Mom’s little miracle.

This is a something that happened to my mom a few months ago. Her father, my grandpa passed away do to complications and cancer. A few years earlier we also lost grandma as well. My mom was mowing the yard on the riding lawn mower trying to hold it together. She was struggling with it. She prayed for a sign to know that they were both in heaven and doing well.

The very moment she prayed it, two butterflies one yellow, and one black landed on her hand. They stayed there for quite a while before they flew away. She took this as a small sign that everything was alright.

Don’t underestimate the little things.

Being a good person, not good enough.

The human condition.

Being a good person is not good enough. It is hard to hear, that is why so many can’t except it. But the truth is no one can be good enough. It simply isn’t possible.

We all have a bad side. We all do bad things sometimes. We all have bad days. Even the best of us tell half truths sometimes, or get angry and say something hurtful, or simply want our way this time no matter what.

It happens. It may not be who we are all the time, but we are human. This is the sin nature. Big or small it all has the same price. Hell.

No one can be good enough to avoid it. We all have to pay the price. Unless of course someone else pays it on our behalf. Jesus did what we could not. And He paid the price for us, to give us access to heaven. So long as we sincerely strive to live as better people. To root out sin in our lives  and pit it away from us.

A lot of people don’t like that part either.

Change.

Many people want all the benefits, but not put In the work. Why should I have to change to get it. Why can’t I have it first and change after. As Christians we have to change. In baptism we are rebirthed as new creatures and we must put away sin from our lives. Some people find it just to hard, because they are looking at it wrong. We aren’t called to be perfect. We aren’t. We wont be. We are just called to live different. To give up bad behavior. To keep working on it. Mistakes will happen, but we just keep working on it. That is the point. That is life.

Homemade Teas

This was meant to go with the potions post. You can grow your own herb garden and harvest  ingredients you can combine and steep your own teas. There are a lot of herbs you can grow. Listed here are some of the better herbs and their uses.

ALFALFA: The leaves of this valuable herb are packed full of vitamins A, D, E, and K. Alfalfa is also considered to be one of the best sources of essential minerals.

ANGELICA ROOT: Known in the past as the “root of the Holy Ghost,” this heavenly aromatic variety known for aiding the digestive tract and strengthens the heart.

CATNIP: An age old remedy for chasing away fevers, nervous headaches, insomnia, and various other aches and ills, catnip is also a pleasant tea for everyday use.

CHAMOMILE: Makes a delicious, golden colored brew. Extremely popular in Europe and with women having menstrual problems. Chamomile may not be everyone’s cup of tea because it causes allergic reactions in some. If you’re not sure, try a weak brew and see how you feel. Increase strength and amount consumed as desired.

CLOVER: A delicate tisane may be brewed from the dried flowers of the red clover. This iron-rich herb is considered a wonderful blood purifier.

DANDELION: Everyone knows what this is. They grow all over the yard.  No need to plant in your garden. Just dig it up and save the leaves and brew a tea from them. Dandelion is said to have a slightly laxative effect. Also, the roasted roots are edible. Can do for survival in a pinch.

DILL: A weak decoction of the seeds is reputedly a good remedy for hiccoughs.

GINGER: A spicy spice that is warming. Mix with a tea for those chilly wintry nights. It has a strengthening and cheering effect on the body.

HOREHOUND: An old-fashioned remedy for coughs and colds. Promotes perspiration and has a laxative effect if taken in large doses. Makes a bitter brew, so sweeten generously with honey or sugar.

RASPBERRY: Leaves from the red raspberry bush make an energizing and nerve-soothing tea that is also supposedly good for canker sores and sore throats.

SAGE: A delicious Old English tea that makes a good tonic. Said to make hair grow, relieve pain in the joints, quicken the senses, and aid the memory. Better than coffee for a quick pick-me-up.

Peppermint: Helps with indigestion and a soar throat.

Hibiscus: Good for lowering blood pressure.

Lavender: Some use it in tea, but I recommend lavender water. Just soak them and let it take on the properties. It is said to protect from spirits. Sprinkle it around the area and yourself to keep any lingering spirits from attaching to you and following you home, when out at a cemetery or some similar place. (Like a hospital)

Of course with all these, don’t drink them all the time. Too much is bad for you and can be dangerous it large doses. Drink responsibly.

