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About Morgana

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  • Birthday 01/14/1957

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    Windy City USA
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    gardening, raising my kids, biker stuff
  • Have you explored other paths?
    This could be a long explanation. I was raised as a Protestant, then changed to Lutheren then married in a Prespaterian (?) church. The parents insisted that until we turned 18, every Sunday was church. In 7-8th grades I had to go thru confirmation classes. The pastor always was yelling at me because I asked questions that either I wasn't suppose to ask or he had no answers. To me they were questions that were based on science, not the bible: ie: how come there is proof that we evolved but no proof of Adam & Eve? Why did God kill off the dinosaures? So, with no answers, I started loosing faith. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I could do some things that others didn't do. I also loved to be outside running thru fields or laying on a hill watching the clouds. I had a green thumb and loved animals and nature. And I loved the stories of the Greek Gods/Goddeses, old British legends, Arthur, Avalon, etc. Thats about the time I started looking thru the library to see what else was out there. About 20 yrs ago I heard about Wicca and checked it out. Tried to follow the path but made it more my own and for the lack of anything better, I called myself Wiccan. Then about 5yrs ago, I was talking to someone at an Occult store and was informed that I was a Witch, not Wiccan and they helped me on my way to this path.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    That I can use my energies towards change in the universe. It is an ongoing learning process that never ends. I started as Wiccan, but found that this was not the path for me as I have abilities that Wiccans either do not believe in or do not understand. Circles, watch towers and the like are really not my style. I like the old traditional ways which suit me perfectly. I prefer being a Solitary Witch working with herbs, candles and crystals.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I want to be able to learn more, which for me is an everyday thing. What others of my path are doing, why, how. Just grow so that I am more confortable with what I am. Of course meeting new people everywhere.
  1. :bolt:I tend to hide in plain site. I have my own room to keep my stuff and can lock myself away with no one, well almost no one, bothering me!!!! My one dog loves to be with me when I'm in there!!!!
  2. Material things are not really in the forefront of my life. I drive a 1994 van that still runs well and is just now starting to rust. I do need a nice outfit for a party on Sunday (hubby's office party), but I will hit the mall and find a nice sweater on sale to wear along with my skinny jeans and boots (they're about 3yrs old). I will admit that up until about 4yrs ago I just had to have new stuff all the time. Now, I couldn't tell you when I last bought a nice sweater. So, for me, material things just don't cut it anymore! And I'm happy!
  3. You'll love it! Another good book by Morrison is In Praise of the Crone! Lots of good humor for those "older" witches!!!
  4. Finally, the name came to me......she's been telling me and I did not hear her until today. I found my Cherokee language book and was looking for something for fire bird when something in my brain screamed NEFERTITI!!!! So thats her name. I also have a small woodbaby (thats what they are) that is a bosom buddy, she sits between the boobs poking out of your shit. So I figured I'd hit the website for ancient egyptian names and KIFI jumped out at me. Nefertiti - Beautiful one has come Kifi - bosom of woman So, we now have names. Thanks for all the suggestions!!! :thankyou: Oh and if anyone is interested in these little critters....here's the website: www.fantasypuppet.com Thery are sold in the UK also!!!
  5. All I can say right now is I am glad I made a quart jar. John came home from work Tuesday with a cold, finally stayed home Friday. Starting Wednesday I made him start the syrup and he's much better on the coughing today. I also started taking it when I realized Thursday I had a sinus infection going on. It works!!!! Feeling sooooo much bette today!!
  6. that I am glad I was laid off in July. Since I have been home I have found that my health has improved. I no longer sneeze 80 cazillion times during the day. My back and neck do not pain me. I have no sinse headaches anymore. I've lost weight due to not sitting and snacking 8 hrs a day. I smoke less. I don't have to sit and listen to the 2 old biddies yakking about the reality tv they watch. No boss screaming at everyone cuz someone screwed up. My allergies have 90% disappeared. My total stress level is down. I'm actually cooking healthy meals cuz I now have the time But at the same time, I know I need to get back to work, so I am looking. Ok, thats it....just wanted to babble!!! :jawdrop:
  7. I wanted to get married on 8/5/85, but it fell on a Monday so went with 8/3/85. Oh well!!! Nothing happened in my neck of the woods. Kid was in school then went to a buddies till 9pm. Hubby was at work and then had a Mason thingy and got home around 11pm. So, yes, quiet day except when the pup decided to go crazy running around the house chasing her tail....:party0016:
  8. Never thought of doing it that way.......being home now, my brain is getting a little mushy lately. :witchbroom:
  9. Whether its swahili or not, if it means fire, I kinda like it. I was told it looked more like a Phoenix due to its coloring (orange and red).
  10. So how do you pronounce Sarage? Now I'm getting too many names.......a friend suggested using a Cherokee name seeing I know some Cherokee. I am so confused!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. I'm leaning towards Melatrick.....but I'm still open to suggestions!!!!! :witchbroom:
  12. After I posted this I thought I should have also posted the 2 different syrup receipes......so here they are. I'd love to grow it too. 1/2 cup elderberries 1 tablespoon grated ginger 2 cups water 5 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup honey 1. First put 1/2 cup of dried elderberries into the small saucepan. Add the 5 cloves, cinnamon stick, 1 Tablespoon grated ginger, and 2 cups of water. 2. Cover and bring the water to a boil. 3. Turn down the heat, leave covered, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/2. This usually takes 20-30 minutes. 4. Strain into a bowl and add 1 cup of honey. For Flu For this recipe we just need a cup of fresh Elderberries. You can use a half a cup of dried berries. You will also need… • 3 cups of water • 1 cup of honey 1.) Place the berries in a saucepan and cover them with the 3 cups of water. Then, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a half hour. 2.) SMASH up the berries. Then, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer. 3.) Add the honey. 4.) Bottle and store in the fridge, where it will last a few months.
