GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 19-26 Feb 2018

 

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Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after,
know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.
~GrannyMoon

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Goddess Month of Moura begins 2/20 – 3/19

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Celtic Tree Calendar: Nion (Ash) February 18 to March 17

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Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon

Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)

Goddess Aspect: Maiden

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona

Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiriation, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.)

Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.

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Tasha’s Day by Day Astro Planner

Mon. 2/19 Athletic Aries Moon suggests doing exercises.

Tue. 2/20 Active Aries Moon provides AM energy to keep moving. 2 PM Taurus Moon says build on what is already begun.

Wed. 2/21 Steady Taurus Moon helps us do what we need to. Venus/Neptune Conjunction suggests spiritual activity.

Thu. 2/22 Reliable Taurus Moon says keep on keeping on. 7 PM Gemini Moon suggests communication with friends.

Fri. 2/23 Chatty Gemini Moon says seek the company of those you enjoy.

Sat. 2/24 Sociable Gemini Moon suggests spending time catching up with friends.

Sun.2/25 Warm Cancer Moon says be hospitable and share with family. Venus/Mars square says avoid arguments. Mercury/Neptune conjunction says look carefully before committing.

Mon. 2/25 Motherly Cancer Moon encourages care for those around us.

Tue. 2/26 Romantic Leo Moon helps us express feelings to those we love.

Wed. 2/27 Kind Leo Moon finds ways to help and comfort.

Thu. 2/28 Kingly Leo Moon encourages others. PM Mercury/Mars square says stay clear of conflicts.

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and
women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing,
emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals,
women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female
partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign: Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Candle: White
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tiu’s Day – the day of Mars…also Ares, Tiwaz,
Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco, and Tyr. Tuesday is ruled by Mars,
whose Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression, and
protection. Tuesday comes under the influence of Mars, the planet associated
with vitality, passion, ambition, and raw, unabashed power.
Mars energy makes the mind acute, and the body restless; therefore, on
Tuesday we are likely to exert ourselves physically and take action to
achieve goals. This day is dynamic and high-spirited, and the prevailing
energies may include carelessness and destructiveness as well, so it is good
to be cautious-especially while traveling.
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical
Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,
Eloquence
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Candle: Purple
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day
Energy: Male, Ruler: Jupiter – Rules growth, expansion, generosity – Use
for magick involving growth, expansion, prosperity, money, business,
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,
Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters
Thursday – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in
rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise and ruby. Wear emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Candle: Green
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day – Energy: Male Ruler: The Sun – Rules
health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick
involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,
Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow
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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

Sharpen Your Mind Spell
Spell Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

Today’s Diana’s Bow moon in Aries gives us all sorts of energy for pushing forward with new projects. Give a push toward mental clarity with this spell!

Choose a nice, clear crystal from your collection, or visit a local rock shop for a new crystal point. The best way to choose a crystal is to let it choose you. Sit in front of your altar and light a white or yellow candle. Holding the crystal in your left hand, project energy into it with your right hand. Say:

“Guardian spirits of wisdom and
air, bright winged creatures and
mornings fair, send your powers
to this crystal through me, by the
grace of the gods—so mote it be!”

Continue the chant until your crystal is buzzing with the energy. Keep the crystal on your person whenever you feel the need for a mental boost.
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on February 18, 2018
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108 Stones for Health and Healing
Spell Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018

For a variety of reasons, the number 108 is sacred in many paths of Eastern mysticism, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and both tantric and yogic schools of thought. For this ritual, gather 108 small stones or pebbles, two containers to hold them, and a stick of your favorite incense.

Sit comfortably at a small table, with a bowl of stones in front of you to the left and an empty bowl to your right. Light the incense, take some deep breaths, and calm your mind. Get comfortable. Using your right hand, grab one stone or pebble. Visualize yourself and say:

“I send you love, healing, and happiness.”

Then put the stone in the empty bowl. Do the same with the second stone, but this time visualize someone you know (even if you barely know them). Say the words while you project the energy toward the person.

Continue this with a different person (or animal) in mind each time, even if they are from your past and even if they have crossed over. Conclude by casting the stones into a body of running water. This ritual generates beneficial karma for yourself while lending a bit of light to others in your life.
This post was written by Raven Digitalis on February 17, 2018
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An Animal Shelter Blessing
Spell Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
New Moon Spell for Healthy Habits
Spell Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter is often a time when we try to correct unhealthy habits, particularly those surrounding diet and exercise. But the cold months are a hard time to diet, because we need to eat more to stay warm. We just want to binge on TV and junk food, right? But we can intentionally improve our eating habits without depriving ourselves. One way to do this is to eat with intention.

On this new moon, make some soup ( plenty of easy recipes online!). A simple vegetable soup is perfect. When you’re ready to eat dinner, set the table and sit down. Light a candle to suggest a ritual atmosphere. Eat the soup spoonful by spoonful, taking your time to really enjoy every aspect of it: how it looks, how it smells, the texture in your mouth, the taste. This new moon can mark the beginning of this new habit. Cultivating this mindfulness while eating can help us to avoid overeating or eating in a distracted way (such as in front of the TV or computer), which can lead to weight gain.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on February 15, 2018
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An Animal Shelter Blessing
Spell Date: Friday, February 16, 2018

In the Chinese zodiac, Dog folk possess some of the best traits in human nature: loyalty, honesty, straightforwardness, and dependability. Usher in the Year of the Dog with a shelter and rescue blessing.

