Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rose Hips | Rose Hip Oil

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Magical uses ´ ¨`*

Rose hips are associated with the planet Venus and the element of water, a wonderful botanical to use for love and peace. Try adding some whole rose hips to magical pot pourri to create a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Use rose hips in a ritual bath for work concerning love, soulmates and companionship. Crush and add to incense, add to sachets and charm bags or string on a necklace as part of a love attracting ritual. Rose hips can also be used as offerings to encourage friendly spirits to take up residence or simply carry rose hips with you for general good luck.

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The rose hips are the fruits of a rose. Also known as rose haw or rose hep. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and may be used in a potion. Rose hips are a fantastic source of vitamin C; containing 50% more vitamin C than oranges. They can be eaten raw, after removing the fine hairs that are inside or soaked in water overnight and then cooked in the water for about half an hour. The pulp from rose hips may be used in sauces or made into jelly.
Primitive WitchIf you decide to harvest your own rose hips there are a few things to keep in mind. There are fine hairs inside of each rose hip that you will want to remove before consuming them. Once dried the rose hip may be placed in a grinder and then fine sift out these hairs. Harvest is best in late Summer or early Autumn, when the rose hip is soft to the touch for ripeness. It is also best done on sunny, dry days. Make sure there are no herbicides or pesticides on the plant. Although you may be tempted to prune off old flowers in your garden, you have to let them die and the petals fall naturally to get the hips, as in nature. You can store rose hips either fresh or dried in the freezer. Use them to brew a tea, make them into jelly and my personal favorite... turn them into rose hip oil. When storing them be sure to not use a metal container, the fruit acids and the metal do not mix well.
Primitive WitchRose hips have been used since the Stone Age . The benefits of this flower fruit are indeed valid. Don't only take the time to stop and smell the roses, take a bit more time to eat the fruit too! It has been said that the first gardening was done by planting the rose bush.
To make the tea simply pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of crushed, dried hips and let steep. After straining out any pieces of the hips you can add honey and drink.
The astringent qualities of rose hip oil makes it powerful. It has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells. This can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to re-hydrate it, keeping the moisture in.
 Drinking rose hip tea daily will also benefit your skin as they have a high vitamin A content. 

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Rose hip oil ´ ¨`* helps to regenerate skin cells, healing wounds and scars. It also helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared.
Gather one cup of fresh rose hips or use dried. Look for firm rose hips that are bright orange or red in color. Wear leather gloves to protect your hands from thorns and pluck the rose hips from the plant.
Crush the hips gathered with a mortar and pestle. Combine 1 cup rose hips with the oil. Place the rose hips in a small slow cooker, next pour 2 cups almond oil or jojoba oil in.
Heat the oil on warm or low setting about eight hours, covered. The oil should smell fragrant and be orange in color once it's infused long enough.
Strain the oil and discard the solids. Turn off your slow cooker and set a strainer over a bowl. Line the strainer with cheesecloth and carefully pour the oil through it. This should separate the rose hip solids from the oil. You can toss out the rose hips
Pour the oil to a clean glass jar that's dark. Rose hip oil is sensitive to light. Screw on a tight fitting lid and put the oil in the refrigerator or cool dark place to store up to six to eight months. 

Herbs are used in magic for their "vibrations" or "essences". This means... Herbs, like people, have gender, are ruled by a planet, an element, and are often sacred to a God or Goddess. Herbs can be used in Charms and Sachets, Incense, Oils, Teas and Baths. 
My belief is that there is energy in all things in Nature!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tanzanite | Tarot

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These lovely violet blue stones placed on the tarot card are called Tanzanite or “stone of magic” this stone is know to help with spiritual awareness and psychic insight. It is also sometimes called the “workaholic's stone”.
I was first attracted to this “stone of magic” when I saw it paired in a ring setting with a Labradorite stone, that ring caught my eye and I was interested! I wanted to learn more about Tanzanite so I did some research...

Tanzanite crystals will create a link within you to the higher heart or thymus chakra. This is known to stimulate within many people an amazing feeling of Divine love. They primarily activate the heart chakra, which links with the third eye chakra via the throat chakra. This linkage of the three chakras is a powerful vibration that will open you up to a totally new way of looking at the world.

