Friday, October 10, 2014

Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline
Ancient Name:  Schorl
Element: Earth
Chakra: Root
Deity: Manat, the Arabian Goddess of Waning Moon, Time, Destiny and Death.
Astrological: Capricorn and Libra
Magickal Use:  Protection

Healing Use:  stimulates the reflex points associated with the lower back, legs, ankles and feet, and may be used to realign the spinal column. It provides pain relief and assists with strained or torn muscles, numbness, arthritis, and scar tissue.
Black Tourmaline was used in ancient times for protection against earth demons.  Today, it is used for psychic protection, when used as a Talisman.  It can be compared to a lightning rod in the way in which it absorbs energy.  Also, rubbing a Tourmaline Talisman is said to bring good luck.  As it is a root chakra stone, it is also great for grounding energy.  

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Aventurine

Aventurine

Widely viewed as an all around luck stone, Aventurine is more specifically known for stimulating dreaming and helping those who use it find balance and a stronger personal identity. Green Aventurine is particularly revered as a stone that can ease anxiety and calm emotion, perhaps helping to whether stress and worries, helping you to keep a positive outlook.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Four Thieves Vinegar

One of my favorite things to create and use I like to start it on the new moon . We use it cleansing by adding a bit  a bucket of water that we use to clean with and also in adding to healing spells.

Four Thieves Vinegar
Four Thieves Vinegar is an ingredient found in many hoodoo and folk magic spells. The recipe seems to have evolved from Western Europe, around the fifteenth century, and there are many variations on how to make it. The common thread between all the legends is that there was a horrible plague in a village, and the only people who survived were four thieves. Each of them contributed one ingredient to a jar of vinegar and garlic, they drank it, and somehow survived the plague unscathed.

Uses
Banishing: Use this spell to keep someone bothersome away from you. Write your target’s name on a piece of paper – some traditions recommend you use brown paper, or parchment. Soak the paper in Four Thieves Vinegar. Fold the piece of paper up as small as you can, and bury in the dirt somewhere.
Protection: Use Four Thieves Vinegar to prevent magical attack, as well as to protect your property. Sprinkle it liberally around the perimeter of your property, and keep intruders away.
Ending a Relationship: In some Hoodoo traditions, there are a variety of spells that use Four Thieves Vinegar to break up a couple, or to cause strife in a relationship.
Healing: This is a great ingredient to use in a healing ritual - after all, look at the history behind it! Use it to anoint a poppet of a sick person, or dab it on the walls and floor of the room where the ill individual lies.


How to Make Four Thieves Vinegar

First, find the best vinegar you can get. Apple cider vinegar is good, red wine vinegar is popular too. Peel and mince four garlic cloves and add them to the vinegar, in a jar with a lid.
Traditionally, each thief contributed a single ingredient – choose any four of the following: black or red pepper, cayenne or chili pepper, lavender, rue, rosemary, mint, sage, wormwood, thyme, or coriander. Add these to the jar.
Allow the mixture to sit for four full days – some people recommend placing it in the sun, others in a dark cabinet. Either way, be sure to shake it once a day. After the fourth day, use it in spellwork.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Catnip

Catnip Tea 
You will need:
1 tablespoon of dried catnip
1 cup of hot water
Instructions:

Steep catnip in hot ( not quite boiling ) water for about 6 minutes and honey for sweetness if needed. Cats LOVE this tea, just no honey for them.