Make a crystal elixir by adding a rose quartz (for love), jade (for healing, health, and luck), and tiger’s eye (for success and drive) to a cup of water. Let the stones imbue the water with their power over the night of Lunar New Year. Bless the shelter or rescue organization in person, or simply visualize it. Sprinkle the water in the sacred formation of your choice ( like a spiral or star) with these words:

“Bless this place with Dog
energy, with love and loyalty,
fierceness and friendship.

Bring to its doorstep plenty,
prosperity, and loyal people called
to do this necessary work.

May those who come here seeking
companionship do so with honest
intentions and a responsible heart.

So mote it be.”
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on February 16, 2018
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New Moon Spell for Healthy Habits
Spell Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter is often a time when we try to correct unhealthy habits, particularly those surrounding diet and exercise. But the cold months are a hard time to diet, because we need to eat more to stay warm. We just want to binge on TV and junk food, right? But we can intentionally improve our eating habits without depriving ourselves. One way to do this is to eat with intention.

On this new moon, make some soup ( plenty of easy recipes online!). A simple vegetable soup is perfect. When you’re ready to eat dinner, set the table and sit down. Light a candle to suggest a ritual atmosphere. Eat the soup spoonful by spoonful, taking your time to really enjoy every aspect of it: how it looks, how it smells, the texture in your mouth, the taste. This new moon can mark the beginning of this new habit. Cultivating this mindfulness while eating can help us to avoid overeating or eating in a distracted way (such as in front of the TV or computer), which can lead to weight gain.
This post was written by Peg Aloi on February 15, 2018
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Love in the Cards
Spell Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This working encourages the full scope of love in our lives (romantic, familial, and friendship), bringing harmony. For this spell, you’ll need these tarot cards: the Three of Swords, Three of Cups, Two of Cups, Ten of Cups, and the Lovers. Lay them on a table in a row in the order given, with the Three of Swords beginning on the left and the Lovers ending on the right.

Set a gray candle behind the left card, a pink candle next, a red one for the middle, light blue next, and a lavender candle at the right. The intent is to neutralize the left card while encouraging the power of the remaining cards. Light candles left to right, saying:

“Releasing sorrow, cast away, nurturing
friendship and true love; family
harmony, here to stay; transcendent joy,
blessed from above; for good of all and
by free will, let this magic be fulfilled.”
This post was written by Michael Furie on February 14, 2018
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Blessed Are We
Spell Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Today is Mardi Gras, the last Christian feast before the Lenten fast. We Pagans aren’t interested in a tortured god, but we can respect Jesus as a teacher. Go online and find (and print) the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–10) or open your Bible to the Sermon on the Mount.

Gather your covenmates. Set Sophia or Ma’at or another goddess of holy wisdom on your altar and cast your circle. Your intention is to understand how your life is filled with blessings. Invoke holy wisdom. Read the Beatitudes aloud. Now ask each member of your circle to speak aloud two or three examples of blessings in their lives using these words:

“Blessed am I because __________.”

Go around the circle two or three times giving examples of how your lives are blessed. Open your circle, and as you feast, talk about Beatitudes and blessings. Do any of your blessings echo the Beatitudes?
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on February 13, 2018
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Make a Smudge Stick for Protection
Spell Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

Choose fresh or dried materials to use for your smudge. Sprigs of cedar, fir, pine, sweetgrass, sage, juniper, and rosemary are especially good for protection work.

On a strip of paper, draw protective runes. Or write these words:

“As the smoke surrounds me here,
keep me safe from harm and fear.”

Gather the plant materials into a bundle, nestling the paper strip into the middle. Tie the bundle at the base with a thin cotton string. Wind the string around the bundle until you reach the tip, then wind back down to the base. Tie the string off and clip it close. Let the fresh bundle dry on your altar for seven to ten days before using.

To use, hold the bundle over a fireproof dish or abalone shell and light it. Quickly blow out the flame and use the smoke to smudge and protect you, others, or a location, repeating the previous mantra.
This post was written by Susan Pesznecker on February 12, 2018

 

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Prayers to Hestia
by Servant of Hestia

Bright-veiled Hestia, heart of the happy home, goddess
who binds together a family, who strengthens
a city, the household is your temple,
the hearthfire your altar and your namesake. Hestia,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.
Hestia, wise one who oversees the family feast,
who guides the making and the breaking of bread,
to whom offerings are made at simple meal
or sumptuous banquet, Hestia of the oven-fire,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.
Hestia, gentle-hearted daughter of Kronos
and mother Rhea, first-born and last-born child
of Titans, dear sister of thundering Zeus
who gave to you a place of honor evermore,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.
Hestia who sits ever at the center of things,
who tends the flickering flame of sacrifice
with patience and with care, who receives the first
and the best portion of all due offerings,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

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Wormwood {Artemisia absinthium}
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Also, Known As:

Absinthe
Absinthium
Ajenjo
Common Wormwood
Green Ginger
Madderwort
Old woman
Wormwood

Primarily native to Europe, wormwood is a perennial shrub-like herb that has greyish-white colored stems wrapped with delicate and glossy hairs. Wormwood normally grows up to a height between one and three feet and bears leaves that are smooth, hairy and contain secretary cells. They also have resinous particles (viscous substances) and have a yellowish-green appearance. The wormwood plant produces a fragrant scent and has a highly spiced that is rather bitter in taste. Although the plant is indigenous to Europe as well as northern Africa and western Asia, currently it is commercially cultivated in many parts of the world. The useful parts of the herb include its leaves and the fresh or dried flowering tops that are normally harvested before or during the blossoming season. Wormwood is generally used in the manufacture of vermouth or white wine while another species known as sweet wormwood (A. annua) is grown as a decorative plant. However, in addition to being an ornamental plant, sweet wormwood is rich in vital oil that has powerful functions against fungus and bacteria.

