History of Alchemy.

The Alchemists To most of us, the word "alchemy" calls up the picture of a medieval and slightly sinister laboratory in which an aged, black-robed wizard broods over the crucibles and alembics that are to bring within his reach the Philosopher's Stone, and with that discovery, the formula for the Elixir of life and the … Continue reading History of Alchemy.

Plants Containing the Planetary Metals.

This listing of plants containing significant quantities of the alchemical planetary metals, has been taken from the Phytochemeco Database - USDA - ARS - NGRL at http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/ Plants Containing LEAD 1. Nyssa sylvatica MARSHALL - Black Gum (Leaf) 0.2-182 ppm 2. Symphoricarpos orbiculatus MOENCH. - Buckbush (Stem) 2-176 ppm 3. Juniperus virginiana L. - Red … Continue reading Plants Containing the Planetary Metals.

Imbolc Celebration..

This holiday is called many names including Imbolc, Oímealg, Lá Fhéile Bríde, Laa'l Breeshey, and Gwyl Mair Dechrau'r Gwanwyn and was originally celebrated when the ewes first began to lactate. Some older sources mention Imbolc being celebrated on February 13th, although now the date is fixed on February 2nd. This holiday is a celebration of … Continue reading Imbolc Celebration..

Ursa Major Constellation

Ursa Major constellation lies in the northern sky. Its name means “the great bear,” or “the larger bear,” in Latin. The smaller bear is represented by Ursa Minor. Ursa Major is one of the best known constellations in the sky. The brightest stars in the constellation form the Big Dipper asterism, one of the most recognizable … Continue reading Ursa Major Constellation

Night Gardens: Moon Gardens.

If you will be spending time outdoors at night, why not plan your garden to put on a good show when the sun goes down? One type of evening garden contains white and pastel flowers that are visible at night. As the twilight deepens, the vivid reds, blues, oranges, and purples that stand up so … Continue reading Night Gardens: Moon Gardens.

Sweet Pickles with Bay.

Sweet pickles with Bay: 25 small gherkin cucumbers 1 quart boiling water 1/2 cup salt 1 1/2 quarts white vinegar 1 pint water 1 1/2 tsp. allspice 1 1/2 tsp. peppercorns 1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves 1 1/2 tsp. celery seeds 1 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds 1 stick cinnamon, broken 2 bay leaves, crushed 1 … Continue reading Sweet Pickles with Bay.