Friday, December 21, 2012

Zoisite (Ruby) Green and Red in Beauty

General Information

This is a quick little blog post about Ruby Zoisite.  A stone that is made from two different types of stones.  Ruby which offers the red and pinks to the stone.  And Zoisite, which offers the green colors.  Zoisite is the same mineral as tanzanite.
Ruby Zoisite was first discovered in Tanzania in 1954, one can assume along with tanzanite.

Magickal Information

This stone facilitates trance states and a connection to the divine.  As such it is an excellent stone for pendulums,
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and also rune stones.

As I said.  A quick little post to end out the year.  See you all in 2013 if I don’t make another post next week.

Blessings to all.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday - it is different.

Well into my training for manager of receiving and it is interesting the changes that are happening around that are not work related.  I am getting feeling of deeper spiritualness all sudden.   That is one thing that I need to take a deeper look at.
Home life is great.  Cleaned the leaves out of the gutters yesterday in preparation for the snow coming tomorrow.   Now I get a day off to catch up on somethings at home.

Friday is different but that is a good thing.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Samhain–A Pagan Blog Prompt

Samhain – (pronounced sow-win) is the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter.  It is also known as the third harvest.

What does Samhain mean to you?

Well I can say that before I began to study and read on my current path I didn’t even know there was a thing as Samhain.  I always knew the day, October 31st as “Halloween”.  Even growing up in a Lutheran home we were allowed to celebrate it by dressing up and going trick-or-treating.

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We were even able to celebrate it in school which no that I think about it was strange.  I still see the time of the year as Halloween from the perspective of the retail side and the kids coming by for Trick R Treating.  But now I also see it as the time to remember those who have passed beyond the thin veil.  To let go of things past and look toward the future.

How did/will you honor it?

Unfortunately this year I was not able to honor the Samhain part of the day.  Economic limits and time constraints didn’t lend to getting candy and decorating the house.  All of this also prevented me from attending any sort of organized gathering or ritual. 

Maybe next year.

Do you separate your Pagan rituals from your modern Halloween traditions?

Yes and No.  Yes the performing of the Samhain ritual is separated but I incorporate decorating the house into all of it.  It is so hard to tell what is for ritual and what is for decorating for the sake of Halloween.  I don’t bother to separate that part out.

 

Thank you Sunfire for this quick prompt from Pagan Blog Prompts.  It is nice to get to writing again.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Environment and Ritual Setting for The Dumb Supper Observance at Samhain

The Dumb Supper can be an important aspect of the Samhain observance. It can focus your attention on the fact that the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest has come again.

Keeping in contact with those who have gone before, no matter how long ago or how tenuous that connection may be, is invaluable in one’s daily life in terms of having some wisdom in one’s decision-making and sense of personal responsibility.

Arranging the supper table with an extra place setting and then asking the ancestors to attend the supper is a mark of respect to them. When you can sense they are present, make a point some time during the Dumb Supper to request a sign from them regarding some aspect of your life and how you might approach the concern you have in order to resolve that situation. Often, they will touch your life in your dreams, and they will take you up on your invitation, at this time, to do so. Keep a pen and pad of paper close by your bed for several weeks so that you can write down what you learned, as it will probably be lost quickly when you wake up.

The use of some calming music during the Dumb Supper lends itself, along with silence for all those attending, to maintain a state of meditation, respect and openness to communication with the world beyond. There is no need to hurry the meal as it is also a time of reflection. Just let it take its normal course. At the end of the meal, take a moment to thank the ancestors for attending and then bid them farewell. This is the end of the observance, and your normal routine can return.

Bright Blessings!

Ron Ivins

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A cold of all things.

It figures that now that I am ready to get going on some things that I have been putting off I get a FRACKING cold.

Hit me Tuesday evening and has proceeded to a full blown ravaging cold.  So here I sit, stuffed up, soar throat and wondering what to do.  Can’t sew because I am so worn out.  Might try to Cross-stitch but even that might be too difficult.

On the upside I am going grill some hotdogs for dinner to be mixed with some mac and tomatoes.  MMMM.  

At least the cold will only last a couple more days but there goes the weekend. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coming in October

Be sure to check out my guest blog post on October 12th on Wise Whispers.