 

Spiritual Weapons

If you want to fortify yourself against demons, spirits, or evil influence there are a number of options. With the rise in interest in the paranormal there are more people than ever playing with the occult who are not prepared for it and this can cause problems for them as well for those around them. Some even dable in magic and hexes. Or maybe you just wish to strengthen your faith or be ready to help someone in need.

To start off with you should confess to God everything you can think of. This strengthens your faith, increases your righteousness and purity of spirit. It is how you should begin anything of this nature.

You can use the sign of the cross to strengthen your faith and focus. Also you can use the crusader’s oath below.

The sign of the cross  or blessing oneself or crossing oneself, is a ritual blessing made by members of many branches of Christianity. This blessing is made by the tracing of an upright cross or + across the body with the right hand, often accompanied by spoken or mental recitation of the trinitarian formula.
“In the name of the Father, the Son, and othe Holy Spirit”

The motion is the tracing of the shape of a cross in the air or on one’s own body, echoing the traditional shape of the cross of the Christian Crucifixion narrative. There are two principal forms: the one—three fingers, right to left—is exclusively used in the Eastern Orthodox churches and the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church of the Byzantine and Chaldean Tradition; the other—left to right, other than three fingers—is the one used in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Anglicanism, Methodism, Lutheranism and Oriental Orthodoxy

Crusaders’ Oath
In nomine Patris+ et Filii+ et Spiritus Sancti+. Amen
(In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit)

“Cruce,dum Spiro, fido, Deo duce, Ferro comitante”
“While I breathe, I trust the cross, with God as my leader and my sword as my companion”

Prayer for protection

Simple enough. Pray to God for protection. Construct your own prayer. Use your beads if you like. Be as vague or specific as you wish. Some like to get down to specifics. Flood, fire, civil defense or protection for the unborn. Clear your mind. Get rid of any clutter and focus on Jesus. Picture him in your mind. Imagine his love as a cloak of light surrounding you and wrapping you in his arms. His warmth, his love, his strength.

DO IT YOURSELF INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANSING YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY AND YOURSELF.
Sprinkle a few grains of salt in every corner of every room in your home. (If you vacuum it up while cleaning, just reapply as you’re vacuuming. Sprinkle or spray Holy Water on every wall, floor and ceiling (including closets and baths) in your home, and use blessed oil to seal your home and yourself with the sign of the cross on the outside and inside of each door and in the center of your own forehead. (For cleansing homes I mix the exorcised salt with water in a ‘clean’ (preferably new) spray bottle and spray each and every corner in the house, including closets, water heater rooms, furnace rooms, and also one spray in the center of the floor of each room and once on the ceiling. That way you have no salt on your carpets and when the water dries, the salt remains. The exorcised salt makes the water exorcised water also.)

Also say a prayer in each room to bless it and to ask for protection. Or some just use the standard Lord’s prayer.

These are exorcism blessings for salt and water. Only posting in English. If you want the Latin version google it. (+) is when you should make the sign of the cross over the water or salt)

Exorcism of Salt (necessary for Exorcism of Water)

O salt, creature of God, I exorcize you by the living (+) God, by the true (+) God, by the holy (+) God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Elisha the prophet, so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcize you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled; every apparition, villainy, turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit; adjured by him who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly implore you, in your immeasurable kindness and love, to bless (+) this salt which you created and gave to the use of mankind, so that it may become a source of health for the minds and bodies of all who make use of it. May it rid whatever it touches or sprinkles of all uncleanness, and protect it from every assault of evil spirits. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Exorcism of Water in English

O water, creature of God, I exorcize you in the name of God the Father (+) Almighty, and in the name of Jesus (+) Christ His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy (+) Spirit. I exorcize you so that you may put to flight all the power of the enemy, and be able to root out and supplant that enemy with his apostate angels, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

