of the warrior who has moved beyond fear and stands in harmony, balance, and peace. Because the sun sets in the west, something may be coming to an end in your life. Or you may be experiencing a peak in your professional or personal life, as west is also the place of attainment.

wet

As in the saying “you’re all wet,” wetness represents uncertainty or a lack of knowledge. Maybe someone is giving you bad advice about a particular situation. If something or someone is wet in a dream, emotion may be clouding the issue or the relationship.

whale

A whale is an enormous mammal, and to dream of one might indicate that you are dealing with a whale of a project. On the other hand, a whale dream may suggest you feel overwhelmed. Whales live in the water, so they can represent your relationship to the unconscious and the emotions.

whip

Being whipped in a dream refers to two things: you feel you deserve punishment for some transgression, or you feel someone is taking advantage of you undeservedly. If you dream of whipping someone, beware of your own manipulative or aggressive tendencies.

whirlpool

Water represents the emotions or the unconscious, so to dream of a whirlpool may indicate that your emotions are in a state of flux and can ensnare you unless you exercise caution.

whirlwind

A dream of a whirlwind suggests you are confronting a change that threatens to overwhelm you. Pay attention to the other aspects of the dream. Are you facing this danger alone or with somebody else?

wind

Dreaming of wind softly blowing means you may feel supported at this time in your life. If you dream you are walking against a brisk wind, it indicates you are courageous, able to resist temptations, and determined to get through obstacles in both your thinking and your actions. If, however, in your dream the wind blows you along against your wishes, it signifies you might feel you don’t have control right now in a particular situation or relationship in your life.

window

If a window appears in a dream, it may symbolize a view of your life from the inside out. Are there changes you would like to make? If the view is illuminated, the outlook is bright. If you are on the outside looking in, you may feel you have been excluded from something.

wine

Drinking wine in a dream might be a sign of celebration. It can also represent an elevated or altered state of mind. In a spiritual sense, wine can symbolize a transformation. For an alcoholic or someone who has been affected by one, wine or other alcoholic beverages can signify a negative influence.

wings

Wings provide a means of transport. In a dream, they may suggest you will soar to wealth and honor, or that you feel supported by others in your life.

witch

The Halloween image of a witch might be symbolic of a scary or evil scenario. For those involved in Wicca or attracted to New Age ideas, a witch might indicate worshipping and respecting nature and the earth.

wolf

In Native American lore, the wolf symbolizes good medicine and represents the pathfinder — a teacher with great wisdom and knowledge. Dreaming of a wolf can be auspicious. Alternately, the wolf can be a symbol of a lone male aggressively pursuing a young female, as in the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.”

woman

The appearance of different types of women can symbolize different things in a dream. Usually the woman will represent parts of yourself, whether you are male or female. Notice the woman’s actions in the dream to further understand how she relates to your waking life. Other people in dreams almost always represent an aspect of yourself. If you know who the woman is in the dream, then think about the qualities of that person and which of those qualities you may possess or aspire to possess. Even if the woman in question has qualities you don’t like, your dream will be showing you those qualities as part of your own shadow side. If it is a woman you don’t know in your waking life, notice the actions and the feelings in the dream. A woman on her own is not an archetype, but if the woman is a mother, a virgin, a prostitute, or a movie star, for example, then you are connecting to the archetypical qualities of each of those symbols. In that case, you should reflect on where in your own life you may be emulating, or desiring to emulate, a particular archetype.

writing

Writing is usually difficult to read in a dream, so the message is often symbolic. Writing could serve as a warning, as in “the writing is on the wall.” Writing could also suggest your inner self is seeking contact with your conscious self. Ancient writings in a dream indicate you are seeking knowledge from the distant past.

yard

Dreaming of a yard may relate to your childhood — a time when you played in the yard. The dream may symbolize a longing for a carefree time, more personal space, or something to fill the vacancy of the yard.

year

If you dream of a year, it represents a time period for something in your life to complete or manifest. That time period may or may not be an actual year. In your dream, the “year” may just represent a longer period of connected time. A year is a single period of time that embodies the vibration of the number symbol of one. It is one unit, just as one day is a unit and one month is a unit. If you dream of multiple years, the important element is the number, not the duration of time (day, month, year). Pay attention to the number in that case and look up what that number symbol means.

yell/yelling

If you dream you are yelling at someone, it represents unexpressed anger or frustration either at yourself, another person, or a situation in your life that you feel unable to change. If you are being yelled at in your dream, you feel others are judging you. If you hear someone yelling from a distance in your dream, you may unconsciously be asking for help.

yellow

Yellow is the color of the sun, the life-giving force on the planet. It is linked with the third chakra, the place of your sense of self, your self-esteem, and your will. It is also often associated with an active mind, happiness, and the element of fire. If you dream of yellow, your mind may be particularly active right now. Or, you could be trying to empower yourself in your work and other areas of your life. Yellow is also associated with cowardice, the opposite of empowered will in action. If you dream that something treasured in your life is “yellowing,” you may fear some aspect of yourself or your life is fading away.

yes

Saying “yes” to something in a dream or hearing or reading the word yes in a dream means you are ready to move forward in some area of your life. You feel positive about whatever choices you are considering at this time.

yoga

If you dream you are practicing yoga, you desire greater flexibility and physical ease in your life. Because yoga is a mind-body-spirit discipline, you may also be integrating these three facets of your life.

yoke

If you dream of a yoke or see yourself yoked in a dream, you feel compelled to do things for and/or with others. You may feel you can’t rely on your own power alone or accomplish your goals by yourself. To whom do you feel bound? Where are you following the directions of others in your waking life? If you are experiencing a transition in your life, this transition may have been thrust upon you and is not one you like (for example, a divorce you didn’t initiate).

youth

A dream of a youth might signify that younger people are energizing you. Seeing yourself as younger in a dream may point to youthful self-empowerment.

YouTube

Dreaming you are on YouTube means what is going on in your life is for public display. Notice your emotions in the dream. If you are happy about it, this means you desire to have a more public life. If you are worried, you feel parts of your life that you would prefer to remain hidden are being revealed.

zebra

Dreaming of zebras galloping indicates you want to accomplish something quickly. Zebras are herd animals, so you may need to connect with others at this time. Zebras also have distinctive markings of black and white — are you seeing things only in black and white in some area of your life? Perhaps there are shades of gray to the situation.

zero

Zero is the empty space, the void, the unknown. When zero shows up in your dream, the answers you seek may not yet be known. You could also be experiencing emptiness in some area of life. On the positive level, you are ready to receive new gifts from the universe once you have allowed yourself to create open space in your life. Zero also forms a circle and can stand for wholeness and completion.

zip code

If you dream of your zip code, this dream is about your identity and the public persona you show the world. If you dream of a zip code you don’t recognize, you may be moving. If you dream of a zip code from childhood, you may be experiencing situations or emotions at the present time that mirror similar experiences from childhood.

zipper

Zippers bring things together or keep things closed. If you dream you are trying to zip something up, you are trying to keep something in your life from opening up and falling apart. If you dream you or someone else is all “zipped up,” you are reserved and have trouble being spontaneous. If you are told to “zip it,” you may feel you can’t express what you truly want to say.

zodiac

If you dream of the signs of the zodiac, you may be dreaming of particular people in your life whose birthdays fall in those particular signs. Or, the zodiac sign could indicate the time when an event will start or reach completion. If you dream about the entire wheel of the zodiac, you are receiving spiritual information about your energetic vibration in the world and the influences currently at work in your life.

zoo

A dream of a zoo might relate to a feeling of being in a cage. It could also symbolize chaos: “This place is like a zoo.” Alternately, it could recall a time of recreation, relaxation, and pleasure.
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

Postby Alura Noel » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:46 am

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Superstitions and Omens

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An Omen…is a sign that signals a future event; many Omens are historically based upon ancient superstitions and cultural folklore.

Superstition
Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings.
A widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice...


Portend – 1. To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage. 2. To indicate by prediction; forecast.






ACORN
An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.
An acorn at the window will keep lightning out

AMBER
Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.

AMBULANCE
Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
Touch your toes
Touch your nose
Never go in one of those
Until you see a dog.

APPLE
Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.
An apple a day
Keeps the doctor away.
If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

BABY
To predict the sex of a baby: Suspend a wedding band held by a piece of thread over the palm of the pregnant girl. If the ring swings in an oval or circular motion the baby will be a girl. If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a boy.

BASEBALL BAT
Spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky

BED
It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
If you make a bedspread, or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you
Placing a bed facing north and south brings misfortune.
You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.
When making the bed, don't interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it.

BEE
If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.
A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.

BELL
The sound of bells drives away demons because they're afraid of the loud noise.
When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings.

BIRD
A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

BIRTH
Monday's child is fair of face;
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe;
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving;
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
is fair and wise, good and gay.

BIRTHDAY CAKE
If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.

BLARNEY STONE
The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney.)

BLUE
To protect yourself from witches, wear a blue bead.

Touch blue
And your wish
Will come true.

BREAD
Before slicing a new loaf of bread, make the sign of the cross on it.
A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.

BRIDE
Bridal & wedding superstitions

BRIDGE
If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again.

BROOM
Do not lean a broom against a bed. The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on the bed.
If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.
If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you'll never get married.
Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.
To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.

BUTTERFLY
If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.
Three butterflies together mean good luck.

CANDLE
If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby.

CALF
If the first calf born during the winter is white, the winter will be a bad one.

CAT
If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it.
Keep cats away from babies because they "suck the breath" of the child.
A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck.

CHEEKS
If your cheeks suddenly feel on fire, someone is talking about you.

CHILL
If you get a chill up your back or goosebumps, it means that someone is walking over your grave.

CHIMNEY SWEEP
It's very lucky to meet a chimney sweep by chance. Make a wish when sighting one, and the wish will come true.

CIGARETTES
It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.

CIRCLE
Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.

CLOCK
If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

CLOVER
It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover.
Clover protects human beings and animals from the spell of magicians and the wiles of fairies, and brings good luck to those who keep it in the house.

COIN
It's bad luck to pick up a coin if it's tails side up. Good luck comes if it's heads up.

COMB
To drop a comb while you are combing your hair is a sign of a coming disappointment.

COUGH
To cure a cough: take a hair from the coughing person's head, put it between two slices of buttered bread, feed it to a dog, and say, "Eat well you hound, may you be sick and I be sound."

COW
Cows lifting their tails is a sure sign that rain is coming.

CRACK
Don't step on a crack on a sidewalk or walkway.
Step on a crack
Break your mother's back.

CRICKET
A cricket in the house brings good luck.

COUNTING CROWS
One's bad,
Two's luck,
Three's health,
Four's wealth,
Five's sickness,
Six is death.

DANDELION
Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

DEATH
Superstitions about death


DOG
A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.

DOOR
It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.

DREAMS
The meaning of dreams
and dream superstitions

EARS
If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you.
If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.
Left for love and right for spite:
Left or right, good at night.

EASTER
For good luck throughout the year, wear new clothes on Easter.

ELEPHANT
Pictures of an elephant bring luck, but only if they face a door.

EYE
If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.
To cure a sty, stand at a crossroads and recite
Sty, sty, leave my eye
Take the next one coming by.

EYELASH
If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.

FINGERNAILS
It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday.
Fingernail cuttings should be saved, burned, or buried.

FISH
A fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail.
Dream of fish: someone you know is pregnant.

FISHING
Throw back the first fish you catch then you'll be lucky the whole day fishing.
If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day.
It's bad luck to say the word "pig" while fishing at sea.
FLAG
It brings bad luck for a flag to touch the ground.

FLOWER
First Flower of Spring: The day you find the first flower of the season can be used as an omen:
Monday means good fortune,
Tuesday means greatest attempts will be successful,
Wednesday means marriage,
Thursday means warning of small profits,
Friday means wealth,
Saturday means misfortune,
Sunday means excellent luck for weeks.

FOOT
If the bottom of your right foot itches, you are going to take a trip.

FORK
To drop a fork means a man is coming to visit.

FRIDAY
A bed changed on Friday will bring bad dreams.
Any ship that sails on Friday will have bad luck.
You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
Never start to make a garment on Friday unless you can finish it the same day.

FRIDAY THE 13TH -
how did Friday the thirteenth become such an unlucky day?
fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day.
There is a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Balder died and the Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned.
There is a Biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper.
A particularly bad Friday the 13th occurred in the middle ages. On a Friday the 13th in 1306, King Philip of France arrested the revered Knights Templar and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil.
In ancient Rome, witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12. The 13th was believed to be the devil.
Both Friday and the number 13 were once closely associated with capital punishment. In British tradition, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose.
It is traditionally believed that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.
Numerologists consider 12 a "complete" number. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of Jesus. In exceeding 12 by 1, 13's association with bad luck has to do with just being a little beyond completeness.

FRIDAY THE 13TH -
how is fear of the number thirteen demonstrated?
More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor.
Many airports skip the 13th gate.
Airplanes have no 13th aisle.
Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.
Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery.
On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.
Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue
In France, socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.
Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.
If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck . Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.

