Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2019

Ostara Blessings & Good Morning Beautiful Souls! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start the first day of Spring  with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as: Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, No Ruz, Ostara, Ostra, Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox.

gardendigest.com

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All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair-
The bees are stirring-birds are on the wing-
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

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MBG: How To Bring More Balance To Your Life With Tonight’s Libra Full Supermoon

Peace, love, and harmony are the order of the day on March 20 (9:43 p.m. EDT), when the Libra full supermoon—the first in a rare, back-to-back pair—shines overhead. This harmonious zodiac sign counts among its ranks John Lennon, Alfred Nobel (of the Nobel Peace Prize) and Gandhi, whose advice to “be the change you wish to see in the world” will feel like the answer to everything under this lunar light

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/march-full-supermoon-2019

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Tetraktys: Ostara Seed Blessing Ritual For Solitary Witches

On the Wheel of the year, Ostara is the celebration of the spring Equinox. This Sabbat marks a point of perfect balance between light and darkness. Past this point, the days will be longer than the nights: we will be into the brightest part of the year. For Wiccans, Ostara is a festival of fertility and light.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/ostara-seed-blessing-ritual/

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Elephant Journal: Five Ways to Celebrate Spring Equinox (& One Simple Ritual).

Is there anything more exciting than the first promise of spring?
Personally, I am grateful to live in a part of the world where the seasons are clearly demarcated by Nature’s travels around the Wheel of the Year.
As a quick refresher of high school science (which I paid little attention to, I can assure you), let me share the basics of what happens during the Vernal Equinox.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/03/five-ways-to-celebrate-spring-equinox-one-simple-ritual/

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MNN: Your shedding dog can help birds this spring

When I brush my dog, especially in spring, I like to do it on the back deck. Depending on how much fluff I gather and how hard the wind is blowing, I often have wandering dog-hair tumbleweeds all over the yard

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-your-shedding-dog-can-help-birds-spring

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EarthSky News: Full supermoon at March 2019 equinox 

The March 20-21, 2019, full moon ushers in the first full moon of spring for the Northern Hemisphere, and the first full moon of autumn for the Southern Hemisphere. This full moon is also a supermoon, particularly close to Earth. It comes less than four hours after the arrival of the March 20 equinox.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/full-supermoon-on-march-2019-equinox

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Patheos-Pagan: Parenting the Divine: Your Pagan Kids’ Egg Hunt

From Chaos to Connection – making the most of your Pagan kids’ egg hunt.
It’s that time again when colorful eggs fill stores, and parents brace for the next sugar high. Regardless of origins or absorption into the wider culture, hunting for eggs at the Spring Equinox is a delightful tradition that many Pagan parents feel no guilt about adopting and incorporating into our own celebrations.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/03/making-the-most-of-your-pagan-kids-egg-hunt/

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Inner Journey:

WONDER-FULL!

“…we can’t survive without enchantment… the loss of it is killing us.”
— Thomas Moore

“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”
— Andrew Schneider

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.”
— Albert Einstein

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbsto angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The more one loves for no reason at all the easier their life, the greater their friends, and the happier their times.

Love rocks,

The Universe

tut.com

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Thought.Co : Ostara Recipes

Ostara is the celebration of the Spring Equinox; it’s the time of year when new life is beginning to form, and fresh little green things are starting to poke their way out of the chilly dirt. If you’re really lucky, you may be able to find some spring greens to nibble on! Looking for recipes to brighten up your Ostara celebration?

https://www.thoughtco.com/ostara-recipes-2562441

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Magical Correspondences for Ostara

Colors: Green, Yellow

Activities include: planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, fertility rites

Rituals:  balance, herb work – magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for prosperity/fertility, new beginnings, potential, action and seed blessings.

Sacred Stones include: all Jaspers, Amethyst, Aquamarine, and Bloodstone

Incense and Scents: african violet, jasmine, rose, sage and strawberry

Herbs & Flowers: Honeysuckle, Iris, Peony, Violet, Woodruff, Olive, Iris, Narcissus, Daffodils, Jonquils, Primrose, Crocus, all spring flowers

Symbols include: four leaf clover, baskets, eggs, spring flowers, chicks, rabbits, budding twigs & flowers, sprouting bulbs

Food includes: lamb, eggs, seeds, leafy green vegetables, spiced or flower cupcakes, fruits, hot cross buns, sprouts, honey cakes

Deities: Deities: Fertility Deities, youthful deities, love goddesses, the Green Man, Gaia, Cerrunos, Eostre, Persephone, Thoth, Odin, Osiris, Isis, Venus, Pan, Athena

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Daily Wisdom
March 20, 2019

Compassion
“Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.”

-Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975)

Compassion moves us beyond our own immediate needs and concerns and shows us how important it is to look at the big picture. We are all in this together. When one of us feels pain it affects the whole. When one of us extends ourselves to ease that pain, the healing reverberates to affect the whole.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Easy Ways to Renew Yourself This Spring
It’s always important to nurture your psyche – with short breaks that are warm, reassuring and fun. What better time to do so than in spring, a season of rebirth and renewal. Here are tips to renew…

Read more……………..

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

The Blessings of Spring: Cat’s Angel Message for March 20, 2019 

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The Blessings of Spring: Cat’s Angel Message for March 20, 2019 

March Theme: This month carries the energy of the Ascended Masters. We will be working to improve self love, inner peace and overall clarity. These things will help on the path to manifesting our dreams and goals.


Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams 


320:  Today is Ostara, The Vernal Equinox and the first day of Spring! The Universe are reminding us about faith. Sometimes our faith is like the Winter season where things seem barren, empty or even hopeless. We see no results to our prayers or requests. Then all of a sudden we see new beginnings and new growth, just like what happens in the Spring time. Embrace this new season and see things with a fresh, new perspective. Believe with all your being that even though the results you want are not yet visible the Universe is working behind the scenes, wheels are turning and things are falling into place.


Today we honor the goddesses of Spring like Brigid (the maiden), Freya, Olwen, Blodewedd, Eostre, Persephone/Kore, or Cordielia. Spend some time outside today and look for the new growth that symbolizes rebirth and hope. The Welsh goddess Cordelia is a deity of nature and  Spring is her season.  She  reminds us that every season has it’s own unique beauty and healing energy. Embrace joy today to help you to escape stress and let go. “Healing can be found in nature. Allow the beauty that surrounds you to renew your spirit and fill your soul with pure joy.”


To honor this new season try using one of the following Sacred Stones and to promote Spring’s essence within.  Tree Agate (Dendritic) to strengthen your connection to the plant kingdom and help you to enjoy each moment. Green Aventurine promotes healing and infuses us with harmony as it balances yin/yang energy. Chrysoprase fills us with the sense of being a part of the divine plan and brings hope and personal insight. Moonstone helps us to see the new beginnings as they happen and Sunstone helps us to connect to the light and promotes a  joyous spirit.


Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Celtic Tree Month of Alder: March 18th to April 14th.

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Celtic Tree Month of Alder  or Ffearn (FAIR-n) 

Plant Information:

The Alder is a member of the Birch family and is native to the British Isles, Europe and North America. They require a great quantity of water and can reach 65 feet or more if left to grow undisturbed. The tree itself grows in a rough cone shape with branches that are evenly spaced down its long trunk, The leaves are roundish and finely toothed, and in the spring it produces flowers and catkins. The wood from this sacred tree comes in a number of colors. When an alder is cut down the wood changes from white to reddish-yellow that bears a remarkable resemblance to blood. This caused our ancestors to believe that the tree bled when cut and it was considered unlucky to cut one down. The wood itself is oily and water resistant and in past times was used for shields, the foundations for houses and is still used today in cabinetry and door making.


In healing alder has been used as a substitute for quinine. It has also been used to treat parasites, inflammation coughs, poison ivy, toothache, sprains and strains. On an interesting side note the inner bark is a great natural pesticide.


In Myth & Magick

The time surrounding the Vernal Equinox is and was important in the wheel of the Celtic year. Alder good for fairy magick and the leaves and twigs can be used in charms and talismans for protection. While dyes can be made from the bark, flowers and twigs to dye ritual robes. Red: Bark/ Green: Flowers/ Brown: twigs. Alder is associated with all four elements ( earth, air, water, fire) and is great for elemental magick. Flutes can be made from the wood and whistles from young alder shoots can be made to summon air elemental’s. The alder represents free will and liberty. In some places today it is still a crime to cut down this sacred tree. The person who is dumb enough to cut one down is seen as the cause of any trouble that happens in his neighborhood. The alder tree is also associated with courage and the evolution of spirit. This tree spirit can be called upon for help during disputes, where you need to see clearly to make the right decision or when you simply need to draw and bring forward you own inner strength.


 Born in the Month of Alder

People born in the month of Alder make excellent oracles, they can tell you like it is and manage to do it gently. However, alder people must remember not to abuse their power, and just like the tree itself they tend to mature slowly. Alders are powerful and make steadfast allies, they are trailblazers who set the pace for others to follow. If you are an alder person, just remember to slow down once in awhile and take a good look around you.

As a magickal name Alder works well for people who tend to be secretive and changeable or for those with fire signs. Choosing this name can bring out sensitivity in people who have trouble letting it show.


