Keep grounded due to the Void Moon duration; Be conscious of intentions set this day

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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 26, 2018

Adhicetaso appamajjato, munino monapathesu sikkhato: Sokā na bhavanti tādino, upasantassa sadā satīmato. Exalted in mind & heedful, the sage trained in sagacity's ways: One has no sorrows, one who is Such, calmed & ever mindful. Udāna 4.37 Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Card of the Day – King of Wands – Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Look at you taking charge! The King of Wands has a vision, and is able to enact the necessary plans and changes to make it happen. Passions run high today, perhaps with the approach of the intense Full Moon in Scorpio in three days. This is a card of power and powerful change, and stepping into a role of leadership, if only for yourself.

If you are an entrepreneur, you can use this King today to perform positive entrepreneurial duties. You see, the King of Wands has a fire which never goes out; he is not one to be in the trenches with his subjects, rather, he is the boss, and a very good leader at that. This can be you today, taking charge of an area of your own life, assuming a more managerial role on the job, and knowing exactly what it is which needs to be done…between…

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Slippery Elm

The Wonky Pot Apothecary

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Slippery Elm

Botanical Name: Ulmus Rubra

Common Names Moose Elm, Rock Elm, Indian Elm, Red Elm, Sweet Elm, Ulmi Rubrae Cortex, Ulmaceae, Winged Elm, Ulmus Fulva Michaux.

Family Name: Ulmaceae

TCM Chi Yu

Meridians: Lung, Large Intestine

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Supports Lung Yin: sore throat, calm dry cough. Promotes Digestion: indigestion, gastric ulcers, dysentery, diarrhea, urinary tract infections. Heals Wounds and Soothes Skin: boils, scalds, wounds, itchy irritated skin disorders.

Parts Used: Inner Bark, Leaves, Flowers.

Habitat: Slippery Elm Is Indigenous To Central And Northern North America, But Has Been Relocated To Other Regions.

Description. Slippery Elm Is Characterized By Its “Slippery” Inner Bark, And May Live To Be 200 Years Old. It Can Reach Up To 40 Meters Tall And Is Mainly Found On Moist, Rich Soils Of Lower Slopes And Flood Plains. The Tree Is Browsed By Wildlife And The Seeds Are A…

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Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – 4 of Pentacles – Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Ah! Our little monster looks rather content and pleased with himself today. Very often, we view this card with rather negative connotations, if one is unwilling to budge, or in some way displaying miserly behavior. However, today feels as though there is a sense of “I like where I am at the moment”. We all get that way from time to time, but know that it is ok for just today, and tomorrow will be a new day with a different energy.

For most, we are sufficiently past Mercury retrograde in order to resume some of the practices which were set aside as it traveled seemingly backwards through the sign of Aries. If experience has taught you that you are in any way Mercury-challenged, as I definitely am, then a conservative approach may still be necessary on your part. Hold onto your hard-earned money, and avoid any major purchases which…

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15 Sources of Plant-Based Protein

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

More and more people are interested in following vegetarian or vegan diets or reducing their use of animal products. A shift away from animal products is getting easier with more fortified and nutritious plant-based foods available.

A person may try a vegan diet for health, animal welfare, or religious reasons. In 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that a vegetarian or vegan diet could provide all the nutritional requirements of adults, children, and those who were pregnant or breastfeeding.

Even so, getting enough protein and essential vitamins and minerals can be harder for people who do not eat meat or animal products. A person must plan ahead to ensure they get enough protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B-12, which people on an omnivorous diet get from animal products.

Read on for a list some of the best plant-based foods for protein. We also discuss the differences between animal and plant…

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Health Benefits of Barley Water

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Barley water is made from barley, which is believed to be one of the oldest grains in the world. Although it is not a staple of most American diets, there is growing evidence that barley and barley-based foods have a variety of health benefits.

In this article, we look at the evidence behind the many health claims about barley, as well as its nutritional value. We also list steps on how to make barley water at home.

Five potential benefits

The health benefits of barley water include:

1. Fiber Boost

Barley water benefits digestive system

Barley water is an excellent source of fiber, which helps to keep the digestive system healthy.

Many of barley’s health benefits come from it being an excellent source of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy, contributing to healthy bowel movements, and helping people avoid problems such as constipation.

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Venus in Gemini Mars Jupiter sextile

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Venus enters AIRY, LIGHT sign of the TWINS –  GEMINI April 24 until May 19th

It’s flirty, fabulous, charming, sweet-talking LOVING time. Venus in Gemini is two-timing.  There will be lots of double dating going on.

This day also has that lovely MARS in CAPRICORN sextile JUPITER energy

It’s sexy strong steadfast deeply intense getting to the heart and soul of romance.

Venus in Gemini needs to be stimulated with words, ideas and fun. 

VENUS in GEMINI  is a TWIN FLAME symbol,  the Messenger of Love {Mercury- Gemini’s ruler} wearing wings of desire,

Venus= love, relationships.  Gemini= choices, communications, analyzing, fickle, immature, LITE.