FROG
A frog brings good luck to the house it enters.
The dried body of a frog worn in a silk bag around the neck averts epilepsy and other fits.

GOOD FRIDAY
(The Friday before Easter) A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday has a gift of healing. If a boy, he should go into the ministry.
Cut your hair on Good Friday to prevent headaches in the year to come
A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.
Shed no blood on Good Friday, work no wood, hammer no nail.
HAIR
Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place.

HAND
If the palm of your right hand itches it means you will soon be getting money.
If the palm of your left hand itches it means you will soon be paying out money.

HORSESHOE
A horseshoe, hung above the doorway, will bring good luck to a home. In most of Europe protective horseshoes are placed in a downward facing position, but in some parts of Ireland and Britain people believe that the shoes must be turned upward or "the luck will run out."
A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.

ITCH
If your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool.
If your nose itches
Your mouth is in danger.
You'll kiss a fool,
And meet a stranger.
Rub an itch to wood
It will come to good.

IVY
Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil.

KNIFE
A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.
A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will ease the pain of labor.
If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken.
It will cause a quarrel if knives are crossed at the table.
It is bad luck to close a pocket knife unless you were the one who opened it.
Knife falls, gentleman calls;
Fork falls, lady calls;
Spoon falls, baby calls.

KNITTING
It's bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recepient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.
Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.
Don't knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he'll walk away from you.
If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.
Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby).

LADDER
It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.

LADYBUG
If a young girl catches a ladybug and then releases it, the direction in which it flies away will be the direction from which her future husband will come.
It is bad luck to kill a ladybug.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire,
Your children all roam.

LEAF
If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.

LETTUCE
Lettuce is believed to have magical and healing properties, including the power to arouse love and counteract the effects of wine.
Lettuce promotes child bearing if eaten by young women, and certain types of salad can bring on labor in pregnant women.

LIE
Cross my heart and hope to die,
Cut my throat if I tell a lie.

LIZARD
To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy.


MANDRAKE
Mandrake is a mysterious plant believed to have powers of preventing sterility in men and animals, causing barren women to bear children, and compelling love.
Mandrake is thought to have aphrodisiac and fertilizing properties.
Clairvoyants use mandrake to increase their visions to enable them to see strange and wonderful things.

MARRIAGE Wediing superstitions

MILK
It's bad luck to let milk boil over.

MIRROR
To break a mirror means 7 years bad luck.
It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight.
A mirror should be covered during a thunderstorm because it attracts lightning.
If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

MISTLETOE
Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning. It also cures many diseases, is an antidote to poison and brings good luck and fertility.
A girl standing under a mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed by anyone who claims the privilege.

MOTH
A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

NOSE
If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it's the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.
NUMBERS
See each individual number alphabetically.

ONION
An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons.
A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions.

OPAL
Unless you were born in October, it's unlucky to wear opals.

OWL
It is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.

PENCIL
If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

PEPPER
If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument with your best friend.

PHOTOGRAPH
If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

RABBIT'S FOOT
A rabbit's foot will bring luck and protect the owner from evil spirits if carried in the pocket.

RAINBOW
A rainbow in the Eastern sky,
The morrow will be fine and dry.
A rainbow in the West that gleams,
Rain tomorrow falls in streams.

RAVEN
To kill a raven is to harm the spirit of King Arthur who visits the world in the form of a raven.

RED
A red ribbon should be placed on a child who has been sick to keep the illness from returning.

ROBIN
A wish made upon seeing the first robin in spring will come true - but only if you complete the wish before the robin flies away.

ROCKING CHAIR
If you leave a rocking chair rocking when empty, it invites evil spirits to come into your house to sit in the rocking chair.

ROSEMARY
Rosemary planted by the doorstep will keep witches away.

SALT
Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder into the face of the devil waiting there.
Put salt on the doorstep of a new house and no evil can enter.
Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.

SCISSORS
If you drop scissors, it means your lover is being unfaithful to you.

SEA GULL
Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.

SEVEN
To break a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. The cure: to bury the pieces, or run them in a stream.
The seventh son of a seventh son has magic powers, according to Irish folklore, but is a vampire in Romanian legend.

SHOES
Do not place shoes upon a table, for this will bring bad luck for the day, cause trouble with your mate and you might even lose your job as a result.
It's bad luck to leave shoes upside down.

SINGING
If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven.

SLEEP
You sleep best with your head to the north and your feet to the south.

SNEEZE
Place a hand in front of your mouth when sneezing. Your soul may escape otherwise.
The devil can enter your body when you sneeze. Having someone say, "God bless you," drives the devil away.
If you sneeze on a Monday, you sneeze for danger;
Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger;
Sneeze on a Wednesday, sneeze for a letter;
Sneeze on a Thursday, something better;
Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow;
Sneeze on a Saturday, see your sweetheart tomorrow.
Sneeze on a Sunday, and the devil will have domination over you all week.
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a letter
Four for a boy.
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told

SPARROW
Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one.

SPIDER
Seeing a spider run down a web in the afternoon means you'll take a trip.
A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the neck in a walnut shell.

STARS
All wishes on shooting stars come true.
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

SWAN
A swan's feather, sewed into the husband's pillow, will ensure fidelity.

THIRTEEN
If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.


TONGUE
If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie.

UMBRELLA
Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.
It's bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house, especially if you put it over your head.

VALENTINE'S DAY
If a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it means she will marry a sailor.
If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy.
If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.

VEIL
A bride's veil protects her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people.

WATERMELON
A watermelon will grow in your stomach if you swallow a watermelon seed.

WEATHER Red
sky at night,
Sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning
Sailors take warning
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
Rain on the green grass
Rain on the hillside,
But not on me.

WEDDING Wedding superstitions

WOOD
Knock three times on wood after mentioning good fortune so evil spirits won't ruin it.

WINDOW
All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

WISH
If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true.
Wish I may,
Wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.
If you tell someone your wish, it won't come true.

WISHBONE
Two people pull apart the dried breastbone of a chicken or turkey until it cracks and breaks, each one making a wish while doing so. The person who gets the long half of the wishbone will have his or her wish come true.

X
The number of Xs in the palm of your right hand is the number of children you will have.

YAWN
A yawn is a sign that danger is near.
Cover your mouth when you yawn, or your soul can go out of your body along with the yawn.




Superstitions about Weddings

Wedding Day Superstitions and Traditions

BRIDAL SHOWER
The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses.
Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night. Someone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower.
The person who gives the third gift to be opened will soon have a baby.
Save the ribbons from the shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal.

WEDDING DAY
Certain days of the week, and certain months of the year are better than others for a wedding.
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday best of all,
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all
Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true,
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

FOR A LUCKY BRIDE
Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
And a lucky sixpence
In her shoe.
Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.

WEDDING DAY
Good Omens: seeing a rainbow
having the sun shine
meeting a black cat
meeting a chimney sweep

WEDDING DAY
Bad Omens: a pig, hare, or lizard running across the road
seeing an open grave
meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness

OTHER BELIEFS
If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.
The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall - hence the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold.
The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.

WEDDING CAKE
If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.




Superstitions about Death

BIRD
A bird in the house is a sign of a death.
If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

CANDLE
Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.

CEMETERY
You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

CLOCK
If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.
You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

CORPSE
If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.
Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

DOG
Dogs howling in the dark of night,
Howl for death before daylight.

DREAMS
If you dream of death it's a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it's a sign of death.
If you touch a loved one who has died, you won't have dreams about them

DYING
A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.
A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time.
All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.
The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.

EYE
If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.

FUNERAL
Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.
It's bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.
It's bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.
Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person's soul has reached heaven.
Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes.
Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month
Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

GRAVE
If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

MIRROR
If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

MOTH
A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

PHOTOGRAPH
If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

THIRTEEN
If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

UMBRELLA
Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.






Portend – 1. To serve as an omen or a warning of; presage. 2. To indicate by prediction; forecast.

~If an apple bursts in the oven while baking, good news is on the way for the cook.
~Eggs that crack while boiling are a sign that visitors are expected.
~When rice forms a ring around the pot while cooking, the cook will become rich.
~Knocking over the sugar bowl is another sign of money (as sugar used to be expensive) Spilling pepper signifies a coming fight, while spilling salt is a well known sign of trouble. Throw a pinch of salt or pepper over the left shoulder to avoid the hex.
~Accidentally mixing up the salt and sugar in a recipe is a sweet sign, it predicts good news.
~Forgetting to add spice to a recipe while cooking signifies trouble ahead, and you must remedy this by adding the spices as soon as possible before you eat.
~Bubbles in your morning coffee predict money. If they are near the side of the cup you drink from the money will come soon, if on the far side, money will come slowly.
~If you must add a lot of water to boiling food, rain is on the way. If the coffee pot boils over more than often it’s also as sign for rain.
~Crossing knives while setting the dinner table fortells a long journey.
~A piece of bread falling from someone’s hand means a beggar will soon be knocking at your door (a friend that’s low on cash).
~Spilling water on the tablecloth signifies rain is on the way.
~If you drop a glass and it doesn’t break, this is proof you have friends that would go through fire for you.
~Silverware dropped at the table indicates the impending arrival of a visitor – fork represents a man, a spoon a woman.
~If you knock your chair over while getting up from the table, it’s a sign you lied while sitting there.
~A bird flying into your house for no apparent reason, is a sign of good luck and fortune for the owner- not so much for the bird! It may also be a sign of news from a distance.
~Snakes are good luck. One crawling up your doorsteps portends that someone from another country will enter your home. A snake in the garden brings good fortune.
~Wild animal tracks in the snow, completely encircling your house are another sign of good luck.
~Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing one brings bad luck.
~A spider or bee entering your home through an open window indicates news is on the way.
~Doors opening themselves signal the arrival of company.
~Cracks in the ceiling indicate bad weather is on the way.
~A falling picture predicts a journey for someone in the family.
~If a broom drops across a doorway, you will soon head off on a journey. (make sure to pick it up quickly and don’t step over it) If it falls anywhere else, unwelcome company is coming.
~Never take your broom with you when you move, always buy a new one or any bad luck you had will follow you.
~When your cupboard doors are left open, people are gossiping about you.
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Re: A Pinch of This & A Dash of That BOS

Postby Alura Noel » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:21 am

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Sun Signs Descriptions


Aries
Personality traits: Direct, energetic, independent, assertive, athletic, self-assured, restless, brave, enterprising, creative, competitive, fearless.
Can also be: Impatient, aggressive, temperamental, arrogant, extreme.
In a partnership: Bold, passionate, impulsive, sexual, exuberant, jealous, temperamental.
Likes: Being active, being adventuresome, new ideas, being first, excitement, competition, being appreciated, being noticed, winning, achieving.
Dislikes: Boredom, routines, criticism, feeling repressed, feeling ignored, losing, restrictions.

Taurus
Personality traits: Stable, patient, watchful, reliable, affectionate, persistent, down-to-earth, focused, dedicated, money conscious.
Can also be: Stubborn, self-indulgent, materialistic, possessive, rigid.
In a partnership: Loyal, sensual, protective, caring, stable, generous, possessive, jealous, controlling.
Likes: Feeling secure, material comforts, traditions, nature and beauty, operating at own pace, feeling appreciated, gifts.
Dislikes: Feeling rushed or pushed, aggression, changes in plans, forgetfulness, feeling insecure, being told what to do.

Gemini
Personality traits: Friendly, talkative, active, intelligent, adaptable, versatile, curious and inquisitive, creative, charming.
Can also be: Restless, easily bored, changeable, nervous, highly strung, superficial.
In a partnership: Friendly, delightful, enthusiastic, adventuresome, engaging, child-like, fickle, changeable, immature, prone to mood swings.
Likes: Talking, thinking, exploring ideas, technology, making friends, learning, exploring, personal freedom.
Dislikes: Demands, routines, apathy, being restricted or confined, slowness.

Cancer
Personality traits: Sensitive, emotional, self-protective, caring, humorous, reactive, responsive, sentimental, home-loving, traditional.
Can also be: Possessive, moody, clinging, demanding, melodramatic.
In a partnership: Nurturing, loving, sensual, generous, sympathetic, protective, demanding, possessive, controlling, overly emotional.
Likes: Comfort, security, feeling needed, family and friends, home, emotional honesty, stability, commitment.
Dislikes: Unpredictable change, insincerity, being ignored, dishonesty, impulsiveness.

Leo
Personality traits: Ambitious, proud, risk-taking, affectionate, passionate, gregarious, strong minded, powerful, dramatic.
Can also be: Egotistical, opinionated, bossy, demanding, possessive, impulsive, melodramatic.
In a relationship: Passionate, playful, sensual, adoring, generous, loving, demonstrative, jealous, possessive, demanding.
Likes: Being noticed, being appreciated, leading, passion, drama, receiving gifts, family and friends.
Dislikes: Feeling unnoticed, excessive demands, criticism, nagging, deceit, apathy, boredom.