Other Correspondences:
Names: Tree of Fire

Deity: Bran, Proteus, Branwyn, Freya, Cailleach, Teutates and Ares

Animals: Snake,Fox, Hawk, Gull, Raven

Use in Spells for: Weather, Spiritual growth, Teaching, Banishing, Protection, Healing

 

Article Sources

dutchie.org
crystal-forest.com
Flower and Tree Magic, Richard Webster
Whispers from the Woods, Sandra Kynes

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 15, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 15, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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We like March, his shoes are purple,
He is new and high;
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry.
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Spirit Library: Freedom

Blessed Being, your Freedom is a resonance that is attained and contained within. The paradox of containment and Freedom is the connection of the opposites that occurs within you. In the physical realm of limitation, you are provided a structure of experience and discovery that uncovers a hidden truth that resides within you

https://spiritlibrary.com/jamye-price/freedom

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The White Goddess: Ostara – Spring Equinox

Ostara: Spring Equinox (Ostara) – March 21st/22nd
Incense: Jasmine, Rose
Decorations: Yellow Disk or Wheel, Coloured Egg’s, Hare Decorations, Spring Flowers
Colours: Yellow
This marks the Spring Equinox. This is the Pagan “Easter” – or rather, this is the day that Christians borrowed to be their Easter. It is traditionally the day of equilibrium, neither harsh winter or the merciless summer, and is a time of childish wonder. Painted eggs, baskets of flowers and the like are generally used to decorate the house.

http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/ostara_-_spring_equinox.asp

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Recipes for a Pagan Soul: Ostara

Food and drink of Ostara: Leafy green vegetables, dairy foods, nuts such as Pumpkin, sunflower, fresh fruits, eggs, honey and honey cakes, seeds, waffles, and milk

http://recipesforapagansoul.weebly.com/ostara-mar-20-23.html

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MNN: What’s that sound? 7 wildlife calls you might hear in your backyard
As their habitats give way to sprawling human developments, more and more animals are being forced into cities and suburbs.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/whats-that-sound-7-wildlife-calls-you-might-hear-in-your-backyard

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EarthSky News: Moon, Castor, Pollux, Procyon March 15 and 16

As darkness falls on March 15 and 16, 2019, let the waxing gibbous moon show you three bright stars. Look for the constellation Gemini’s two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, to the north of the moon. They’re sometimes called the Gemini twins, even though they don’t look alike. Then look to the south of the moon for the bright star Procyon, also known as the Little Dog Star because it’s the brightest light in the constellation Canis Minor the Lesser Dog

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-south-of-gemini-stars

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Patheos-Pagan: The Seeds of Ostara – Divination and Manifestation

The Vernal Equinox, Ostara in the Pagan calendar, is just around the corner and this year is packing quite an astrological wallop. On Wednesday, March 20th, day and night will be equal lengths. As the sun shifts into the fiery sign of Aries, a full moon will also shine and enter the astrological sign of Libra shortly before the moon reaches peak brightness

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/03/seeds-ostara-divination-manifestation/

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Inner Journey: 

WHAT HEALS?

“Paradoxically, a group of humans becomes healing and converting only after its members have learned to stop trying to heal and convert. Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are. You are free to be you. And being so free, you are free to discard defenses, masks, disguises; free to seek your own psychological and spiritual health; free to become your whole and holy self.”
— Scott Peck

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

OK go ahead and think of the one “thing” that still bugs you. You know, that one issue, challenge, or person who… arghhh, if only the load of it would lighten.

Come on, now. This won’t work if you don’t think of something.

Then repeat after me: “This is better than winning the lottery! What a gift! Because as I use it to understand why it affects me as it does, even though I remain literally cloaked in miracles, powerful beyond measure, and utterly free in this very moment to think and feel and manifest without limit, such new insights, perhaps more than any others I’ve gleaned from my entire life, will make me happier, healthier, and wealthier than I even knew I could hope to be. All because of this gift! Hallelujah! Lucky me! I’ll miss it when it’s gone… sort of.”
You really will –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Healthier Egg Drop Soup

This delicious recipe has flavor and veggies to make it a little heartier than traditional egg drop soup

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Healthier-Egg-Drop-Soup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
March 15, 2019 

Energy
“Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it, for it is a faculty of the psyche.”

-Germaine Greer (1973)

Sometimes when we’re feeling down or tired, the best thing to pick us up is a brisk walk! A little exertion of energy gets the juices flowing – then we can think more clearly and make better decisions for ourselves. We need to strive for a balance between quiet and activity. Too much of either one gets us out of kilter.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Colors That Will Cheer You Up

Alternative therapy can offer a breakthrough for people struggling depression. There is art therapy, animal therapy and storytelling therapy. There is an arm of therapy that is used to help people with depression that is often not talked about or perhaps never heard of–it’s called color psychology. Color psychology is the study of different hues and its impact on human behavior. Over the years, people are paying closer attention to how color can influence their mood.