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I share my experiences with the paranormal and ghosts.

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Also, Samhain is coming and the veil is thinning.  Get ready to honor your ancestors and celebrate the final harvest.

I will be writing about what this month means to me know versus what it meant to me growing up and the differences from being raised Christian to now being Pagan.

On Grove of the Ancients Blog, I will be highlighting new items for the upcoming Sabbats, Samhain and Yule and give suggestions on that perfect gift.

 

My Etsy store, Grove Creations, is open and I should have a couple new cloaks available there soon.  Assuming I have time to complete them.

 

Faith and religion should be a path you walk and the cup you drink from. Not the well you fall and drown in.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Broom Closet

Getting back to the Pagan Blog Prompts with this topic.

WITCH HAZEL BLACK 2

In or Out?

I would have to say that I am both.  My broom closet has a revolving door.  I stepped out of the broom closet as far as my friends are concerned about 3 years ago; about a year after I started to follow this path.  My family is the other side.  At least to everyone but my mom.  I don’t discuss much of my beliefs with them.

Do I have to hide my ‘pagan-nature’?

Not in public I do not.  I am very open about my beliefs and spirituality in public.  I wear a pentagram and the triple goddess symbol every day.  At work everyone knows my beliefs and they are very interested in things and how I celebrate different times of the year and some have even gone as far as saying things like “Have a great Summer Solstice or Autumn Equinox”.

Besides this I also co-own and operate an online pagan store as well as a brick and mortar store here in Denver.  So in those two areas I am quite out of the closet.

I hope to some day remove the revolving door and forever remain out of the broom closet until then, let it spin.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

eBay’s Ban–Get a grip people.

It is quite interesting how much of a shit storm this eBay change has stirred up.  I have been finding reports from the UK and almost every national new agency.  I think most of it comes from some misinformed people crying "discrimination" and "hate" and "anti-Pagan".
Anti Pagan
Image found here.
I am at a loss on why so many people are so quick to jump on the discrimination bandwagon.  I have even seen some discussions that mention the removal of religious freedoms.
How is this the case?  This change in eBay's listing policies only means that a person cannot sell an intangible item such as spellcasting services.  It does not mean that all Pagan items are going to be banned.  The part on Divination services will have to be worked out in the future.  I do agree that some of those practitioners deserve to be on eBay.
As I said before, I sell on eBay.  I sell the stuff that is NOT getting the boot.  For that I am happy.  I do not think that this is the prelude to the powers that be removing all things Pagan, Wiccan, or Witch-y from the endless pages of stuff to buy on eBay.  Those that believe so need to take a breath and put away the pitchforks.
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Image found here.
I also believe some of the problems stems from the media and their headlines.
Examples include:
eBay Bans Sale Of Magic Spells, Potions And Other Witchcraft - The Huffington Post
The last part being the problem, "Other Witchcraft".  This is what is causing so many to assume that all Pagan items will be removed.
A more accurate headline comes from the Daily Mail out the UK.
“Auction site eBay bans sale of magic potions, spells, curses and advice books in bid to stop charlatans”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189757/Auction-site-eBay-bans-sale-magic-potions-spells-curses-advice-books-bid-stop-charlatans.html#ixzz241WJktyE

Examples of what is not going to be allowed come August 30th.

ALMIGHTY BLACK MAGICK PENIS ENLARGEMENT SPELL TANTRIC LOVE VOODO

Of course it is.

EXTREME RARE POWERS 72 SPELLS NECRONOMICON SPELL

Yea I got nothing.

ultimate 12 month cast Weight loss divine gods goddesses beauty spell ritual sex

Have you seen some of the Goddesses?  Size zero they are not.

What will be staying.

Celtic Brass Cauldron Pagan Cerridwen Wiccan Witchcraft Ritual

Centering Ritual Kit Pagan Wiccan Witchcraft


Goddess Athame with Sheath Ritual Tool Pagan Wiccan Witch Witchcraft


I ask that if you do happen to get into a conversation about this with those in the community or anywhere else for that matter be sure to give accurate information.
This is not an attack on the Pagan community nor it is an attack on religion or the freedom associated with it.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Without the darkness there is no light

A recent discussion on Facebook inspired me to post a comment.  I thought I should share it with my readers who don’t follow me on Facebook.