Virgo
Personality traits: Efficient, practical, hard-working, diligent, focused, compassionate, health conscious, intelligent, thorough, shy.
Can also be: Hypercritical, demanding, nervous, fussy, hard to please, self-conscious, reclusive.
In a relationship: Devoted, nurturing, loving, sacrificial, uninhibited, considerate, protective.
Likes: Routines, order, feeling needed, logic/common sense, feeling secure, loyalty, honesty.
Dislikes: Hypocrisy, disruptions, dishonesty, feeling unappreciated, crassness, tardiness, laziness.

Libra
Personality traits: Sociable, friendly, fair, open-minded, creative, peaceful, charming, balanced, idealistic, refined.
Can also be: Indecisive, self-centered, detached, lazy, easily-deterred.
In a partnership: Affectionate, compelling, loving, romantic, generous, easy-going, charming, deceptive, aloof, unwilling to make decisions.
Likes: Good friends, harmonious surroundings, attention, intelligence, being creative/expressive, beautiful things, security.
Dislikes: Criticism, coarseness, disruptive environments, arguments, being pushed into decisions.

Scorpio
Personality traits: Intense, penetrating, quiet, private, passionate, sexual, secretive, perceptive, deep, complex, determined.
Can also be: Jealous, suspicious, controlling, aggressive, obsessive.
In a partnership: Sensual, dedicated, supportive, unshockable, loyal, passionate, possessive, jealous, demanding.
Likes: Honesty, commitment, being in control, a mystery to uncover, passion, privacy, strength.
Dislikes: Dishonesty, surprises, being analyzed, insincerity, apathy, insecurity, being controlled.

Sagittarius
Personality traits: Gregarious, intelligent, extroverted, philosophical, witty, fun-loving, competitive, fair minded, optimistic.
Can also be: Tactless, unreliable, sarcastic, careless, exaggerative, self-indulgent.
In a partnership: Spontaneous, joyful, playful, generous, captivating, sensual, unreliable, self-centered, impulsive, critical.
Likes: Adventures, freedom, intellectual peers, risk taking, socializing, competition, socializing.
Dislikes: Possessiveness, jealousy, routines, apathy/laziness, demands, feeling controlled.

Capricorn
Personality traits: Responsible, patient, self-disciplined, focused, practical, reserved, conventional, self-competent.
Can also be: Controlling, cold, rigid, suspicious, demanding, insensitive.
In a partnership: Loyal, reliable, patient, secure, sensual, stable, playful, controlling, demanding, possessive, cold.
Likes: Loyalty, honesty, financial security, maturity, reliability, ambitious goals, hard-work.
Dislikes: Impulsiveness, demands, game playing, unreliability, insecurity, lying.

Aquarius
Personality traits: Unconventional, impulsive, friendly, gregarious, inventive, future-minded, inquisitive, objective, spontaneous.
Can also be: Unpredictable, unreliable, aloof, self-centered, judgmental, dogmatic.
In a partnership: Friendly, loyal once committed, supportive, open minded, playful, tolerant, fickle, cold, selfish.
Likes: Friends, personal freedom, surprises, ideas, the future, diversity, intellectual stimulation.
Dislikes: Possessiveness, jealousy, ego displays, narrow mindedness, arguments, control.

Pisces
Personality traits: Imaginative, sensitive, idealistic, friendly, spiritual, inspirational, accepting, open-minded, sensual.
Can also be: Unreliable, distracted, neglectful, unrealistic, gullible.
In a partnership: Loving, caring, sensual, dreamy, understanding, devoted, tolerant, giving.
Likes: Romance, mystical ideals, feeling appreciated/loved, sharing thoughts, ideas, friends, self-exploration.
Dislikes: Feeling insecure, being ignored, vulnerability, being uncertain, being alone.




Funny/Shadow Descriptions



Aries

Aries have ramlike eyebrows and smug expressions. They should not be quite so smug because they are constantly clunking themselves in the skull. Cat Stevens' "Hard Headed Woman" was probably an Aries. Aries rarely say one thing and do another. They usually do the wrong thing and don't discuss it. Never point this out to an Aries unless you want your kidneys pulled out through your sinuses. Aries folks love Pisceans because Pisces people make them feel well-grounded. Aries love to laugh at the funny moon-people who suck their thumbs at age 35. Aries use guns to describe philosophical concepts. Whether you live in a palatial estate or a cardboard tepee, you will insist until death that it is exactly what you always wanted. Most Aries were concrete parking bumpers in at least two of their past lives. Aries are never born. They skip gaily from their mothers' wombs. This may even involve rollerblades. The Aries makes life decisions as a toddler. Aries marry several times for funnies but never divorce. Their spouses have many freak accidents resulting in death or crippling injury. Being infallible, God is probably an Aries. This would make Satan an Aquarius. Aries always hold management positions. If one is assigned to clean toilets, he will form a one-man union. Then he will go and picket in the parking lot. All of you think you're Lech Walesa. People run away when an Aries comes around. They know that if they do not, the Aries will set them on fire. Aries hate listening to Scorpios talk because they take pride in being even more self-centered. In fact, much to the Scorpios' dismay, you are the biggest pricks in the zodiac. Your rams' horns are in everyone else's asses.


Taurus

You are brooding emotion incarnate. One minute you're up, the next you're down, the next you've shot your favorite newscaster in the kneecaps, "just 'cuz.". You're very earthy, which may mean that you don't shower as often as most people. Or it may just mean that you like to roll around with your nose in clover and sigh. Taureans love happy movies where everyone is jolly and having fun, but they fight with waiters and get upset with billboards. They like to psychoanalyze their friends but have no real experience with life in general. Taureans mumble while describing philosophical concepts. The Taurus is a strange bird because he or she holds grudges about things that never actually happened. This may stem from the feelings of inadequacy resulting from being beaten out for first in line in the zodiac by Aries. That is the Taurean self-image, always second best. However, they are undoubtedly the best at feeling like second best. All Taureans want to be God. Unfortunately, God is an Aries. You are generally tough to figure out because you answer every question with a question. Also, you won't come out from under the bed. Most Taureans love conflict. If nothing is wrong, then that in itself is something wrong. Some especially like bar fights. If they can't get into an actual bar fight, they will make up interesting stories about them which they can tell their friends right before they psychoanalyze them. If it weren't for Bazooka Joe and The Family Circus, Taureans wouldn't know what to do. You feel that you are going nowhere in life. You are probably right. Milwaukee is full of Taureans. Taureans are impatient and pushy. They are in a tremendous hurry to get to the nowhere that they intend to go to. They make little dioramas of their homes, complete with tiny effigies of the people they know, and act out scenarios of the way things would be if they were God.


Gemini

Everyone loves a Gemini because everyone loves a schizophrenic. You like to think that you are a half-and half mixture of Socrates and Michelangelo, but in reality it's more like Prince and Bea Arthur. You are progressive, outgoing, and one of the most popular rides at Cedar Point. However, you can and will negate all of this by the time you're finished reading this sentence. Geminis drive funny cars. They often drive them into trees or buildings. Geminis are pushy and overbearing. They pick fights with small children and moon people at weddings. They like to use Libras as punching bags. A bisexual Gemini is a walking double date. The rest are hermaphrodites. Geminis vandalize their own houses. Geminis use far-fetched analogies to describe philosophical concepts. Geminis rarely compete in the Olympics. When they do, it is usually pool or air hockey. Frogger turns up as well. Geminis are always on some sort of medication. This medication is not always legal. Gemini is Latin for "I'm okay, I'm okay." Geminis speak very loudly in order to be heard. This is unfortunate as they are nearly always talking to themselves. In fact, they often pick animated arguments with themselves in the bathtub. The most famous Gemini in history is Orville and Wilbur Wright. Geminis are frequently abidextrous, which means that they can pick both sides of their noses at the same time. The Gemini is essentially nothing more than a paranoid Aquarius.


Cancer

You like to know what's going on in the lives of everyone in the galaxy. However, you tend not know know what's going on in your own. If you are lucky, your friends will tell you. Cancerians only get dressed because they have to, and their fashion sense can only be described as "erratic." You are more likely than any other sign in the zodiac (except Pisces, who does not iron) to iron your clothes by sleeping with them sandwiched between the mattress and box-spring. Likewise, you can stretch one pair of underwear out for almost a month. Your home is like your very own Biodome, and you can remain indoors for months at a time. Despite your need to be everyone's savior, you need no social interaction. SWAT teams often show up, mistakenly thinking there's a hostage situation. A Cancer is like a walking Ladies' Home Journal, quick on the draw with shortcake recipes and helpful hints on how to talk to your teen. Whether they know it or not, they are all born with an exceptional talent for cross-stitch. So much for buying the world a Coke - they would breast-feed the world if they could. This trait is not gender-specific. You will never excel in sports because you have to rest for fifteen minutes every time you breathe. You do not mind, since you plan to conduct your career from the comfort of your own bed. You maintain your questionable health through a steady diet of Ho-Ho's and beer. You also imbibe a great deal of Pepto-Bismol in order to confuse your numerous ulcers. People walk on you often. Actually, not often - all the time. If you think someone is screwing you, you're probably right. The most entertaining thing about this is that you like it. You strive to be a doormat. Cancerians coin their own words to describe philosophical concepts. This is why it is no surprise that George W. Bush is a Cancer. Cancerians have minimal influence over their friends, even though they show up with homemade soup to remedy every minor or major tragedy. However, they wield their power through the fact that they know what everyone is thinking at any given time. This is why they are never invited to parties. Cancerians claim to be "tactful". The word for this is actually "shiftless". Cancerians are always appointed to take their drunken, drooling friends home. These friends are usually Pisceans


Leo

You will grab attention in any way you possibly can. Self-immolation is not out of the question. You like to kiss mirrors a lot. Genghis Khan was a Leo, and so is Barney the Dinosaur. People still love Lucy, but less because she was a Leo. Leos will interrupt conversation to talk, and they will place themselves bodily in the way of someone who is trying to leave before the Leo is finished saying what he or she needs to say. All Leos want parades on their birthdays. Leos never marry because no one is good enough for them. If they do marry, they keep their spouses locked under the bathroom sink. They need physical affection at all times; unfortunately, they can't find any because everyone thinks they are irritating punks. This is why so many of the people arrested for necrophilia are Leos. A Leo uses himself as an example of the Overman in order to describe philosophical concepts. Some Leos decide to be homosexual even if they aren't, because they think this gives them shock value. It actually means that neither gender will want to hook up with them. In actuality, anything besides a romantic evening with themselves is considered a step down for the Leo. Leos open doors by screaming at them. They expect their Clappers to applaud when they enter a room. Leos are said to resemble lions. This means that they are loud, have cleft upper lips and slimy noses, and s**t under trees as they walk. They snack on monkeys while watching "Entertainment Tonight". Humility frightens Leos. That is why Jesus was a Capricorn, Buddha was an Aries, and so forth. However, "radical cult leader" is not out of the question. Leos like to start fights with Aries. They will stomp and bloody each other regardless of whether or not they are in public. In fact, the Leos usually prefer it. You will see these fights taking place at bars, sporting events, fashion shows, or Taco Bell. If you are a clever Capricorn, you will sell tickets. Don't worry about hanging posters--Leo will take care of that in advance. Aquarians hang posters of rock stars on their walls. Scorpios hang posters of famous disasters on their walls. Capricorns hang posters of great mathematicians on their walls. Pisceans hang posters of unicorns on their walls. Leos hang posters of themselves on their walls.


Virgo

You are a pain in the ass. You regulate your breathing and color-coordinate the clothes in your closet. No Virgo in history has ever belched. Virgos clean every square inch of everything they own twice daily with a toothbrush. Everything has its place, and yours is on the floor scrubbing with a magnifying glass, checking for germs. Obsessive-compulsive disorder? A nice euphemism for the word "Virgo". Virgos use pointers and elaborate charts to describe philosophical concepts. You commit a lot of drive-by shootings. When you are questioned, you tell the police that it was because "the bastard had a filthy car". The police usually let you go because they are Virgos too. It is easy to freak out a Virgo. Tell them they have something between their teeth. Then watch them scrub frantically at the imaginary thing. Virgos are a hell of a lot of fun for assholes like us. Hell for a Virgo is being locked up in an elevator for eternity with a naked Aquarius. That is because in hell, Aquarians are allowed to bring beer, which they leave all over the floor. Virgos, however, have to surrender their brooms and squeegees to God. Virgos also have a hard time coping when they find out there's something under the fridge. But it's usually just a depressed Taurus. Virgos have read enough Hints from Heloise to know that the depressed Taurus can be coaxed out from under the fridge with a banana wine cooler. Virgos don't see the world in shades of black and white. They see it in shades of clean and dirty. Cat hair makes Virgos foam at the mouth. Virgos are cool because they will do your laundry for you. They'll separate everything by color and fabric until it consists of fourteen loads of three things apiece. Then they will put them in the washer in alphabetical order by name of manufacturer. Virgos are often found opening and shutting the refrigerator door, attempting to trick the light inside. Don't put cheese where it doesn't belong in a Virgo's refrigerator. He or she will go Jack Torrence on your ass. You will be stabbed with a cuticle pusher. Jack Torrence was probably a Virgo in the first half of "The Shining". After that, he went all Leo.