Some time back, chemists at the Experimental Therapeutics of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC have initiated prolonged researches into the sweet wormwood’s aptitude in reducing fevers caused by killing parasites in the intestines. A tincture prepared from sweet wormwood may be helpful in healing fevers caused by intestinal parasites. For effective use, try ten drops (use an eye dropper) of the wormwood tincture blended with one teaspoonful of dark honey or black molasses (thick and dark syrup made by boiling down juice from sugar cane) may be useful in curing the ailment. Since the honey or the molasses aids in getting rid of the bitter flavor of the tincture, it is advisable to blend the substance before using.

Here is how you may make use of wormwood to keep off flies and pests. Smash a few woodworm leaves into a moist mash and then blend it with a little apple cider vinegar. Then place a small quantity of this soaked combination into a six-inch square bandage cloth, draw up the corners of the gauze and tie the corners at the top. You may wipe the skin systematically with the mixture through the gauze to ward off horseflies, gnats, mosquitoes and other insects while you are away in the open. The consistent mixture can straightway be applied externally on pets to keep them off any botheration from all kinds of pests, insects, and fleas.

Recent reports published in the Planta Medica issue says that some species of wormwood have been used in medical examinations for healing hepatitis as well as safeguard the liver from scratches produced owing to the intake of injurious chemicals. In a report published in another medical journal called the Chern. Phann Bulletin, it has been stated that wormwood is a vital medication for healing jaundice as well as swelling and irritation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). The report further states that a tea prepared with wormwood is likely to be beneficial in curing jaundice and the gallbladder inflammations.

The procedure to prepare the wormwood tea is simple. Boil two cups of water and then remove it from heat. Next, add four teaspoons of the dried wormwood leaves or flower tops to it. Cover the potion allowing the wormwood to be soaked in the boiling water. For effective use, drink the lukewarm infusion on an empty stomach thrice daily – morning, noon and night. One may add a little maple syrup to sweeten the otherwise bitter infusion. Alternatively, one may also take two capsules prepared from woodworm ingredients twice every day to get relief from these problems on an alternating basis. Here is a piece of advice. Wormwood is a herbal remedy like goldenseal root, chaparral, and such other therapeutic herbs and it should be used discreetly and not taken erratically.

Believe it or not, despite being a superb energizer, wormwood is one of the bitterest herbs that are used by herbalists across the globe. The herb has several medicinal qualities and that includes increasing hunger (appetite), augmenting digestion by enhancing the secretion of digestive enzymes as well as bile from the liver and gallbladder and inciting peristalsis (wavelike movement of intestinal muscles that propels food along the digestive tract). As the plant’s name suggests, wormwood can also be used to throw out worms from the body and it is also a superb medication for anyone suffering from weak, lethargic digestion, contaminants as well as jamming in the gut. It is also beneficial in solving liver disorders in people suffering from a sensation of being run down and incapacitation during convalescence. The presence of chamazulene (an anti-inflammatory agent) in the unstable oil obtained from woodworm extracts has a soothing effect on the digestive tract.

As mentioned earlier, as a herbal medicine, wormwood is beneficial in healing fevers and infections and it also enhances the immune system. The herb is also useful in getting the body rid of toxins and clearing heat and clogging in the system. For most effective use, wormwood can be blended with mint for a better flavor and taken to heal colds and flu, persistent or chronic fever, food poisoning, catarrh (inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract), skin problems and arthritis. History reveals that woodworm has also been beneficial for women. It has been a favorite herb with the women to incite uterine narrowing or contractions during childbirth. It may be mentioned here that wormwood is especially useful when the birth is sluggish in getting going and contractions are weak and ineffective. On the contrary, wormwood can also be used to usher in belated or holding back menstruation owing to stagnation (a state of inactivity) in the uterus and also for distressing periods. At the same time, wormwood has a diuretic action and it is useful for any liquid retention during the time of period.

Plant Parts Used:
Aerial parts.

Herbal Use:
Like any other herb, wormwood too has numerous therapeutic uses. Absinthe, a spirit drink made with aromatics including fennel seed, star anise, and crushed wormwood leaves. This drink has green color but turns white when you add some water, is derived from wormwood. It was very popular in France as well as in the United States in the 19th century. The addictive drink was flavored with oil extracted from wormwood and contained thujone, a toxic substance (if it is used in high dosages), and hence, overindulgence with it may prove to be lethal.

Besides this, wormwood is exceptionally useful medication for anyone suffering from poor or under-active digestion. Herbal medicines prepared from wormwood extracts stimulate the secretion of stomach acid as well as bile and thereby help in the digestive process. In turn, enhances the body’s capacity to absorb nutrients and helps in tackling certain ailments like anemia. In addition, wormwood is beneficial in releasing gas as well as easing bloating conditions. Herbal medicine practitioners recommend regular intake of wormwood tincture as this enhances the digestive process helping the body gain vigor and energy while recuperating from lingering ill health. As the herb’s name suggests, wormwood is also beneficial to some extent in destroying or throwing out worms from the body.

Apart from its medicinal values, wormwood is also an excellent insecticide and help in repelling insects.

Habitat:
Though an important therapeutic herb, wormwood is generally found growing along the pavements. Although it is native to Europe, wormwood is also found aplenty in central Asia as well as in the eastern regions of the United States. Currently, wormwood is commercially cultivated in all temperate regions around the world. The herb is propagated in two manners – either by sowing the seeds in spring or by root division in autumn. Cultivators harvest the above-ground parts of the herb in late summer.

