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How to Make Bird Seed Cakes and Suet for Candlemas, Valentine’s Day or Spring Equinox #SilverRavenWolf


Taco Cat casts a love spell with bird seed cakes and a red candle. As the birds eat the seeds, love will come into his life.
Taco Cat casts a love spell with bird seed cakes and a red candle. As the birds eat the seeds, love will come into his life.

How to Make Bird Seed Cakes and Suet – Candlemas, Valentine’s Day, or Spring Equinox Celebrations #silverravenwolf

Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2017

January, February, and March in the northern climes can be difficult months for wildlife, depending upon weather conditions and available food source.  The arctic air and leaden skies – day after day, sometimes week after week– tend to drive many of us into that winter blues funk.  Working on projects to take care of Mother Nature’s children during the coldest months of the year is amazingly fulfilling for both animal and human.  Let’s face it – sometimes people have so super hurt us that although we want to be charitable?  It ain’t easy.  There are moments when we don’t really want to socialize with another drama filled, angst driven person.  The shivering temperatures and dull landscape of winter seem to push fears, depression, and dissatisfaction into the bone of our brains.

Although tempting, crawling under the covers until winter is over is not an option.

Why not spend a few hours, or several hours over the course of a weekend, to make something edible for wild birds?  Focusing on animals and their needs can bring that feeling of worth that is necessary for balanced happiness, shift our emotional state to the beauty of the earth and Her gifts, and build unconditional love energy around us.  As you create your birdseed delights, daily cares and worries slip away.  Gifting the birds your treats at dawn can bring a whole new meaning to the intermingling of human and nature – you just have to allow the happiness to encompass you!  Making food for birds is a wonderful activity to do with your coven brothers and sisters, or perhaps you are looking for an activity to occupy the children.  While making the bird cakes or wreath, you can talk about the Gods and Goddesses of the Air, and those that have a particular affinity for birds.

Goddesses associated with birds include  Rhiannon (Celtic), Isis (Egyptian), Nekhbet Vulture Goddess (Egyptian – hers was the largest cult within the City of the Dead), Hecate (Greek – Shapeshift into an Owl– this also included Blodeuwedd and Arianrhod who could also turn themselves into Owls), the Morrighan (Celtic – Crow/Raven), etc.  You may wish to spend some time doing a search on the internet for bird mythology as it relates to both male and female divine.  Many shamans in a number of cultures thought that birds gifted them with second sight.  Birds are often associated with creation myths, the element of Air, and the ability to speak with spirits.

This article contains three formulas for preparing wild bird food.  I have combined the recipes with some of our upcoming holidays – A Wreath for Candlemas, Heart Shaped Cakes for Valentine’s Day, and Golden Suet Patties for Spring Equinox.

Candlemas Bird Seed Wreath made with a bundt pan -- you can use either side of the wreath as your decoration.
Candlemas Bird Seed Wreath made with a bundt pan — you can use either side of the wreath as your decoration.

Candlemas Wreath

This is the easiest of the three formulas.  It takes only a few minutes to prepare; however, it should be made at least 24 hours before the holiday.  You can use a bundt pan as in the illustration here, or you can use individual silicon molds that come in a variety of artful shapes.

In this example, the bird seed wreath was used in a birthing ritual for a pregnant woman -- asking for her protection. The wreath can also be used for new growth of a business, hobby, or project.
In this example, the bird seed wreath was used in a birthing ritual for a pregnant woman — asking for her protection. The wreath can also be used for new growth of a business, hobby, or project.

Supplies/Ingredients

3 cups of bird seed – your choice
1 cup of boiling water
2 packages of Knox Gelatin
1 teaspoon of finely ground egg shell (used as grit for birds)
Pam Cooking Spray
Bundt Pan or Silicon Mold
Wax Paper
Tip:  Know beforehand the dish or platter that will be the decorative part of the wreath offering for the ritual.  This way, when ready, you can immediately transfer the wreath onto the surface without breaking.  The less you handle the wreath, the better.

Simple ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath.
Simple ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath.