I have removed the names of the others in the discussion as a courtesy.

The topic of the discussion is apparent from my comment.

I embrace my darker side because I know that without it I am not a whole person physically and spiritually.
To be honest, all the "Love and Light" stuff make my stomach turn sometimes. Being a Pagan is far from nothing but fluff.
I must politely disagree with XXXXX on his statement that the Light is more powerful then the Darkness. Many times in history has the Darkness been forefront as well as the Light. It is a constant balancing act that must be to maintain. I do agree with XXXXXXXXX. I would add that when an individual denies the darkness that individual is denying a part of his/her self.
Celebrate the darkness and the light! Be part of both and be balanced.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

For Teachers, Parents and Students

This is a reprint of an essay made back in 2000.  It is just as pertinent today as it was back then.

"You have a Pagan in your classroom:"

An essay for school teachers about Paganism by Suzanne "Cecylyna" Egbert,

2000-NOV-2

A student in your school practices a religion with which you may not be familiar. This leaflet is simply to give you information you may need to understand the different experiences this student may share with you, and answer any questions you might have.

What is a Pagan student likely to practice and believe?

Because Pagans generally follow a non-creedal, non-dogmatic spirituality, there may be even more variants between Pagan religious beliefs than there are between denominations of Christianity. The most commonly practiced types of Paganism are Wicca, Asatru, Druidry, or simply Paganism, just as a Christian can be Catholic, Presbyterian, or simply Christian. All of these are somewhat different from each other. Because of this, the following statements may not be true for every Pagan you encounter. However, there are some practices that are generally common among Pagans; the student or his parents will tell you if their practices differ significantly from the following:

A Pagan student will celebrate a nature-based, polytheistic religion:

A Pagan student will honor Divinity as both God and Goddess, sometimes with a feminist emphasis on the Goddess. One effect of this is that the student is likely to treat gender equality as an assumption,

A Pagan student will celebrate religious ceremonies with small groups on Full Moons and at the beginning and midpoint of each season, rather than with large congregations or at a set weekly schedule. These celebrations are often called 'rituals' or 'circles', and the congregations called 'covens', 'groves', 'hearths', or 'circles'. Some of the items commonly found on the altar in a Pagan ceremony are statues of the Goddess or God; candles; crystals; wands; the athame, a blunt-edged dagger used as a symbol and not as a tool with which to cut; cups; cauldrons; incense; and a five-pointed star called the pentagram or pentacle.

A Pagan student may wear a symbol of his or her religion as an item of jewelry. The most common symbol is the pentacle, a five-pointed star in a circle. The misconception of the pentagram as a satanic symbol is based upon its inverted use by those groups, in the same manner in which devil-worshippers may use the Christian cross inverted. The meaning of the pentacle as worn by Pagans is rooted in the beliefs of the Greek Pythagoreans, for whom the pentagram embodied perfect balance and wisdom; inserting the star in the circle adds the symbol of eternity and unity. Other jewelry that may be worn includes Celtic knot work; crosses; triskelions; Thor's hammer; the labrys, a double-headed axe used as a symbol by Greco-Roman worship of Cybele; Goddess figurines; crescent and/or full Moon symbols; the Yin-Yang symbol; or the eye of Horus or horns of Isis from Egyptian mythology.

A Pagan student will view Divinity as immanent in Nature and humanity, and view all things as interconnected. This often leads to a concern with ecology and the environment, and a fascination with the cycle of life.

A Pagan student will believe in magic, and may spell it 'magick' to differentiate it from stage illusions. This may include belief in personal energy fields like the Chinese concept of chi, and may also include the use of rituals and tools to dramatize and focus positive thinking and visualization techniques. It does not mean that the student is taught that he can wiggle his nose to clean his room, summon spirits or demons, or do anything else that breaks natural laws, though if young, like any child, a Pagan child may pretend these things. It also does not mean that the student is taught to hex or curse; in our ethical structure such actions are believed to rebound on the sender, and therefore are proscribed.

