Family : Asteraceae
Genus : Artemisia
Species : Absinthiumroup: Dicot
The whole Breakdown :
Kingdom Plantae– Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Ast eridae
Order Aste rales
Family Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus Artemisi a L. – sagebrush
Species Artemisia absinthium L. – absinthium
COMMON NAMESAbsinthe; Absinthium; Green Ginger; Madderwort; Green Fairy
Artemisia abrotanum L. – southernwood
Artemisia absinthium L. – absinthium
Artemisia alaskana Rydb. – Alaska wormwood
Artemisia aleutica Hultén – Aleutian wormwood
Artemisia annua L. – sweet sagewort
Artemisia arbuscula Nutt. – little sagebrush
Artemisia australis Less. – Oahu wormwood
Artemisia biennis Willd. – biennial wormwood
Artemisiastelleriana Besser – oldwoman
Ageratina Spach – snakeroot
Ambrosia L. – ragweed
Ampelaster G.L. Nesom – climbing aster
DESCRIPTIONAbsinthe is a bright green liquor that is flavored using an herbal extract. The drink was popular in the 19th century especially in France within the bohemian crowd. The drink is green in color due to the chlorophyll. Due to the drinks very potent nature, it was traditionally diluted with cold water. The water is added through a perforated spoon containing sugar. When the water was added to the drink, it goes from the emerald green color to a cloudy white color. This occurs because the water causes the essential oils from the herbal extract to precipitate out of the alcohol and form a colloidal suspension. Chronic use of absinthe leads to absinthism. The symptoms for this addiction include epileptic attacks, delirium, and hallucinations. Due to this and other social considerations, absinthe was banned in many countries during the early part of the 20th century. Absinthe recipes often distinguish between Grand Wormwood and Petit Wormwood, which are typically added at different stages in the distillation process. Grand Wormwood refers to the species Artemisia absinthium, and Petit Wormwood refers to A. pontica (Roman Wormwood). Wormwood contains the compound absinthin, which is responsible for the bitter flavor of the liquor, but the main toxicant in the essential oil is the compound thujone. It is known to be psychoactive and is the main active ingredient in absinthe other than the alcohol. However, most of Wormwoods psychoactive properties have been greatly exaggerated and have be noted to be more closely related to the alcohol content then the thujone. Thujone belongs to the family of monoterpene ketones and has been used in herbal medicine and was said to cure digestive problems, worms, menstrual problems, corns, warts, acne, fever, cough, rheumatism, and scurvy among other ailments.
Wormwood Regulation:While the use of wormwood can be dated as far back as 1550 B.C it became the rage in France starting about 1850. Its use took hold in the intellectual and artistic communities and many famous people, Hemingway, Baudelaire, Picasso, and Degas, drank absinthe. It was thought then that it simulated creativity and acted as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps the most famous drinker of absinthe was Vincent Van Gogh for it appears that his depression, psychotic behavior and suicide were related to his chronic use of th Picasso's The Absinthe Drinker 1901 e drink. Wormwood has even been thought to have attributed to him slicing his ear off. Van Gogh suffered from acute intermittent porphyria. The symptoms of this genetic disorder include attacks of abdominal pain, anxiety, hysteria, delirium, phobias, psychosis, organic disorders, agitation, depression, and altered consciousness from tiredness to coma. It has been theorized that the drinking of absinthe may have triggered these attacks.
Thujone:Thujone is thought to have antidiabetic properties. It may be one of the main properties in several medicinal herbs(1). Extracts of Thujone have been used to control gastrointestinal worms. Records of this usage date back to Ancient Egypt(2). The oil has insecticidal properties as well. Alpha-Thujone is one of the most toxic elements used against corn root-worm larvae. Because of public mistrust, though, the oil is not used widely. The use of Wormwood and its active Thujone properties were even used as a fever preventative by the French while fighting in Algeria(3).
Absinthe was banned in the United States in 1912 as part of the Food Inspection Decision 147. Thujone was banned as a food additive by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1972. In 1975, the Federal Food and Drug Administration designated thujone as an unsafe herb. But many thujone containing food additives, such as sage and rosemary, have been given Generally Recognized as Safe status by the FDA. In Europe, a limit on the amount of thujone contained in food has been set by the European Community Codex Committee on Food Additives. The acceptable level is 0.5 ppm (mg/kg) in foods and beverages, 10 ppm in alcoholic drinks above 25% alcohol, 5 ppm in alcoholic drinks less than 25% alcohol, and 35 ppm in bitters. Although absinthe has been banned in the United States, it is still legal in Spain and some other countries in Europe. The drink also has a "cult" status on the web where absinthe can be ordered and recipes for homemade absinthe can be found.
