10 Useful Herbs for Everyday Magic

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“… Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic


I am working on a sort of directory of different herbs, their medicinal and magical properties as well as the folklore associated with them. Though I am not an herbalist, I am a cook / anthropologist and have always been fascinated with how herbs play into flavor, culture, magic, old life ways and seem to have collective past all of their own.

I figured I’d start with the 10 that always seem to have a place in my pantry:

  1. Thyme –  Thyme can be found in most modern kitchens due to its culinary uses, but it great for magical work as well. It attracts devotion, friendliness, and admiration from others, making it…

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AlchemyAstrology: June 27-29, 2017 – sidereal

Alchemy Astrology

Tuesday-Thursday
PASSIVE – Moon in Leo, laboratory process of Digestion – emotionally dramatic

Digestion, is a kind of Putrefaction in which the nutrients or essences are reabsorbed.


Possible Scenarios – based on what’s in-the-air, so to speak:

A good time to: get things in order; small fires can be easily fanned for bigger results.

Challenges: an impulse to bring up the past; to talk things out even though it’s antagonistically inclined to be useless.

Balance: focus on the purpose; let the ends be as important as the means.

Keywords – to contemplate and get a feel for:
Adroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sun in Gemini – persistent, diffusive
Dramatic (emotionally) . . . Moon in Leo – changes, organizing
Conversational . . . . . . . . . Mercury in Gemini…

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Today’s Meditation, by James Allen

In order to achieve the higher forms of success, a man must give up anxiety, hurry, and fussiness.

Pressing forward persistently along a given way is sure to lead to a destination that is definitely associated with that way. Frequent going aside, or turning back, will render effort fruitless; no destination will be reached; success will remain afar off.  Effort, and the more effort, and then effort again, is the keynote of success. As the simple old saying has it: “If at first you don’t succeed, Try again.”  All the precepts of successful business men are precepts of doing; all the precepts of the wise teachers are precepts of doing. To cease to do is to cease to be of any use in the economy of life. Doing means effort, exertion.

Daily Words of the Buddha for June 27, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 27, 2017 —
juṇhā — moonlight, a moonlit night, the bright fortnight of the month

Saṅgāhako mittakaro,
Vadaññū vītamaccharo,
Netā vinetā anunetā,
Tādiso labhate yasaṃ.

Who is hospitable, and friendly,
Liberal and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.

Dīgha Nikāya 3.273
Everyman’s Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14), translated by Narada Thera

Tarot Contemplation – The Star

Today is a new day, and a new opportunity for joy!  Find ways to refresh your environment and yourself.  Have a long and lovely bath, tidy up your room, declutter and practice forgiveness.  Make space for wonderful new things in your life.   You are on a healing path.  Be sure to nurture both the physical and spiritual aspects of your life.  Do what is practically required, while at the same time visualizing an ideal future.  Calmness and stillness may be required to heal completely.

THE MEDITATION AND ATTUNEMENT STONE: QUARTZ

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Quartz crystal has an organizing and harmonizing effect on all parts of the body with which it comes into contact. It can be especially calming, and will quickly restore a more balanced energy. It also helps to dissipate all areas of imbalance and negativity, and establishes calmness and clarity in the mind, making it a useful stone for meditation and healing techniques.

Quartz crystal tends to amplify the quality of stones nearby, it will also amplify positive frequencies of energy, making coherent, life-enhancing energies more effective, while reducing or neutralizing chaotic or inharmonious ones.

Energy: clear, transparent, coherent

Star sign: all
Planet: all
Element: all
Chakra: all

TIPS FOR CLEAR QUARTZ

Hold quartz to any sore areas of your body to ease pain – it is the ultimate healing crystal

Put quartz crystals on your desk to focus energy and inspiration towards your work

Place a quartz crystal cluster in…

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How To Release The Pinched Nerve In Your Lumbar Area (SCIATICA): 2 Simple Ways Of Getting Rid Of The Pain. | Life is Simple.

Sciatica is name given to the pains in the sciatic nerve that span from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and all the way down to every leg.


Any type of damage to the places where the nerve goes through can result in nerve pinching and this type of pain. Lumbar pains spread through the length of your upper leg, calves, knees, and/or the feet.

Source: How To Release The Pinched Nerve In Your Lumbar Area (SCIATICA): 2 Simple Ways Of Getting Rid Of The Pain. | Life is Simple.

Daily Words of the Buddha for June 26, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 26, 2017 — jotaka — illuminating, making light; explaining

Pahūtavitto puriso
sahirañño sabhojano,
eko bhuñjati sādūni —
taṃ parābhavato mukhaṃ.

To have much wealth
and ample gold and food,
but to enjoy one’s luxuries alone —
this is a cause of one’s downfall.

Sutta Nipāta 1.102
Everyman’s Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14), translated by Narada Thera

Today’s Meditation, by James Allen

Without exertion nothing can be accomplished.