A Pagan student may believe in reincarnation. It is the most common eschatological belief held among Pagans, but is not universal. However, a Pagan student is unlikely to believe in either Heaven or Hell; she may believe in the Celtic Summerland, a place of rest between incarnations, or Valhalla, a realm of honor in Norse religions.

A Pagan student may call herself a Witch, a Wiccan, a Pagan or Neo-Pagan, a Goddess-worshipper, a Druid, an Asatruer, or a Heathen. He is unlikely to call himself a Warlock, as that is believed to come from the Scottish word for 'oathbreaker'. And while a Pagan student may or may not be offended by the stereotype, she is likely to quickly inform you that the green-skinned, warty-nosed caricature displayed at Halloween bears no relation to her religion.

Ethics and rules of behavior:

A Pagan student will be taught ethics emphasizing both personal freedom and personal responsibility. Pagan ethics allow personal freedom within a framework of personal responsibility. The primary basis for Pagan ethics is the understanding that everything is interconnected, that nothing exists without affecting others, and that every action has a consequence.

There is no concept of forgiveness for sin in the Pagan ethical system; the consequences of one's actions must be faced and reparations made as necessary against anyone whom you have harmed.

There are no arbitrary rules about moral issues; instead, every action must be weighed against the awareness of what harm it could cause. Thus, for example, consensual homosexuality would be a null issue morally because it harms no one, but cheating would be wrong because it harms one's self, one's intellect, one's integrity, and takes unfair advantage of the person from whom you are cheating.

The most common forms in which these ethics are stated are:

The Wiccan Rede, "An it harm none, do as thou wilt," and

The Threefold Law, "Whatsoever you do returns to you threefold."

Religious plurality:

A Pagan student will hold a paradigm that embraces plurality.

Because Pagan religious systems hold that theirs is a way among many, not the only road to truth, and because Pagans explore a variety of Deities among their pantheons, both male and female, a Pagan student will be brought up in an atmosphere that discourages discrimination based on differences such as race or gender, and encourages individuality, self-discovery and independent thought.

A Pagan student is also likely to be taught comparative religions. Most Pagans are adamant about not forcing their beliefs on the child but rather teaching them many spiritual systems and letting the child decide when he is of age. However, a Pagan student is unlikely to have an emotional concept of Heaven, Hell, or salvation as taught by Christian religions, though he may know about them intellectually. And a Pagan student will be taught to respect the sacred texts of other religions, but is unlikely to believe them literally where they conflict with scientific theory or purport to be the only truth.

Personal interests:

A Pagan student is likely to enjoy reading, science, and helping professions. Margot Adler, National Public Radio journalist, reported the results of a survey of Pagans in the 1989 edition of her book, Drawing Down the Moon. 1 The results showed that the one thing Pagans hold in common despite their differences is a voracious appetite for reading and learning. Pagans also seem to be represented strongly in the computer and health-care fields, so the Pagan child is likely to be computer-literate from an early age.

Conclusions:

Despite their sometimes misunderstood beliefs, earth-based religions have grown steadily throughout the past few decades, and provide a satisfying spirituality to their practitioners. With the current appreciation of diversity and tolerance, more people now understand that different cultural backgrounds bring perspectives that can be valued instead of feared. It is our hope that as an educator this will provide you with the information you need to be able to facilitate understanding.

References:

Margot Adler, "Drawing down the moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess worshipers and other Pagans in America today," Penguin USA, (1997) Rated by Amazon.com in the top 3,500 of all books sold. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

Introductory books on Wicca are listed elsewhere on this web site

Copyright © 1998 Cecylyna Dewr; Reprinted by permission

Distribution is welcome. Please include this notice:

For more information, contact the Pagan Pride Project Executive Director, Cecylyna Dewr:

Web site: http://www.paganpride.org.

Email: paganpride@paganpride.org.

Address: Pagan Pride Project, PMB 119, 133 W Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Phone: 317.916.9115

Sunday, July 1, 2012

It is hot and I am back.

Okay, it is now the first of July.  It is 99 degrees but feels like 103 and I am sitting in my retail store.  This where I have been since my last posting.  Between the retail store, eBay, and working at my regular job at Joann Fabric and Crafts I have so busy that honestly posting a blog has been the last thing on my mind.

