B1: Maintains healthy hair,
nails and skin and aids in mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, pine nuts, soymilk, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, green
peas, asparagus, most beans, rice bran, watermelon, whole grains, macadamia
nuts, artichokes, coriander.
B12: Red blood cell production, needed for optimal brain function to prevent
depression and mania. Aids in digestion and improves iron uptake. -Fortified almond milk, fortified cereals, spirulina, vegan protein powder
and nutritional yeast. I just take a B12 tablet J
B2: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Whole grains, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, fortified soy milk, mushrooms,
quinoa, buckwheat and prunes.
B3: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Chili powder, peanuts, peanut butter, rice bran, mushrooms, barley,
potatoes, tomatoes, millet, chia seeds, whole grains, wild rice, buckwheat,
green peas, avocados, and sunflower seeds.
B5: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, paprika, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, whole grains,
broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, soy milk, rice bran and sweet potatoes.
B6: Aids in maintaining homeostasis, prevents anxiety by helping the amino acid
tryptophan to convert to niacin and serotonin for healthy nerve function. Also
helps ensure a healthy sleep cycle, appetite, and mood. Helps with red blood cell
production and immune function. - Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, onions,
oats, tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
B7: Converts food to energy,
helps reduce blood sugar by synthesizing glucose, helps make and break down
fatty acids needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. -
Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, oats, onions,
tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
Folate: Merges with B12 and Vitamin C to utilize proteins and is essential for
healthy brain development and for healthy red blood cell formation. - Spinach, beans, lentils, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli,
avocados, mangoes, oranges, whole grains, basil, peanuts, artichokes, peanut
butter, cantaloupe, walnuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cauliflower, sunflower
seeds, peas, celery, hazelnuts, and chestnuts.
Vitamin A: Keeps skin healthy, improves immune system function and aids in the
production of healthy blood and cellular function. - All leafy greens, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, winter squash,
wheatgrass, grapefruit, cantaloupe, red bell peppers, orange bell peppers, and
Vitamin C: Helps fight inflammation, improves your mood, and helps fight off
diseases and colds. Beneficial for skin, hair and nails and supports natural
collagen function in the body. - All leafy greens, all vegetables, all fruits, chestnuts, goji berries.
Oranges, lemons, limes and fortified orange juice are the best sources.
Vitamin D: Helps with bone
health, digestive health, overall metabolic health, and important in preventing
muscle weakness, cancer and depression. -
All types of mushrooms, fortified cereals, almond milk, soy milk and the sun!!
Vitamin E: Protects your skin, fights the look of aging. It’s a powerful fat
soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damaged caused by
free radicals. Helps with cholesterol. -
All nuts, all seeds, avocado, spinach, rice bran, wheat germ, whole grains,
broccoli, mango, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, swiss chard, olives, mustard greens and
Vitamin K: Helps with blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding. Also helps
prevent blood clots. Important for protecting our bones and prevents easy
breaks and fractures. -Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, parsley, Brussel sprouts, broccoli,
cabbage, blueberries, prunes, grapes and raspberries.
Calcium: For bone building, as well as responsible for proper muscle
contraction, maintenance of the heartbeat and transmission of nerve impulses. -Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, kale,
sweet potato, chickpeas (hummus), lentils, pinto beans, black beans, kidney
beans, fortified almond milk, fortified soy milk, whole wheat, fortified orange
juice, orange and raisins.
Copper: Helps with bone and connective tissue production. Also helps produce
melanin. Without it you can cause osteoporosis, joint pain, lowered immunity
and helps absorb iron. -Kale, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds,
chickpeas, prunes, avocado, and tofu.
Iron: Needed to make proteins, such as hemoglobin and myoglobin in the blood.
It helps carry oxygen from our lungs to our tissues. Iron rich foods should be
eaten with foods high in Vitamin C to help with absorption. -Molasses,
dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, tofu, whole grains, beans, nuts and
Important nutrient for a host of regular enzymatic functions throughout your
body. Helps with energy, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy and
fatigue, joint pain, low blood sugar, lack of concentration and PMS. -Oats, almonds, cashews, cocoa and cacao, seeds, all leafy greens, bananas,
sweet potatoes, whole grains, beans and brown rice.
Manganese: Required by the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient
absorption, wound healing and bone development. -Hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews,
pistachios, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame and flax seeds, whole wheat
bread, tofu and beans.
Phosphorus: Required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong
bones and teeth, making of ATP, and helps with anemia, muscle pain, bone
formation and weakened immune system. -Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, Brazil
nuts, tofu, beans and lentils.
Potassium: Important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues and
organs in the human body. Helps with your nervous system and shin splints or
locked toes. -Lima beans, swiss chard, sweet potato, potatoes, soy milk, spinach, avocado,
lentils, pinto beans and coconut water.