Wormwood has even made an appearance in Biblical references:In the old testament, the Hebrew word "la'anah" is used several times to describe the epitome of bitterness. It is often translated (as in the King James Bible) as "wormwood". "La'anah" may originally have referred to a grouping of Artemisia species (including A. judaica), or it may have referred to a variety of bitter plants and substances. One Greek new testament verse uses the word "apsinthos" which is more clearly linked to wormwood. Below are the King James translations of a few Bible verses referring to wormwood. "For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword." Proverbs, 5:3-4
"He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood." Lamentations, 3:15
"Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink." Jeremiah, 9:15
"Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go [and] serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;" Deutoronomy, 29:18
"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Revelation 8:10-11
References:Web:http://www.fda.gov/http://plants.usda.gov/java/http://www.erowid.org/plants/wormwood/wormwood.shtmlhttp://wormwoodsociety.org/ (An interesting link)
Books:Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl by Mary Mycio
1. Thujone, a component of medicinal herbs, rescues palmitate-induced insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. Alkhateeb H, Bonen A. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2010 Sep;299(3):R804-12. Epub 2010 Jun 23.
2. α-Thujone (the active component of absinthe): γ-Aminobutyric acid type A receptor modulation and metabolic detoxification. Karin M. Höld Nilantha S. Sirisoma Tomoko Ikeda Toshio Narahashi John E. Casida March 21, 2000
3. Absinthe, Absinthism and Thujone- New Insight into the Spirit's Impact on Public Health. Lachenmeier, Nathan-Maister, Breaux, Luaute, Emmert. The Open Addiction Journal, 2010.
4. Thujone Exhibits Low Affinity for Cannabinoid Receptors But Fails to Evoke Cannabimimetic Responses, by J.P. Mescher and A.C. Howlett
Pharmacology Biochemisty and Behavior Vol 62 (No. 3) 1999, 473-480
(waxing/12% of Full)
During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.
Friday 2nd May 2014
100% Moon in Gemini 14° => 26° Gemini
Moon visible after sunset in your local time zone
Friday 2nd May 2014 - Moon in Gemini
Open & Friendly - You'll Like Everyone you Meet ....
When you really like ONE person - you like EVERYONE. When you really like LIFE - you like EVERYTHING about LIFE. That's how you'll feel on Friday - it will be a day - when your whole aura will feel alive, glow with happiness and you'll like the world and everything in the world - that's because Tuesday's Taurus New Moon and the karmic Blood Full Moon of 15th April - will instinctively make you LIKE PEOPLE because today you LIKE the WORLD - so Gemini energies makes you attractive to all like-minded good people - whilst being able to ignore all the others - as if they don't exist.
And I have to say that the all other types of people in the world - even those who live selfish lives - they too have their own group of friends they live amongst and Moon in Gemini - will ensure they mix with their own kind too. As Gemini is a socially interactive energy - like-attracts-like.
During Friday - the 100% Moon in Gemini moves from 14° => 26° Gemini and makes no aspects with any planets - which means your social life won't interfere with your work - and your emotions won't interfere with any other facet of your life - not even with clear-cut business decisions you have to make.
Hence, everything will go smoothly on Friday - and then comes the BIG boost of energy as theMoon will visible after sunset in your local time zone - and that's when you'll feel whatTuesday's Taurus New Moon has been telling you and guiding you towards - it will give you an unusual clarity - and make you THINK a lot on Friday evening - probably even keep you wide-awake until quite late on Friday night.
Additionally, and due to the fact that Sun & Mercury are in Taurus - it will define you need to see, meet and mix amongst REAL people in REAL life on Thursday and Friday - so all those who like to stay indoors online - it won't help you - as "destiny" will find ways to get you outside and meeting REAL people.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You may decide to wear your bigger-than-life intentions right on your sleeve where they are visible to everyone today. Unfortunately, you could inadvertently open a can of worms if you come on too strong with your air of independence. Others can also see how much you want your feelings to be acknowledged, even if you are ready to go it alone. Pay attention to the tone of your words so you don’t offend anyone in your quest for self-expression. There’s no need to push your agenda; the only sense of urgency is your own.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Circumstances might require that you become an emotional anchor for others. Your loyalty comes to the forefront today as you defend someone’s opinions as if they were your own. Don’t hold back; dramatic actions based upon deep convictions can have enduring consequences, especially in your closest relationships. People admire your consistent dependability, but don’t lose touch with your own feelings in your rush to be a hero.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re eager to kick up your heels today, but an inner voice is telling you that fun and frivolity are not all you need at this time. However, you probably won’t listen to this cautionary line of reason now. Even if you know better, your rebellious side is more inclined to wander off and follow your every whim. But your conscience just won’t leave you alone; the only way to silence it is to honor your commitments before beginning your pursuit of pleasure.