So now with a small break in the action and I time to breath I return to the keyboard and Blogger for a small posting.

July 3rd is the full moon and I will be doing a ritual to send some wishes out for fulfillment from our wishing bowl in our store.  This is something I am going to be doing every month, as long as someone adds a wish to the bowl.

I have found a wonderful new/used drum while wandering the grounds of the flea market where our store is at.  It is well used but sounds wonderful.  Now I just need to practice and get some rhythms under me.

As I get the chance I will continue to post.  I am planning on working on some of the letter I have missed in the Pagan Blog Project.  So look for those.  I am also going to be cross posting on our new collaborative blog called, The Three Witches of the Wayward Broom.  No posts there yet but soon there will be.

Until next time.

Blessings and Blessed Be.

Cainwyne Ravenheart

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Coming back...soon.

After a very busy few months things are finally falling in to place and free time is emerging.  I should be able to get back to posting on a regular basis.

I need to see where the Pagan Blog Project is at too.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck around.

in ME!

The path...

The light...

The dark...

The divine...

...is in ME!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Empathic–I know how we feel.

I am an empath.  That is to say that I can feel the emotions, feelings, and states of being of those around me.

I haven’t always been an empath.  The ability emerged during my early teenage years.  It was quite abrupt.  One minute I was a normal teenager in my church youth group and the next I was overwhelmed by sadness and hurt and it wasn’t coming from me.  I realized that it was coming from another kid in the group who wasn’t even in the same room of the church as I was.

At the time I didn’t know what it was.  I didn’t even think about it after the emotions left my mind.  The ability then laid dormant for a few years until I arrived for basic training in the US Air Force.  I again began to sense things from other people.  This time was different then the first time because it was more subdued.  I wasn’t overwhelmed by any one person but I could sense many at one time.  Being that I was in a place that didn’t really lend itself to learning about what was happening to me I just let it happen and soon I was able to quiet some of the things I was getting but I never completely shut them off.  I found that if I did try to shut it down I found I missed it.  I also found it difficult to communicate with people if I wasn’t able to sense them as well.  Having the ability working all the time helped me get through basic training because I knew what people expected before others.

My ability has never waivered since then.  I have even found that I was able to use it to help a local store cut down on loss by catching shop lifters.  I know it sounds weird and maybe a bit superhero like but let me explain.   I worked as a merchandiser for a magazine distributor and it was my job to stock and clean up the magazine and book displays found in the major grocery stores.  In one particular store the racks were in an isle that was a heavily travelled part of the store; so many customers pasted by me.  Like I said I have never put up shields to block other people I just have a way to filter it.  Every so often I would be working away on my job and someone would walk behind me and I got the distinct feeling that they were going to lift something from the store or going to do something else undesirable while shopping.  As soon as I realized what I was feeling I immediately let security know and they would watch the person.  I was quite surprised that they never asked how I knew it was going to happen, but I was kind of surprised about how right I was. 

Today I still run with shields down.  I enjoy being able to sense so many people while I am out and about.  The malls are the best.   I don’t get headaches or take on the emotions of others unless it is really, really intense and then I have to roll with it or try to block it.  Blocking usually doesn’t work.  I have found it helpful in driving is a big city like Denver too.  I can sense what the other drivers are going to do and I can adjust to it there by avoiding accidents. 

My ability has even evolved to encompass being able to feel spirits while on paranormal investigations.  Of course it is different then the living but it is from the same core ability.

I know that I would miss this ability if for some reason I was without it.  It has become a part of me and me of a part of it.  I am not a slave to it and it doesn’t run my life.  I treat as any other skill I have.  I work with it and keep it active so I don’t lose it. 

I know that some people are on a different level and that they are affected differently by being able to sense others emotions.  For those I suggest learning some good shielding techniques to quiet the barrage.  Don’t try to deny it, shut it off or prevent it form happening.

Blessed Be!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bloodroot - A plant whose roots 'bleed'.