Libra

You are oh-so-elegant and tasteful to the point of incurring nausea from loved ones. You are also bipolar as hell and can't make a decision on your own. You usually consult your therapist or TV Guide. Libras are trendy and malleable folks. They are funny because they will glom onto something they hated before if it suddenly becomes fashionable. Velour is not entirely lost upon these people. Libras eat a lot of ethnic food from cultures they don't understand. They single-handedly started the cappucino movement. Ask them why, and they will claim something unintelligible about solidarity. You constantly worry about what other people think. If you really paid any attention, maybe people would like you more. Libras use quotes from David Mamet plays to describe philosophical concepts. Then they have those concepts engraved upon nice little wallet cards. The Libran interest in current events ends with the J. Crew catalog. They don't eat fast food or have any clue where their trash goes. They have other people tie their expensive shoes. Only two Libras have ever been found in thrift stores. All of their bell-bottoms were color-coordinated to match their lamé turtlenecks. Libras are always on the cutting edge of what the rest of us think is absolute pretentious bulls**t. They have huge collections of CDs they've never even listened to. Libras give to designer charities. Hollywood is full of Libras. You are the reason butterfly hairpins and parachute pants have made a comeback. Next on the list is those big jam shorts. You probably never threw out your old pair. Hang on to your Winger t-shirt too. Get a Libra as drunk as possible and he or she will still be able to explain the difference between café latté and café au lait. This is peculiar as the rest of us know that there is no difference at all.


Scorpio

You got into computers early so you could use made-up, bulls**t terminology and get away with it. Most hackers are Scorpios, as are most people who think they're going to find fame on a chat board. You embarrass Libras because you like your coffee straight out of the bag, eaten with a spoon. You may have actually snorted Chock Full o' Nuts at one time in your life. You take your paranoid beatnik approach to life very seriously. Many Scorpios have found ways to successfully smoke in the shower. Your number-one grudge is about never having been abducted by aliens, or being the victim of a government conspiracy. Most of those fake virus warnings or cash offers from Bill Gates are your attempt to stir something up. Ironically, Bill Gates is a Scorpio. The fully-automated barracks he lives in should clear up any doubt. Your master plan for world domination will never work because it involves you at the helm. It is hard for you to accept that Star Trek is fiction, and you are not a Borg leader. Scorpios use expletives to describe philosophical concepts. It's no wonder that Halloween falls smack in the middle of the Scorpio range. This is the only time of year when fake hauntings, sugar-induced hysteria, and impersonating Dr. Who won't get you arrested. Scorpios have strong sex drives, because it gives them yet another opportunity to smoke. Scorpios have much advice to give on matters that are of no concern to them. If you want to find out if someone is a Scorpio, ask them a pertinent question. Five minutes of silence later, the answer will be "I'm sorry, what?" Scorpios are often hairy and feel that this makes them more virile. This is especially true of Scorpio women. Scorpios cheat at the lottery. If it's automated, they can hack it.


Sagittarius

Sagittarians are born adventurers. They like smashing spiders with their bare hands and trying to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night with the lights out. They would sooner sustain crippling injury than do anything the easy way. Sagittarians love to entertain their friends, family, and total strangers. This often includes transvesticism. Nearly every Sagittarian was born into the wrong gender. Sagittarians are loud and have no social graces. They seek to offend. Sagittarians usually have nicknames like Thunderpooper or Vomitus Maximus. Animals and small children love Sagittarians. This is unfortunate since adults usually hate them. However, Sagittarians make excellent circus freaks and vagrants. Sagittarians use interpretive dance to describe philosophical concepts. Buttons and bumper stickers with rude sayings on them are a trademark of the Sagittarian. They throw food at expensive restaurants and ask lots of questions in the middle of church. Don't ever bring a Sagittarius home to meet your parents. He or she will tie up your mother and pants your dad. Famous Sagittarians include the Geo Metro. The holiday during which the sun is in Sagittarius is Thanksgiving. This is highly appropriate since everyone eats until they're sick and passes out while a bunch of cross-dressers and huge inflatable things wander through the streets of New York, the most Sagittarian town in the universe. The Shriners driving around in the tiny little cars are a very Sagittarian image. Even more so if there's a ridiculously busty woman stuffed into the car as well. A Sagittarius is always a better Madonna than Madonna. Men can pull off sequins, and women can pull off construction helmets. The Sagittarius is incapable of being unhip.


Capricorn

Capricorns are hardworking, reliable, and dull as hell. They are always on the move, headed to their next delusion of grandeur. They are often good at math which explains why they are such pains in the ass. René Descartes was a great mathematician and a crappy philosopher, so he must have been a Capricorn. Stephen Hawking is even more Capricorn because he's all of the above and a pompous S.O.B. to boot. Sure, he's overcome a lot of obstacles etc. etc., but even in perfect health you can't overcome being a Capricorn. Most politicians are Capricorns, which is why our country is always in the hole. It is not surprising that politicians need so much security around them all the time. Capricorns are like a strange cross between a Leo and a Virgo. They think that this makes them both charismatic and logical. In reality, it means that they are tight-assed and nitpicky, and have to keep their egos in the backyard. In the event of nuclear war, only cockroaches and Capricorns would find a way to survive. The rest of us just don't want to live in a world like that. The nation's cockeyed system of toll roads was probably designed by a freakin' Capricorn. They learn how to screw the public over at an early age. Their parents buy them books of law for Christmas so they can underline the loopholes. Capricorns cannot even fathom, much less describe, philosophical concepts because they don't involve equations. (See comments about Descartes and Hawking above) Capricorns own lots of Filofaxes and other tools to organize the lives they do not have. They love to be seen talking on their cell phones. These phones are not actually turned on because Capricorns don't have any friends to call. Capricorns went out of style in 1989. They still believe that Trump was a visionary. Most of the people arrested for counterfeiting are Capricorns


Aquarius

The Aquarius loves a party. Anytime, anywhere is their motto. It is not unlikely that an Aquarius will consider a wake a good place to meet chicks. Aquarians tend to be nostalgic about the 1960s because that was the last time they could be naked in public and get away with it. Aquarians love to be naked. It is even better if they are naked and crocked. 97.4% of the Night Train consumed in the past thirty years has been consumed by Aquarians. Almost every Aquarian will claim to have seen Jerry Garcia's image in their Froot Loops at least once. Froot Loops is a very Aquarian cereal. So is Rice Krispies, since it will engage in a friendly chat with the Aquarian as he or she is eating breakfast. Count Chocula is off-limits, however. It belongs to the Scorpios. Aquarians are the only people in the zodiac who can play volleyball with themselves. And they frequently do. Aquarians use the phrase "Dude, man..." frequently when describing philosophical concepts. Aquarians have out-of-body experiences on a daily basis. If you are talking to an Aquarian and he or she zones out, consider the conversation hopeless. He or she is talking to the guy three feet away from you. Aquarians are fun because they channel people. Plus, if you tell them to, they will run around naked. Aquarians like astronomy because they've been to all those places. If you want to know what the food is like on Saturn, ask an Aquarius. They can also walk on water if they try really really hard. This usually happens in the bathtub. Aquarians can allow themselves every possible vice on the planet, and don't think twice about it. That is why they piss everyone else off. They are cosmically entitled to do this. Most rock stars are Aquarians.


Pisces

Everywhere you go, laughter and comedy ensue. This would be great if you were trying to be funny. You are deeply confused by the idea of sex. As far as you are concerned, if it didn't happen in "The Velveteen Rabbit", it doesn't exist. Piscean women wear long floaty dresses and enormous amounts of unusual silver jewelry. On hikes. Pisceans claim to love the stars, but the only constellation they can find is the Big Dipper. If they cannot find it, they cry. You remember what you were wearing on March 3rd, 1981 but forget your own address. You have no sense of direction. The people you find going in reverse at 70 m.p.h. on the expressway are usually Pisceans. Pisceans are most likely to die by falling out of a window or getting run over by a truck. That is, of course, unless they live with a Cancer. Pisceans are so zoned and perpetually endangered that they can bring out the maternal instincts of a Leo. Don't be fooled, however; many Pisceans can surprise you by kicking your ass and the asses of your four imaginary friends. While Leos tend to achieve the most fame in the field of entertainment, Pisceans strive to achieve historical greatness by sheer fluke. They are proud to tell you that Michelangelo, Galileo, George Washington, and Albert Einstein, none of whom had an agent, were all Pisceans. What they won't tell you is that so is Ted Kennedy. Pisceans claim to want "honest criticism" of their work. Then they commit hara-kiri on the floor when you say you don't like it. Never try to use logic with a Pisces; he or she is living about three feet off of the natural ground or in Narnia. Their tools of debate are non-sequiturs, quotes from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and, of course, crying. It wouldn't matter what linguistic devices Pisceans use to describe philosophical concepts because they aren't positive they know what they're talking about anyway. You cry over dead animals in the road but feel no remorse about mowing down humans you don't like. Cancerians say one thing and do another. Scorpios say one thing and do it just for spite. Pisceans say far too much and do whatever the hell they want.





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Rat

Sign: Rat
Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Description: People born under the sign of Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They are hardworking and consequently often financially wealthy. And are likely to be perfectionists. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. The Mouse is very social and has many friends who he supports in generous ways. The family is important; a Mouse is loyal to his family and will fight for it if needed.
Keywords: Charming, clever, courageous, enterprising, imaginative, generous, ambitious, successful, hard workers, critical, short tempered
Compatible: Dragon, Monkey and Ox


Ox

Sign: Ox
Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Description: People born under the sign of Ox are patient, taciturn, and inspire confidence in others. They tend to be eccentric, and bigoted, and they anger easily. They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they are quite eloquent. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Generally easy-going, they are remarkably stubborn, and they hate to fail or be opposed.
Keywords: Calm, relaxed, patient, self-assured, sincere, brave, intelligent, sociable, alert, can anger easily, bigoted, resolute
Compatible: Snake, Rooster and Rat


Tiger

Sign: Tiger
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Description: People born under the sign of Tiger are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. sometimes Tiger people cannot make up their minds, which can result in a poor, hasty decision or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful.
Keywords: Sensitive, short tempered, courageous, hesitant, playful, tireless, cannot make up their mind, makes poor decisions
Compatible: Horse, Dragon and Dog


Rabbit (Hare)

Sign: Rabbit
Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Description: People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise.
Keywords: Pleasant, articulate, talented, discerning, psychic, conservative, successful, ambitious, sensitive
Compatible: Sheep, Pig and Dog


Dragon

Sign: Dragon
Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Description: People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them.
Keywords: Honorable, brave, healthy, intelligent, enthusiastic, independent, flamboyant, energetic, excitable, eccentric, short tempered
Compatible: Rat, Snake, Monkey and Rooster


Snake

Sign: Snake
Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Description: People born in the Year of the Snake are deep. They say little and possess great wisdom. They never have to worry about money; they are financially fortunate. Snake people are often quite vain, selfish, and a bit stingy. Yet they have tremendous sympathy for others and try to help those less fortunate. Snake people tend to overdo, since they have doubts about other people's judgment and prefer to rely on themselves. They are determined in whatever they do and hate to fail. Although calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate. Snake people are usually good-looking and sometimes have martial problems because they are fickle.
Keywords: Quiet, wise, deep thinking, intuitive, vain, stingy, seem calm, intense, passionate, intuitive, regulated, shrewd
Compatible: Ox and Rooster


Horse

Sign: Horse
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Description: People born in the Year of the Horse are popular. They are cheerful, skillful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much. The are wise, talented, good with their hands, and sometimes have a weakness for members of the opposite sex. They are impatient and hot-blooded about everything except their daily work. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are very independent and rarely listen to advice.
Keywords: Hard working, independent, popular, sociable, intelligent, perceptive, talented, spiritual, vital, selfish, impatient
Compatible: Tiger, Dog and Sheep


Sheep (Ram, Goat)

Sign: Sheep (Ram, Goat)
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Description: People born in the Year of Sheep are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They seem to be, at first glance, better off than those born in the zodiac's other years. But sheep year people are often shy, pessimistic, and puzzled about life. They are usually deeply religious, yet timid by nature. Sometimes clumsy in speech, they are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in. Sheep people never have to worry about having the best in life for their abilities make money for them, and they are able to enjoy the creature comforts that they like. Sheep people are wise, gentle, and compassionate.
Keywords: Elegant, artistic, gentle, compassionate, honest, creative, genuine, dependent on material comforts, pessimistic
Compatible: Rabbit, Pig and Horse


Monkey

Sign: Monkey
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Description: People born in the Year of the Monkey are the erratic geniuses of the cycle. Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease. There are few fields in which Monkey people wouldn't be successful but they have a disconcerting habit of being too agreeable. They want to do things now, and if they cannot get started immediately, they become discouraged and sometimes leave their projects. Although good at making decisions, they tend to look down on others. Having common sense, Monkey people have a deep desire for knowledge and have excellent memories. Monkey people are strong willed but their anger cools quickly.
Keywords: Intelligent, desire for knowledge, skillful, inventive, curious, daring, easily discouraged, strong willed, vain
Compatible: Dragon and Rat


Rooster

Sign: Rooster
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Description: People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers, capable, and talented. They like to be busy and are devoted beyond their capabilities and are deeply disappointed if they fail. People born in the Rooster Year are often a bit eccentric, and often have rather difficult relationship with others. They always think they are right and usually are! They frequently are loners and though they give the outward impression of being adventurous, they are timid. Rooster people's emotions like their fortunes, swing very high to very low. They can be selfish and too outspoken, but are always interesting and can be extremely brave.
Keywords: Outspoken, energetic, clever, always busy, opinonated, deep thinkers, protective, talkative, eccentric
Compatible: Ox, Snake and Dragon


Dog

Sign: Dog
Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Description: People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders.
Keywords: Loyal, honest, trustworthy, faithful, ethical, sharp tongue, fault finder, selfish, stubborn
Compatible: Horse, Tiger and Rabbit


Pig

Sign: Pig
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Description: People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For Boar Year people, there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous fortitude and great honesty. They don't make many friends but they make them for life, and anyone having a Boar Year friend is fortunate for they are extremely loyal. They don't talk much but have a great thirst for knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Boar people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarreling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Boar people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively.
Keywords: Loyal, chivalrous, gallant, reliable, intellectual, sincere, tolerant, honest, generous, indulgent, lucky, light-hearted, naive, easily provoked
Compatible: Rabbit and Sheep





Native American



Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren't the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others - because although unconventional, the Otter's methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.