Research:
Scientific researchers conducted during the 1970’s have proved that the wormwood plant contains a number of therapeutic benefits. The herb greatly contributes to herbal medicinal activities. A number of plants in this species are very bitter to taste and when they are taken in, they set off a stimulating action in the stomach resulting in a number of digestive discharges. The wormwood plant contains a number of chemical ingredients such as azulenes, sesquiterpene lactones and thujone. While the azulenes are anti-inflammatory, sesquiterpene lactones produce anti-tumor consequences and are very powerful insecticides. On the other hand, thujone is capable of inciting the brain. But one must be cautious while using it as owing to its toxic nature, it may prove to be poisonous if taken in excess.

Constituents:
Wormwood contains volatile oil (inc. sesquiterpene lacrones and thujone), bitter principle, flavonoids, tannins, silica, antibiotic polyacetylenes, insulin, hydroxycoumarins.

Recommended Use:
Wormwood extracts can be taken in either as a tea or a tincture. Preparing wormwood tea is extremely simple and can be done by adding one teaspoon of the herb to 250 ml or one cup of boiling water. After putting the herb in the boiling water, it is left undisturbed for about 10 to 15 minutes allowing the medicinal properties to soak in the water. Normally, for good results, people drink three cups of the tea daily. Alternatively, if anyone desires to use the wormwood tincture, he or she can put 10 to 20 drops of it in water and consume the same 10 to 15 minutes before every meal. Here is a word of caution. Neither the wormwood tea nor the tincture should be used for more than four weeks at a stretch.

Possible Side Effects and Precautions:
If wormwood is consumed for a long period at a stretch it may prove to be detrimental to the health. It is strictly inadvisable to prepare any medication with the toxic absinthe oil as it is not only addictive but may also lead to the damage of brain, seizures, and even death. Short term usage of wormwood tincture or tea has no major side effects. On the other hand, prolonged usage of wormwood has its ill effects. It can lead to nausea, vomiting, insomnia, restiveness, vertigo or dizziness, trembling as well as convulsions or seizures. Use of wormwood is strictly inadvisable during pregnancy as well as lactation periods for it may cause severe harm to the body.

Applications:

Aerial parts:

INFUSION: Herbal medicine practitioners always advise people to intake weak infusion prepared from wormwood to heal poor or under-active digestion, poor appetite, as well as gastritis. A weak infusion can be prepared by adding five to ten grams of the herb in 500 ml of water. It is also prescribed to cure jaundice and hepatitis as well as throw out worms in the intestines.

TINCTURE: Wormwood tincture may be used in the same manner as the infusion prepared from the herb is consumed. However, it is advisable not to consume more than 3 ml of the tincture in a day.

COMPRESS: Wormwood may also be used as a compress to get comfort from bruises and bites. A wormwood compress can be prepared by soaking a pad in the herb infusion and applied externally to the wound.

WASH: The wormwood infusion can also be used externally as a wash to heal plagues and infections like scabies.

Wormwood Moth Bags:

1 cup dried wormwood
1 cup dried spearmint
1 cup dried tansy
1 cup dried thyme
4 cinnamon sticks

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, then crush them together. Divide the mixture among small muslin bags, tie securely, and place with the woolens.

The Benefits of Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), also known as mugwort, is a bitter herb found in Eurasia, North Africa, and North America. The plant has been used therapeutically since ancient times. In fact, the name “wormwood” comes from its traditional use as a means to cleanse the body of harmful organisms.

Wormwood Quick Facts
Scientific Name Artemisia absinthium
Other Names Mugwort, absinthium
Family Artemisia
Origin Eurasia and Northern Africa; Naturalized in Canada and the Northern United States

Benefits Harmful organism cleansing

You may have heard wormwood mentioned in conjunction with absinthe, the green, highly alcoholic drink made popular during the 19th century and associated with famous (and often troubled) writers and artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, and Edgar Allan Poe. Habitual abuse of the drink was thought to cause absinthism, a much-hyped condition identified by hallucinations, sleeplessness, and other mental issues.

Thujone, one of the compounds found in wormwood, was believed to be responsible for these negative effects, but modern scientific methods have called this idea into question. Traditionally-produced absinthe had an alcohol content of up to 80% (160 proof!), and the 19th century’s production standards were notoriously lax. It’s more likely that absinthism was simply a fancy name for regular-old alcoholism combined with poisoning from impure production methods and toxic additives.

After nearly a century, the prohibition of the drink was repealed and absinthe is enjoying a comeback. Absinthe is the most notorious use of wormwood in alcoholic beverages, but it’s not the only one. Wormwood is also used as a flavoring in vermouth and bitters.

Although I don’t recommend consuming wormwood in the form of 160 proof alcohol, wormwood is a therapeutic herb and its use extends as far back as the early Roman era. Traditional Asian and European medicine use wormwood and its extracts for a variety of purposes, including ridding the body of harmful organisms.

Wormwood and Harmful Organisms

Harmful organisms contamination and infection are a serious health problem in every country in the world, not just in developing countries. Organisms of all sorts can contaminate food and water, causing health problems in both people and animals. Wormwood contains several compounds, most notably artemisinin, that are resistant to harmful organisms. These compounds produce an environment that is actively hostile to harmful organisms and discourages them from thriving.

Harmful organisms are not just a problem for human health. For the farmer who has hundreds or thousands of livestock, the cost of pharmaceuticals that target harmful organisms can be bank-breaking. Wormwood might be able to help. Study results suggest that wormwood extract may be a natural alternative to commercial drugs for eliminating intestinal invaders in ruminants like sheep.

