Midsummer Night's Scene

Oh! These glorious, balmy eves

illuminated by firefly light

and pearlescent moonglow

sheer exuberance in the air

and lusty, languid stars

bathing you in their sorcery...

Yes, Summer Solstice has passed, but, really,

as far as I can see,

it's Midsummer until it's Autumn.

And there is simply no need to end the sensual revelry. 

Besides, who doesn't love a sparkly bit of brew to deepen the mood,

already so lovely and lush, so deeply divine?

My Midsummer gift to you, dear Beasties, lies within the plants...

Clockwise from left: Strawberry Starlight, Orange Sky, Venus Rising.

Clockwise from left: Strawberry Starlight, Orange Sky, Venus Rising.

You guessed it.

Succulent cocktails derived from fresh herbs, voluptuous fruits, and delicate blossoms, with finely tuned magick in each sip. Beautifying and delicious, they can be enjoyed with or without alchohol, and are delectable either way!

Brew the tea the night before, using fresh herbs. Speak softly to them, gently coaxing their energies into your brew. Blend the strained tea with the fruit, and you can keep a beautiful glass vessel of it in your refrigerator. Add the spirits when you pour - a half-and-half ratio works well, but design it as you please. Garnish thoughtfully. Enjoy. And always remember to say thank you.

*Use organic or wild ingredients, fresh wherever possible, and dried when necessary.*

Strawberry Starlight

  • Basil tea - 5 large organic leaves in 1 C spring water
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 fresh basil leaf (optional, if you want the basil stronger)
  • dry white wine

The purrfect Venus-Mars alignment! Sacred to Freya, love-infused strawberries are ruled by Venus and water. Basil is also a love plant, but ruled by fiery Mars. Together, they make a lusty connection with a bit of protective energy tossed in. And, though we always associate wine with Bacchus/Dionysus, the earliest wine deities were actually female. In ancient Mesopotamia, twelve vases per day of were offered to Ishtar! White wine is also lunar ruled...so sip this delightful drink beneath her white light. 

Orange Sky

  • Mint tea - 6 organic leaves in 1 C spring water
  • 1/2 organic orange
  • juice of 2 lemon wedges
  • shot of gin

Oooh! This one is frisky! The citrus fruits are a well-balanced blend of both solar and lunar energies, making it an ideal afternoon libation also. Wild and fiery orange is ruled by the Sun, and though it possesses purification powers, it is actually known as a love stimulator. Mmmm! Lively lunar lemon brings love and happiness to the wise beholder, and with the sexual prowess of mint joining the party...you get the picture.
Gin can be substituted for vodka here, but it won't have the same effect. Gin is derived form juniper berries, and was traditionally used as herbal medicine . A protective plant, juniper offers stamina, good health and love...*wink*
 

Venus Rising

  • Rose tea - 1 Tbsp rose petals (fresh or dried), 1 tsp rose hips, 1 C spring water
  • 1-2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 tsp pomegranate concentrate
  • champagne

I couldn't possibly go through a sultry Summer without this one, and neither should you. Rose, ruled by Venus herself, has been regarded as primary medicine, a powerful symbol of strength, and a supreme beautifier for ages. It is a flower of love and happiness, and heightens psychic awareness. Rose should be consumed, used topically, inhaled, gazed upon, and adored.  
Pomegranate is a lucky fruit. It's a Mercury-fire powerhouse which brings forth creativity, money, and...fertility. So, yes, be careful, but I always see fertility from the artistic perspective. Literally, the ability to give new life. Just direct the energies where you want them. Oh, and add as much as you like for sweetening.
The champagne? Well, champagne is like drinking stars! 

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Summer passes by too quickly, my Loves.

Join me for a cocktail?

I'll be beneath the night sky...

xxx Alise

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Blossom Lady

As days grow brighter,

and gentle rains rouse the verdant spirits

from their dreamtime adventures,

we prepare, Wild Ones, to make those dreams real.

Out we pop from our buds!

stretching in langor toward the Sun,

the sweet scented moss 

tickling our noses,

guided by birdsong...

Doesn't Spring, somehow, always feel like the first time?

Now, of course, an Elven Queen would be fairly famished after a long Winter's rest.

A bright-eyed forage through the untamed forest and her surrounding fields could offer a delightful array of beautiful plant gifts!

But let's get one thing straight: those of you know me are aware of my eye-rolling tendencies towards the "seasonal cleanse."

Is Spring a time of renewal? Of course.  

But the body actually operates on a detox cycle, followed by a nutritive cycle, on a daily basis.

Do you clean your house four times per year? Of course not.

Then why, oh why, would you clean your soul's temple so infrequently?

I've prepared for you, my beautiful hatchlings,

a nibble that not only cleanses, but feeds.

Making your body strong,

your skin and hair vibrant,

your mind clear and ready.

Everything comes alive.

Everything awakens.

For nature is the ultimate Femme Vitale...