Botanical Name:  Sanguinaria Candensis
Family: N.O. Papaveraceae
Folkname: Indian Paint, Tetterwort, Red Pucoon, Red Root, Paucon, Coon Root, Snakebite, & Sweet Slumber.
BLOODROOT
Bloodroot is a perennial plant that grows low to the ground.  Its habitat ranges from Prairie Provinces of Canada, as far south as Florida and west to Arkansas and Nebraska, in the United States.  Bloodroot favors open woods.  The plant produces flowers in spring of white with golden stamens.  After the bloom fades the leaves grow larger and die down in the fall.  The autumn is when the roots of the plant are harvested.  The roots are actually rhizomes and when harvested they need to be stored in a dry place to prevent deterioration.   The seeds are spread by ants who take the seed pods to their colonies, eat the flesh of the pod, and take the seed to the ‘garbage pile’ where the seeds then germinate.
Historical Uses
The rhizome of the Bloodroot plant exudes a bright red sap when the root is cut or broke.  This red sap was used by Native Americans as a dye for clothing and for body paint.  The use of the sap for body paint is dangerous because of the damaged the sap can cause if applied directly.  It is thought that the sap was mixed with some there ingredient to prevent this from happening.
We DO NOT endorse the use of this herb for internal use as it can be very harmful even fatal if too much is ingested.  The following is for historical purposes only and is from Botanical.com.
Emetic cathartic expectorant and emmenagogue, and of great value in atonic dyspepsia, asthma, bronchitis and croup. (The taste is so nauseating, that it may cause expectorant action.) Of value in pulmonary consumption, nervous irritation and helpful in lowering high pulse, and in heart disease and weakness and palpitation of heart of great use. For ringworm apply the fluid extract. Also good for torpid liver, scrofula, dysentery. It is applied to fungoid growths, ulcers fleshy excrescences, cancerous affections and as an escharotic. Sanguinaria root is chiefly used as an expectorant for chronic bronchitis and as a local application in chronic eczema, specially when secondary to varicose ulcers. In toxic doses, it causes burning in the stomach, intense thirst, vomiting, faintness vertigo, intense prostration with dimness of eyesight.”
Magickal Uses and Correspondences
Bloodroot is a popular herb used in VooDoo as a protective ‘hex-breaker’.  Bloodroot is also popular for use in rituals and spell pertaining to relationships and marriage.  There are two kinds of Bloodroot used in these cases, the darker ‘King’ root for the male aspect and the lighter ‘Queen’ root for the female aspect.  The root would be placed in a red sachet and then placed within the bed of the couple to ensure a healthy marriage.
Bloodroot is also excellent as a protective charm for one’s home.  Placing a root within the home, out of reach of pet and children (remember it is poisonous) is said to protect from negative energies and spells.  Burning of the root as a powder is said to have the same effect.  (use caution when burning a known poisonous herb, burn in a well ventilated area or outside)
Bloodroot can be substituted for actual blood in spells that require such an ingredient.  Of course this should only be done if the spell or rituals DOES NOT require the ingestion of whatever the bloodroot was used in.  Again, it is a poisonous herb.
Bloodroots are primarily masculine but as stated before the lighter roots can be used in the feminine aspect.
Bloodroot’s planetary relation is to Mars with the elemental relation being Fire.  Bloodroot has no specific deity association.  Previous experience lends that if you are working with a deity who corresponds to Mars and Fire then the use of Bloodroot in spells and rituals is acceptable.
Of Special Interest
Sanguinarine is a part of the sap from the Bloodroot.   This was widely used in toothpaste to help destroy plaque.  While this use was approved by the FDA, it has been recently shown that the continued use of the toothpastes with this ingredient caused cancers of the mouth.  Sanguinarine is still used by some companies in their formulas.
In the End
Bloodroot is a very interesting plant.  It has been around for thousands of years and has made it mark through the use of its red ‘blood’ as a dye and through the use of one of its chemicals as a dental product.  Bloodroot is very poisonous and should not be used internally or topically.  It should be used for your magick workings as desired. 
As always, do your research!  Never use an herb before doing your due diligence and know what you are doing.
Now for those who don’t listen.
For educational purposes only.   This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A dark house…dreaming

dark house

The house is enormous, dark, and it is in my dreams.  I have not only dreamed of this imposing dwelling once but many times.  Each time it is the same.