Selenium: Mineral that is needed in small amounts by the body to help regulate
the thyroid hormones and support a healthy immune system. It is also an
antioxidant that protects cells from damage due to free radicals. -Mushrooms, couscous, whole wheat pasta, rice, oats, Brazil nuts, sunflower
seeds, tofu and beans.
Sodium: Needed for proper muscle contractions, nerve transmissions, maintaining
pH balance and hydration. -Everything has sodium, don’t worry about this one. If you use table salt, you
are good. (But don’t use too much or it will cause bloating). Drink lots of
water when consuming sodium. Zinc:
Helps your body with carbohydrate metabolism, efficient production of
testosterone to prevent estrogen dominance, helps enhance skin and nails, helps
enhance your sense of smell, healthy growth, healthy eyesight, wound healing
and your immune system. -Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, oats, wheat germ, and nutritional yeast.
Below is a list of herbs, trees and plants
used in weather witching. I’m sure there are plants and herbs that are missing from
this list. However the herbs on this list were corroborated by multiple sources which confirmed their use in weather magic. If you know of any other
plants, trees or herbs used in weather magic please feel free to add them to this
Alder – Raises winds:
Turned into whistles to ‘whistle up a wind’
Broom – Thrown into fire
to calm winds or thrown into air to raise winds
Cotton – Thrown into fire
to bring rain
Ferns – Thrown into fire
to bring rain
Garlic – Worn on person
to ward off bad weather
Heather – Thrown into
fire to bring rain
Henbane – Thrown into
water to bring rain
Oak/Acorn – Protects
against lightning strikes and bad weather
Pansy – Brings rain and
storms: If picked on a sunny day it will bring storms but if picked in early
morning while covered in dew it will bring rain.
Thrown into the air to bring rain
Saffron – Raises winds,
Assists with control of the weather
corn. oats. wheat. grains. the four key elements to the ultimate breakfast. i believe these items are essential to the life of the human being…..follow me as i strive to search for the greatest breakfast
Dried thyme sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills will invite in faeries
Wearing thyme may enable you to see faeries
Seven grains of wheat laid on a four leaf clover may enable you to see faeries
Where oak, ash and thorn grow, faeries can be easily seen
Lilac flowers will draw sprites, and repel those that are ill-willed
Eating a primrose flower is said to give you faerie sight
Collecting 5 primroses and tapping them on a faerie rock may open a portal to fairyland
Place primroses on your door to receive a faerie blessing
Carrying a sprig of lavender may help you see faeries
Fresh flowers bring faeries. Keep house plants in your living space to invite in the faeries of those flowers.
Faeries are attracted to those with childlike hearts and minds
Carry with you a sprig of any flower or herb who’s faerie you wish to be close to
Place the sprig under your pillow to receive a dream from that faery
Bringing an acorn into your house will strengthen your connection to the faerie realm
Meditating on the appearance of the marigold flower may enhance your faerie sight
Grow a garden with flowers associated with the fae
Add faerie or gnome statutes to your garden; they find this amusing
Have a specific space in your home (a shelf, windowsill, table, etc) for the faeries to “live in”, and a spot to leave gifts for them (mine is in the garden)
Let a portion of your garden grow wild
Wind chimes hung in a window attract sprites
Faeries love music and dancing. Dance in nature with them, or sing / play a song for them
Create art for them, and draw the faeries you meet.
An often used method of seeing faeries is letting your eyes go out of focus and pay attention to the corners of your vision.
Crushed clover rubbed on eyelids may give one faerie sight
Give back to the earth, for what you take. Pick up trash you find in nature, try to use less plastics, don’t waste food, compost your fruits/vegatables/herbs for rich soil.
The best times to see faeries are dawn, dusk and midnight (the in-between times)
Hang glass, crystals, and beads in your window for the sun to shine through; faeries like glittery & sparkly things.
Wearing a crown of elder twigs on may eve will enable you to see faeries
Go out and just sit in nature, simply enjoying it. You can also practice sensing sprites
While it is dangerous to enter a faerie ring, running around it exactly nine times clockwise under a full moon will allow you to see and hear the faeries dancing inside it (note though, the faeries may take offense if this done on Beltane or Samhain)
Heather is said to open portals to fairyland
Looking through a stone with a natural hole, a hagstone, is said to allow one faerie sight
Add a sigil on your door or window meaning “good faeries welcome”
Leave out a small saucer of milk for any household faeries
Try sitting in your garden in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, night
Look up artists who specialise in faeries and observe their different interpretations of the fae (Brian Froud, Amy Brown, Sulamith Wülfing, Cicely Mary Baker, Howard David Johnson, Nadia Strelkina, etc)
Read real life accounts of people’s encounters with faeries
Read traditional fairie lore
Believe. Faeries most likely won’t interact or make themselves known to closed minds
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 egg
- ½ cup shredded cheese OR 1/3 cup goat cheese
- salt, oregano
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (optional)
1. Rice the cauliflower using a blender/food processor or a cheese grater.
2. Boil about 1 inch of water in a pan and add in cauliflower and let it cook for 4 minutes.
3. Use a sieve to drain off excess water. Using a kitchen towel, wrap cauliflower tightly to wring out as much excess water as possible.
