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Saturday, September 29

Divination Segment - Spirit Boards

I have never used a spirit board. I have never really been interested in them until more recently. The most popular spirit board is the Ouija board. Ouija boards are sold commercially as a game. When using spirit connection as a game, spirits that would otherwise best be ignored are called to the idea of messing with someone who is just trying to contact something. For this reason, even when using protection, I do not recommend working with the Ouija board. This specific board has a stigma to it and all of those negative associations can effect the outcome of the readings you might do with it.

However, I do believe a spirit board that is made in a different pattern can be very useful. Of course, any time you are asking for help from the spirits, it is a good idea to have some sort of protection. Be it an amulet you can call on if something happens, or a full blown circle, or of course anything in between, it couldn't hurt to be cautious.

If you are really ambitious, it would work best to make your own board. If you put your own energy and intent to something, it is easier to use it in the way you prefer. If you have a certain deity you call for protection, you can add a representation to them to your board. Make an inscription stating that this board can be used only to speak with those who have good and helpful intentions and that any entity must leave when the conversation is over. The possibilities are endless, but as with anything in magic, putting personal energy into something will always lead to a better result.

Have you ever used a spirit board? What was your experience like? Do you have any suggestions for people like me that have never used a spirit board? Please add your comments below!

Monday, September 24

Kitchen Witchery Segment - Alfredo Chicken

This is an amazing and super easy recipe.  Also great when served with noodles.

Alfredo Chicken

Vegetable oil
1 package frozen boccoli, thawed(16 oz)
1 jar alfredo sauce(16 oz)
5-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
1 green bell pepper, chopped

Preheat oven to 375*. Brown chicken breasts with oil. Transfer to sprayed 9x13in baking dish. Microwave broccoli according to package and drain. Spoon broccoli and  bell pepper over chicken. In small saucepan heat Alfredo sauce with 1/4c water. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Cover and bake 15-20 min.

We discussed chicken before as making the most out of what you have. Also, it can be used to please a crowd of people and make people comfortable without breaking the bank. I am going to interpret this particular recipe as a comfort food that allows people to calm down and enjoy the company of others.

For this recipe we will ignore the oil since it isn't a major part. Alfredo sauce is different types of dairy products mixed with spices. Dairy is about fertility and nourishment. In this instance, let's use the abundance to multiply the joy and well being of everyone that eats this. Garlic is popular for this type of sauce, so garlic can be used to ward off all unhappiness or emotions that may bring down a gathering.

Next we have vegetables. Bell pepper is to me a staple in flavoring. Peppers have a sharp flavor but are healthy, so use the peppers to bring good health to your guests. Broccoli - this one is tricky. Haven't thought too much about this one. The original recipe called for florets, but I don't like only using certain parts of a vegetable that can all be eaten. So, since most people prefer just the tops of the broccoli, use the stems as well and have it symbolize the inclusion and happiness of all.

There you have it, a great dish to bring people together! Add pasta to represent comfort and nourishment of the earth to round it out.

Wednesday, September 19

Divination Segment - Pendulums

So I have been doing some research on pendulums lately, just because, and I have realized something very interesting. I am not sure why I never noticed it before. Pendulums especially, but really any sort of divination if you think about it, accesses your subconscious for answers. If you do not specify in a divination sitting what power you want to speak to, in the end you are just talking to yourself.

Pendulum specific. A pendulum doesn't have to be anything fancy. Any weight on a string will work. When choosing a pendulum, remember to let it choose you, and you will know which one is right.

Each pendulum has it's own language as much as each person has their own way of communicating with a pendulum. Make sure to take time to get to know your pendulum and if you have more than one, you might want to consult more than one for accurate answers.

When talking to the pendulum, statements work better than questions in my experience. Be sure to concentrate on the statement and do not let your ideas of an answer enter your brain as that will be the answer you receive.

The pendulum can be used to get to know yourself on a very intimate level. Remember, what you think you know may not always be true, and the truth may not always be easy to deal with. If this frightens you, you may want to make sure to call upon protection before doing any sort of divination.

Kitchen Witchery Segment - Skillet BBQ Chicken

Love this one - super easy and very good.

Skillet BBQ Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz bbq sauce
1 can 7up (12 oz)

Put the chicken in a sprayed skillet. Combine sauce and 7up and pour over chicken. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour until tender.

Okay, I know that it is controversial in paganism to use meat for 'spells'. I am not a vegetarian, and I believe the meat deserves to be honored and used just as much as the other ingredients in a recipe.Chicken is traditionally a cheap meat, so it can represent making due with what you have and making the most of it. Barbecue sauce normally has a sweet as well as a smokey taste. The sugar is an amplification of natural flavor and already present traits as well as a touch of happiness or sweetness to an unhappy situation by adding sweetness to the smoke. Smoke can be the power of air, or the potential trapped within the self. Now for the 7up. Lemon and lime are both associated with love or energy.

Put all these together and at the very base we are getting the most out of what we have to reach the untapped potential within ourselves for love and for change.

Blessed be!

Tuesday, September 18

Kitchen Witchery Segment - Mayonnaise Rolls

This is a super easy recipe that has a lot of potential. On it's own, it is good, but a little bland. Herbs could be added to turn this into a very potent food.

Mayonnaise Rolls
2 cups flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 400*. Combine all ingredients and pour/scoop into a sprayed muffin pan. Bake for 22 minutes.

So let's see what we can do with this one. Remember, the correspondences I use are all based on my own intuition. If you want something that has been a bit more researched, I am sure there are sites out there for that...feel free to share them with me. First, the flour. We talked about this in the segment on bread, but basically flour can be abundance and the comforts of home. Okay, milk. Milk can be a symbol of fertility, nourishment, love, and richness. The mayonnaise I use is made with olive oil, so it takes on the basic ideas of the oil itself, which we will talk about in a minute because that's what I use to grease the pan, and works well with some general ideas as well. Mayonnaise is a basic bonding ingredient that tends to make foods into something much more vibrant. It is a comfort food as well. The olive oil can have a variety of meanings. It has a connection with Greece, so olives contain sun and warmth. Traditionally it was also lamp fuel, so light and comfort can be seen. There is also the idea of oil as a fat(even if it is not necessarily a bad fat), so it can also be used for overabundance, and things to be taken in moderation.

Overall, this basic bread is great for abundance, love, fullness, and the warmth and love of the home. This could also be a good food to use for success and moving forward because your base is firmly in tact.