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Luckily, you have the emotional fortitude to maintain your position, even in the stormy seas of change — and things certainly are shifting now. You can feel the pressure building on several different fronts. Prepare yourself psychologically to engage the unknown because resistance is futile. If you try to ignore the faint music you hear today, it will only get louder and louder until you cannot avoid it. It’s better to be ahead of the wave than under it.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You are riding two conflicting waves of energy today. One is motivating you to jump on your surfboard and show everyone your tricks. The other is an undertow that is pulling you beneath the surface turbulence and into calmer and deeper waters. Although you may be naturally inclined to put on your happy face and shift into performance mode, it could be wiser to slip out of sight and spend time alone in silent contemplation. Set aside some space for quiet meditation or get outside into a natural setting that is good for your soul.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Sometimes you appear exceptionally cool on the surface so that people don’t realize how strongly you are feeling on the inside. You may try to cover up your inner world, but there is a problem with this strategy today because your intense emotions are the current source of your drive. Find creative ways to express your deeply-rooted passions or others will never know the real you. Even if this vulnerability seems risky at first, it’s time to reveal what’s in your heart.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You often like to lighten the atmosphere when things become too serious, but your penchant for avoiding the shadows is not motivated by your fear of the dark. Rather, it’s your way to attempt to balance the energies when they are out of whack. However, you are being pulled into powerful tidal currents of complex feelings now. Don’t try to avoid the truth that’s lurking just out of sight. Keep breathing and flow with your emotions. You will emerge with a healthy new perspective if you have the courage to go deep.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Initiating a dialogue about an emotionally complex subject today might lead you right into the heart of the matter. Even if you think the conversation will clear the air, it could take you on a tour into the mysteries of the dark. The good news is that reality is easier to cope with once you know the truth. Thankfully, you’re well-equipped for such a spiritual quest as long as you carry the light of awareness with you. Just remember to bring extra batteries for your flashlight when you journey into the hidden realms of your subconscious mind.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You might not be feeling all that positive, but you have a strong inner resolve that you can rely on today– no matter what stresses you encounter in the external world. Let go of whatever is already slipping away; circumstances are changing for reasons that you may not understand yet. Don’t try to stop the process. Room is being created for exciting new opportunities which will be knocking on your door before you know it.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A conflict in a relationship may put a damper on your day, but it won’t likely be serious enough to derail your train of progress. You’re moving forward now in various aspects of your life, but keep in mind that change and growth come slowly. Fortunately, you can stay on track and arrive at the station on time if you remember to keep your intentions out in front of yourself like a carrot on a stick. Be like the “Little Engine Who Could” and say, “I think I can. I think I can.”
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Waves of powerful emotions wash over you today, leaving you overwhelmed and out of breath. As an airy Aquarius, your feelings can be kind of quirky, anyway. But your current reality isn’t just based on a strange emotional twinge that quickly comes and goes. This feels bigger and more significant than recent experiences. Sink into your irrational desires without resistance. Discovering hidden treasure is only possible when diving into the unknown rather than remaining on shore.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your desires are intense now and there isn’t much that will hold you back from expressing what’s in your heart. However, you may be more attracted to the idea of romance than the actual logistics of working in partnership. It helps to remember that love comes along with responsibilities. Seek creative ways to enliven your relationships with meaning; explore all the possibilities even if it’s only in your dreams.
Daily Tarot Card
The Moon represents those forces which remain largely hidden to us. The light of the moon provides some illumination down a path into the unknown, but not enough to brighten the landscape like The Sun, or cut through the dark shadows from which the unexpected may leap. However, The Moon is not without gifts we can use. She spurs our imagination and creativity. She can be a portal to knowledge and experience beyond the realm of our everyday lives. But Her offerings are not available to the feint of heart. To receive what The Moon offers one must have the courage to follow uncharted paths and the intelligence to find truths hidden in a bewildering setting rife with illusion. For those who can make this journey the reward may be finding the key to making their dreams come true.
Your Rune For Today
Berkano is the Rune of birth and rebirth. This may symbolize a time when you are capable of great personal growth. Love may be in the air as well.
4 ml Frankincense
2 ml Myrrh
1 ml Cedar
Anoint the altar with this oil at regular intervals, calling your Deity (Deities) to watch
over it. Mix with 4 oz base oil. Recipe is for a year of 13 Full moon phases, keep the
blessing oil in tightly capped dark glass bottle.
4 drops Lily Of The Valley Oil2 drops Violet Oil2 drops Honeysuckle OilPinch of Lemon BalmMix with 2 oz olive oil and tightly bottle. Anoint your altar and candles.