Mix the birdseed and egg shell together.  Spray Bundt pan with Pam cooking spray to prevent finished wreath from sticking to the sides of the pan.  Fill pan with bird seed mixture.  Shake from side to side to level the birdseed.  Boil 1 cup of water.  Slowly stir in gelatin (2 packets) until dissolved.  Pour liquid over birdseed.  Place mold in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Check to see if it is thickening well.  Use a chime candle to make four holes if you wish to use the wreath as your Candlemas centerpiece.  Leave wreath in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Move to the freezer for 2 hours.  Remove from freezer, and let the mold rest for approximately 10 minutes.  Turn the mold upside down on a piece of wax paper that is already sitting on your chosen decorative plate.  Tap gently until wreath slips onto the paper.  It is very delicate at this point.  Allow to dry for 48 hours before decorating.  You will be able to remove the wax paper right before the ritual.

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Note:  If you do not wish to use gelatin, raw flax seed can be boiled down to make a gelatin type substance.  However, the birdseed ring will be extremely delicate, and I recommend using a food dehydrator to remove all excess moisture.

Hand rolled Beeswax candles.
Hand rolled Beeswax candles.

The Magick:  The picture shown above has hand rolled beeswax candles dressed with motivation magickal powder, universal fluid condenser and success oil.  Ribbons were tied to the candles.  Care was taken as the candles were burning to ensure that none of the wax dripped onto the birdseed ring.  The ring itself was empowered for joy, happiness, love, and well-being of the coven as well as nature’s family.  After the ceremony, the birdseed ring was taken to the woods and given to the wild birds.

Good Fortune/ Love Spell Birdseed Cakes

Heart-shaped bird seed cakes.
Heart-shaped bird seed cakes.

Of the three formulas in this article, this one was the favorite of the wild birds in our area.  It is the most generous in ingredients.   I used a silicon heart-shaped mold and a whisper magick chant:

For Love:  “As surely as the birds and animals consume this cake, so love and joy will be my fate.”

For Money:  As surely as the birds and animals consume this cake, so good fortune and prosperity will be my fate!”

I whispered this chant as I prepared the cakes, and then again before I took the cakes outside to give to nature.  For good fortune – make the cakes on a Thursday (Jupiter Day) or a Sun Day in the planetary hour of Venus, the Sun, or Jupiter (depending upon the nature of the good fortune you desire) when the moon is waxing.  For Love, I would choose Friday (Venus Day) in the Planetary Hour of Venus when the moon is waxing.

Supplies/Ingredients

3 cups of birdseed of your choice
3 tablespoons of Karo Syrup or Molasses
3 tablespoons of chunky peanut butter
1 handful of raisins
¾ cup of stone ground corn meal
½ cup of boiling water
1 packet of unflavored Knox Gelatin
mold to make the cakes
Pam cooking spray
Straws cut into 3-inch lengths – Use these to make the holes so that you can decorate and hang your hearts or cakes easier
Wax Paper

The Magick:  Pour the corn meal onto a flat surface covered with the wax paper.  Draw sigils, initials, or words in the corn meal that represent your desire.  Seal this image by drawing an equal-armed cross in the air over the corn meal.  Put the cornmeal back with your other supplies until you are ready to make the cakes.  As you make the cakes, intone your favorite chant or the whisper chants given above.

Making the Cakes:  In a large bowl mix the birdseed, Karo Syrup, Peanut Butter, Raisins and corn meal.  Mix well – use your hands if you have to so that the peanut butter and syrup is spread throughout the birdseed.  Spray the molds with the Pam cooking spray.  Boil the water and slowly stir gelatin into the water.  When gelatin powder is completely dissolved, pour the warm liquid over the birdseed mixture.  Mix thoroughly.  Quickly spoon warm mixture into molds.  Pack as tightly as you can.  I use a flat wooden spatula to really press the seed into the mold.  Place one straw in the center of each cake.  Push it all the way to the bottom.  Placing the straw in the center keeps the string or ribbon from tearing through the cake.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.

In this example we used pumpkin shaped (good fortune) and heart shaped (love) silicon molds.
In this example, we used pumpkin shaped (good fortune) and heart shaped (love) silicon molds.

At this point, the cakes can be used in magick (such as further spell work or ritual) and then given to the birds.  However, if you want your cakes to be more stable and not so squishy – let them set out and air dry for 48 hours OR place them in a food dehydrator for 7 hours at 115 degrees – my cakes were 1.5 inches thick – if your cakes are thinner, it will be less time in the food dehydrator.

Add ribbon or twine if you wish to hang the decorations – or you can simply crumble them after the magick is completed and put them in a flat pan birdfeeder.

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Golden Suet for Good Fortune and Luck

Taco Cat helping to spread the suet blend into the glass pan.
Taco Cat helping to spread the suet blend into the glass pan.