  13. And for that reason, I have found this wonderful article on Elderberry that I thought I would share. Elderberry Can Boost The Immune System In The Winter publication date: Sep 11, 2008 | author/source: The immune system is frequently overworked when the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop, and elderberry can boost the immune system in winter for those that find themselves susceptible to all the colds, flu and other viral infections that seem to come out of the woodwork at that time. Elderberry is the fruit of the elder tree that is native to Asia, Europe and North America. They are found just about anywhere due to their tolerance for a wide range of climates and soil types, and are frequently found by river banks. There are a number of different types of elder, in both small tree and shrub form, and it is those with the black and blue berries that are useful medicinally, not those with red berries. It is not only the berries that are used, but also the elder flowers. Elderflower wine has long been a favorite country wine, and the berries are used to make jam, pies and also drunk as juice. Elder has been used for countless years for treating viral diseases such as influenza and colds, and it has also been found by some to be effective for the treatment of cold sores (herpes simplex). Its effect on flu is thought to be that it prevents the virus from entering and infecting the body cells, but more on this later. Historically, it has been used to promote the excretion of waste products through urination and sweating, which might be another reason why it is effective against colds and flu and some general respiratory problems. The juice contains anthocyanins in the form of anthocyanidin-3-glycosides that appear to be very bioavailable to the body. The anthocyanins are more easily absorbed than those of blackcurrant juice, and are very strong antioxidants. The antioxidant effect is reinforced by the presence of large quantities of vitamin C. This difference in bioavailability has been proved though the administration of both blackcurrant and elderberry juice to volunteers, and testing the presence of the anthocyanins in the urine. This is a measure of their bioavailability, or how easily they are absorbed by the body, and the greater this bioavailability, then the more effective is their antioxidant effect. Separate studies have indicated that anthocyanins derived from berries in general, not just elderberry, can reduce oxidative stress due to age, and also to help brain function. An improvement in the memory of the elderly has been seen to have improved after a course of berry juices rich in these powerful antioxidants. Elderberry antioxidants also improve the stability of LDL cholesterol by protecting against free radical oxidation, and thus helping to reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis that is promoted by the deposition of the oxidized LDL cholesterol on artery walls. This in turn helps to reduce the possibility of cardiovascular disease. However, it is its effect on the immune system for which elderberry is generally studied by the medical professions. Elderberry helps to boost the immune system predominantly through the production of cytokines. To explain how these work, a quick summary of how part of the immune system works will first be necessary. When intrusion into the body by an antigen (foreign body) is detected, the initial response is the inflammatory response. Chemical messengers called cytokines are released into the blood to inform the other parts of the immune system that an invader has been spotted. The immediate effect is to increase the flow of blood to the affected part of the body by dilation of the blood vessels. The spaces between the cells in the vessel walls increase to allow the larger components of the immune system, such as the phagocytes that consume and destroy bacteria. Proteins also congregate and the temperature at the site rises to promote the reactions that the body uses to eject the invaders. The tissue therefore swells due to all the extra fluid and gets hot. The area becomes painful due to the accumulation of material aggravating the nerves, and if there is an infection, pus will eventually be formed from the dead neutrophils used to kill the bacteria or virus. There are many different types of cytokine, including those that initiate the inflammatory response and others that stop the immune response once the invader has been killed off. Other cytokines, such as the interferons, stop viruses from multiplying, and others take part in the response only to specific types of antigen. Each cytokine has a specific message to pass to the relevant components of the immune system in order that the immune response is appropriate to the invasion concerned and does not overreact. Hence, a grain of pollen in the nose will elicit a lesser response than a varicella antigen that leads to those horrible chickenpox pustules. In general terms, cytokines give the immune system a kick start once an antigen is spotted. The elderberry anthocyanins produce predominantly inflammatory cytokines, but also one anti-inflammatory cytokine, and so helping to boost the inflammatory response. Some viruses use what are known as spike proteins that mimic the molecules of their host in order to gain access to cells by binding to the target cell receptors. However, these spikes are easily recognized by the immune system, and the elderberry anthocyanins are active in promoting this recognition. For that reason, viruses vigorously continue to change and mutate to overcome this, one manifestation of their success in achieving this being in the annual infections of influenza that have overcome last year's antibodies by means of this mutation. The influenza virus contains what are known as hemagglutinin spikes on its surface which, when deactivated, cannot break through your cell walls, enter the cell and replicate, thus leading to influenza. That is the mechanism by which the constituents of elderberries help to control influenza and reduce its effect on your body. If not deactivated, the spikes allow the virus to invade the cell and provoke the immune response that you know as the flu. Many such winter ailments have a similar mechanism, which is why, apart from its general health benefits through its high antioxidant content, that elderberry can boost the immune system in winter.
  14. For me, yes, national, no!!! I like both suggestions so far. A little girl yesterday was calling it Jordan, so for yesterday, she was Jordan. Now I have a year to find a good fitting name. Keep the name coming please!!!!
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