Yule Tree Fire Safety

Yule/Christmas Tree Fire Safety

Every year many dreams result in tragedy as a result of Christmas trees catching on fire.

Traditionally, we take a dead tree (usually a spruce or fir, which is highly flammable when dry) not properly prepared, set it in our homes and wrap it with electric wires.

What an invitation for a fire! Provided you follow the directions carefully, this remedy should make your Christmas tree fireproof.

Ingredients:

Two cups of Karo syrup

Two ounces of liquid chlorine bleach

Two pinches of Epsom salt

One-half teaspoon of Borax

One teaspoon of chelated iron

Hot water

You can purchase the Karo syrup, Borax and liquid chlorine bleach from your supermarket. The Epsom salt can be purchased from the drug store and the chelated iron (pronounced key-lated) can be purchased from a garden shop or plant store.

Procedure:

1. Mix your fireproofing ingredients listed above. Fill a two-gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top and add the ingredients. Stir thoroughly, dissolving ingredients. Put to side.

2. With a saw, take your recently-purchased Christmas tree and make a fresh cut at the base on the tree trunk. Cut an inch off the base of the tree. Try to make a level cut.

3. Immediately stand the trunk of the tree in the solution and leave for 24 hours.

4. Keep the remaining solution. Place your tree in a tree stand that contains a well where liquids can be poured.

5. When the tree is in its final resting place, use a plastic cup to pour solution from the bucket into the tree well. Fill the well.

6. Every day without exception, the well of the tree stand must be “topped up” with the solution from the two-gallon bucket.

Follow these simple directions and your tree should be fireproofed. It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we hear about around the holidays.

If you’re curious, after Christmas when you remove your tree, snap off a branch and try to set it on fire, OUTDOORS.

How does the solution work?

In a nutshell, the Karo syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two-week period. Boron in the Borax allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to every branch and needle in your tree. Magnesium compounds in the Epsom salt and iron from the chelated iron provide essential components for the production of chlorophyll which will keep the tree green. The bleach prevents mold from forming in your solution.

Some of the other beneficial side effects of this procedure are that the needles will not drop and you will notice an increase in natural pine fragrance. Have a safe and happy holiday!

The Laws of Magick

NOTE: The below text may be from a Wiccan point of view, but I feel it is worth adding to the Crane Book of Wisdom.

Allow me to begin with some explanation of myself, for that which I believe colors the words I shall use. I am a Universal Animist, a type whom many find ‘quaint’ nowadays. As such, I find it unethical to seek CONTROL over any manifestation of the Web. Any manifestation includes literally anything. Animals, plants, mountains, deserts, rivers, spirits, as well as people. When I speak of affinity and influence (that between kindred spirits), many others would use words such as power and control. I find it possible to wield more energy through friendship and cooperation than through mastery and control. Probably a lot of that arises from my perception that the energy used for keeping another bound to one’s will is not needed when raising power becomes an act of mutual affinity rather than exclusive control. So much for the intro. Now, on to the Laws of Magick. There are many systems and classifications of Magickal Laws. Some will, no doubt, disagree with this one.

 

I. THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT:

The same actions under the same conditions produce the same results. A Law that is generally non-demonstrable. Very few are skilled enough to replicate one of these conditions, much less all three of them simultaneously. Replicating one’s actions exactly is difficult enough, but replicating the environment (which includes TIME) is another matter.

Corollary – THE LAW OF RETURNS: “What one sends out, comes back.” Or “What goes around, comes around.” The Three-fold Rule is an example of the Law of Returns.

 

II. THE LAW OF KNOWLEDGE:

Greater understanding produces greater influence though greater affinity. Greater affinity (kinship) with any manifestation leads to a more powerful response when aid is requested, much is as a good friend is more likely to help you out than a stranger.

Corollary – THE LAW OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE: Greater understanding of self produces greater influence though greater affinity.