This is a fast and easy 5-minute recipe; but, I warn you – it is rather messy!  Although I tried using cookie cutters with the finished product – I didn’t have much luck.  Perhaps you will do better!  I ended up using the standard 4 x 4-inch patties for the suet basket (shown with Taco Cat).  The color of this mixture is Golden, and it is filled with healthy ingredients for our feathered friends who flock to it as soon as we put it out.

The Magick:  As with the previous recipe, the corn meal is enchanted before it is added to the other ingredients.  Pour the corn meal onto a flat surface covered with the wax paper.  Draw sigils, initials, or words in the corn meal that represent your desire.  Seal this image by drawing an equal-armed cross in the air over the corn meal.  Put the cornmeal back with your other supplies until you are ready to make the suet.  As you make the suet, intone your favorite chant or the whisper chants given above.

Supplies and Ingredients

2 cups of solid Crisco
2 cups of chunky peanut butter
5 cups of stone ground cornmeal
½ cup of oatmeal uncooked
2 tablespoons of Karo Syrup or Molasses
3 cups of birdseed
½ cup of raisins
½ cup of dried blueberries
9×14 glass cake pan (or another pan of your choice)
Pam Cooking Spray

Drop Crisco and peanut butter in microwave-safe bowl.  Spray glass pan with Pam cooking spray.  Melt Crisco and peanut butter in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes (depending on your microwave).  The mixture should be lightly creamy as you stir – not runny.  Stir well until Crisco and peanut butter is thoroughly blended.  Add all other ingredients and continue to stir.  Place mixture in the glass cake pan.  Put in the freezer for approximately 4 hours.  Remove from glass pan.

Magick Boost:  As you stir all the ingredients together, envision health and good fortune for your family as well as for the creatures of the woods/outdoors.  Choose a favorite Goddess chant, or simply whisper your intent.  Offer your Good Fortune suet to the birds at dawn on Spring Equinox – perhaps by reciting:

Eastwards I stand for favors I pray
From Goddess Divine and Lord of the Day
Earth lends Her power and Breath sends the spell
Day’s end will reveal that all will be well!

Put the suet patties in the suet cage, fill suet logs or spread on the bark of trees.

Taco Cat honors the gifts of the Gods and Goddesses of the Air.
Taco Cat honors the gifts of the Gods and Goddesses of the Air.  He is sitting on the Suet Basket, eager to commune with his feathered friends.  And, just so you know — Taco Cat prefers Pizza rather than creatures of the sky.

I hope that you have enjoyed this selection of crafty magick!  Until we meet again!

Silver

PS:  Look next month for enchanted organic dog biscuits!  You can use them as offerings to Hecate’s Hounds!

Release Week – Day 4 — Monday #silverravenwolf


 

Monday – 16 January 2017
3rd Quarter Moon in Virgo
Moon Voids
Moon Day

Today’s Goal – One or More Junk Drawers
Today’s Special Challenge:  Rearrange One Entire Room!

Don’t Forget Your Main Goal
Did you Talk to Your Dolly Today?

Please also note that we are using the Almanac Quarter Division for the monthly astro info — not the 8 Phase moon model.  This may confuse someone who isn’t familiar with both types of moon information.  I use Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide for source material.

How are you doing so far?  This program spans a total of 8 days, much shorter than in other years, so I’m trying to pack as much as I can into each day.  It is okay if you can’t get everything suggested done.  Just go with the flow.  Remember, all you have to really do is throw out or give away one thing.  The rest is cake!

As a reminder, the last day of the program this year is dedicated to your Need Dolly.  Keep talking to him or her throughout the program.

Has a Problem Surfaced in the last few days?  Right about now some of you may be experiencing a crisis — large or small — doesn’t matter.  This glop of difficulty points to what you need to adjust in your life to obtain that which you desire.  Begin with your perception and work outward into the physical.  To get a handle on it?  Do a complete physical and spiritual cleansing.  Take your time — walk through the entire house or apartment with your cleansing tools — holy water, sage, incense, bells, white candle — whatever your choice.  Even if you aren’t having any problems worth mentioning?  Do the walk through anyway — you will feel better for it.  Take your dolly with you as you move throughout the living area.