O God, for the salvation of mankind, you built your greatest mysteries on this substance, water. In your kindness, hear our prayers and pour down the power of your blessing (+) into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, your creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of your mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that everything in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water, may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection and no disease-bearing air remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the health obtained by calling upon your holy name, may be made secure against all attack.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Pour exorcised salt into the water, in the form of a cross)

May a mixture of salt and water now be made, in the name of the Father, and of the (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, Creator unconquerable, invincible King, Victor ever glorious, you hold in check the forces bent on dominating us. You overcome the cruelty of the raging enemy, and in your power you beat down the wicked foe. Humbly and fearfully do we pray to you, O Lord, and we ask you to look with favor on this salt and water which you created. Shine on it with the light of your kindness. Sanctify it by the dew of your love, so that, through the invocation of your holy name, wherever this water and salt is sprinkled, it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit, and dispel the terrors of the poisonous serpent. And wherever we may be, make the Holy Spirit present to us, who now implore your mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Sign of the Cross

You can use the sign of the cross to ward away evil. Also the saliva of a righteous man is an age old talisman for warding away evil. In a pinch if you do not have holy water on hand and you are spiritually pure at the time you can use your own saliva. You can lick your thumb and mark a cross on a wall or on the forehead of a person you wish to bless.
If you encounter evil on a lonely road or back alley you can spit on the ground and say a prayer. It may seem a little crude, but it does make sense. God has made us holy so our dna which is in the saliva is holy as well. As long as you confess your sins and strive to remain holy and don’t give in to the worlds (if it feels good do) attitude.

Jesus even used his own saliva in the Bible. John 9:1
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

More can be found on http://www.getridofghosts.org

Bestiary: The Scarecrow

hansrtp.jpgThe scarecrow has been a favorite monster for a long time. It has been portrayed in many forms from batman to the wizard of oz. Taking on many forms. Always a figure human or otherwise dressed in tattered clothes and a cloth face that obscures any true human features to inflict fear on its victims. The traditional scarecrow is a stuffy guy made of straw placed In a garden to scare away flying predators by taking on the appearance of a worse predator.

In Christianity we have a lore of such a creature, Hans Trapp.

Hans Trapp was called the Robber Baron. He was arrested and isolated and in his isolation he lost his humanity and in his resentment for the church he became deeply devoted to satan. This devotion eventually lead to him craving human flesh especially children.
As the legend goes, this was a real man. He was rich and evil and was kicked out of the catholic church. He was exiled into the forest where he preyed on children disguised as a scarecrow complete with straw sticking out of his clothes possibly for warmth. In the legend he catches a boy and is about to eat him when he gets struck by lightning. A punishment from God. However his spirit stays restless and can still be seen stalking children who are not careful disguised as a scarecrow.

He has mostly faded away now, but grew beyond his original legend to become the prime predator. A figure of evil to hunt the most vulnerable of victims. Children.  Sometime for meals devouring human flesh, sometimes as sacrifices for whatever reason to be killed on an alter or ritual sight, sometimes to take virginity and to destroy innocence.

Connected to nature usually a field. The scarecrow will stand in an almost perverted form of the crucifixion. Which is why it makes an excellent monster for Christian lore.

Hans Trapp 5/4/8 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Mostly popular around Halloween. Featured in several movies including the scarecrow, jeepers creepers, and many many others. Typically week against fire if it a supernatural creature. You know all that straw. If it is a human monster, they are typically vulnerable against any weapon. Except you know it you manage to take one down, don’t just run away and let them regroup like in horror movies.

So what to do to prepare for such a threat. Carry a weapon. A symbol of faith. Memorize a sword scripture and a hymn. Carry a signaling device, like a whistle. Since they mostly hunt at night travel with a friend if you must move about at night.

Christian Adventurer’s Almanac: Seasons

Genesis 1:14 “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,”

God gave us seasons and times for change. Those were all part of his grand design. By observing nature we can recognize the changing of the times.

There is lore about the spiritual battle between day and night and light and dark. God separated the light from the dark. Now they battle to take control. As they seasons change for half the year the light (summer/ spring) rules and for the other half dark (winter/fall) rules. There are also old Irish folklore about the two fairy Courts. The Unseelie Court, the vicious and bloodthirsty fairies. Also called the Winter Court. and the Seelie Court, the more reasonable, but still mischievous fairies (nature spirits) also called the Summer court.