Tanzanite's high vibrational energy and shifting colors raises one's consciousness,  linking to the angelic realms and spirit guides. Meditating with Tanzanite opens the channels to one's spirit guides, and is a highly beneficial tool in connecting with deceased loved ones, especially in the early days of bereavement. Tanzanite's spiritual energy provides an ease in entering altered states, in receiving information from the Akashic Record, and allows a deep profound meditation. It assists in multi-dimensional cellular and karmic healing in preparing the soul for ascension. It facilitates inner and outer journeying and is highly conducive for linking to higher realms.

My personal belief is that Tanzanite is a perfect companion to pair with the Tartot.
Trust your intuition - it is guiding you in the right direction.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Spider Web | Magick

"Come into my parlor" said the Spider to the Fly!
It's Autumn here and the weather conditions are changing... out come the spiders from hiding... and for right now there are many beautiful webs everywhere for the viewing.

Each web the at spider creates begins with a single thread, which forms the basis of the rest of the structure. To establish a bridge, the spider climbs to a suitable starting point and releases a length of thread into the wind. With any luck, the free end of the thread will catch an unknown point away from the first one. If the spider feels that the thread has caught onto something, it cinches up the silk and attaches the thread to the starting point. It walks across the thread, releasing a looser thread below the first one. It attaches this thread on both ends and climbs to its center. The looser strand sags downward, forming a V-shape. The spider lowers itself from this point, to form a Y-shape. This forms the core support structure of the web.

The spider easily grips the thin threads with special serrated claws, a smooth hook and a series of barbed hairs on the end of its legs. As it walks along the initial structural threads, it lays more frame threads between various anchor points. Then it starts laying out radius threads from the center of the web to the frames. The spider does not coat the frame and radius threads with sticky material, since it needs to walk across them to get around the web.

Notice the main lines which always seem to be straight. Then you have the curved lines, connecting the straight ones. So, is it possible that the web is indeed connected with the Wheel of Fate? If you go by mythology, it is.

In the dream catcher the purpose of the web was to catch negativity so that no harm would come to the sleeper. It would trap bad dreams and let the good ones flow through the hole in the center.

The spider web itself is seen as a symbol of the Goddess and of creation of life in some Neopagan traditions. Incorporate spider webs into meditation or spellwork relating to Goddess energy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Skeleton Key | Magick

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Have you always been attracted to some things without ever questioning why? The skeleton key has always been one of those items for me...•☆*´¨`☽

The skeleton key has the ability to open many doors, rather than just one. And since it's a master key of sorts, it makes the perfect addition to use in magick. Keys hold great power! They are also used in many magickal or spiritual workings; they can be attached to mojo or gris gris bags, buried at crossroads, combined with herbs or other elements to create a magic pouch.  Keys are often made into talismans or charms with all kinds of various functions.  They will always be of great desire and use to the practitioners of the craft.

Keys are connected with gateways and portals... doorways to the unknown, knowledge, mysteries, powers, initiations, new ways, forbidden things and answers to curious questions.  They are often associated with various literary idioms, specific deities or spiritual figures, and are often used as part of charms or other magickal tools.

The skeleton key is a strong symbol for breaking through barriers and creating a safe passage to a goal. In root work and conjure, a key may be placed in a mojo bag, carried in a pocket or worn around your neck on a string, just to keep it close to the body. A key hung above the interior of your main door is believed to be good for general protection, and more specifically, a good protection against losing your home. Placing the key on your altar or hanging it in or above your doorway for protection are other common magical uses.

It can also be enchanted for use in magickal efforts focused toward unlocking secrets and mysteries and doors of opportunity - and even be used in efforts to unlock the flow of personal magic when the practitioner feels blocked. Worn about the neck, it puts the wearer in control, and protects him or her from ill will and harm.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bittersweet | My Favorite Autumn Vine

Bittersweet is my favorite vine of the Autumn Equinox. Each Summer I keep my eyes open to where the best locations may be so... I can return later on to gather a bunch, for my altar and possibly a door wreath or they make perfect wreaths to use around the base of candles.

