If you are an Alder sign within the Celtic tree astrology system, you are a natural-born pathfinder. You’re a mover and a shaker, and will blaze a trail with fiery passion often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. In other words, Alder signs get along with everybody and everybody loves to hang around with you. This might be because Alder’s are easily confident and have a strong self-faith. This self-assurance is infectious and other people recognize this quality in you instantly. Alder Celtic tree astrology signs are very focused and dislike waste. Consequently, they can see through superficialities and will not tolerate fluff. Alder people place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is insufferable. They are motivated by action and results. Alder’s pair well with Hawthorns, Oaks or even Birch signs.
That the name for the full moon this March is called the Storm Moon, Seed Moon, Lenten Moon or Crow Moon? It's the month when Spring finally arrives as we see new life begin to spring forth. The full moon date for this month is March 16.
Correspondences for this moon are:
The colors green, yellow and light purple.
Bloodstone and aquamarine.
The Dogwood and Honeysuckle trees.
The herbs High John, Pennyroyal, Wood Betony and Apple Blossom
The Element is water.
I do, and I love doing it! There is something relaxing about it for me, especially when I use my favorite furniture wax. The scent of lavender lingers for hours after I've finished the chore. If you love lavender as I do, and you haven't yet tried the Farmhouse Furniture Wax, I promise you, your cottage will smell just lovely and your wood furniture will glisten as if it's new!
Finding myself with a large bag of fresh spinach, a seemingly never ending lot of strawberries, and a need for a simple and healthy Sunday lunch, I decided to make a Spinach Salad. I wanted a vinaigrette for it but was out of balsamic vinegar. After a look around the internet I came upon this recipe on a "clean eating" site and it's fabulous! Quick, easy, and all the ingredients on hand, I gave it a go. If you love strawberry vinaigrette or spinach salads this is a must try! This recipe yields about 1 1/3 cup.
1/2 pound fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons honey (or more to taste if your berries aren't sweet enough)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Place all ingredients in your mixer and give it a whirl until smooth.
Being a genealogist, researcher and old book lover, I sometimes stumble upon vintage recipes when least expected. Being a recipe collector as well, you can imagine my excitement as I unfolded an old yellowed piece of paper, handwritten and batter splattered that was tucked inside an old book. I can always tell when it will be a good one, I can just feel the love oozing from it, and this one was for a Depression Era Coca Cola Cake. I was surprised by all of the ingredients in the cake and I have yet to give it a try. Have you ever had this cake? Do you love it?
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box confectioner's sugar, (1 pound)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. In a saucepan combine the cocoa, Coca-Cola, butter, and marshmallows; bring to a boil. Combine the boiled mixture with the flour and sugar mixture.
In a separate bowl mix eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; add to the first mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until cake tests done.
Frosting: In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and Coca-Cola to a boil. Stir in the sugar and mix well. Stir in nuts. Spread over the cake while both cake and frosting are still warm.
Recipe states it will serve 16....we'll see about that! ;)
It's time for me to start my spring gardening and I've been pondering the flowers I will be planting (actually I think about my garden all year long but in spring I step it up a bit). I'm also always taking in to consideration what my garden fairies would like me to include. After all, what is a garden without garden fairies?
The Irish believe that the fairies are a previously conquered society, the Tuatha De Danaan (People of the Goddess Dana), who were driven into hiding when the Celts invaded Ireland. The Pagan gods of the Tuatha, skilled in building and magic, went underground to live in the tombs and mounds they had built. Hidden from sight, they grew smaller in the popular imagination until they turned into fairies.
Fairies move swiftly and can become invisible blending into the woods. They wear green clothes and tend to live on hills, in woody dells, underwater or the Otherworld where they frequently war with insects and reptiles. Fairies eat fruit and are capable of producing things like shoes and bows. They enjoy music and dancing and love to play tricks and brawl with each other. Capable of taking human lovers, fairies have been known to enchant humans and trap them in the fairy realm. More frequently, they just steal household items.