5 drops rose oil,2 drops Dragon's blood,3 drops coriander oil.Use almond oil as a base
The May pole was a focal point of the old English village rituals. Many people would rise at the first light of dawn to go outdoors and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women traditionally would braid flowers into their hair. Men and women alike would decorate their bodies. Beltane marks the return of vitality, of passion. Ancient Pagan traditions say that Beltane marks the emergence of the young God into manhood. Stirred by the energies at work in nature, he desires the Goddess. They fall in love, lie among the grasses and blossoms, and unite. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. To celebrate, a wedding feast, for the God and Goddess must be prepared. Let Them guide you! Breads and cereals are popular. Try oatmeal cakes or cookies sweetened with a dab of honey. Dairy foods are again appropriate...just make a lovely wedding feast and you are sure to enjoy yourself! An early morning walk through a local park or forest could be fun for everyone. Gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Mom and daughter could braid their hair, and weave in a few tender blossoms.
Symbols of Beltane
Traditional symbols used to represent Beltane are the May Pole (the traditional full-size one is about 10 feet tall), May baskets, crossroads, eggs, butterchurns and chalices. Symbolically, many Pagans choose to represent Beltane with fresh flowers all around the ritual area as well as their homes and the cauldron is often totally filled with gorgeous Springtime flowers. Roses, bluebells, marigolds, daisies, primroses, violets and lilac are associated with Beltane.
Altars are generally adorned with seasonal flowers. Other appropriate altar decorations for the season include mirrors, a small May pole, phallic-shaped candles to represent fertility, and daisy chains.
Gods and Goddesses of Beltane
Appropriate Deities for Beltane include all Virgin-Mother Goddesses, all Young Father Gods, all Gods and Goddesses of the Hunt, of Love, and of Fertility. Some Beltane Goddesses to mention by name here include Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Artemis, Astarte, Venus, Diana, Ariel, Var, Skadi, Shiela-na-gig, Cybele, Xochiquetzal, Freya, and Rhiannon. Beltane Gods include Apollo, Bacchus, Bel/Belanos, Cernunnos, Pan, Herne, Faunus, Cupid/Eros, Odin, Orion, Frey, Robin Goodfellow, Puck, and The Great Horned God.
Colors of Beltane
The most common colors associated with Beltane are white and dark green, and red... but also appropriate are all the colors of the rainbow spectrum itself. Stones to use during the Beltane celebration include sapphires, bloodstones, emeralds, orange carnelians, and rose quartz.
Plants and Animals of Beltane
Plants and herbs associated with Beltane are primrose, yellow cowslip, hawthorn, roses, birch trees, rosemary, and lilac. Also included are almond, angelica, ash trees, bluebells, cinquefoil, daisies, frankincense, ivy, marigolds, satyrion root, and woodruff.
Animals associated with Beltane are goats, rabbits, and honey bees. Mythical beasts associated with Beltane include faeries, pegesus, satyrs, and giants.
Use lilac, passion flower, rose or vanilla. These can be used alone or blended as you like.
Dairy foods and eggs are in tune with this season. Sweets of all kinds, honey, and oats are all fine foods for Beltane. Simple dishes such as vanilla ice cream and egg custard are quite traditional fare on this day.
Magic is very real and has been around for century’s. I have been doing spell work for myself since I was very young and learned the art from my family members. Anyone can do Voodoo, Spells, and any Spiritual work for yourself. You do not have to have special powers and can be of any religion. You do have to have a strong belief in magic and not tell others when you do spells, their negative thoughts and disbelief can effect yourmind in a unconscious way and cause you to have doubts, and negative thoughts forms can make your spell working fail. Every negative thought or fear you have about magic, will go into the Universe and can effect your spell working and the outcome.
Sometimes the deities will test you and won’t let your magic work right away to see if you will lose faith. You have to “Believe” with your heart, mind and soul and visualize clearly the outcome of the spell and when you are chanting or saying incantations you need to visualize and see it so clearly in your head and if you can do this then your spells will work, its simple just Believe!!! Focus!!! and Visualize!!! There are many phony Psychic’s out there that will say you are cursed or have love problems and ask for large sums of money to fix it. Do not believe it!!! They are trying to take your money!!! You can do the magic yourself and help change the worst situation or hard times that are in your life. Why suffer in pain, worry and depression when you can do magic to help yourself and help the people that you love.You can also use protection magic against people that try and ruin your life and destroy your happiness.
My spells and knowledge comes from very powerful and ancient spell books that the witch’s in my family had written over the years and were packed and hidden away, and not revealed to me until I acknowledged my inner calling magical path when I was just a young teenager. All my magical items are very powerful and I have much knowledge about magic and how it works and years to practice spell working and through much experience know the best way to make it a success.
Negative thoughts will cause your ritual to fail.
If after you do the magic you start to worry it is not working then it won’t
If you become obsessed as when it will work or not work. you will make it fail
If you tell yourself the magic on a certain person is not working or have thoughts that he will never love you or come back to you, then he won’t
If you think you won’t get that promotion , job, or raise you won’t
If you have any fears about doing magic or think magic is wrong you will be wasting your time, energy, and money. Your constant worry will block the spell from working and it will fail.