Additional Benefits of Wormwood

The benefits of wormwood are not limited to its effects on harmful organisms. Wormwood also contains compounds known to stimulate digestion by supporting liver and gallbladder function. The benefit is magnified when combined with other digestive herbs such as peppermint and ginger. Wormwood also supports healthy circulation and soothes irritation. Research also suggests that wormwood may even have neuroprotective properties.

Like many other plants, wormwood is a concentrated source of antioxidants. The antioxidant activities of wormwood support its traditional uses in Europe, which include wound healing. Animal studies have even found that wormwood’s antioxidant action helped revitalize some of the enzyme activity in rats that had been decreased by lead exposure.

The Yale University School of Medicine performed a study in which patients with digestive ailments were given either a placebo or a herbal blend containing wormwood for a ten-week period. This double-blind, placebo-controlled study observed that the patients who took the herbal blend reported improved mood and quality of life, which is a not a common side effect of conventional western medications.
Wormwood Side Effects and Precautions

While the notion of wormwood-induced absinthism has been discredited, the possibility remains that thujone, or some other compound within wormwood, could have potentially toxic effects. However, this is only true if consumed in absurdly high quantities, or if it interacts medications or a preexisting condition. In normal doses, wormwood remains completely safe for most people. As a precaution, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid wormwood. Due to its potency, don’t take the essential oil of wormwood internally.

Tips for Growing Wormwood

Fresh wormwood can be hard to find in stores, but you can easily grow your own. Growing your own has the bonus of allowing you to control the quality of the herb. Wormwood grows well, even in less-than-ideal conditions. It grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 9, which means that it can be grown almost anywhere in the United States. Once established, the herb requires minimal maintenance.

Wormwood grows from either seeds or seedlings. If started from seeds, plant indoors first and transfer outside after sprouting. Plant seedlings after the last frost in spring in full sun. Wormwood prefers dry soil. Water occasionally, but don’t overdo it. Wormwood is not typically vulnerable to disease, but overwatering can lead to root rot.

Harvest wormwood in July or August on a dry day after the sun has evaporated all the moisture on the plant. To harvest, remove the upper green portion, leaving behind any lower stem parts and all insect-eaten, discolored, or damaged leaves.
Simple Wormwood Tea

I shouldn’t need to say that absinthe is not the best way to incorporate wormwood into your diet. It’s staggeringly high alcohol content more than cancels out any possible benefit of the herb. So, with the green fairy off the table, what’s the best way to consume wormwood?

A simple tea is a common and effective way to take this herb. Wormwood is extremely bitter, so you’ll probably drink this for its therapeutic properties, not casual enjoyment.

Simply put ½ to 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried wormwood leaves in a cup of hot, but not quite boiling, water. Steep for 4 or 5 minutes and strain out the leaves. Don’t use more than a teaspoon per cup or let it steep for too long. Otherwise, the tea may become too bitter to drink. You can attempt to sweeten the tea with stevia or raw organic honey, but you may find it only improves the flavor a little bit. You can also blend with other herbal teas like peppermint or anise to improve the flavor.

Here’s a tip: After they cool a little, the wormwood leaves you strain from your tea can be used as a poultice. Apply them to wounds, rashes, or insect bites for natural relief.
Other Sources of Wormwood

If you can’t find wormwood leaves or if you just can’t take the taste, then supplementation is your next best option. Wormwood can be found as a standalone supplement or combined with other botanicals. One such product is Global Healing Center’s own Paratrex®. Paratrex is a blend of all-natural ingredients, including wormwood, formulated to promote the cleansing of harmful organisms. As always, only buy pure, natural, quality supplements from companies you trust, and consult your trusted healthcare practitioner before starting a new supplement routine.

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What Is ‘Southernwood?’
by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Southernwood {Artemisia abrotanum}

Southernwood (botanical name, Artemisia abrotanum) is a shrub-like plant that grows perennially to a height of three feet (one meter) and possesses a potent aroma. The stems of this shrub are woody while it bears fluffy leaves that have a silver-green hue. The flowers of this plant are yellowish in color. Southernwood belongs to the genus Artemisia, which also includes other species like wormwood (used as an ingredient in absinthe – a green, aromatic liqueur) and mugwort. This herb exudes a potent odor akin to that of camphor and has been traditionally employed in the form of air freshener or strewing herb (herbs that were strewn on the floor or carpet for their aroma). Southernwood is basically an undersized luxuriant shrub that is extensively cultivated by gardeners.

Southernwood was a greatly prized herb during the Middle Ages as well as the Renaissance, but currently, it is rarely used in herbal medicine. Present day herbalists consider close species wormwood to be superior to southernwood. Similar to wormwood, southernwood also encloses potent volatile (unstable) oil that keeps insects away and the leaves of the herb are also kept among clothes to prevent them from damage by moths. In ‘A Modern Herbal‘, 1931, Mrs. Grieve noted that even in the early phase of the past century England, a bunch of southernwood and rue was placed beside the prisoner in the dock to prevent the prisoner from developing a contagion owing to what was then commonly known as ‘jail fever’.

Plant Parts Used:
Aerial parts.
Remedial Use:
Southernwood is a bitter tonic, which reinforces as well as supports the digestive functions by means of augmenting secretions of juices and enzymes in the stomach and intestines. An infusion prepared with the dried herb is given to children to treat intestinal worms. However, children should only be administered this infusion following consultation with professional practitioners of herbal medicine. Similar to other species in the genus Artemisias, southernwood also promotes menstruation and is generally taken internally to stimulate the beginning of absent or irregular menstrual periods.
For long, southernwood has been used as a herbal home remedy. However, it is rarely used in herbal medicine these days. Southernwood is a potently fragrant and bitter herb which helps to enhance the functioning of the stomach and liver. At the same time, this herb invigorates the uterus and promotes menstrual flow, alleviates fevers, unwinds the spasmodic muscles and eliminates intestinal parasites and worms. Southernwood and particularly the tender flowering shoots of the plant possess antiseptic, deobstruent (a medication that gets rids of obstructions), anthelmintic (any substance or medication that eliminates parasitic worms), stomachic, emmenagogue (any medicine that stimulates menstrual flow) and tonic properties. While the herb is an excellent tonic and also possesses a number of nervine attributes, southernwood is primarily used as an emmenagogue to promote menstrual discharge. Occasionally, the herb is also given to children to expel intestinal parasitic worms and applied topically to minor wounds with a view to stopping hemorrhages and also to heal the injuries. In addition, southernwood is also employed in aromatic baths as well as used topically in the form of poultices to heal skin disorders. Here is a word of caution. This herb ought to be used with caution when taken internally, preferably on the recommendations of a qualified practitioner of herbal medicine. Moreover, southernwood should not be given during pregnancy, particularly during the first three months, as it may stimulate menstrual discharge and eventually harm the fetus.

When southernwood is grown in orchards, the growing shrub fends off moths that invade fruit trees. In addition, you may also rub the fresh plants onto your skin with a view to putting off insects. The shoots of the herb may be dried and used indoor to ward off flies, mosquitoes, and other insects as they are effective for about six to 12 months. In fact, dried out southernwood is also known to put off ants. In addition, you may burn the shoots of the herb in your fireplace to get rid of the cooking smell from the house. As the leaves of southernwood possess an aromatic smell akin to that of lemon, they are often used in potpourris. The essential oil extracted from the leaves as well as the flowering shoots of the herb is used in making perfumes with a view to adding some amount of delicate tones. The branches of southernwood yield a yellow colorant or dye. Southernwood plants may also be grown in the form of a short hedge, as they are able to endure hard clippings to a great extent. An infusion prepared with the whole herb is employed in the form of a hair conditioner or tonic.

There was a time when southernwood was employed to cure problems of the stomach, liver, and spleen. Seventeenth-century English botanist, herbalist, and physician Nicholas Culpeper believed that the herb promoted menstrual discharge. Barring in Germany, southernwood is rarely used in herbal medicine these days. In Germany, people still use the herb as poultices for applying topically to wounds, skin disorders and splinters and sometimes even to cure frostbites. It has also been found that the elements enclosed by southernwood facilitate in invigorating the gallbladder and bile, which, in turn, enhances digestion as well as the functioning of the liver. In aromatic herbs, the leaves of southernwood are blended with other herbs and this is known to cure insomnia or sleeplessness. An infusion prepared with the leaves of the herb is believed to function in the form of a natural insect repellent when it is applied topically to the skin or when it is employed in the form of a hair wash, it helps to get rid of dandruff.

Culinary uses
Among its several uses, southernwood is also used for culinary purposes. The young shoots of this shrub possess an astringent, lemony taste and are employed in small amounts for adding essence to salads, cakes, and vinegar. The young bitter shoots of southernwood are also used to prepare a herbal tea.

Habitat:
Southernwood is indigenous to the southern regions of Europe but is rarely found growing in the wild. Nevertheless, this plant is mainly cultivated for its use in the perfume industry and, to some degree, for its medicinal properties. The aerial parts of southernwood are collected during the later part of summer.

This perennially growing bushy shrub (Artemisia abrotanum) is found in three different varieties – camphor- scented, tangerine-scented and lemon-scented. All these types of southernwood may be propagated during the fall or spring either by root division, seed or cuttings.

Southernwood has the aptitude to thrive in most types of soil. However, this herb has a preference for a well-drained soil that is not so fertile. Southernwood can be cultivated without any difficulty in a well-drained somewhat alkaline clay soil or circumneutral soil preferably in a sunlit position. Plants that have lived for a longer period are generally additionally tough and more fragrant, especially when they are cultivated in the arid and poor soil. Southernwood has the ability to endure a pH ranging between 6.3 and 7.6 and plants that are well established are able to endure drought conditions too. Southernwood plants can thrive even in maritime gardens, where it is generally cultivated as a herb since its leaves are extremely fragrant. Southernwood is an excellent plant for accompanying cabbages. In addition, this species is also good for growing in the orchard, as it helps in lessening infestation by pests. In fact, southernwood, as well as other species in its genus, is particularly resilient to honey fungus. In addition, members of this species are never, or, if at all, rarely disturbed by browsing deer.

Southernwood can be propagated by its seeds, which need to be sown shallow or close to the surface in a greenhouse between late winter and early summer. Generally, the seeds take one to two months to germinate when maintained at 15°C. When the seedlings have grown large enough to be handled, they should be pricked individually and planted in separate pots. When the seedlings have grown over 15 cm in height, transplant them outdoors into their permanent positions during the later part of spring or in summer. Alternately, southernwood can also be propagated without any difficulty by means of root division or wood cuttings.

Constituents
Southernwood contains a volatile oil, tannins, and abrotanin.

Recommended Use:
For therapeutic purposes, southernwood may be used in different preparations, for instance, infusion and tincture.

Infusion: To prepare an infusion, add one to two spoonfuls of the dried herb in one cup of steaming water and allow the mixture to infuse for about 10 to 15 minutes in a covered container. Subsequently, filter the liquid and drink it thrice every day.
Tincture: The tincture prepared with southernwood should be taken in dosage of 1 ml to 4 ml thrice every day.

Possible Side Effects and Precautions:
Generally, herbal preparations with southernwood are considered to be safe and there has been no complaint whatsoever regarding any toxicity caused by the plant. However, some people may experience dermatitis as well as other allergic reaction when their skin comes in contact with the plants belonging to the genus Artemisia.