4. In medium bowl, add cauliflower, egg, cheese, and seasonings. (And red wine vinegar if using) Mix well.
5. Using parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, form the mix into your pizza crust. Try and keep the crust ½"-1" thick.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crust is slightly browned. Remove crust, add toppings, then bake for additional 10-15 minutes.
I really enjoyed this recipe; the crust isn’t sturdy enough to pick up a slice, but the flavors and texture are nice. Grab a fork and dig in!
Chell: Oh come on, why don’t you try to be good at something for once?
Wheatley: Hmmm…nah. You see, when you try but fail, people think you’re a twit. But if you skip the trying and decide to fail right away, then everyone thinks you got the talent but you’re to cool to waste it on them. It’s like chickens, no one knows if they can really fly or not. That’s what makes them cool!
Chell: So that’s your life plan, huh? Be a massive chicken?
Wheatley: Yes! And cackle at the eagles when they crash and burn!!!!!
god i love blackwall because he looks like he’d come over for a booty call on friday, end up staying the weekend, build me a deck and wake me up with a hearty breakfast of whole grain wheat toast, goat butter, well fried bacon and cheese scrambled eggs with orange cinnamon rolls each morning
Offering to Demeter I, The Eleusinian Mysteries, hand carved silver ring by Moon & Serpent
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon.
The Prairies are flat and Boring they say… “You fall asleep in Manitoba, and wake up in Alberta…” There is so much to see if you wander off the straight and narrow of The Trans Canada… Grain Elevators still exist, but are disappearing fast, Fields of wheat are still there, and do spread out in front of you as far away as tomorrow…
Suggested audio book when driving in the Prairies:
“Who Has Seen the Wind” by W.O. Mitchell… You really can hear his words on the wind as the warm breeze blows past your face…
After two weeks of going Snow Crazy (has anyone in Boston coined that term yet?) I decided I couldn’t let the weather keep getting in the way. Historic almost-eight-feet-of-snow-in-three-weeks record or not, I’ve got stuff to do. So classic me, I overbooked myself and now have zero free time. So I’m back on that five ingredient grind, starting with this very green spaghetti.
2 servings whole wheat spaghetti
4 cups spinach
2 garlic cloves
1.5 cups peas (I used frozen)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, mince the garlic and add to a stove pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook for one minute over medium heat.
Add the spinach, stirring until it begins to wilt. This should only take a few minutes. Add peas and continue stirring for another minute, then remove from heat.
Drain pasta, then add to stove pan with the spinach and peas. Stir over low heat, until evenly combined, and serve.
Note: Pasta can be replaces with any gluten-free variety.
Think Hawaiian pizza without all the carbs. Bell pepper, onion, deli ham, and pineapple topped with BBQ sauce. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes in a conventional oven, or throw them on the grill.
In 1845, the first year of the potato blight, the Tory government, led by Robert Peel, did import some corn and grain because he saw that “Hey, those Irish people’s main source of food is suffering from failure. We best import some American corn.”. Sure I hate Tories but I am grateful for Peel sending corn, and also the fact that he’s the reason we call Peelers, Peelers. Then, in 1846, a Liberal government came to power. The laissez faire, free market kind, and those fuckers were like “Naahhh, see, they’re fine. No famine” (That only happened due to Peel’s import of food).
Lo and behold, a fucking famine, and you want to know how they reacted to it? Do fuck all, do literally nothing. They stood back and basically said “The free market will sort it out”. Yet all the while, whilst Ireland’s potato crops were failing and people were collapsing dead, unable to even bury their own relatives, the British government continued to export Irish wheat and grain to Britain. Queen Victoria sent £1,000 of her own money or so, maybe it was £2,000, to show her “generosity”. Then the Ottoman sultan wished to donate £10,000 of his own money but the British government told him not to so he sent £2,000 anyway and 5 ship loads of food which arrived after much harassment from the Royal Navy.
The moral of the story is: Free market capitalism doesn’t actually fix shit. Ask the Irish. Government intervention isn’t such a bad thing at times, sure, I distrust government and I wouldn’t trust the British government with a spoon, but yeah, The Magical Market™ is a load of shite.