 

III. THE LAW OF NAMES:

Having greater knowledge of a manifestation’s true and complete name leads to greater affinity and influence.

 

IV. THE LAW OF ASSOCIATION:

Greater common characteristics between two manifestations combined with greater knowledge of the commonalties produces greater affinity and influence.

Corollary 1 – THE LAW OF SIMILARITY (sympathetic magic): Effects resemble causes.

Corollary 2 – THE LAW OF CONTAGION: Two manifestations which have been in contact remain in contact.

 

V. THE LAW OF IDENTIFICATION:

Complete knowledge equals absolute affinity equals identity.

 

VI. THE LAW OF SYNTHESIS (or, the UNION of OPPOSITES):

Synthesis of two opposing views of reality, or 2 realities, engenders a third which is more real that either original.

Corollary – THE LAW OF POLARITY: Any manifestation is divisible into two antithetical sets of attributes, each of which contain the essence of the other.

 

VII. THE LAW OF BALANCE:

Greater balance is required for greater affinity and influence.

VIII. THE LAW OF INFINITE MANIFESTATIONS:

The number of manifestations within the Web is infinite. In other words, we’ll never run out of manifestations to experience, or things to learn.

 

IX. THE LAW OF FINITE SENSES:

A manifestation’s (ie, our) ability to perceive limits its ability to know. In other words, we can’t see everything.

 

X. THE LAW OF PRAGMATISM:

If it works, it’s right.

 

XI. THE LAW OF INFINITE UNIVERSES:

As there are infinite manifestations within the web possessed of infinite views of the universe, there are infinite universes.

 

XII. THE LAW OF TRUE FALSEHOODS:

Data exist which contradict your knowledge but which, never-the-less, are functional. Or, If it’s a paradox, it’s probably true.

 

XIII. THE LAW OF PERSONIFICATION:

All manifestations (including people) live and have personality.

Corollary 1 – THE LAW OF INVOCATION:

Any manifestation can conjure real entities from within.

Corollary 2 – THE LAW OF EVOCATION:

A manifestation can conjure real entities from without.

Momento Roma

Some Latin sayings from Ancient Rome. Filed under Miscellaneous Wisdom. 

 

ad hoc – to this purpose alone.

ad infinitium – to go on and on, limitless.

ad libitum – at pleasure. to speak spontaneously, or ad lib.

agenda – Things that have to be done.

alter ego – a second self; closest friend.

ante meridiem – before noon, or A.M.

bona fide – in good faith; without deceit.

carpe diem – seize the day.

caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

circa – about. Often abbreviated to c. and used to qualify an uncertain date.

contra – against.

cum laude – with praise.

deus ex machina – a god from a machine. An allusion to the practice in classical drama of bringing on a god to solve superhuman difficulties.

et cetera – additional unspecified things; abbreviated to etc.

excelsior – ever upward; sustained aspiration.

exempli gratia – for the sake of example; e.g. in scholary texts.

ex libris – from the library of; used for bookplates.

flagrante delicto – while the crime is blazing; caught in the act.

ibidem – from the same source; abbreviated to ibid. in reference notes.

id est – that is. The familiar i.e. mean to explain in more detail.

in camera – in private.

in toto – on the whole, completely.

ipso facto – by the fact or the act itself.

magna cum laude – with great praise.

magnum opus – a great work; especially in literature.

mea culpa – my fault. I am to blame.

memento mori – remember that you must die.

modus operandi – manner of operating, M.O.

modus vivendi – manner of living; a temporary arrangement of affairs until disputed matters can be resolved.

nolo contendere – I do not wish to contend. A legal plea by which a defendant is subject to conviction, but does not admit guilt.

non compos mentis – not of sound mind.

non sequitur – it does not follow. A remark having nothing to do with the conversation taking place.

opere citato – in the work cited. Usually abbreviated to op. cit.

persona non grata – an unacceptable person.

caveat lector – let the reader beware