Spring Faerie Salad

Serves One
*all ingredients must be organic or wild grown

9 leaves of fresh dandelion
1 C  baby spinach
1/4 C grated carrot
1/2 C sprouts/microgreens (I love a blend: radish, alfalfa, sunflower, etc.)
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C nettle leaf
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Celtic sea salt/fresh ground black pepper (know in certain circles as The Pinch-n-Grind)

Begin, my Loves, by grating several carrots. The easiest way? Give them a rough chop, then pulse in the food processor. Then you have some for the next few days. (You're welcome.)
Next, pull the dandelion leaves from their stalks, and tear gently with your fingers. Add in the spinach and carrots, and top with sprouts to form a gorgeous nest. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and nettle leaf. Give it a light drizzle of the oil and cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic salt, a grind of pepper, and you're there!

Dandelion is a bitter green, designed to detoxify the body by cleansing the liver, kidneys, and the blood. It also encourages fat metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar, while supplying the body with calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamins A, B, C, & D. A total powerhouse! Magickally, as with all greens, it is consumed to attract money, which just might come in handy as you get your dreams off the ground. *wink* 
We''re using eight leaves to symbolize personal power, for this potent dark green goodness also assists in making wishes come true...

Sprouts and microgreens are part of this magickal mélange to symbolize new life force emerging, and for their tremendous nutritional value. Carrots are filled with vitamin A, amongst other major nutrients, which keeps the signs of aging and stress off your face, helping to keep skin preternaturally young. Oh, and they're all about sex. Spring fever, anyone?

Sunflower seeds are amazing little health bites, so full of crucial minerals and vitamin E, to keep you beautiful inside and out...with a magickal boost to ensure success. Whatever you're conjuring, know you've got plant power on your side!

And what might this mysterious little faerie boat be carrying?

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Why, it's nettle! 

Long used as a protective herb, fiery nettle also gives passion a push in the right direction. Love it already? Here's more: nettle is an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory wonder that supports kidney and bone health. Beauty-wise, our brilliant plant friend promotes hair growth and flawless skin, particularly effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It's also a renowned female tonic (just use it with caution, or not at all, if you are pregnant.)

Allright, my succulents,

revel in this Spring energy!

All my love,

xxx Alise

 

 

The Autumnal Fairy's Guide To Fall Beauty

The Autumnal Fairy has returned,

just as she always does this time of year,

after flittering about the globe

in a flurry of sparkly lights,

orange and black striped stockings,

with her corset full of leaves,

in search of the most magical finds of the season!

The Autumnal Fairy's Faves:

When you're bathing, quite literally, in a forest stream, you want to cleanse your gorgeous body with something gentle and, of course be very kind to your outdoor home. What to do? Indulge in Acure Organics Pumpkin + Calendula Soap. There's this whole amazing new soap line from them that are cold pressed, argan oil based, certified organic, and absolute silk on your skin! If you've avoided soaps because they are drying, you've gotta check these out: Unlike traditionally milled soaps which are heated then poured into molds to cool quickly, causing them to harden fast which depletes moisture (then salt gets added to further dry them out!), these are cold pressed and dried over a 6-week period to preserve complete and potent lipids, and healthy fatty acids to be retained. Your skin will adore you! They come in six mouth watering scents and last quite a long time...get on this!

With the weather changing and drier air moving in, the mane needs an infusion of lush. Switch from a lighter potion to Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Conditioner. Hair just drinks this in, from it's heavenly buttered almond scent to its lustrous sheen, leaving tresses glossy, manageable, and seriously prepared for a seasonal shift.

For delicate hands that cast sensuous spells... No Miss One Coat Nail Polish. For the tiny price tag, they are a animal-friendly, free-of-nasty-chemicals steal.  With over 100 delirious colors to choose from, this season's standouts are surely Georgetown Ginger, Punta Gorda Pecan, and Tamarac Tangerine.

Because autumn kisses are sweet and spicy, Vapour Organics Siren Lipstick luscious lipsticks are so necessary. They contain rose buds, camilla oil, myrrh, lemon balm, pomegranate, and jojoba oil, and the colors are drop dead gorgeous. Fall faves? The rich, bitten berry of Knockout, the chocolatey deliciousness of Dare, and, Tempest, a deep burnt Autumn orange described as "feisty!"

Above all, a Faerie loves glitter! It comes naturally, of course, from a clean, plant-based diet and lots of positive vibrations, but even mystical mamas want some extra cosmic sparkle...thank the stars for Orglamix, a vegan mineral makeup line with so many stunning glitters to chose from your wings will be all aflutter trying to decide! They have dazzling shades you can layer on top of their gorgeous shadows, to lips, body...anywhere...

And do pick up their Black Magic Shadow for some serious Samhain smolder...

Once inside your tree-cottage, you'll want to stock up on all your Kitchen Witch essentials, for bountiful harvest goodies, cozy suppers, and bewitching brews. Bookmark it, and the Guide To Choosing Purrfect Produce to have on hand at the market. We have soooo many amazing things to conjure up together!

And...don't even think of heading into a season change before first arming yourself with Contessa's Protective Blend, the best guard against sniffles, viruses, and general ickyness, both internally and as a topical antimicrobial potion.

Be well, my Fireflies...

Get out there and spread that sparkle everywhere,

because you are so very beautiful.

xxx Alise

P.S. Don't forget to stock up on Bitches Brew Tea and Bitches Blend Oil for the season!