One of my favorite fairy types are the sprites, and I collect their likenesses and have them both inside and outside of my home. Sprites are beautiful, tiny, winged beings, who stand only a few inches tall. Their wings are shaped much like butterfly wings, usually transparent, but reflecting many colors, though they can change their wing's colors or appearance at will. They seldom wear clothes, but do so on occasion so as not to offend those of a more prudish nature. They are very playful, but also very ancient and filled with spiritual wisdom.
Fairies are vegetarians and their typical foods at a feast or at daily meals include many different vegetables, beans, mushrooms, cheeses, nuts, seaweed, roots, herbs, fruits, breads, noodles, cakes, pies, honeyed snacks, flavored waters, tea, grain beverages, wines, beers, ales, and meads. They have also added some human dishes to their menus such as pizza and ice cream. Though they are strict vegetarians, they do like to display their food artistically, often in the shapes of animals or birds or trees or flowers or scenes of nature, or their legends. They are also very adept at creating beautiful ice sculptures.
Take a nap among poppies to bring fairies into your dreams or wear a sprig of thyme to increase your ability to see the wee ones. Thyme may also be planted by the doors and windows of your house to invite the fairies to come inside.
The sweet smell and soft petals of roses will also attract fairies to your garden. A popular love spell uses roses. Sprinkle rose petals under your feet and dance on them softly while asking the Fairy for a blessing on your magic.
Think of the fairies while you plan your spring garden this year. If you would like to lure them to you, you will have to get used to allowing and even encouraging insects and other "pests" into your garden, as this will put you in good stead with the fey. So think damp, dark places and rotting logs, ok...you really don't need a rotting log, but always leave a little untended area in a corner for them. They will love that and it is something I always do! The more birds, butterflies and bees you have, the better!
Don't forget, this also includes everything from spiders and ants to pigeons and magpies, so if there are certain creepy crawlies that you really can't stand, or need to keep away from your vegetables, then make sure you deal with them organically and humanely. The fairies will thank you for trying!
And it's the Air Fairy! Air Fairies are magical, joyous little creatures who love to dance on the wind. While fairies have often been associated with or drawn having wings, they actually possess a magic that helps them fly.
Air fairies are known as sylphs. According to folklore, sylphs transform clouds into artistic renderings in the sky. I'm sure you have seen one...that cloud that looks like an animal, the face of a loved one who has passed over, or other images that you think you have just "imagined" to see in the sky. Sylphs are also responsible for wind, certain types of storms and weather patterns. From the tiniest of breezes to the most powerful hurricane, sylphs are a part of every natural phenomenon involving the air.
Since we are completely dependent on air and can last only a few minutes without breath, the work of the sylphs is critical to our survival. Sylphs work closely with our own bodies to ensure that oxygen is properly absorbed in our lungs. They are also said to have specialized functions such as integrating new knowledge and mental development.
Air fairies often take the shapes of birds and many even have the skill of speaking the language of birds. Fairies who fly are the most evolved of the fae, having incorporated all aspects of the four elements. Wings are symbolic of air, legs of earth, their shimmering qualities of fire, and a shape shifting aspect represents the fluidity of water. Added to these four, is the fifth magical element, moonlight.
If you are lucky enough to meet an air fairy, it will bless your pet with abilities from the sphere of air - powers such as invisibility, haste or flight.
If you have an affinity for the number 5, more than likely you have a genuine interest in other people and take an active role in your community. You may be high spirited and love to travel and you adapt well in most situations. More than likely you have many projects going at the same time. A risk taker, you may have a hard time staying in one place, or having one job. Change is a necessity for you.
The spiritual meaning of 5 deals with travel, adventure and motion. If you see the number 5 pop up in your life a lot, be prepared. Travel and adventure may soon be yours.
Because 5 is a symbol of motion, you may have a desire for instant gratification. This can lead to problems so beware.
Not only for medicinal uses, aspirin can make car, home, beauty, and clothing care easy! Most of us have some in the cabinet so you might as well know how to make great use of it. Here are some of the ways I've found.