Read More……

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Light-Hope-New Beginnings: Cat’s Angel Message for March 20, 2018 

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Light-Hope-New Beginnings: Cat’s Angel Message for March 20, 2018 

 March Theme:  This month guidance is coming from the Ascended Masters. Find what defines you and use it to inspire others. Free your creative side and share your ideas and gifts.


 If winter comes, can spring be far behind? – Percy Bysshe Shelley

 320:  Today is Ostara, The Vernal Equinox and the first day of Spring! Today we are working with the Sacred Feminine/ Goddess and she is reminding us about faith. Sometimes our faith is like the Winter season where things seem barren, empty or even hopeless. We see no results to our prayers or requests. Then suddenly we see new beginnings and growth, like Spring. Embrace this new season and see things with a fresh, new perspective. Believe with all your being that even though the results you want are not yet visible the Universe is working behind the scenes, wheels are turning and things are falling into place.

Today we honor the goddesses of Spring like Brigid (the maiden), Freya, Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Eostre, Sita, Persephone/Kore, Lada, Kono-Hana-Sakuya-Hino, Hebe. Spend some time outside today and look for the new growth that symbolizes hope.

To honor this new season and to promote Spring’s essence within use Tree Agate (Dendritic) to strengthen your connection to the plant kingdom and help you to enjoy each moment. Green Aventurine to promote healing and harmony as it balances ouryin/yang energy. Chrysoprase fills us with the sense of being a part of the divine plan and brings hope and personal insight. Moonstone helps us to see the new beginnings as they happen and Sunstone helps us to connect to the light and brings joy.

 

Bright blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

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Celtic Tree Month of Alder March 18th to April 14th

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Celtic Tree Month of Alder ( Ffearn (FAIR-n) runs from March 18th to April 14th.

Alder is a member of the Birch family and is native to the British Isles, Europe and North America. These trees require a great quantity of water and can reach 65 feet or more if left to grow undisturbed. The tree itself grows in a rough cone shape with branches that are evenly spaced down its long trunk, The leaves are roundish and finely toothed and in the spring it produces flowers and catkins. The wood from this sacred tree comes in a number of colors. When an alder is cut down the wood changes from white to reddish-yellow that bears a remarkable resemblance to blood. This caused our ancestors to believe that the tree bled when cut and therefore it was considered unlucky to cut one down. The wood is oily and water resistant and in past times was used for shields, the foundations for houses and is still used today in cabinetry and door making.

In healing alder has been used as a substitute for quinine. It has also been used to treat parasites, inflammation coughs, poison ivy, toothache, sprains and strains. On an interesting side note the inner bark is a great natural pesticide.

 

In Myth & Magick

The time surrounding the Vernal Equinox is and was important in the wheel of the Celtic year. The alder represents free will and liberty. In some places today it is still a crime to cut down this sacred tree. The person who is dumb enough to cut one down is seen as the cause of any trouble that happens in his neighborhood. The alder tree is also associated with courage and the evolution of spirit. This tree spirit can be called upon for help during disputes, where you need to see clearly to make the right decision or when you simply need to draw and bring forward you own inner strength.

Alder is associated with all four elements ( earth, air, water, fire) and is great for elemental magick. Flutes can be made from the wood and whistles from young alder shoots can be made to summon air elementals. It is also considered sacred to the Fae and as such is good for fairy magick. The leaves and twigs can be used in charms and talismans for protection. Dyes can be made from the bark, flowers and twigs to dye ritual robes. Red: Bark/ Green: Flowers/ Brown: twigs.

 

Alder People:

People born in the month of Alder make excellent oracles, they can tell you like it is and manage to do it gently. However, alder people must remember not to abuse their power, and just like the tree itself they tend to mature slowly. Alders are powerful and make steadfast allies, they are trailblazers who set the pace for others to follow. If you are an alder person, just remember to slow down once in awhile and take a good look around you.

As a magickal name Alder works well for people who tend to be secretive and changeable or for those with fire signs. Choosing this name can bring out sensitivity in people who have trouble letting it show.

 

Other Correspondences:
Names: Tree of Fire

Deity: Bran, Proteus, Branwyn, Freya, Cailleach, Teutates and Ares.
Animals: Snake,Fox, Hawk, Gull, Raven

Use in Spells for: Weather, Spiritual growth, Teaching, Banishing, Protection, Healing


Written by L Bolotin from the following sources: dutchie.org crystal-forest.com Flower and Tree Magic, Richard Webster Whispers from the Woods, Sandra Kynes Old Tree Photo from stock-xchng.com