Be still, my soul, and know that peace is thine. Be steadfast, heart, and know that strength divine Belongs to thee; cease from thy turmoil, mind, and thou the Everlasting Rest shalt find.  If a man would have peace, let him exercise the spirit of peace; if he would find Love, let him dwell in the spirit of Love; if he would escape suffering, let him cease to inflict it; if he would do noble things for humanity, let him cease to do ignoble things for himself. If he will but quarry the mine of his own soul, he shall find there all the materials for building whatsoever he will, and he shall find there also the Central Rock on which to build in safety.

Tarot Contemplation – Three of Cups

Today is a day to celebrate with dear friends. There is positive growth and emotional union between two or more people with today’s energies. Whether the blessings in your life are big or small, when you take time to show your appreciation, the joy in your community multiplies and keeps flowing.  A new relationship will grow into a real friendship.  You may be invited to a party that you will definitely enjoy.  Why not call up that dear friend that you haven’t talked to in a while and set up a date for tea or a night out?!  If you’ve been looking for new love, you might find there’s mutual attraction and affection between you and your newest love interest.

DAILY ASPECTS BY MARIE MOORE

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2 days and 2 hours ago Venus is trine Pluto Rx, and it still is transiting . This can be very help with career, business or those of you in social media or media because this energy brings growth, a turn of events with money. For some of you this can be a fun energy time, or this can be new love coming into the picture. Mars square jupiter, watch your emotional self today, we still have a stellium going on so we can be a bit sensitive with what other say. Or we tend to speak our mind more but it maybe to little to late. For others of you this taking on more than you can do and you could feel overwhelm. You might give up on projects you started because you did to much. For others of you, this can be promises being made to you. Your…

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Morning Meditation, by James Allen

By curbing his tongue, a man gains possession of his mind. The fool babbles, gossips, argues, and bandies words. He glories in the fact that he has had the last word, and has silenced his opponent. He exults in his own folly, is ever on the defensive, and wastes his energies in unprofitable channels. He is like a gardener who continues to dig and plant in unproductive soil. The wise man avoids idle words, gossips, vain argument, and self-defence. He is content to appear defeated; rejoices when he is defeated; knowing that, having found and removed another error in himself, he has thereby become wiser. Blessed is he who does not strive for the last word. — James Allen

Reflections …

The true silence is not merely a silent tongue; it is a silent mind. To merely hold one’s tongue, and yet to carry about a disturbed and rankling mind, is no remedy for weakness, and no source of power.  Silentness, to be powerful, must envelop the whole mind, must permeate every chamber of the heart; it must be the silence of peace.  To this broad, deep, abiding silentness a man attains only in the measure that he conquers himself.  — James Allen

Tarot Contemplation – Death

Today may be more about “out with the old and in with the new” as the Death card implies a new beginning. It doesn’t mean you have to throw out all of the old, as you can often salvage something from the past to carry forward into your future.

For Love:  Your relationship may be going through some changes which can lead to transformation. Whether you wish for these changes to be positive or negative is in your hands. One thing is certain though, it will not be boring.

For Work:  There may be some variety around for you today when it comes to work or you may have a desire to change your job. Whatever you are thinking about doing should work out well for you as the Death card often means change which is usually for the better.

by:  Lotus Tarot

 

[Occult Lecture] How to Master Your Thinking-Patterns and Habits for Self-Development – YouTube

The lecturer Manly P. Hall was a master in all the aspects of mental/spiritual development. There are many desires, habits and thinking-patterns that seem harmless yet chained us, limiting our true potential. When one is pursuing self-mastery, it is crucial to learn the skills to handle them properly. Putting effort is always the key to self-development since nothing is free. The master occult scholar Manly P. Hall shares his brilliant insight on the subject with this lecture.

Cancer Moon is in a mood today 6-24-2017

Libra Seeking Balance

The Cancer Moon has a decent morning but by midday that changes. It starts when she conjoins contentious Mars in Cancer while squaring Jupiter in Libra. This combination is just about guaranteed to make mountains out of molehills in a matter of minutes. Family gatherings could be particularly fraught since no one knows how to make us lose our cool faster than family. A mid-late afternoon sextile to Neptune in Pisces will help cool things down, but when the Cancer Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn this evening the disagreements could re-emerge. Cancer is a cardinal sign and as such will take action if pushed. Please be respectful of other people’s opinions and practice kindness towards everyone. 🌠☽♋🌠

The predawn trine between Venus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn will help us sort out relationship issues pertaining to finances, so that’s a plus today. However the waxing square between Mars in…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 24, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for June 24, 2017 — maddava — mild, gentle, soft

Maraṇenapi taṃ pahīyati
yaṃ puriso mamidanti maññati.
Etampi viditvā paṇḍito,
na mamattāya
nametha māmako.

At death a person abandons
what one construes as mine.
Realizing this, the wise
shouldn’t incline
to be devoted to mine.

Sutta Nipāta 4.812
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu