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The biggest change we've had this year is the flight of one of our chicks from
I have to say it's fun-- lot's of fun-- to go visiting at her house. I'll probably be posting
Number #1 Son, at 19, has graduated with an Associate of Science degree and a
I'll be working like mad this month to put our house and grounds in order for Beltaine,
This spring and summer my local coven sister, Mare Ryder, and I will be hosting new-age yardsale
Below you'll find raw photos I've popped into a slideshow for you, some are current and some
Beginning at the top of the ring, we'll work our way down...
Ocean Jasper was discovered in Madagascar at the millennium and is said to be connected to Atlantis. The pattern symbolizes the interconnectedness of all, encouraging journeying and supporting service to humankind. In addition to carrying the generic properties of Jasper, Quartz, and Agate, this stone reminds us that nature is cyclical, rhythmical, and fluid and assists in coping with change. With gentle nurturing, Ocean Japer brings to the surface long-hidden unresolved emotional issues and helps you accept responsibility for yourself.
Beneficial for: sensitivity to environmental influence, energy clearing, optimism, letting go of the past, self-esteem, self-confidence, concentration, depression, fears, phobias, individuality, motivation, creativity, self-expression, nightmares, Alzheimer’s itching, male hormones, detoxification, elimination, energizing, recharging, ME, degenerative disease, digestion, spleen, pancreas, kidney and bladder infections, eye problems, blood circulation, thymus, thyroid, nerves, constipation, cellulite, corrects DNA, cellular disorders, metabolic imbalances, recall of past-life injuries and disease that affects the present, geopathic stress, x-ray exposure, libido, pain relief, fear, reproductive system, muscle, nerve tissue, inner vision, telepathy, multidimensional cellular healing, protection against radioactivity and disease caused by contact, insomnia from geopathic stress or electromagnetic pollution.
Smokey Citrine never needs cleansing and does not accept negative energy. Excellent for enhancing metaphysical abilities and grounding them in everyday reality, it removes blockages from your spiritual path and purifies the etheric blueprint. A Smokey Citrine Herkimer clears away old beliefs and thought forms that keep you mired in poverty, opening the way to abundance. Both stones are excellent for removing vows taken in other lives, especially those of poverty and chastity, and assisting you to move out of present circumstances or an environment that precludes expansion. *Smokey Citrine also carries the properties of the Herkimer Diamond and Smokey Quartz.
Beneficial for: Attracting love, dreaming, blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lung, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins.
Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a garnet and bad luck to steal one. Five hundred years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons. Garnet is a powerfully energizing stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies. Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnet inspires love and devotion and removes inhibitions and taboos. Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence. This stone balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet stimulates controlled rise of kundalini energy and adds potency, heightening the effect of tantric sex, and attracting a compatible partner for sexual healing.
PeridotSource: Canada, Russia, USA, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Canary Islands
Chakra: Heart, solar plexis
Zodiac Sign: Virgo, Leo, Scropio, Sagittarius
Beneficial for: Jealousy, resentment, spitefulness, anger, stress, lethargy, confidence, assertion, tissue regeneration, metabolism, skin, heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen, intestinal tract, ulcers, eyes, birth contractions, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, melancholia, digestive problems.
Source: USA, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, India, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Beneficial for: Pollutants, stress, intuition, fear, sore throats, swollen glands, thyroid, pituitary, hormones, growth, elimination, eyes, jaw and teeth, near or farsightedness, stomach, immune system, autoimmune diseases.
Aquamarine’s color comes from minute traces of iron. Said to protect sailors at sea and to guard against drowning, it was the stone of the sea goddess and counteracted the forces of darkness, gaining favor from the spirits of light. A wonderful stone for meditation, Aquamarine shields the aura, invokes high sates of consciousness, and encourages service to humanity. With an affinity to sensitive people, it invokes tolerance and supports anyone overwhelmed by responsibility. Breaking self-defeating programs, it leads to dynamic change. Useful for closure on all levels, this stone is helpful in understanding underlying emotional states and in interpreting how you feel. Removing extraneous thought, Aquamarine filters information reaching the brain and clarifies perception.
adder's tongue, allspice, amaranth, agelica, apple, lemon balm, balm of gilead, barley, bay, bittersweet, blackberry, bracken, burdock, clamus, carnation, cedar, cinnamon, cxitron, cowslip, cucmber, dock, elder, eucalyptus, fennel, fogwort, flax, gardenia, garlic, gensent, golden seal, hemp, horehoud, ivy, lime, mint, mugowrt, myrrh, nettle, onion, peppermint, plaintain, rose, rosemary, saffron sandlawood, spermint, thyme, vervain
Health: to Maintain
ash, camphor, caraway, coriander, geranium, juniper, larkspur, mandrake, marjoram, nutmet, rue, St. John's Wort, tansy thyme, walnut
Spells of the Month
Saint Benedict's Healing Spell
In his lifetime Saint Benedict persecuted pagans & witches. One wonders how he would have reacted had he known that, centuries later, he'd be magically petitioned to assist ailing animals?
Burn a white candle dedicated to Saint Benedict and offer him a glass of brandy or Benedictine. Make your petition of healing. Saint Benedict's animal ally is the crow. Look for the appearnce of a crow to indicate a response to your petition.
Astrological Healing Waters
Each part of the body is under the dominion of an astrogogical sign, from the head (Aries) to the feet (Pisces). The sign influences that part of that anatomy.
Create twelve bottles of lunar-charged healing water, corresponding to the astrological signs:
1. Each month, on the night of the Full Moon, expose a glass bottle filled with pure spring water to the moonbeams.
2. In the morning, label the bottle with the appropriate astrological sign (or place in smaller bottles, then label).
3. Apply these waters to the parts of the body ruled by that astrolgoical sign for healing purposes.
"The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells" by Jukika Illes
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I'm currently re-vamping the large poppets. They will be coming with a mojo bag tied around their necks and a small spell candle to burn. When I have the new editions completed, I'll be posting pics.
Creations by Isabella
Isabella is a very talented avante-garde artist. You never know what you might find on her page. Check out some of her original sculpture and ceramics.
Height 12" X Width 9"
I just got in a magnetic braclet/necklace combo. It's a long strand of semi-precious beads and magnetized hematite. You can wrap it around your wrist, or twine it around your neck. It comes with garnet or unikite beads, and there will only be two available-- one of each.
This is how I do it--
Since our theme for this month is healing and health, I'm going to list not just recipes, but foods that are used for their healing properties as well:
Lore: What could be a more all-American food than watermelon?...The watermelon is native to Africa and was brought to our continent during the saddest and most savage time in our history-- at the time of the trafficking of human beings
The watermelon was introduced to Egypt in about 2000 BCE (Before the Common Era). Ancient Egyptians mixed watermelon juice with wine and gave this drink to ill persons who were believed to be possessed by illness-causing demons. Watermelon was mythologically related to Set, and Egyptian women may have eaten watermelon in prescriptions designed to cause weight gain.
In Hawaii, a watermelon is somteims rolled out of the house through the front door to ease the spirit of a deceased person into the next world.
Watermelon is sacred to the goddess Yemaya in the various manifestaions of the Yoruba regligion.
Magical Uses: Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than ice-cold watermelon. This is a healing fruit. Simply eat with visualization. Like all melons, the scent alone is also beneficial to healing.
Spices & Herbs
The following spices/herbs can be used in recipes when healing is needed and this is your intention when preparing the dish:
allspice, garlic (*not* garlic salt), peppermint, & sage
Healing Apple Crisp
2 cups apples/peeled & sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Visualize yourself in glowing, radiant health as you peel & slice the apples, squeeze the juice, & crush the graham crackers.
Turn prepared apples into a 9X9 baking dish. Mix the lemon juice into the honey & pour over the apples. (if the apples are very tart, use slightly less lemon juice & slightly more honey.)
Combine the crumbled graham crackers with the butter & sprinkle over the apples. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Serve topped with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serves four.
"Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen"
Some of the information above may have been taken from the following sources:
"The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells" by Jukika Illes
*Note: The bulk of this newsletter contains original writing by Amythyst Raine and is copyrighted material.
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