Southernwood and Roses Moth Repellent
In order to repel moths, a formulation of southernwood along with other ingredients should be made. To make this formulation, you require one cup of dehydrated southernwood herb, two cups of dehydrated lavender buds, one cup of dried rose leaves and two drops of essential oil obtained from roses. Squash all these ingredients collectively, cover them and treat them in a small crock for about four weeks. Remember to shake the mixture every day or every alternate day. Subsequently, divide the mixture and put it in two little muslin bags. Tie the muslin bags and put them among the woolen clothes to protect the clothes from damage by moths.

Southernwood Moth Repellent
As mentioned, the southernwood plant is a familiar as well as excellent insect repellent. In case you are growing this species in your garden, it is advisable that you keep them away from the flowering plants, as they might even keep the bees away. When southernwood is used in combination with cinnamon, it offers an additional means to avoid moths from invading the woolen clothes that have been stored away during the summer. In fact, the effectiveness of southernwood as a moth repellent is preserved in the plant’s French name ‘garderobe’, which translated into English, literally denotes ‘clothes guard’.

In order to protect your woolen clothes from damage caused by moths, you need to prepare a formulation using 25 g or one ounce of dehydrated southernwood and one teaspoonful of the smashed cinnamon stick. Mix these ingredients and fill them in small muslin bags. Tie the bags with a ribbon making a loop and hang them on top of a coat hanger, or simply place them between the stored woolen clothes.

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The Purpose of an Altar
By Madisyn Taylor

The purpose of having an altar in your home can be as simple as reminding you to take time for serenity each day.

If you didn’t grow up with an altar in your home, having an altar now may seem like an exotic and unattainable idea. Yet having an altar does not have to be complicated or difficult, nor does it need to be based on a religion or a set of ideas that don’t seem to relate to you. An altar can be a simple, personal expression of what you want to focus on right now. You do not have to build anything or take up a lot of space. You do not have to buy anything new or follow a complex set of instructions to create your altar. All you have to do is have a general understanding of what an altar is and the willingness to allow yourself access to this wonderful, ancient tool of transformation.

At its most essential, an altar is simply a raised structure that serves as a resting place for meaningful objects. It focuses the eye and provides a place for contemplation and, if so desired, ritual. All of these elements can be quite simple. One idea for a simple altar is a pot with a bulb planted in it, set on a box. This altar to growth can act as a reminder to you that all living things bloom in their time. A simple ritual might be to write down dreams you would like to see come to fruition on scraps of paper. You might place these scraps of paper in the box, or under the flowerpot, or in an envelope you prop against the pot. As the flower grows, so will your dreams.

If you look around your home, you may find that you have already created altar-like arrangements without even really thinking about it; this is something we humans do quite naturally. A candle, a decorative box, and a vase of flowers are just a few of the common household objects that lend themselves naturally to the creation of an altar. Simply add intention and intuition, and you have created your first altar. Remember that it isn’t necessarily about the objects you place at your altar–it is the time you spend with it daily, taking the time to be with it for your sacred time.

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Ancient Art Of Ritual Bathing
by hocuspocus13

Happiness
Fulfilling Life
State of Mind

Can help to be accomplished by a lengthy soak in a nice hot bath

While it can also help to soothe aches and pains

On a Magickal Note

A Bath Ritual can focus you constructively on the objective wishes one wants to conjure

And perhaps that is to be because in that Bath we find ourselves relieved from our daily

Fatigue
Stress
Tension

So we can then focus on what matters most

In the Ancient Art of Ritual Bathing there are many different bath products that are used in several different ways

When it comes to decision making with these products keep in mind that the purchase and the use of them is strictly a matter of your personal preference

Bath Oils
Salts
Crystals
Herbs
Bubbles

Is up to you along with the intention you have in mind

HERE ARE SOME RITUAL BATH BLENDS

Please use fresh herbs in all their strength and power which can be had at the produce section of any grocery store or farmers market

LOVE:

Equal Parts

Rose Buds
Orange Peel
Rosemary
Myrtle
Thyme

Stir all the ingredients together into one quart of water

Bring to a boil

Cover and lower the flame to simmer gently for 9 minutes

Remove from heat

Let cool

Strain into a glass jar until your ready to use it

1cup of herb water per bath

SERENITY:

In a cheesecloth cloth pouch or a cotton handkerchief mix equal parts of

Linden
Lavender
Chamomile
Hops
Burdock

Tightly tie closed the top of the cheesecloth pouch or handkerchief

Toss it in the bath during the running of the tub water

Soak for at least 30 minutes

Keep those thoughts on nothing more then having some serenity in your life

Feel the mind clear
Your nerves relax
Tension disappear

PROTECTION:

This one I must say is a very popular blend to release any negativity that did cling to you during the day

That you now brought home with you

And to keep negativity away from clinging to you and your being today tomorrow or tonight

In a cloth such as a handkerchief or whatever you have around the house

Mix in equal parts

Sage
Vetivert
Orris
Clover
Vervain

Tie the top closed and toss it into the running tub water

Just before you step into the Bath add 9 drops Gardenia Oil

And 1 handful Bath Salts or Sea Salt

After the Ritual Bath anoint the body with a very pleasant perfume or your favorite body oil along with a moisture lotion

Dress in neat clean clothes and go out with confidence that your objective is a bit closer

Your strength is a mite stronger

And your destination is finally within your grasp

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Crystals Associated with Passion

From the phallus stones to the deep red crystals that stir our “sexual-self esteem”, passion is endowed by the power of the rock hard stones in this “favorites collection”. These are some of the most notable crystals throughout history that have been traded for virginity, offered as sacred sacrifices and given as gifts to allure its receiver!