Wolf: Feb 19 - Mar 20
Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence - this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle and compassionate - we get the picture of the "lone wolf" with this sign. In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive.


Falcon: Mar 21 - Apr 19
A natural born leader, the Falcon can always be looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Furthermore, the characteristics for this Native American animal symbol never wastes time, rather he/she strikes while the iron is hot, and takes action in what must be done. Ever persistent, and always taking the initiative, the Falcon is a gem of a personality to have for projects or team sports. The Falcon can be a little on the conceited side - but he/she is usually right in his/her opinions - so a little arrogance is understood. In a supportive environmental the Falcon "soars" in his/her ability to maintain passion and fire in relationships, and always remaining compassionate. Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain, rude, intolerant, impatient, and over-sensitive.


Beaver: Apr 20 - May 20
Take charge, adapt, overcome - this is the Beaver motto. Mostly business, the Beaver is gets the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb. Strategic, and cunning the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters of business and combat. One might also think twice about engaging the Beaver in a match of wits - as his/her mental acuity is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her - however tendencies toward "my way or the highway" get them in trouble. Yes, they are usually right, but the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may need to work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be compassionate, generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own devices the Beaver can be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding.


Deer: May 21 - Jun 20
This Native American animal symbol is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer is inspiring lively and quick-witted. With a tailor-made humor, the Deer has a tendency to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent ability for vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined with his/her natural intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties. Always aware of his/her surroundings, and even more aware of his/her appearance, the Deer can be a bit self-involved. However, the Deer's narcissism is overlooked because of his/her congeniality and affability. In a supportive environment the Deer's natural liveliness and sparkly personality radiate even more. He/she is an inspiring force in any nurturing relationship. Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish, moody, impatient, lazy, and two-faced.


Woodpecker: Jun 21 - Jul 21
Woodpeckers are usually the most nuturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful.


Salmon: Jul 22 - Aug 21
Electric, focused, intuitive, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon's confidence and enthusiasm is easily infectious. Soon, everybody is onboard with the Salmon - even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it's no wonder why the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.


Bear: Aug 22 - Sep 21
Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive.


Raven: Sep 22 - Oct 22
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn't have to work at being charming - it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.


Snake: Oct 23 - Nov 22
Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark - he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings.


Owl: Nov 23 - Dec 21
Changeable and mutable as the wind, the Owl is a tough one to pin down. Warm, natural, with an easy-going nature, the Owl is friend to the world. The bearer of this Native American animal symbol is notorious for engaging in life at full speed, and whole-hearted loves adventure. This can be to his/her detriment as the Owl can be reckless, careless, and thoughtless. Owls make great artists, teachers, and conservationists. However, due to his/her adaptability and versatility - the Owl would likely excel in any occupation. In a supportive, nurturing environment the Owl is sensitive, enthusiastic, and an attentive listener. Left to his/her own devices, the Owl can be excessive, overindulgent, bitter, and belligerent.


Goose: Dec 22 - Jan 19
If you want something done - give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged, and ambitious to a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The goose is determined to succeed at all cost - not for the approval of other - but those with this Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own internal foe. Driven is the watchword for the Goose's dominating personality trait - which makes them excellent in business and competitive sports. When tempered with supportive, nurturing family and friends, the Goose excels in all things he/she attempts. In a loving environment the Goose can be very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her demise.





Celtic

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Birch 24Dec- 20Jan

According to Celtic astrology you were born under the Birch moon, the Celtic calendar begins with the month of the birch moon. The birch is the first tree to leaf after the winter months are behind us. It is the time of rebirth, inception, contemplation and new beginnings, a time for planning what spiritual seeds you would like to sew later on in the New Year. As a birch person you have a clear cut personality with a strong mind and sense of loyalty. You make those around you feel youthful, brand new, and re-energized. Your vocation in life is to aid others in removing the clutter they have accumulated through there past life cycles, enabling them to establish solid foundations so that they may move freely in this one and the next.

Animal: Stag
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with December 24 - January 20 is the Stag whose Gaelic name is Damh (pronounced as Dav). (Riuros is the Celtic name for this season and means cold time.)
Stag people are very proud and independent; they have an air of splendour about them and take great pride in their honesty and appearance. Stags are very sensitive to the spiritual world, they have an in-bread sixth sense and are able to camouflage their appearance when needed, and they are masters of disguise. Stags like to initiate new beginnings and like to go on adventures, travelling as far as they can to see the beauty of this land.

Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of adder and salmon. Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter & goose.

The stags birthstone is Crystal, a spiritual stone.

The Ruling planet is the Sun, the bringer of life and worshipped by many.

The Ruling God/Goddess is The Celtic Warrior God Lugh, creator of all arts and crafts.

The Ogham Word is Beithe.


December 23 to January 1 - Apple Tree The 'Tree of Love'.

Apple trees are the most common bearers of the sacred mistletoe. It symbolise healing and immortality and indicates the ability to make choices. Apple orchards were traditionally protected as sacred ground.

An apple Tree is of slight build, holds lots of charm, is appealing and attractive, has a pleasant aura and is flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner;very generous, has scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with plenty of imagination.

January 2 to January 11 - Fir (mysterious)Tree
Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to it, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious uncounted lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

January 12 to January 24 - Elm Tree(Noble Mindedness)
Pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to a know-all-attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.




Rowan 21Jan - 17Feb

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Rowan moon, the second month in the Celtic calendar. Rowans were planted near doors and gates to ward off evil and are believed to safeguard the gateway to the spirit world.

The Rowan Tree is known as the Tree of Sensitivity and has a reputation for protecting those it surrounds from the lure of the evil eye so that their spirit may roam free in the light of love…it is said to represent poetic inspiration, is a tree of life and said to be a guardian of the home.

This is a time for focussing on how you are going to reap what you sew in the coming year, a time for forethought on how your dreams can be achieved. You are a mysterious and wonderful person who likes nothing more than to appease those close to your heart; you have the ability to make others see how wonderful this world really is. Your calling in life is to develop your magical and spiritual side, for the purpose of helping all that you can. It is said that Rowans need an outlet for their powerful, imaginary mind else thay may become restless and argumentative.

Animal: Crane
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with January 21 - February 17 is the Crane whose Gaelic name is Corr (Anagantios is the Celtic name for this season and translates as stay at home time.)

Crane People are very secretive; they have a thirst for knowledge and are affluent in many eccentric subjects. Cranes often appear to be gregarious but are actually quite shy on the inside. They are patient people with a sense of evolving spirituality. Cranes are unusually talented and intellectual people with many specialist skills they can be extremely tolerant and have a healthy outlook on life. Cranes love to travel into the realms of the unknown and like the thought of magic and spirituality as their spirit is forever evolving. The Dragon is also associated with this month and symbolises inspiration and imagination.

Compatible with the signs of bee and swan. Will also relate well to the signs of bear, owl and cat.

The Cranes birthstone is Peridot, born from volcanic action and in Greek meanss “giving plenty”. The peridot symbolizes expression and persuasiveness and in ancient times was used to ward off evil.

The ruling planet is Uranus named after an ancient Greek God.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Brigid, the Goddess of fertility and poetry.

Ogham Word is Luis


January 25 to February 3 - Cypress Tree (faithfulness)
Strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy content, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgement, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.

February 4 to February 8 - Poplar (Uncertainty) Tree
Looks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership serious.

February 9 to February 18 - Cedar (Confidence) Tree
Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.




Ash 18Feb - 17Mar

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Ash moon, the third moon/month in the Celtic calendar. The Ashes wood was believed to be enchanted and was used to make wands and spears for the druids. It is a hallowed tree, said to "court the flash" as it is prone to lightning strike.

This is a time for love and romance; it’s what makes you the enchanting person you are. Your task in life is to illustrate to others how beautiful this world is and how we are the gardeners of not only this land but our own souls. Your challenge in life is to keep your feet firmly on the ground as you tend to daydream; you need to avoid living in outer space completely, if you do visit the outer realms you must come back.


Animal: Seal
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with February 18 – March 17 is the Seal whose Gaelic name is Ron. (Ogronios is the Celtic name for this season and means ice time.)

Seal people are incredibly sensitive, artistic, loving and Spiritual; they have a gift that provides them with great kindness and are generally flexible individuals. Their heads are always in the clouds as they are dreamers, romanticists and can be very affectionate. Seal people make excellent spiritualists as they are very connected to the higher realms and will have practiced the art of shape shifting.

The birthstone for this period is Coral, worn by many as a protective charm that will ward off evil, soothe you fears and encourage positivity.

Its ruling planet is Neptune named after the Roman God of the sea.

The Ruling God is Gwydion, a magician, storyteller and trickster.

Ogham Word is Nion


February 19 to February 28 - Pine Tree (Particularity)
Loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, many disappointments till it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

March 1 to March 10 - Weeping Willow (Melancholy)Tree
Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

March 11 to March 20 - Lime (Doubt) Tree
Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.




Alder 18Mar - 14Apr

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Alder moon, the fourth moon/month in the Celtic calendar, a time of new growth and rebirth and finding a balance between work and play. Alders have a defense against rotting in water and are used to build bridges, boats, wooden shoes/clogs and milk jugs and was considered to be a crime to fell an alder, as the angry tree spirit was believed to burn down dwellings.

Being born at this time professes that you are the doers of the Celtic Zodiac. This is the time to make your business and academic ventures work, to sew the seeds of success. You are a busy person who likes to take on new projects. You must however allow yourself to take time out other wise you may find yourself burnt out and having to rebuild again and again.


Animal: Bear
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with March 18 – April 14 is the Bear whose Gaelic name is Art (pronounced as AiRCH). (Cutios is the Celtic name for this season and means windy time.)

Bear people are primitively powerful, courageous, playful and extrovert with an inherited sixth sense, they are sensitive to the mystical side of life and very connected to their native roots. They are extremely protective of their loved ones, have a great sense of adventure and like to roam the land.

Compatibility:
Harmonious relations with the signs of cat and owl. Will also relate well to the signs of crane, bee and swan.

The birthstone is Ruby which symbolizes freedom from worry, brilliance and innocence.

The ruling planet is Mars, the red planet, named after the Roman god of war.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Bran the Blessed God of the spirit world.

Ogham Word is Fern


March 21 - Oak Tree (robust nature)
Courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not love changes, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

March 22 to March 31 - Hazelnut Tree (Extraordinary)
Charming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

April 1 to April 10 - Rowan Tree (Sensitivity)
The Rowan Tree is known as the Tree of Sensitivity and has a reputation for protecting those it surrounds from the lure of the evil eye so that their spirit may roam free in the light of love…it is said to represent poetic inspiration, is a tree of life and said to be a guardian of the home. They were planted near doors and gates to ward off evil and are believed to safeguard the gateway to the spirit world. Rowan spirits are charming, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent; has good taste and is artistic, passionate, emotional, good company. The one lesson they must learn in life is to forgive.

April 11 to April 20 - Maple Tree (Independence of Mind)
No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.





Willow 15Apr - 12May

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Willow moon, it is a time for making good impressions, attracting new love or career into your life. The Willow is sacred to the Moon and in Celtic myth the universe was hatched from two eggs hidden among the boughs of the Willow.

You are the children of change in the Celtic Zodiac and will deal successfully with a lifetime of change. Being a willow you tend to grow fast and furious, if you get cut back by the storms of life and you swiftly re-root and grow again, becoming much stronger and wiser. You grow to be accustomed to all the ups and downs that life has to offer, and will end this life with the same indispensable soul but with a very different outer shell.


