GREEDYBIRD's SparkPeople Blog GREEDYBIRD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Our Ancestors In the Heathen practice and I would even say most pagan practices honoring those in our blood line who have come before us is important. Things like wealth, honor and luck are all passed down in name and blood from those going back to us. We often think only of those we know or are in a close relationship like parents and grandparents. But what about those who actually practiced the faith we do now? Most of my family has been Christian for a long time. I have to go back pretty far to find an ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:09:50 EST Ostara Named for the Germanic goddess, it is celebrated on the Spring Equinox, the day in of equal light and dark and marks the beginning of Spring. There is a story that Ostara found a bird on the ground in winter and turned it to a hare to survive. It's laid eggs in the Spring and these two symbols still permeate the holiday. (Even the Christian one) Ostara means "dawn" or "east". Is Ostara a separate goddess or simply the another name for the Sunna, the puller of the sun, who is returning to war... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:24:19 EST Getting Ready for April My son attends an autism school and April is their big fund raising month. We have three events coming up. Kickball Tourny, 2 mile walk and a 2k Walk. It's a great way to get us motived to get walking and get outside. Considering the wonderful weather this weekend maybe we will have warm weather by then. <em>363</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:38:27 EST Got my annual blood work done Other than my thyroid being a tad low my numbers otherwise are great. Being over 40 now I am starting to get aches and pains. That is why I need to loose. There is more to health than good test. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:41:32 EST Witch Hazel Oil *Not Edible* <BR> <BR> This oil is great for bruises, bug bits, rash, poison ivy and sunburn. Witch Hazel reduced swelling and itching. It's been an ingredient in hemorrhoid cream for years. <BR> <BR> Place 1/ 4 cup olive oil in a non-porous, oven safe dish or pan. Add 2 tablespoons dried Witch Hazel. Cook at 250 degrees for six hours. Once cool strain out the herbs and put the oil in an air tight container in the fridge. Use when needed for itchy skin. Do Not us on open wounds. We add thi... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:28:21 EST Book Review This review is for the book Goddess Holle: In Search of a Germanic goddess by Gardenstone. I came to paganism via witchcraft. I kept reading I needed a goddess (now I know wicca is the first contact most people have and know better) so I looked to Germany as I was trying to connect with my ancestors. I found I had a strong connection to Holda almost immediately and have found she is hard to pin down and is not necessarily popular. Often conversation on pagan boards leads to "Who is Holle" and... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:16:34 EST Book Review So I just finished Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root Work by Orion Foxwood. I was looking for something on Granny Magic or Appalachian folk magic. This book at first seemed more about hoodoo but I began to realize as I read that many of the conjure practice is a mix of Native, Scottish, African traditions all rolled in to one. There was more about the basics of conjure and herbs specific to that tradition compare to actual spells. Enough on spell work,... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:08:38 EST Incense for Freya <img src=""> <BR> <BR> *NOT EDIBLE* <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 Tablespoons Lavender <BR> 1 Tablespoon Damiana <BR> 1 Tablespoon Makko ( Japanese self igniting incense) <BR> Distilled Water (No substitution on this) <BR> <BR> Mix the Lavender, Damiana and Makko in a small bowl. Add distilled water in drops until the mixture holds together. Mold into incense cones with finger or in a mol... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:34:35 EST