I some how know the house like a friend.  I know the quiet rooms, walls covered in their ancient papers, floors of rooms covered in lush carpets, halls illuminated dimly with antique sconces and gas flames.  Wood floors polished and clean.  Staircases, embellished with wooden banisters travel from floor to floor.

Dark hall

Each night I dream of this house I find myself wandering through the halls, from room to room, and up the endless stairs.  Musty odors fill my nostrils as I tread down the dim halls.  My foot steps echo through out as I make my way through the house.  I travel the same path each time I am in the house.  The same halls, rooms and stairs.  Each smell and sound the same.  I am happy and calm as I travel the path set before me. 

Finally I find the large central staircase that winds, tightly up to a single room.  Slowly I climb.  Windows open to an out of focus world beyond the smoky glass.  I reach the threshold of the room and find that I am not able to pass through.  No obvious barrier exists but I am held out.  I can see what is inside the room.  All the items are familiar to me.  I remember sitting in the small room and peering out the clear windows on the world outside.  I remember learning things in this room and finding things too.  Now the room is dark and still, dust covers the small table and chair.  Cobwebs, almost as if embodying the cliché, hang from the corners and over the windows.  The once clear glass, now clouded with age.

I am confused and sadden.  Why am I not able to return to a room that I looked forward to being in?  Night after night I return to the room and find it closed to me still, each night the room grew darker and darker.

I haven’t dreamt of traveling through the house in some time but I have the house appearing in my mind’s eye recently, first in vague detail and now in full detail.  I sit and wonder during my waking hours if I will be walking through the rooms, halls and staircases or if I will be taking a different journey. 

I know now that the room at the top of the house will never be open to me again.  I know that the room was a place for me to learn about myself and for me to be found.  I stared my path in that room and I will forever remember it even if I am not able to return to it.  The house remains open to me and me open to the house.

Black house

A dark house…dreaming.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Angelica–An angel of an herb

Woodland Angelica

Botanical Name: Angelica Archangelica

Family: N.O. Umbbelliferae

Folk names: Root of the Holy Ghost, Archangel Root, Garden Angelica

 

 

 

 

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Angelica is a biennial plant.  While growing during the first year only leaves appear; during the second year a stem grows up to 6 feet tall.  The flowers bloom in July, are small and numerous.  They range in color from yellow to green.  Angelica favors a damp soil and can be found near rivers and bodies of water. Angelica is native to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland and Iceland where if favors the northern regions.  It is cultivated in France.  I can also be found in Germany's Harz Mountains and in the Rodna Mountains of Romania.

History and Uses

For detailed information on this interesting herb see here.

Healing with Angelica

It has been reported that Angelica relieves the symptoms from the Colds, Flu, and Bronchitis.  It is also known to be used as a digestive aid and a relief for arthritis. For an Infusion: Steep 1 teaspoon of leaves or seeds, powdered, in one cup of water. For a decoction: Use 1 teaspoon of dried root per cup of water.  Boil then simmer for 2 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes then drink up to 2 cups a day.  It will be BITTER.

Angelica is poisonous if the roots are not dried so be sure to dry the roots completely if it is grown.  Angelica should not be given to pregnant women.  Internal use of Angelica may cause photo-sensitivity.

The FDA includes Angelica in its list of safe herbs.  Be sure to adhere to the previous information.  As always consult your doctor before using any herbs and if you develop problems after taking the herb.

Magical Uses and Correspondences

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deity: Venus

If the plant is grown is it believed to be protective.  Because of this it is a good additive for all protective mixtures as well as for exorcisms.  Bathe with the roots to remove curses, hexes and spells that have laid against you.  To protect your property from evil; sprinkle the root of the Angelica plant around the border.

photos found here and here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Pagan Blog Project–Ready to go.

I have officially joined up with the other blogs in The Pagan Blog Project for 2012 sponsored by Rowan Pendragon at One Witch’s Way.

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I have signed up for the newsletter and joined the Facebook page. 

Now I just need to start writing.  That is going to be the challenge.  But this is a new year and a new direction has been set before me in many areas of my life so I am sure I will have things to write about as the weeks go on.

On a side note…congratulations to Rowan and Devin for their move to the Pagan Radio Network with The Modern Witch.  I will have to check it out.

Blessed Be!