Summer

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Summer Solstice The longest day of the year. By that i mean the day with the most hours of daylight. If you have a lot to get done this is the best day to do it. After this day the days will begin to get shorter and nights will get longer. They wont be much noticeable until closer to the next equinox.
Easterly winds from May 19 to the 21 indicate a dry summer.
If there are many falling stars during a clear summer evening, expect thunder. If there are none, expect fine weather.

Half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice is the festival of Bel-fire. This signifies the changing of the time of Earth to the time of Fire. From this day to the Summer Solstice the elements are overlapping and is a time when the p-brain between the spiritual dimensions are thinned.

Winter

winter.jpgWinter Solstice The first day of winter. The day of the longest night and shortest day. This is the darkest and coldest part of the year. On this day, Day begins to win the age old battle and beating back Night. From this point the amount of daylight will start to increase and the amount of darkness will start to shorten until the spring equinox and the day and night are about equal again. By now all the grass is dead and turned brown and the trees are all bare. However this season is not without it’s beauty. We all love to see the snow and ice. When the white blanket covers the ground and makes all things look pure and clean. Many cultures view winter as the end, but also a new beginning. As one year ends an new year begins with the coming of spring.

Winter is the time of year when the earth rests from it’s work. The planting and harvesting time is over and families lived off of what they stored up the rest of the year. Things are a little different now with all our modern technology, most people don’t even think about it anymore, but this was a dangerous time for many. There is a lot of superstition about this time of year. It is called the Darkest days, not just because of night being longer. If you didn’t store up enough you wouldn’t have enough to feed your families. This could drive some to desperation including attacking others to steal what you need or just starving. So proper planning was important to surviving the harshness of winter.

Halfway between the Fall Equinox and the Winter solstice is the day of Samhain known better as Halloween. It is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest. I will do more about Halloween separately.

Fall

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There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.”
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Half way between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox is the day of Lammas. This marks the ending of the time of fire and the time of air. The days between are a time of overlapping. This is a festival of the first harvest. Usually celebrated with competitions of strength and skill. Two groups would spar off and build a tower and top it with a flag. At the appointed time the two groups would compete in a capture the flag sort of event. Also a time for matchmaking if you know a yenta.

Spring

spring.jpgVernal (Spring) Equinox This marks the first day of spring. Day and night are almost equal again. From here the days will start to get Longer and the night will get shorter until the Summer solstice the longest day of the year. This is the time for new birth. The flowers start popping up and birds start showing up with their songs. Furry critters come out of hibernation. Even worms start coming up out of the ground. This is the time for planting.
There is an old folklore that you can stand a raw egg on it’s end during the equinox.

Spanning from March to June, that is from the Spring Equinox to the summer solstice, the Spring period is the Earth period. When growth is most abundant. This is the time of Earth.
Candlemas is the halfway point between the Winter solstice and the Spring Equinox. The Spring Equinox is the official end of the time of Water and the Start of the Time of Earth. The Winter solstice is when Night is strongest and Day is weakest. Candlemas is the point at which Day starts getting stronger again. Taking back the daylight hours and at the equinox Day and Night are about equal and then Day starts winning until the Summer solstice when it is at it’s strongest the longest day of the year. So from the time of Candlemas to the Spring Equinox is a period of overlapping elements. Water and Earth overlap and this is the time when you will see the most storms and weather changes.
So what is Candlemas. It is a day for celebrating the home and family basically. As the weather tries to change between winter and spring there comes with it rainy and sometimes stormy weather. The earth is being baptized in a way. The end of the old year and beginning of the new. This is a great time for getting baptized yourself if you haven’t’ been. At this point you have been cooped up inside mostly and the weather should be getting better and winter is ending. Now is a time to start getting your home life in order. If you are a homesteader then now is the time to get ready to plant. On Candlemas you start your Spring Cleaning. You light a fire in the fireplace or hearth and light candles in every room and ask God for blessings for your home and family. Sprinkle holy water around in each room. Hang a Brigid Cross over your entry way for protection of your home and family. Since the coming season will bring with it lots of rain and storms. Change out your bed clothes and fresh sheets. Time to start anew. Clean home and soul.
Candlemas also signifies the beginning of the Time of Water and Time of Earth overlap. This is a dangerous time spiritually. This is a time when the P-brain (membrane between dimensions) is weak and it is believed that spirits can cross over more easily. Both good and bad ones. It is a time when loved ones can visit the living, but also demons or evil spirits can take advantage of divinations to cross over and attach to people. You must be careful and pray to God for protection to cleanse you and your home from lingering spirits. Make sure by the end of the Spring Equinox to sweep them out the door and pray to God to seal your home and protect it from any coming back. (well the bad ones anyway)
The Green man is a common spiritual symbol for this time of year. He is a protector spirit of nature. Old Christians have a problem believing in such spirits, but i don’t see it as a problem. I don’t see why we can’t believe in nature spirits and such. God created all things and as long as we aren’t worshiping them as gods, this doesn’t go against any beliefs or practices. He is often seen on historic buildings and decorations on old churches. If you have ever visited any you probably have seen a few. He is depicted as a man or face with a body made of vines or leaves. Sometimes the vines are coming out of his nose or mouth. My witchy friend has a green shirt that has his face on it and wears it during the spring when we celebrate Spring.