Also known as Catmint and its Latin name of Nepeta Cataria, Catnip is actually the broad name for over 250 flowering species of plants that belong to the genus of Nepeta. Originally from Mediterranean regions, Catnip has since become common throughout North America, and is famous for the effects it has on cats. In two thirds of all cats, catnip induces a state of euphoria, often resulting in them acting rather off the wall and crazy, frequently in manners that are entirely impossible to predict. The remaining third of cats are actually completely immune to this effect, and have no observed reaction to the herb. Interestingly, some people also experience a much milder version of this euphoria, and it is sometimes employed in spiritual and magickal purposes to help find this state of mind or help forge a psychic bond with animals. Today, it is most commonly found in cat toys around the world, but catnip tea has also been found to be quite beneficial in treating colds, fevers, and other infections. Some studies also suggest that it is soothing for upset stomachs and may possibly be helpful in preventing morning sickness in pregnant women. Catnip has also been shown to be employed successfully in a mosquito repellant when applied to the skin in a variety of lotions and ointments. This is a 1 lb bag of cut catnip.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Goddess Isis

Isis

Pantheon: Egyptian

Other Names: Aset, Ast, Eset

Relatives:  Daughter of Nut and Geb, Sister of Osiris, Nepthys and Set, Wife of Osiris, Mother of Horus

Gems: ruby, star ruby, turquoise, sapphire, pearl, amethyst, peridot, beryl 

Colors: Emerald, turquoise 

Festivals: Advent of Aset - January 2nd, July 17th, Oct 30th - Nov 2nd 


Incense and Herbs: Cedar, Frankincense, Heather, Myrrh, Orris, Rose,  Sandalwood and Vervain

Precious Metal: Silver

Symbols: Full Moon, Madonna and Child, Rivers- especially the Nile, Ankh, Throne, Sistrum, 

Animals: Sparrowhawk or kite, crocodile, scorpion,  crab, snake (especially cobra), and geese 

Isis is the Egyptian goddess of Magic, Fertility and Motherhood.  Call on her for all Magickal work, as she is revered as perhaps the most complete goddess in history.  Call on Isis for healing rituals, building spiritual awareness, grieving, divination, childbirth, fertility, initiations, matters of fate and destiny, and matters of civilization and domesticity. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vervain

 
Common names: European Vervain, Gogerchin Otu, Herb Of The Cross, Herb-of-the-cross, Holywort, Kuma-Tuzura, Ma Pien Ts'Ao, Minecicegi, Rejil Al Hamam, Texas Vervain, Verbena, Verbena Oficinal
Habitat: Waste ground and roadsides, avoiding acid soils and shady positions.

Gender: Feminine.

Planet: Venus.

Element: Earth.

Deities: Cerridwen, Mars, Venus, Aradia, Jupiter, Thor, Juno, Nut

Magickal Uses: The Witches Herb. Love,  Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep, Healing.

Edible Uses: Flowers; Leaves; Tea. Leaves - parboiled, seasoned and then eaten. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute. The flowers can be used as a garnish.

Medicinal Uses: Analgesic; Antibacterial; Anticoagulant; Antispasmodic; Antitumor; Astringent; Bach; Birthing aid; Depurative; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Emmenagogue; Galactogogue; Stimulant; Tonic; Vulnerary.

Empowers any magick, especially love spells. Enhances the dreaming process and is recommended for dream quests. Used to consecrate and empower any ritual tools. Protects from negative emotions and depression. Used in house and home blessings. Turns back negativity. In love spells: add to recipes to attract mates, find true love, achieve sexual fulfilment, work sexual magick, and for bringing extra bliss on the wedding night. 

The herb of poets, singers, and bards. Inspires artistry. Instills a love of learning. Best when gathered at Midsummer.
This Old World native was a favorite of the Druids, who gathered vervain when the Dog Star, Sirius, was on the rise, in the dark of the Moon. The Druids utilized vervain in divination, consecration, and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces. They made a magical drink called the Cauldron of Cerridwen (a shapeshifter) that some say included rowan berries, sea water, lesser celandine, flixweed, and vervain, which brought the drinker creative energy for bardic song and prophecy; a drink made from vervain is still said to help poets in their work. Vervain is also still used to make a drink for intiating into Druidic paths. It is fragrant and can be drunk as a tea or burned as an incense. In its connection with the Underworld, it can be added to a cup of wine drunk on Samhain to aid contact with the Beloved Dead.can be added to a cup of wine drunk on Samhain to aid contact with the Beloved Dead.