Bittersweets bring peace and protection to the home. It is a rambling woody vine that blooms in the spring. In the Fall, is the time to harvest, before it's yellow berries burst open, creating a beautiful show of brilliant orange centers surrounded by bright yellow jackets that look like stars.

Branches placed on the atlar not only look beautiful they also begin to release the old year and get ready for the new one.

After the Winter Solstice, you may write whatever you want to create on a piece of paper and burn it along with the Bittersweet. Keep pets free from harm by placing a small piece on their collar. Placing some Bittersweet bouquets around the rooms in the home to protect family and to help heal old emotional wounds is another recommendation. It is a most beautiful addition wherever you decide to place it.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Tarot Notes I-VI


I The Magician

You are suddenly conscience of yourself in the moment, you are in the here and now.

It is just a matter of time before you can manifest your perfected self.

You are in possession of the 4 suits in the tarot {the elements} {the tools} are at your disposal.
You have your WAND that can open your unconsciousness and energize your body.

Your CUP that is your soul and emotional self.

Your SWORD that is your intellectual capacity and mental self.

Your PENTACLES {coins} You have spiritual power over matter and over your physical self and over the physical world.

Once you have gotten Here {at The Magician} you know the valve of all these tools. You have been working with them in your life on your journey... traveling on your path, which is the path we all have been living... the Minor Arcana. You have been getting ready to travel down the path of the Major Arcana.  You begin to walk the path down the Minor Arcana getting yourself ready, emotionally and intellectually before you can walk the path of the Major Arcana.

You are then continuing on the path to realizing you have these powerful capacities within you.

You understand how incredibly powerful you are. That you have these incredible capacities within you. You have some kind of control over yourself and the world. You are a powerful being.
It leads you to realize, that you will never again be lost, as you were before.

Here you know what you are. You'll never get lost in the world of illusions. You will never get lost in faults material values.
Because you know better now. Your working on uniting these elements of yourself. You are setting down the path of self discovery and self knowledge.

The Magician's number is 1. One is unity, the focus is maintaining and open mind, creating  a harmonized balance to life.

The Magician is a working on everything at once, achieving a mastery of all four elements.

II The High Priestess

Ruled by: Moon (so lunar cycles, your intuition may not always be accurate, it comes and goes)

The High Priestess is a pure spiritual woman same as empress, just the spiritual counterpart so she is the embodyment of Venus, venusian,beautiful etc. just what any man wants.. but the men drawn to her are the men who like her personality, not for her beauty she tends to be indecisive and not want the men who are attracted to her so it may not mean good luck in love if you are male but listen to your intuition it also says your partner may very well be very spiritual, or you are... with a strong intuition.

The High Priestess is known for:
- being a psychic
- a woman / a psychic connection to a person
- a rich spiritual life
- a sign to trust your intuition, it is right!
- feelings for a thing/person
- telepathy!
- higher self acts through you
- something hidden [keeping 'secrets' about something]
- psychic connection to another person/between people
- very passive, neutral, uninvolved
- tend to be uninvolved in romantic situations
- purity of mind
- purity of heart
- she is the oracle (male/female) [very wise, all-knowing]
- she knows the future
- she knows her past
- she sees your choices and her own choices
- she is very aware
- very beautiful in whole body
- beautiful in mind too
- pure mind and body
- pure awareness
- she knows what must be done to get a certain thing in life, listen to her.

Her qualities:
- venusian traits in her body all over , perfect godly looking female
- treats others well
- nurturing to others
- helps others spiritually
- can help herself easily intuitively
- is lazy but can act
- passive, home person
- artistic and creative
- seeking to be free from worldly matters, independent
- understands 'choice', seeks 'choices' for self and others.. she is the embodyment of the moon, with venusian body caring person, so she is not much about affection only more caring, but she has both moon and venus in her... she is the big-sister to empress which is the venusian lady.

High Priestess is mystery, a very mystic lady, is her reputation.

 III The Empress

The Queen. Stepping from the spiritual and connecting to the material. Taking that energy of experience and presenting it into the world.

The Empress has been transformed by her experiences. She has now become someone who is awakened into a spiritual creature. Her hair is like fire, her clothing are like water, she has the elemental air of the wings, in her hand she holds a rod (peacock as a symbol ) of her authority, which is the symbol of Earth. Change must be manifested on the outside, not just within. Balance is necessary between inner and outer self.

Bring out what is within to the world.

Pulling inward to expand outward again. Life, birth, death, rebirth (cat symbolism) cycle of growth and potential energy.

Excepting yourself as part of the Earthy realm in terms of how you are with other people.

IV The Emperor

This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.
The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation.
The Emperor suggests that you have the necessary abilities to be the final authority. This situation is an opportunity to showcase your competence and skill. Act with the confidence of someone who knows how to take care of business.

 V The Hierophant

The Magician: showed his skill in the four elements
The High Priestess: looking within yourself
The Empress: taking what you've seen within yourself and using it to change yourself on the outside
The Emperor: making that change also create a change in your environment
The Hierophant: that change in your environment now leading you back into yourself into a state of discovery... a satori state

The Hierophant is a representation of the vision of the higher self. The discovery of the Hierophant is a vision that transcends the vision of the ego.

We seek to become something divine, there are two forces that we as people tend to neglect... the natural self, the animal self, the instinct self, the child self and then there is the awakened self, the teacher, the Budda. For there to be awakening these forces have to be in a balance. You will not be able to find one without the other.

Transformational... to find that inner teacher. The force of the divine energy rests on the foundations of the four elements working in balance. If we are not in balance in those four areas... the material self, intellectual self, emotions and of your personal energy the perception of the higher self is going to be warped. The ideal is to connect and see what the higher self has for you personally.

Vhe Lovers

The Lovers card is the end of the first of the three smaller cycles, that you find in the big cycle that is the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The Lovers card is a transition card: past the fulfillment that is the Hierophant of that first cycle and it is intermediate between the Hierophant and the Chariot which is the next card.

In the first cycle you have the whole process of approaching the Altar inside the Temple. In the Lovers you can say the Altar now becomes the site of a wedding ceremony. In this wedding what is being wed is your persona and your higher self. You are uniting these opposite factors within you.

This represents an evolution from the step of the Hierophant where you can see the higher self, in the Lovers what you are seeking to do is go more than just into a vision of this greater thing than what you thought you were but also being able to make contact to that greater thing, to make contact.

It's all about the connection of opposing forces. The sun and moon, the inner and the outer, the black and the white, the masculine and the feminine, the opposite forces within oneself. The oppostites are aware of each other and connecting to one another. Two Lovers connected to each, still seperate beings but now they are in union.

This whole first cycle you can say is a process of approaching the Altar or your personal higher self. Uniting these opposite factors within you. You can see the higher self. You can make contact and connect to it. We see in the union of the energies, the energy of the Earth pointing up and the Divine pointing down toward the Earth.

The Lovers card is the need to surrender and give into this higher self. We have a fear of surrendering yet we all have a longing for surrender. Working at overcoming that fear and working with it. At the core it is the nessecty to let go of one's fears of losing oneself and to seek to make that union with one's inner duality and the divine force.

By seeking awaking you are seeking to overcome the ego and you are seeking to be able to identify and connect yourself to a force that is completely unlike what you imagine your self identity to be right now. Once you start connecting to this force, there will be conflict and there will be resistance within the conflict. You need to give in to the higher self and be obedient to the higher self. And come to understand that the higher self is a force of union that requires a certain submission.

The Lovers card is a card about the fear of surrender but at the same time we all have a longing for surrender. It is alot like falling in love, when you fall in love you become afraid because it is such a strong and such powerful force. You become afraid of what it might mean, what you may have to risk, give up, what could go wrong, what you might lose. But at the same time you have this intense longing from the heart that is pulling you towards this other person. A union with the divine is very similiar. Everyone has within them both a longing to surrender the divine to surrender to the universe and a terrible fear of doing this as well. The Lovers is about working at overcoming that fear, struggling with it and seeking to be able to hold the beloveds hand. Hold the hand of the divine and submit to this divine ceramony of union.