“Passion Stones”: Sexual Energies and Carnelian

Sexual relations can be the most intimate and satisfying communication two people experience. Yet sex is difficult for people to talk about, let alone improve, when problems occur. We are all sexual beings. It is important to acknowledge and always celebrate this fact. We are sexual beings so it’s natural that we are sexually attracted to others. Carnelian represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness, and outgoing behavior. Precision, analysis, appetite, and awareness of feelings. Used at both the Sexual/Spleen Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra, this stone warms emotions, passion, sexuality, physical energy, celebration, and the reproductive system. Helps you feel anchored and comfortable with your surroundings. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events. Strongly influences the reproductive organs and fertility. This stone can improve motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters.

“Passion Stones”: Warmth of Blood and Spirit with Coral

Part of the mineral kingdom, red and orange coral stimulate the Root and Sacral/Spleen Chakra for energy, warmth and fertility. Energizes the emotions. Best used for blood and blood circulation issues. Coral is a symbol of joy and happiness. It enables the wearer to enjoy their life and strengthen their capabilities. Red coral is attuned to Scorpio and is one of the 9 sacred Vedic stones associated with Mars.

“Passion Stones”: Phallic Passion of Fertility Quartz:

Aka the sceptre crystal or fertility stone is considered a naturally formed crystal that belongs to the quartz family. These crystals can have a unique clarity that almost looks like water. The crystal actually looks like a ruler’s sceptre or male phallus; a rod at the base with a crown-like configuration on the top. The clearer the point on the sceptre the stronger it’s ability as a healing tool. This crystal has an excellent configuration for the transmission of directional energy.

“Passion Stones”: Intimacy and Garnet

Intimacy is feeling close and connected to someone (developed through sharing and very good communications over time). Intimacy is what makes you want to share and offer emotional and material support to each other.. This is where garnet can help. Intimacy implies the desire to strengthen our moral character in a relationship. It allows us to find and keep, as well as show our best side to others. Garnet stimulates creativity, passion, and the circulatory system. Red garnet stimulates the Root and Spleen Chakra. It is a warming stone and energizes us emotionally and physically. It is also a very grounding stone. Used by ancient cultures to stimulate life force and sexuality, hormone balance, fertility, persistence, stamina, passion, confidence (and stubbornness). This stone is Yang in nature. Red represent passion and helps the wearer to strive for improvement in moral conduct. Garnets teach patience and constancy. They help us develop love and compassion. They sharpen s elf-perception and extend that openness to others.

“Passion Stones”: Vitality and Stamina with Ruby

Joy, love, sexual energy and power are all traits of this warm, deep red stone, It is an energizes stone after that strengthens the physical and emotional heart or Heart Chakra. Courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges are the empowering abilities given to this stone. It has been used to intensify all emotions (including passion, jealousy, impatience, love…) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love) backfires onto its user, when used for selfish reasons. Used for reproductive connections of both the Root and Sacral/Spleen Chakra, it also helps with sexual blocks. A wonderful stone whose stimulating energy can bring startling things to light. An amplifier of energy (both positive and negative). It stirs up passion. Can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Stimulates motivation and visualization. Ruby is famous for promoting sexual energy when moved back and forth over the genital area.

“Passion Stones”: The Yoni Power of Shiva Lingham

Lingam is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, lingam shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/crystals-for-passion
“Living life, consciously”
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Hot Chocolate Sticks
Makes 16 sticks
Source: inkatrinaskitchen.com

Ingredients:
4 packages BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (16 oz total)
1 Cup confectioners sugar
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits

Instructions:
In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate according to package directions.

In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment put confectioners sugar, cocoa, and salt.

Pour the melted chocolate on top of the dry ingredients. Mix until incorporated fully.

Place in a piping bag (or plastic zip bag), snip off the tip and pipe into 16 portions. Alternatively use a cookie scoop or small spoon. Mixture will be thick. If you use a silicone baking pan you can microwave it for 10-20 seconds after piping/scooping in the mixture.

Top with JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits. Press craft stick into the center.

Let cool 5 hours or overnight.

NOTES:
Lift the silicone baking pan a few inches and drop once or twice (or shake) to get the chocolate to level out.

Check on the Hot Chocolate Sticks while they are chilling to be sure that the sticks are staying centered and upright.

Serving size: 1 oz stick

Yield: 16 servings

Come check out my recipe blog myblissfulmess.com

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Finding Your Tribe
By Madisyn Taylor

We all desire to find our tribe, a community of those that feel comfortable to us and nurture our journey.

Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.

The individuals who eventually become members of your unique tribe are out there in the wide world waiting for you. You are destined to find them, one by one, as you move through life. Sometimes your own efforts will put you in contact with your future tribe members. At other times, circumstances beyond your control will play a role in helping you connect with your tribe. If you look about you and discover that you are already allied with a wonderful and supportive tribe, remember that there are likely many members of your tribe you have not yet met. On the other hand, if you feel you are still living outside of your tribe, broadening your horizons can help you find your tribe members.

However your life develops after you come together with your tribe, you can be assured that its members will stand at your side. On the surface, your tribe may seem to be nothing more than a loose-knit group of friends and acquaintances to whom you ally yourself. Yet when you look deeper, you will discover that your tribe grounds you and provides you with a sense of community that ultimately fulfills many of your most basic human needs.

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“We all come from the Goddess
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Like a drop of rain, going to the ocean”
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Merry Meet and Merry Part
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