First off, I would like to say take care if you are allergic to aspirin and do not even apply it topically. Some of these tips will not be for you, but others you may be able to use. About 10 percent of people with severe asthma are also allergic to aspirin and, in fact, to all products containing salicylic acid, aspirin's key ingredient, including some cold medications, fruits, food seasonings and additives. That percentage skyrockets to 30 to 40 percent for older asthmatics who also suffer from sinusitis or nasal polyps. Acute sensitivity to aspirin is also seen in a small percentage of the general population without asthma, particularly people with ulcers and other bleeding conditions. Always consult your doctor before using any medication, and do not apply aspirin externally if you are allergic to taking it internally.
Revive dead car batteries
If you get behind the wheel only to discover that your car's battery has given up and there's no one around to give you a jump, you may be able to get your vehicle started by dropping two aspirin tablets into the battery itself. The aspirin's acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery's sulfuric acid to produce one last charge. Just be sure to drive to your nearest service station.
Remove perspiration stains
Before you give up all hope of ever getting that perspiration stain out of your good white dress shirt try this:
Crush two aspirins and mix the powder in 1/2 cup warm water. Soak the stained part of the garment in the solution for two to three hours and then launder.
Restore hair color
Swimming in a chlorinated pool can have a noticeable, and often unpleasing, effect on your hair coloring if you have light colored hair. You can usually return your hair to its former shade by dissolving six to eight aspirins in a glass of warm water. Rub the solution thoroughly into your hair and let it set for 10-15 minutes then rinse.
Dry up pimples
Even those of us who are well past adolescence can get the occasional pimple. Get rid of those annoying blemishes by crushing one aspirin and moistening it with a bit of water. Apply the paste to the pimple, and let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing off with soap and water. It will reduce the redness and soothe the sting. If the pimple persists, repeat the procedure as needed until it's gone.
Treat hard calluses
Soften hard calluses on your feet by grinding five or six aspirins into a powder. Make a paste by adding 1/2 teaspoon each of lemon juice and water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas, then wrap your foot in a warm towel and cover it with a plastic bag. After staying off your feet for at least ten minutes, remove the bag and towel, and file down the softened callus with a pumice stone.
Keep dandruff in check by crushing two aspirins to a fine powder and adding it to the normal amount of shampoo you use each time you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your hair for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well and wash again with plain shampoo.
Apply to insect bites and stingsControl the inflammation caused by mosquito bites or bee stings by wetting your skin and rubbing an aspirin over the spot. Of course, if you are allergic to bee stings -- and have difficulty breathing, develop abdominal pains, or feel nauseated following a bee sting -- get medical attention at once.
Help cut flowers last longer
It's a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer: Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Other household items that you can put in the water to extend the life of your flower arrangements include: a multivitamin, a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of salt and baking soda, and even a copper penny. Also, don't forget to change the vase water every few days.
Use as garden aid
Aspirin is not only a first-aid essential for you, but for your garden as well. Some gardeners grind it up for use as a rooting agent, or mix it with water to treat fungus conditions in the soil. But be careful when using aspirin around plants; too much of it can cause burns or other damage to your greenery. When treating soil, the typical dosage should be a half or a full aspirin tablet in 1 quart (1 liter) water.
Remove egg stains from clothes
Did you drop some raw egg on your clothing while cooking or eating? First, scrape off as much of the egg as you can, and then try to sponge out the rest with lukewarm water. Don't use hot water, it will set the egg. If that doesn't completely remove the stain, mix water and cream of tartar into a paste and add a crushed aspirin. Spread the paste on the stain and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse well in warm water and the egg will be gone.
Welcome! Please pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in and relax with me awhile. As you'll notice, I am captivated by ancient times, a soul misplaced in this modern day. I have a love for my ancestry and I believe people who grow up without a sense of how yesterday has affected today, are unlikely to have a strong sense of how today affects tomorrow.