The Venus in GEMINI mantra; She/he loves me,   I love him/her. Or do I? I dunno.

VENUS is symbolized by the Empress, Goddess, Trump #3 in the TAROT 

GEMINI is the sign of the LOVERS in the TAROT, TRUMPS #6 = Merkaba 

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Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – Strength – Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

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Patience and strength go hand-in-hand with this card and there is a valuable life lesson to be learned. There will always be those who are the “beast” in your life, and how you handle your encounters with these people could be one of your most valuable tools. Let’s float the words “soft control” here for just a moment. And, keep in mind that Venus enters two-sided Gemini today.

When dealing with a difficult individual repeatedly, it is wise to take note of their patterns. What makes him/her tick? What triggers or buttons seem to set off a totally undeserved tirade? Your job is to recognize these before things are out of control. One controls the beast through gentle manipulation and persuasion; being kind is your best asset in this type of situation. However, if you have all the symptoms of being a perpetual brown-noser, you should reassess your tactics. No…

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Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – 3 of Pentacles – Monday, April 23, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Teamwork makes the dream work! Oh what a difference a few days can make. Mercury is now direct, but remains in shadow through May 4. With each passing day, the effects of its retrograde can be felt less and less. This is especially true in the realm of plans, where perhaps you felt as though you were doing your part the last 3-1/2 weeks, but those with whom you work may have been Mercury-challenged. Team efforts during Mercury retrograde are not as cohesive, as someone is always bound to drop the ball, miscommunication abounds, and delays of all sorts prevent projectsfrom running smoothly.

Today is finally far enough away from all that to see your team, if you are part of one, working more like a well-oiled machine. Keep in mind that not everyone operates at the same level, and assignments within any group should be doled out according…

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The Witchy Ways of Carnations

The Witch & Walnut

a-witch-her-carnations1.pngCarnations get such a bad rap in so many ways! Its really too bad, because these often overlooked and unloved flowers pack a powerful witchcraft punch. They carry beautiful healing, comforting and absorption powers. They are such pretty little squished up flowers that have quite a pleasant smell to them as well. These flowers are so readily available all year around and cheap, it isn’t hard to keep up with fresh cut carnations in the home.

Lets get right into it!

CARNATION CLEANSING BATHS

I don’t attach color too much to my practice, but if you do you will want to use white carnations for this. Run a regular bath and place carnation heads in with the bath. At min 3 heads and up. Use each carnation until it falls apart, start from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet. Don’t forget the back of your neck…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for April 22, 2018

Yathā naro āpagamotaritvā, mahodakaṃ salilaṃ sīghasotaṃ, so vuyhamāno anusotagāmī -- kiṃ so pare sakkhati tārayetuṃ? If one going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current -- how can one help others across? Sutta Nipāta 2.321 The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipāta, translated by John D. [...]

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – Judgement – Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Pluto begins its annual retrograde today, and other than the Death card, this is probably the most appropriate card to associate with this. There is an internal transformation taking place within us over the coming months, together with the apparent external one which has already begun for so many of you. The Judgement card represents a much-needed rebirth in a particular area of life, and you are really only at, or approaching the beginning.

We all have a higher calling of sorts, and are being asked to march to the beat of our own drummer. Perhaps that sounds a bit chaotic in a way, but it is not. In recognizing the situation in your life which is giving birth to a new era, you are entering into a glorious new phase which is only beginning to unfold. Allow it to happen, even though it may not be totally apparent yet…

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Through the Eyes of Tarot – Pluto Retrograde – April 22 through September 30, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

And so the adventure begins; you need to be ready to take a chance with regard to this next part of your journey. This is a period of discovery which includes what is hiding in the shadows, even in the very corners of your mind. To truly live this journey, you need to understand your hopes and dreams in complete acceptance of their reality. Somewhere between June and September, you will come upon where you wish stop and stake your claim. You will know what this spot is by the time of the next Equinox.

Explore all of your options before settling on anything permanent. This is about living your truth, a truth where you can stand inyour power and be able to get right to the heart of the matter. You will be achieving more than just clarity, you will also be abundant in knowledge, which can serve…

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Witchcraft Burnout & Hitting the ReSet Button

The Witch & Walnut

witchcraft-burnout-hitting-the-reset-button1.pngHappy Weekend Everyone!

I hope the sunshine finds you all well and my apologies for the slow posts the last couple weeks. I’ve been fighting a minor cold and low grade fever on and off for the last 10 days or so. Coupled with work being very busy with the spring season, leaves me no opportunity to take sick days. Having said that, it helps that I have my own office so I am not around people constantly. But I am on the phone and computer all day and those that do depend on me are always very supportive and helpful. I am grateful for that, that we all work so well as a team.

Anyway….. the purpose of this post is to also help others with dealing with Witchcraft burnout. Its okay to take a step back. Being under the weather I still had obligations to tend to in…

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