 

Christian Adventurer’s Almanac

Cosmology:

Genesis 1:1-26 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

In the beginning God created all things. Science tells us that the universe had a definitive beginning most refer to as the big bang. From this beginning primordial substances erupted into a form of chaos. God with his mighty power formed all that exists by shaping this primordial (prim) substances. He set the laws of the universe and set it’s limits.

God created the Earth and all it contains. He set the skies, the waters, and the land. He Formed the beasts, the birds, the fishes and mankind. This exists on the physical plane of existence. Here we have life and the elements that we can observe with our eyes, where all the fields overlap. The Earth is the third planet from the Sun. It’s exact position is a miracle in itself. For even an inch to far in any direction would make life unsustainable. We would be too close to the sun and would over heat or we would be too far from the sun and would freeze.

Apart from the physical world, many believe in what is called the astral planes. The spiritual field that exists where the spiritual beings reside. It is generally separated in to 3 to 4 sections. First is the immediate plane called the astral plane or just spirit realm. The place of the ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, ect. Usually depicted in movies as being directly connected to our own. When we pass on we go directly from our body to this realm. Able to see it, but usually not able to interact with the physical.
From here we go either up or down. Up to Heaven. The resting place for good souls and place of the angels and throne of God. Not much is known about Heaven. Few people have had near death experiences where they believe they have glimpsed it. They have described forests and ponds, but also roads and bridges. There is a documentary called searching for Heaven that describes these.
Going in the other direction is Hell. A place of eternal torment, where evil souls go. Described as lakes of fire. Eternal disconnection from God and any form of joy. A great chasm is said to be between the two. Preventing anyone from going to or from. There is a story in the Bible that tells of a rich man who went to Hell and from there he could see the poor man Lazarus. He was in torment and asked for Lazarus to give him some water, but God told him he could not go from Heaven to Hell to do it and the rich man begs him to send Lazarus to tell his brothers of his torment to prevent them from following him into Hell. Some who have had near death experiences have felt themselves being gripped tight and pulled down through darkness and feeling the worse pain and depression they have ever experienced. As well as suffocating.

Other realms that make up our universe consist of morphic fields.
The realm of the Mind is refereed to by the Greek as the Akashic records. The Field that stores the collective knowledge of all people. The records of history, thoughts and knowledge. Everything we learn and think is stored here and we access it using our physical brains to send and receive. It is proven that our thoughts have a substance and a vibration. The Global Consciousness Program has proven that humans are connected on the same mental level. This is not telepathy. It is shared knowledge. If one person knows how to operate a machine then someone else on the vibrational level who sees this same or similar machine will instinctively understand it and know how it works as well. People who seem to have memories from past lives and memories are thought to be connected to this field more strongly than others. Xenoglossy is a scientific study of people who have had a head injury and become fluent in a language they previously didn’t know.