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In this lesson, students and parents can learn how various colors affect mood, the meaning of Chromotherapy, what dispersion of Sunlight results in, where the Visible Light Spectrum fits into the Full Electromagnetic Spectrum, which colors correspond to various magical workings, and more. Included are Activity Suggestions, a Color Poem for Pagan Children written by the Author, various experiments, and a Unit Test with Vocabulary at the end of the lesson. Color and Light1.1

This lesson is presented in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Reader to open the file. You can access Adobe Reader for free, here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

You may also wish to go to the Materials tab on this blog and print out some Journal Pages for making notes, documenting research and answering questions from the end of the unit. For your convenience, the My Journal Pages are located here: https://themoonlitgrove.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/mlg-journal-template.pdf

As always, I invite your feedback and suggestions for this lesson. If you like the material, please consider donating $3 USD (or any amount you are comfortable with) via Paypal to designing.life.net@gmail.com. Thank you.


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During family get-togethers or meals with friends, have you ever found yourself in a bit of a pickle when someone initiates a “prayer of thanks” to be given to God beforehand? Perhaps you’ve been asked to deliver the prayer yourself. If you’re of the notion that the God depicted in Christianity is no longer valid for you – and finding yourself feeling uncomfortable in these settings, you might whisper or openly recite a version I wrote simply for this purpose.

You may use and share this freely, however, if re-publishing, I would ask only that you give credit and refer to The Moonlit Grove blog. The “You” in the poem might refer to the God and Goddess, to the Universe, Mother Nature herself, or simply the Earth depending on your personal tastes, however, your dinner companions (no matter their beliefs) will be none the wiser. Thank you.

Giving Thanks for a Meal, by Polly Taskey

Of forest and stream

of sky and of field

only You could provide

this bountiful yield.

These nourishing gifts

strengthen me and mine,

and continue the cycle

of life so Divine.

I’ve been watching the wild herbs and plants closely around my modest homestead lately. First, to properly identify what I have available, and second, to determine when I can harvest certain varieties for various purposes. Many are ready for harvest (northern United States) at this time.

It is always helpful to know what you have growing wild at your disposal and how to utilize it. So far, I’ve identified two Plantain varieties, Pineapple Weed, Mallow, Motherwort, Nettle, Cinquefoil (Five-Finger Grass), Mullein, White Clover, Black Medic, Bitter Nightshade, etc. Some of these can be toxic and it is always good to know what to be wary of.

Currently, there is an invasive weed in my state (among other areas) called Giant Hogweed – it looks very much like severely overgrown Wild Carrot (Queen Anne’s Lace) but simply touching the plant can cause severe burns and even blindness! With that in mind, this is a great time of the year to introduce units of study on the identification, uses and possible toxic properties of local herbs and weeds with your children.

Equipped with a camera and Journal Pages (available here for your children), explore the weeds, grasses, trees and other flora growing in the vicinity of your home. Note whether they’re growing in shady or wet areas, “waste” areas (such as old, unused pastures) or driveways; how the leaves are arranged (opposite one another, alternating) and what they look like (slender, jagged edges, broad); how the flowers (if any) appear and their colorations; whether the stems are woody, ribbed, smooth, etc; how the plant smells (tear a leaf if you feel certain it is non-toxic), whether there are berries, etc, and compare your findings with resources in books and online.

For my own purposes, I harvested some of my Yarrow yesterday and hung it to dry in order to make tinctures, salves, tea and so forth. Yarrow is wonderful for reducing fevers, dealing with flu symptoms, for relieving pain, minor to severe cuts (aids in stopping blood flow), etc. Yes, there is a little sprig of Lavender in there too! I can’t resist the smell of Lavender!

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