Fix Me!  Clean Me!  The other interesting issue that often occurs with this program is that something steps forward that insists you take care of it in the cleaning/organizing department.  It isn’t on your list and it probably irritates you.  Someone else may have brought it to your attention, or maybe they need something buried deep within the closet and you just throw up your hands and decided to clean while your ferret out the item.  Regardless?  No worries.  When you put the program in motion…when you choose to change…when you focus on adjusting and creating…some things step forward and demand your attention immediately.  This occurs for either two reasons:

  1. You are subconsciously AVOIDING the real issue and creating busy work for yourself…or…
  2. This needs to be done so that you can reach your goal — even if that stupid closet is in no way associated with your goal…you think.  Well…maybe it is associated with a connection in your subconscious mind which isn’t bothering to enlighten you.  It is in covert mode.  Therefore, just clean the darned closet and be done with it.

The Three-Pass Technique —  Over the years I developed the Three Pass Technique because cleaning some things out, like closets or boxes of memorabilia, or even old clothes can be emotionally distressing.  In the Three Pass Technique, you go through the area once with the primary focus on the dirt and organization.  This is when you are taking things out of the box, or removing the clothes off hangers, or moving stuff off the shelf our out of the drawer, etc.  The cleaning part is the first-line challenge; however, if you see something that is absolutely broken, it goes out right away (or moth-eaten, or ruined by mouse droppings, yada…yuck.).  When you return the items to the shelf, box, drawer or closet — that is pass number two.  You are looking at the object and holding for the second time.  Ask yourself, does this object bring me love or can it be used in the next six months?  Here is where you make a concerted effort to throw out all items that are no longer serviceable or put those items in the giveaway pile.  If you have loads of stuff, then you may wish to make an “I’m going to sell it pile” — however, I don’t really recommend this as most people don’t have the git-up-in-go to actually list the items or take them to a market, or whatever and so you just have a stupid pile of stuff to trip over all the time.  I despise piles of boxes in my way when I’m trying to walk because I’ve haven’t sold the items yet.  Humbug!  I’m a thrower and a giver in most cases — but, that’s me.  If you are vacillating on the object or just have too much of an emotional attachment — don’t fret over it.  Put the item back in the box, on the shelf…whatever.  Pass Three is done about a week later, or whenever you have the occasion to get back into that drawer, box, shelf, etc.  Usually, Pass Three is done about a week later, or whenever you have the occasion to get back into that drawer, box, shelf, etc.  At Pass Three it is easier to get rid of more things.  Sometimes, by Pass Three your subconscious mind has mulled over the item and found a use for it or a place for it to go, or a person to give it to.  Your conscious mind may have made arrangements for all those old video games, so now it is easy to pick up that box and take it where it needs to go.  I also use a Three Pass method in timing — for example — Pass One?  The Spring.  Pass Two?  MidSummer.  Pass Three?  The Fall and then I have most of the junk thrown out or have given away what still holds value.  This is a really good idea for closets.

The Virgo Moon is stomping her feet a bit – worried about this and that – trying to fit everything in!  No worries.  If you have already done all the junk drawers in then home – pick something else.  You also might want to make a garden list for this year’s coming season – what are your plans?  What will you need to put in place to meet your goals for the outdoors this coming year?  For those of you in the southern hemisphere, you are thinking about winter plans.  Don’t worry, neither Silver nor Taco Cat have forgotten you exist!!!  What plans do you wish to make for winter?

Junk Drawers are indicative of what is hanging around in the corners of your mind.  The cool thing about tacocatdrawerJunk Drawers?  You usually find something that you’ve been looking for the last three months!

Today is a Moon Day.  When you burn your candle today?  Why not empower a bowl of water and set your candle at least one inch in the water.  Work with the fire and water together this day!

Today’s Secret Challenge!

Yup — had to have a Secret Challenge this year!  Your Secret Challenge is to consider which room has the most impact in your life?  Think about why that is.  Now… think about this — which room seems to weigh you down?  It is a room that you don’t typically want to go in to, a place you generally avoid, a room that just doesn’t seem to fit in your life.

Today,  go into this room,  clean it top to bottom, magickally cleanse it and banish the negative energy, and then REARRANGE the entire room.

Tomorrow — Tuesday — We are going to make a Goal Plate.  You can choose ANY dinner plate to use — it doesn’t have to be special.Have a great day!

Have a great day!

Love

Silver and Taco Cat

Summary

Do several one-minute or three-minute dashes.
Clean out and organize one or more junk drawer.
Do one task that helps you accomplish your main goal for the week.
Do Today’s Secret Challenge!

Throw or give one thing away.
Don’t forget to talk to your Need Dolly!
Empower and burn one white candle.