Animal: Adder
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with April 15 – May 12 is the Adder whose Gaelic name is Nathair (pronounced as: na-CHair.) (Giamonios is the Celtic name for this season and means shoots-show.)As an Adder you have an excellent memory, are very family orientated and can alter your image and appearance very quickly. You are exceptionally resourceful which is one of your greatest assets. You are magical and mystical and are drawn to natural methods of healing and will a make a first-class spiritual healer as you are truly influenced by the magical properties of the moon.

Compatibility:
Harmonious relations with the signs of stag and salmon. Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter and goose.

The birthstone is the Moonstone and is considered a sacred and magical gemstone, a dream stone.

The ruling planet is the moon.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Ceridwen, The Celtic Moon Goddess.

Ogham Word is Sail


April 21 to April 30 - Walnut Tree (Passion)
Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

May 1 to May 14 - Poplar (Uncertainty) Tree
Looks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership serious.





Hawthorn 13May - 9Jun

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Hawthorn moon, a time for focusing on putting a barrier between you and your insecurities and the things you do not want or like in your life. The Hawthorn is a symbol of psychic protection due and were planted for protection around Churches, land and dwellings…It is believed that Faerie Spirits live amongst the hawthorns.

Being a hawthorn is what makes you an old-fashioned, deep rooted, cautious and conservative person with an affectionate nature. You set your roots into solid ground, are natural performers and protect your family and those around you using your thorns as a means for security; you are the foundation stone for your family. You will spend your life to some extent, at loggerheads with the rest of humankind, ironically shielding all that you love. Your ancient roots enable you to communicate with your ancestors, allowing you to feel their presence and pass on the ancient supremacy and power of the people.


Animal: Bee
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with May 13 – June 9 is the Bee whose Gaelic name is Beách (pronounced as beh-ach.) (Simivisonios is the Celtic name for this season and means bright time.)

As a Bee you are a very busy, social person who likes to take the lead and get involved with organising events. You can be quite methodical in your way of thinking and you often come up with new inventive ideas. You are a divine, fruitful, charismatic, creative being and can communicate on any level.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of crane and swan. Will also relate well to the signs of bear, cat and owl.

The birthstone is Topaz and is considered to be the gem of the setting sun; it is also linked to the Egyptian sun god “Ra” and the Roman god of the sun “Jupiter”.

The ruling planet is Vulcan, (the heavenly ghost) whose orbit is so close to the Sun that it can only be seen in the twilight of sunrise or sunset, and throughout an eclipse of the sun.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Olwen, The summer flower maiden.

Ogham Word is Uath


May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree (Honesty)
Of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritate and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

May 25 to June 3 - Ash Tree (Ambition)
Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trust-worthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very serious.

June 4 to June 13 - Hornbeam Tree(Good Taste)
Of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgement, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with his/her feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very consciences.





Oak 10Jun - 7July

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Oak moon, a time of growth and fruitfulness and a time for focussing on constructing and uniting your wisdom, energy, survival and safekeeping. The Oak was the sacred tree of the Druids, symbolising truth and steadfast knowledge and it was believed that doors made of Oak kept out evil.

As an oak person you are self-possessed, very wise, ever the Optimist with great self confidence and you seem to just know things, you see with clarity. This is because you are directly linked (personally) to the primal knowledge of the Druids who adopted their name from the Celtic for Oak: Duir. This link is unique and sacred; you will most likely squander the first half of your existence learning to put together and identify with this gift, until then your belief will help you through to the second half of your life. You will be fully aware of your gift by the second half of your life and will completely understand the power of your inherent gift, using it for the good of all.


Animal: Otter
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with June 10 – July 7 is the Otter whose Gaelic name is Dobhran (pronounced dav-rhan.) (Equos is the Celtic name for this season and means horse time.)

As an Otter you have a strong bond with your family. Your helpful nature will extend to anyone in need. You were born with an intuitive gift and an ability to see things that most others cannot, this is a quality that most admire and few envy. You are extremely creative with the ability to visualise yours and others dreams and lifestyles, you learn in all directions and have an optimistic outlook with a magnetic personality. You like to feel secure and can be very defensive when threatened; you are a shape shifter, a free spirit who likes to roam the land searching for pastures new, gathering information on your playful adventures.


Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of goose and seal. Will also relate well to the signs of salmon, adder, and stag.

The birthstone of the Otter is a diamond, the product of regeneration and reincarnation.

The ruling Planet is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, said to be able (if hollow) to hold 100 planet earths inside of it.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Dagda, The Father of all Gods.

Ogham Word is Duir


June 14 to June 23 - Fig Tree (Sensibility)
Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

June 24 - Birch Tree (Inspiration)
Vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

June 25 to July 4 - Apple Tree (Love)
Apple trees are the most common bearers of sacred mistletoe and symbolise healing and immortality and indicate the ability to make choices. Apple orchards were traditionally protected as sacred ground.

An apple Tree is of slight build, holds lots of charm, is appealing and attractive, has a pleasant aura and is flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner;very generous, has scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with plenty of imagination.

July 5 to July 14 - Fir Tree (mysterious)
Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to it, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious uncounted lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.





Holly 8Jul - 4Aug

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Holly (Tinne) Moon it is a time to focus on putting the bad times behind you. Celtic warriors carried with them clubs made from Holly wood as Holly was thought to repel evil and enemies and successors of Celtic chieftains were crowned with a holly wreaths.

Being a Holly person suggests that you have a deep understanding of the dark, hidden side of humanity; the holly is evergreen and fruits in the winter, the dark side of the year. Once you fully under stand all that grows in the dark and master your gift you will be able to bring such things out of the dark and into the light. The "new moon" Holly being is more likely to become involved with the dreams and ambitions of others by providing both financial and emotional support.


Animal: Cat/Unicorn
In Celtic astrology the animal associated with July 8 – August 4 is the Cat whose Gaelic name is Kati (pronounced as ka-Chi.) (Elembiuos is the Celtic name for this season and means claim time.)

Cat people have a creative mind; are very Sensual, loyal and trustworthy and have an air of nobility about them. They are exceptionally honest and their main beliefs are crystal-clear. They are extremely loving, protective and loyal to their family. They change and adapt quickly and are very connected to the spiritual world.
The Unicorn is also associated with this time and symbolises purity and strength.


Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of owl and bear. Will also relate well to the signs of the crane, bee, and swan.

The Cats birthstone is Red Carnelian, a good luck stone mainly found in India.

The ruling Planet is Earth, the land of the living and the land of plenty.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Govannon, The Smith God.

Ogham Word is Tinne, and to fell one is a crime punishable by death.


July 15 to July 25 - Elm Tree(Noble Mindedness)
Pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to a know-all-attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

July 26 to August 4 - Cypress Tree (faithfulness)
Strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy content, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgement, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic and careless.





Hazel 5Aug - 1Sep

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Hazel moon, a time for focusing on gaining more knowledge and wisdom and enhancing your senses and awareness. Magical skills and knowledge are believed to be gained from eating Hazel nuts.

People perceive you to be very wise, artistic and understanding although you find it hard to grasp this conception of yourself, you are a radical thinker and an idealist; it will be worth your while to gain understanding of your inner strength and identity. As a Hazel child you may feel heavily burdened with being so wise and knowledgeable but as you mature it will become one of your most valuable assets, for the Hazel contains all the knowledge of the world and make superb teachers.


Animal: Salmon
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with August 5 – September 1 is the Salmon whose Gaelic name is Bradan (pronounced as bra-TAN.) (Edrinios is the Celtic name for this season and means arbitration time.)

As a salmon person you are remarkably fresh, inspiring and wise in your thinking, a clever being that has knowledge of the arts and science. You like to take the initiative with projects in life and have great communication skills. You are a very perceptive and intuitive person who is a keen observer of life with a connection to the mystical side of life.


Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of the adder and stag. Will also relate well to the signs of otter, seal and goose.

The Birthstone is the Amethyst, a royal and spiritual stone that will enhance intelligence and symbolises sobriety.

The ruling planet is Mercury, (named after the winged Roman messenger god) the second smallest planet in the solar system that is so close to the Sun you can only see it near sunrise or sunset.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Manannan Mac Lir The Sea God and a master of disguise.

Ogham Word is Coll


August 5 to August 13 - Poplar (Uncertainty) Tree
Looks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership serious.

August 14 to August 23 - Cedar (Confidence) Tree
Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

August 24 to September 2 - Pine Tree (Particularity)
Loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, many disappointments till it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.





Bramble/Vine Tree 2Sep - 29Sep

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Bramble/Vine moon, it is the time for reaping the rewards of the seeds sewn earlier on in the year and is a symbol of spiritual initiation and sacred knowledge.

Being a bramble makes you a natural, Wild, persistent person will limitless energy. This can be your greatest asset or your biggest downfall as you tend to work at a speed that most cannot. You have an eye for detail, like to set high standards and have an authoritive air about you.

To achieve the goals you have set yourself you must pace yourself, otherwise you will find that you may burn the candle out at both ends and end up feeling exhausted and forced to rest. By pacing yourself in life you will achieve much, by not resting you will miss out on many opportunities that come your way. Do not worry or lose hope because you will eventually succeed in your accomplishments.


Animal: Swan
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with September 2 – September 29 is the Swan whose Gaelic name is Eala (pronounced as ellah). (Edrinios is the Celtic name for this season and means arbitration(settlement) time.)

As a Swan person you are very loving, courteous and have a beautiful soul with a kind and caring nature. You are well practiced in love and the art of socialising. You feel committed to your family as you have a strong sense of loyalty towards them. Creativity plays a big part in your life, you often use it to mask how you are really feeling and you are strongly connected to the mystical side of life.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of crane and bee. Will also relate well to the owl, cat and bear.

The birthstone is the Emerald a beautiful stone, it is a good luck stone that enhances well-being. (regarded by the Celts, Incas and Aztecs as the ‘Holy stone’, much sought after by the royalty of the land, such as the pharaohs, Indian maharajahs and maharanis)

The ruling planet is Venus, the planet of love.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Tuatha De Danaan, The Gods of Light.

Ogham Word is Muin


September 3 to September 12 -Weeping Willow (Melancholy)Tree
Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

September 13 to September 22 - Lime Tree (Doubt)
Accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, tends to laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous, loyal.

September 23 - Olive Tree (Wisdom)
Loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

September 24 to October 3 - Hazelnut Tree (Extraordinary)
Charming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.





Ivy 30Sep - 27 Oct

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Ivy moon, it is a time for focussing on your well being and improving your inflexibility and resilience. Ivy’s are known to strangle trees and therefore became a symbol of death, rebirth and spiritual growth and it’s ability to cling to anything and climb high made it a symbol of strength and determination.

Being an Ivy person you have the power and strength to overcome the many hurdles that present themselves on your life’s path. Your competitors may try to suppress you with their stifling tactics but you are Ivy and will smother anything that stands in your way, outliving anything that breaths. Your roots are ancient and your life has been lived time and time again suggesting you are everlasting and can never be totally eradicated.


Animal: Goose/Butterfly
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with September 30 – October 27 is the Goose whose Gaelic name is Geadh (pronounced Gia-gh.) (Cantalos is the Celtic name for this season and means song time.)

As a goose you are good at hiding behind a mask, you are a very cautious person who likes to stay on track of the direction you are headed for in life. You are determined to succeed in life and have a lot of stamina, your ability to save and invest is a credit to you and you like to feel that you will be secure later on in life. Your intellect is very sharp as is your humor. You can be very defensive when you feel threatened and have a fruitful, creative and artistic nature.

The Butterfly is also associated with this time of year and symbolizes Faerie faith.

Compatible with the signs of seal and otter. Will also relate well to the signs of adder, stag and salmon.

The birthstone is the Opal a magnificent gem that reflects all the colors of the rainbow. (It is reported in aboriginal legends that the creator of Earth came down from the Heavens on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans and at the exact spot where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow and the opal was born. )

The ruling planet is the Moon, a magical and mystical planet associated with pulling power, moods and physical changes. (The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of mother Earth.)

The Ruling God/Goddess is Guinevere the Faerie bride.

Ogham Word is Gort


October 4 to October 13 - Rowan Tree (Sensitivity)
Full of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

October 14 to October 23 - Maple Tree (Independence of Mind)
No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

October 24 to November 11 - Walnut Tree (Passion)
Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.





Reed 28Oct - 24Nov

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Reed moon which is a time for recharging your energy and blessing your home. Reeds were believed to be trees by the druids because they have such a deep and dense root system. The druids used the cuttings of reeds to produce pens and are believed to symbolize scholarship, knowledge and wisdom.

You are a creative being who likes to use words as part of your creativity. You have a brilliant talent that enables you to creatively express what you perceive in life and appear to be fearless. You believe in going with the flow of the times, and thrive by keeping your roots firmly grounded. You will make countless friends throughout your life, many will admire what you do but a few will show envy and contempt. Do not worry for your roots will remain firmly in the waters of life, you cannot be removed from your beliefs.

Reeds must amalgamate a sense of self purpose with their forceful will or they may become self-destructive.


Animal: Owl/Dog
In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with October 28 – November 24 is the Owl whose Gaelic name is Cailleach-oidhche (pronounced as Kall-eeck Oheeche.) (Samoniosis the Celtic name for this season and translates as seed fall.)

Being an owl persons means that you are very wise but may detach yourself from society. Your moods are changeable yet your presence is very dominant and you have a captivating personality which can both attract and overwhelm perceptive people. You have a well developed imagination, like to make the first move and are passionate about your causes. You have an innate sensitivity to the spiritual side of life and can be linked to the magical and mystical side of existence.

The Dog is also associated with this time and symbolises true loyalty, it was a title of honour for Celtic Chieftains.

Compatible with the signs of cat and bear. Will also relate well to the signs of bee, swan and crane.

The birthstone is Jasper known as the landscape in a stone because of its remarkable picturesque markings that resemble a landscape.

The ruling Planet is Pluto named after the Greek god of wealth who ruled the dark underworld of myth, it is the ninth planet from the sun.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Pwyll, The Celtic God the Underworld.

Ogham Word is Ngetal


November 12 to November 21 - Chestnut Tree (Honesty)
Of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritate and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

November 22 to December 1 - Ash Tree (Ambition)
Uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very reliable and trust-worthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over heart, but takes partnership very serious.





Elder 25Nov - 23Dec

According to Celtic Astrology you were born under the Elder moon, the last full moon in the Celtic calendar; The Elder is sacred to the Faeries and their branches were hung above Horses stables to protect them from evil spirits. The Elder symbolizes completeness, a time for closure and taking stock of your achievements. It is also believed to be unlucky to burn Elder and was felt to be an Omen of death to bring it within the indoors of a dwelling.

As an Elder you are wise, magical and spiritually enlightened. Your knowledge of the progression of human continuation is enormous as you have lived on this Earth for a long time and have witnessed many changes. You have a psychic ability and should use it for the good of all, spreading the important messages of rebirth, peace and living a spiritual existence. How you enter and live this life is as important as how you leave it if peace in your existence and on Earth is to be realized.


Animal: Raven
In Celtic astrology the animal associated with November 25 – December 23 is the Raven whose Gaelic Name is Bran. (Dumannios is the Celtic name for this season and means darkest depths.)

Raven people are extremely Perceptive with an understanding nature and healing their Gift and ability to know what is going to happen is extraordinary: Raven people have a positive and productive attitude to life. They will persist at a task when most people would give up. They are very spiritual and connected to the other world; they are shape shifters and may often change their appearance. Ravens are self-disciplined creatures that are very serene and like their own space.

The birthstone is a black diamond, a deep and mysterious gem.

The ruling planet is Saturn the 6th planet from the Sun, named after the Roman god of Saturday and agriculture and was the father of Jupiter.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Cailleach Beara, The crown Goddess and Celtic Tribal Mother

Ogham Word is Ruis


December 2 to December 11 - Hornbeam Tree (Good Taste)
Of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgement, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with his/her feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very consciences.

December 12 to December 21 - Fig Tree (Sensibility)
Very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

December 22 - Beech (Creative)
Has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialist, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.).




Numerology


The Life Path is the sum of the birth date. This number represents who you are at birth and the native traits that you will carry with you through life. The most important number that will be discussed here is your Life Path number. The Life Path describes the nature of this journey through life.

The Life Path number is established from the date of birth. First, add the Month, day, and year together to arrive at a total. Next, reduce this four digit number to a single digit.

Example: If a person was born on October 23, 1972 (10-23-1972*), add the month 10 to the day 23 plus the the year 1972 arriving at a total of 2005. Then add the digits in 2005 arriving at the Life Path number 7.



Numerology Life Path 1

The Life Path 1 suggests that you entered this plane with skills allowing you to become a leader type rather easily. Your nature is charged with individualistic desires, a demand for independence, and the need for personal attainment. Many of our military generals, corporate leaders, and political leaders are men and women having the Life Path 1. When you display positive 1 traits your mind is capable of significant creative inspiration, and it possesses the enthusiasm and drive to accomplish a great deal. You are very good at getting the ball rolling; initiating new projects is your forte. You are at your best when confronted with obstacles and challenges, as you combat these with strength and daring. This is both the physical and inner varieties of strength. With this strength comes utter determination and the capability to lead. As a natural leader you have a flair for taking charge of any situation. You have a tendency to do this, even if, at times, it is not appropriate for you to do so.

Highly original, you may have talents as an inventor or innovator of some sort. In any work that you choose, your independent attitude can show through. You have very strong personal needs and desires, and you feel it is always necessary to follow your own convictions. You tire of routine and highly detailed tasks rather quickly.

You are ambitious and assertive in promoting yourself. Although you may hide the fact for social reasons, you can be self-centered and demand to have your way in many circumstances. That said, for the most part, you are considered very good company, friendly, good-natured, and a wonderful conversationalist. People like you and are drawn to you. It is a good thing they are, because you are very sensitive to disapproval and you don't handle it very well.

There are several ways that the negative side of the 1 can show up. The 1 always has the potential for greatness as a leader, but they may fail as a follower. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to follow for a while before you are allowed to lead and this can be a difficult time. When the 1 Life Path person is not fully developed and expressing the negative side of this number, the demeanor may appear very dependent rather than independent, particularly in the early years. If you are expressing this negative trait of the number 1, you are likely to be very dissatisfied with your circumstances, and long for self-sufficiency. This might be defined as the weak or dependent side of the negative 1 Life Path. On the strong side of this negative curve, the 1 energy can become too self-serving, selfish and egotistical. Avoid being too bossy and demanding.




Numerology Life Path 2

The Life Path 2 suggests that you entered this plane with a spiritual quality in your makeup allowing you to be one of the peacemakers in society. Your strengths come from an ability to listen and absorb. You are a fixer, a mediator, and a very diplomatic type of person using persuasive skills rather than forcefulness to make your way in the world. When you embrace and exhibit the strenghth of your spiritual side, you are intuitive, avant-garde, idealistic, and visionary. These extremes make you interesting with much to offer society. You have the potential to be a deep-thinker, and no doubt interested in understanding many of life's mysteries and more intriguing facets.

If you are living with the positive attributes of the number 2 Life Path, you are apt to have the most delicate ability to be balanced and fair. You clearly see the full spectrum of viewpoints in any argument or situation, and because of this, people may seek you out to be a mediator. In this role you are able to settle disputes with the most unbiased flair. There is sincere concern for others; you think the best of people, and want the best for them. You are honest and open in thought, word and deed. You excel in any form of group activity where your expertise in handling and blending people can be used effectively. Manners and tact mark your way with others, and you are not one to dominate a group or situation. You are the master of compromise and of maintaining harmony in your environment. As the ultimate team member, you never demand praise or recognition.

In many ways, you are a creature of habit and routine, and you like your path and pattern well worn and familiar. Your ability to analyze and render accurate judgments is a wonderful natural trait you bring to the business world. You strive for complete accuracy and even perfection in your work. Perhaps you are not a leader, but you are a visionary and a very talented idea person.

On the negative side of the 2, nervous energy is a trait often observed in the 2. Because of this, you may be seen as an extremist who is sometimes the zealot in expressing likes and dislikes. Nervous tension can bring the normally easygoing 2 into a state of emotional outrage, which to those around you, may seem so out of character. Indeed, the 2 can sometimes become oversensitive. In some instances, the strength of the 2 can also become its weakness. You may find it hard to decide what to do at times. Twos often struggle against indecisiveness. Making decisions and getting your life in gear, so to speak, may be a challenge. There is a tendency for the many 2s to harbor feelings of uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with accomplishments and personal progress in life. The biggest obstacle and difficulty you may face is that of passivity and a state of apathy and lethargy. The negative 2 can be very pessimistic. When this sets in to any degree, you are able to accomplishes very little. If living on the negative side of the 2, you may lack common sense, and you are quite often unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

Even the more positive individuals with the 2 Life Path will prefer a more amiable and less competitive environment, often shunning the business world. You can best serve society in endeavors utilizing your skills of counseling and guidance. Much of your idealism is people oriented and quite humanitarian in nature. You expect a great deal of yourself.




Numerology Life Path 3

The Life Path 3 indicates that you entered this plane with a strong sense of creativity and with wonderful communication skills. Achievement for you most likely comes through engaging your ingenious expression. A truly gifted 3 possesses the most exceptional innovative skills, normally in the verbal realm, writing, speaking, acting, or similar endeavors. Here we are apt to find the entertainers of the world, bright, effervescent, sparkling people with very optimistic attitudes. The bright side of this path stresses harmony, beauty and pleasures; of sharing your inventive talents with the world. Capturing your capability in creative self-expression is the highest level of attainment for this life path.
Life is generally lived to the fullest, often without much worry about tomorrow. You are not very good at handling money because of a general lack of concern about it. You spend it when you have it and don't when you don't.

The 3 loves connecting with people. The characteristics of the 3 are warmth and friendliness, a good conversationalist, social and open. A good talker both from the standpoint of being a delight to listen to, but even more importantly, one who has the ability to listen to others. Accordingly, the life path 3 produces individuals who are always a welcome addition to any social situation and know how to make others feel at home. The approach to life tends to be exceedingly positive. Your disposition is almost surely sunny and openhearted. A happy and often inspired person, you are constantly seeking and needing the stimuli of similar people.

There is a remote side to your 3 Life Path, as well. This comes as a surprise to the native and to those who think they are well acquainted. The 3 is actually a very sensitive soul. When hurt, you can easily retreat to a shell of morose silence for extended periods. Nonetheless, the 3 eventually copes with all of the many setbacks that occur in life and readily bounces back for more. It is usually easy for you to deal with problems because you can freely admit the existence of problems without letting them get you down for too long. Because of your own sensitivity to hurt, you have a caring disposition and seem to be very conscious of other people's feelings and emotions.

In romance, the 3 is a very ardent and loyal lover. Affairs that don't go well can leave scares that seem to linger. Emotional experiences of all sorts tend to deeply touch the 3 and the drama may take some time to play out. Regrettably, the giving disposition of the 3 often attracts demanding partners. As with most of life's issues for the 3 Life Path, balance in relationships is illusive.

Your big test with a 3 Life Path is controlling your highs and lows. You won't survive very well in any routine environment or when you are placed under dominating management. Slow thinking and overly contemplative people tend to frustrate you, and you don't function too well with this type whether you are working for, with, or under them. Your exuberant nature can take you far, especially if you are ever able to focus your energies and talents.

For the few living on the negative side of this Life Path, a 3 may be so delighted with the joy of living that the life becomes frivolous and superficial. You may scatter your abilities and express little sense of purpose. The 3 can be an enigma, for no apparent reason you may become moody and tend to retreat. Escapist tendencies are not uncommon with the 3 life path, and you find it very hard to settle into one place or one position. Guard against being critical of others, impatient, intolerant, or overly optimistic.




Numerology Life Path 4

The Life Path 4 suggests that you entered this plane with a natural genius for planning, fixing, building, and somehow, with practical application and cerebral excellence, making things work. You are one of the most trustworthy, practical, and down-to-earth of individuals; the cornerstone members of society. Indeed, as a Life Path 4, you are a builder of society. The cream of the crop in this Life Path can be a master builder in society. if you are among these highly talented people, you have an idealistic nature which is grounded in practical terms, allowing you to conceive grandiose, far-reaching schemes and carry them through to the end. If you desire and are willing to work for it, you can achieve enormous success, prestige, and fame. Obviously, everyone with a 4 Life Path does not become famous.

All with this Life Path have the ability to take orders and to carry them out with dedication and perseverance and many 4s live and work happily in this context. But so often, the 4 Life Path is the entrepreneur and manager in the community. In either role, you always demand as much from yourself as you do from others, and sometimes a lot more.

You have the kind of will power that is often mistaken for sheer stubbornness. You don't think of yourself as dogged, but your honest beliefs and that ever direct speech makes you come across as completely unremitting. Once a decision is made, it will be followed through to the conclusion, right, wrong, or indifferent. You are very set in your ways and determined to handle things the way you are so certain that they should be handled. Your tenacity of purpose and ability to get the job done borders on obsession. You are a wonderful manager with a great sense of how to get the job done.

You are an excellent organizer and planner because of your innate ability to view things in a very common sense and practical way. This stems from a strong desire to be a perfectionist in your labor. Planning is necessary to avoid errors. It's very likely that a 4 Life Path person invented the to-do list, because it is the rare Life Path 4 who doesn't have one by her side at all times. Your life is programed in an orderly fashion permitting you to catalog and manage the flow of ideas and activities that fill your day. Indeed, you seem to function best when you are under the gun and facing a tough set of problems.

Loyal and devoted, you make the best of your marriage, and you are always the good provider. Friends may be few in number, but you are very close to them and once friendships are made, they often last a lifetime.

The number 4 is solidly associated with the element of earth from which it gains its strength and utter sense of reality. You are one of the most dependable people you know. If patience and determination can ever win, you are sure to achieve great success in life. Often, you are called on to take care of others; to finish what they have started. It may not seem fair and probably isn't, but it may be the key to your accomplishment and reputation.

The negative side of the 4 can prove dogmatic to an excess, narrow-minded, and repressive. A lot of skin-deep people turn you off, and you lack the tact to keep your feelings from being totally clear to all around. Additionally, the negative 4 has a bad tendency to get caught up in the daily routine of affairs, missing the big picture and major opportunities that come along once in a while.




Numerology Life Path 5

The Life Path 5 suggests that you entered this plane with a highly progressive mindset, with the attitude and skills to make the world a better place. The key word for your Life Path is freedom. In the pursuit of freedom, you are naturally versatile, adventurous, and advanced in your thinking. You are one of those people who is always striving to find answers to the many questions that life poses. The byword for the positive Life Path 5 is constant change and improvement. You want to be totally unrestrained, as this is the number most often associated with the productive use of freedom.

You may be one of the most compassionate of people as the 5 is surely the most freedom-loving and compassionate Life Path. Your love of freedom extends to humanity at large, and concern for your fellow man, his freedom and his welfare, may be foremost in your mind. A great Life Path 5 American President, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and ended slavery in America. As the ultimate progressive thinker type, your potential in government, the law, and other positions of authority is unlimited.

You are a good communicator, and you know how to motivate people around you. This may be your strongest and most valuable trait. Because of this skill, and your amazing wit, you are a truly natural born salesman. This ability to sell and motivate extends to any sort of physical product all the way through to whatever ideas or concepts you may embrace.

You abhor routine and boring work, and you are not very good at staying with everyday tasks that must be finished on time. On the average, the number 5 personality is rather happy-go-lucky; living for today, and not worrying too much about tomorrow. It is also important for you to find a job that provides thought-provoking tasks rather than routine and redundant responsibilities. You do best dealing with people, but the important thing is that you have the flexibility to express yourself at all times. You have an innate ability to think through complex matters and analyze them quickly, but then be off to something new.

A love of adventure may dominate your life. This may take the form of mental or physical manifestation, but in either case, you thrill to the chance for exploration and blazing new trails. Surely you belong to a group considered the most worldly and traveled. Clearly you are not one to pass up a good venture. You have quite a lot of the risk-taker in your makeup. If you aren't putting your money at stake, you are surely open to a wide variety of risks in your everyday life. Taking the conservative approach is just not in your nature.

In romance, you hate to be tied down and restricted. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are unfaithful or promiscuous, but it does mean that a good partner for you needs to understand your nature. A relationship based on jealousy and having tight reigns is not going to work at all for you. A partner who understands your need to be free and trusted will find you trustworthy, even if you aren't constantly available and totally dutiful. It is important for you to mix with people of a like mind, and to try to avoid those that are too serious and demanding.

If you are living on the negative side of the Life Path 5, you are apt to be multitalented, but suffering from some lack of direction, and there is confusion surrounding your ambition. Restless, discontent, and impulsive, you may bounce from one job to the next without accomplishing much at all. A negative Life Path 5 can become very irresponsible in tasks and decisions concerning the home and business life. The total pursuit of sensation and adventure can result in your becoming self-indulgent and totally unaware of the feelings of those around you.




Numerology Life Path 6

The Life Path 6 suggests that you entered this plane with tools to become the ultimate nurturer, and a beacon for truth, justice, righteousness, and domesticity. Your paternal, or maternal, as the case may be, instincts with a 6 Life Path exceed all others by a considerable margin. Whether in the home or in the work place, you are the predominant caretaker and family head. While the 6 may assume significant responsibilities in the community, the life revolves around the immediate home and family, for this is the most domestic of numbers. Conservative principles and convictions are deeply ingrained and define your character.

You are idealistic and must feel useful to be happy. The main contribution you make is that of advice, service, and ever present support. You are a humanitarian of the first order. It is your role to serve others, and you start in the home environment. You are very human and realistic about life, and you feel that the most important thing in your life is the home, the family and the friends.

This is the Life Path related to leadership by example and assumption of responsibility, thus, it is your obligation to pick up the burden and always be ready to help. If you are like the majority with Life Path 6, you are one who will willingly carry far more than your fair share of any load, and you are always there when needed. In doing so, you take ownership and often become an authority over the situation.
In romance, the 6 is loyal and devoted. A a caretaker type, you are apt to attract partners who are somewhat weaker and more needy than yourself; someone you can care for and protect. The main ingredient that must prevail in the relationship is complete harmony. You don't function well in stressful relationships that become challenges for you to control. It is the same with friends, you are loyal and trustworthy. But there is a tendency for you to become dominating and controlling.

It's likely you feel compelled to function with strength and compassion. You are a sympathetic and kind person, generous with personal and material resources. Wisdom, balance, and understanding are the cornerstones of your life, and these define your approach to life in general. Your extraordinary wisdom and the ability to understand the problems of others is apt to commence from an early age. This allows you to easily span the generation gap and assume an important role in life early on.

The number 6 Life Path actually produces few negative examples, but there are some pitfalls peculiar to the path. You may have a tendency to become overwhelmed by responsibilities and a slave to others, especially members of you own family or close friends. It's easy for you to fall into a pattern of being too critical of others; you also have a tendency to become too hard on yourself. The misuse of this Life Path produce tendencies for you to engage in exaggeration, over-expansiveness, and self-righteousness. Modesty and humility may not flow easily. Imposing one's views in an interfering or meddling way must be an issue of concern.

The natural burdens of this number are heavy, and on rare occasions, responsibility is abdicated by persons with this Life Path 6. This rejection of responsibility will make you feel very guilty and uneasy, and it will have very damaging effects upon your relationships with others.




Numerology Life Path 7

The Life Path 7 suggests that you entered this plane with a gift for investigation, analysis, and keen observation. You are a thinker of the first order. You evaluate situations very quickly, and with amazing accuracy. As a result, you are thorough and complete in your work, the perfectionist who expects everyone else to meet a high standard of performance, too.

A Life Path 7 person is a peaceful and affectionate soul. But you guard your connection to people carefully. It's easy for you to detect deception and recognize insincere people, and you avoid them. You aren't one to have a wide circle of friends, but once you accept someone as a friend, it's for life. It's as if you must get to know someone a lot better before you allow the wall surrounding you to be penetrated. Chances are you are a very charming and refined individual with great poise and a quick wit. Nonetheless, there is an exclusiveness about you. You probably aren't a very social person. Your reserve is often taken to be aloofness, but actually, it's not that at all. It is merely a cover up for your basic feeling of insecurity. There's no rush, It takes time for you to warm up to new friends. Clubs and organizations hold little interest for you; you are not a joiner.

You actually like being alone and away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. In many ways, you would have fit in better in much earlier times when the pace of life was less hectic. You need a good deal of quiet time to be with your own inner thoughts and dreams. You dislike crowds, noise, distractions, and confusion.

The overwhelming strength of the number 7 is reflected in the depth of thinking that is shown; you will garner knowledge from practically every source that you find. Intellectual, scientific, and studious, you don't accept a premise until you have dissected the subject and arrived at your own independent conclusion.

This is a very spiritual number and it often denotes a sort of spiritual wisdom that becomes apparent at a fairly early age. A built in inner guide providing a strong sense of intuition may set you up as being a law unto yourself. Whatever spiritual position you take, whether traditional or bizarre, you will cling to it with fervor. Once you have decided an issue, it is almost impossible to get you to revisit the question. Adaptability is not your style, and change for you is a rarity.

You rely heavily on your experiences and your intuition, rather than accepting advice from someone. Your hunches usually prove to be very accurate, and knowing this, you follow the directions they seem to guide.

In the most negative use of the 7 energies, you can become very pessimistic, lackadaisical, quarrelsome, and secretive. A Life Path 7 individual who is not living life fully and gaining through experiences, is a hard person to live with because of a serious lack of consideration for others. There is such a negative attitude. Indeed, operating on the negative side of the 7 can produce a very selfish and spoiled individual and living with one can be a challenge. This may be why some 7s actually prefer living alone. If you have any of the negative traits they are very difficult to get rid of because you tend to feel that the world really does owe you a living or that in some way you are not being fairly treated.

Fortunately, the negative 7 is not the typical 7, at least not without some mitigating positive traits. This number is one that seems to have some major shifts from highs to lows. Stability in feelings may be elusive for you.




Numerology Life Path 8

The Life Path 8 suggests that you entered this plane armed to lead, direct, organize and govern. You are very ambitious and goal-oriented. You will want to use your ambitions, your organizational ability, and your efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for yourself. If you are a positive 8 you are endowed with tremendous potential for conceiving far-reaching schemes and ideas, and also possessing the tenacity and independence to follow them through to completion. In short, you were born to be an executive.

You know how to manage yourself and your environment. Your ability to judge the character and potential of the people around you is an asset used to your advantage. A large part of your success in life comes from how hard you work.

This Life Path is the most prone to producing workaholics. But your ability to spot good people and engage them in your endeavors is a special trait not to be overlooked. There is an inspirational quality in your makeup which allows you to become a great leader. You are practical and steady in your pursuit of major objectives, and you have the courage of your convictions when it comes to taking the necessary chances to get ahead.
With the Life Path of the number 8 you are focused on learning the satisfactions to be found in the material world. The Life Path 8 produces many powerful, confident and materially successful people. Most of your concerns involve money and learning of the power that comes with its proper manipulation.

This Life Path is perhaps the one that is the most concerned with and desirous of status as an ultimate measure of success. You want to be recognized for your hard work and achievements. The attainment of honors and acceptance into the club of executive leadership is all important. For this, you may find yourself very well suited to compete in the business world or in the political arena.

In relationships, you are frank, honest, and steadfast. You may be very much in love, but watch that you are not too busy and preoccupied to show it. Being the lavish provider is not always an adequate substitute for showing your devotion and affection in more personal ways. You have a great need for close personal relationships to mitigate and somehow soften your nature. You must find the time for love and keep it as an important project in your life.

The negative 8 can be dictatorial and often suppresses the enthusiasm and efforts of fellow member of the environment. Often, the strength of their own personality excludes close feelings for other people with whom they come in contact. Material gains and rewards often become issues of utmost importance, even to the neglect of family, home and peace of mind. Dedication to success can become an obsession. Emotional feelings are often suppressed by the negative 8, resulting in isolation and loneliness. All Life Path 8 people must avoid discounting the opinions of others.




Numerology Life Path 9

The Life Path 9 suggests that you entered this plane with an abundance of dramatic feelings coupled with a strong sense of compassion and generosity. The key to the nature of a Life Path number 9 person is found in their humanitarian attitude. Even the very average of those with life path 9 possess extremely compassionate tendencies.

Usually this number produces an individual that is very trustworthy and honorable, and one unlikely to harbor any sort of prejudice. Obviously, this is a rather tall order, but you are, in fact, a person that feels very deeply for individuals less fortunate than yourself, and if you are in a position to help, you certainly will. The 9, being the highest of the single digit numbers, holds an elevated position in terms of responsibilities to mankind.

Material gains are not overly important, although the quality of some life path 9 people is such that they are materially rewarded in very significant ways. In this, however, the 9 Life Path is not apt to get rich since they are very generous, sometimes to a fault, and usually have an easy come, easy go attitude about money. The rare 9 life path has a totally selfless attitude, giving up of material possessions for the common good.

The 9 Life Path indicates you have a commanding presence. You have the ability to make friends very easily, as people are attracted to your magnetic, open personality. The term "hail-fellow" may have been coined to describe a 9 Life Path, as you may indeed be one of those who is generally upbeat and heartily friendly and congenial. You meet people easily and are quickly befriended because of your openness and amiable demeanor. Your genial ways often put you in the lead in whatever field of endeavor you pursue.

Relationships can be difficult for you because it is hard to strike a balance that will work effectively. If your partner is one sharing your giving attitudes, the relationship will be happy and lasting. On the other hand, if you choose a partner whose focus is on material issues, problems will arise quickly.

You tend to be quite sensitive, as you see the world with much feeling. The number 9's very deep understanding of life is sometimes manifested in the artistic and literary fields. If drama and acting is not your forte, it will surely be an area of great interest and potential. Likewise, you may be able to express your deep emotional feelings through painting, writing, music, or other art forms.

The purpose of life for those with a 9 life path is often of a philosophical nature. Judges, spiritual leaders, healers and educators frequently have much 9 energy. The number is less inclined to the competitive business environment and may find this a struggle.

As do all the life path numbers, the 9 has its negative side. Because of the demanding nature of the truly positive 9, many tend to fail in this category. It is not uncommon for persons with the 9 life path to fight the realities and challenges of purpose imposed here because selflessness is not an easy trait. You may have difficulty believing that giving and a lack of personal ambition can be satisfying. It must be realized and accepted that little long-term satisfaction and happiness is to be gained by rejecting the natural humanitarian inclinations of this path.
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