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Merry Meet Legionnaires~
I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

Today's Health Herb~Rosemary

Rosemary...this is another herb noted for its cleansing properties. But I never think of it cleansing the same way as Sage. I think of it more as a matronly celtic woman in a handmade woolen shawl scrubbing away at whatever is put before her. The aroma of rosemary makes me think of pine trees, and I would never use it for it's mundane use of flavoring certain meats; I'd just as soon sprinkle pine needles over my stew! Make an infusion of rosemary and keep it chilled in the fridge, put some on a cotton ball to tone your face, rejuvenate your skin, and magickally add the illusion of youth. On a very different note and level-- a rosemary wash will chase the fleas off your cat.

Herbs: A Natural Treasure

Herbs have been used for medical purposes since milennia. Chinese, Egyptians and Sumerians were among the first to use herbs as medicines and their knowledge on the matter was surprisingly vast. However, that kind of knowledge was often the privilege of priests and magicians and for that reason, a kind of mysticism enveloped the use of herbs, hence their healing power was attributed to magical and supernatural properties. With the advancement of traditional medicine and chemistry, the use of herbs fell into disgrace for many years. However, the last few decades, with the boom of holistic treatments, homeopathy, ayurveda and many other forms of alternative therapy, herbs have once again taken a special place in treatments, one that they rightfully deserve.

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Rosemary

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

The name Rosemary comes from the latin ros marinus and it means "dew of the sea". Rosemary is a very common herb in places near sea water, especially in Mediterranean. It's been used since ages for its therapeutic and cosmetic properties. It is said that Rosemary is one of the ingredients of the elixir of eternal youth, like the one that an alchemist prepared for Elisabeth, queen of Hungary, known as Hungary Water.

MEDICAL PROPERTIES:

Excellent tonic for those who suffer from burnout or chronic fatigue syndrome

Encourages the production of bile thus aiding digestion

Helps relieving the symptoms of Bronchitis, Asthma, Flu causing cough and clearing the lungs

Vision tonic

Nervous system tonic

Emmenagogue (induces menstruation)

Antidiarrheal

Relieves migraines and headaches caused by stress

Encourages hair growth

Relieves vertigo caused by inner ear problems

Enchances memory

Mouthwash for bad breath

Stimulates brain

HOW TO USE IT:

Tea: In 300 ml water add 1-2 spoonfuls of dried rosemary, let it come to boil for a couple of minutes.

Infusion: in a cup of warm water put a spoonful of dried leaves or flowers and let it steep for 10 minutes.

External use: For stronger and darker hair: put a handful of rosemary dried leaves in 3-5 lt of water, steep for a few hours and use it at the final rinseafter washing your hair. Some believe that rosemary stops hair loss. Washing your hair with rosemary water aids memory.

Antiseptic: Wash your hands with a rosemary infusion. Burn rosemary to eliminate harmful airborne microorganisms. Burning rosemary and cedar in hospitals for disinfection purposes was very common.

* Be careful when using rosemary if you suffer from hypertension, as it can raise blood pressure a bit.*

MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF ROSEMARY

One of the strongest protective and banishing herbs, repells negative energies.

If placed under a pillow, it protects from bad dreams and hostile astral entities.

Used in ritual baths for cleansing (make a sachet with rosemary and let it steep in your bathtub for a few minutes).

Used for protection and healing.

Rosemary is a solar herb and as such it has masculine energy.

It is said that rosemary can substitute any herb in a mixture.

Symbol of remembrance. For that reason sometimes it's used in funerals.

A rosemary sprig burned in candle flame was believed to warm a cold heart.

In cooking, rosemary goes nicely with fish and pork dishes.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

Just for Today Correspondence~Sunday January 25th, 2015

SUNDAY

Planet – Sun

Spells/Magic – me time, masculine issues, ambition, career, goals, health, success, energy, healing, spirituality, strength, protection.

Magical aspects: protection, healing, spirituality, strength

Oils – saffron, bergamot , cinnamon , rosemary , orange ,and frankincense, clove, lotus, myrrh, sandalwood

Plants and trees – witch hazel , coreopsis , tickseed , sunflower , St johns wort , saffron crocus , rue , rowan tree , rosemary , poinsettia , peony , orange , oak tree , mistletoe , juniper , hazel tree , french marigold , cinnamon , chamomile , cedar , carnation , angelica , ash tree , bay , calendula .

Stones – yellow diamond ,topaz,tigers eye,

Colour - yellow, gold, orange, amber

Metal - Gold

Energy Type - Male

Dieties – it personified as Helios, Apollo, Lugh, and Beli or Bel. In some traditions, the sun is seen as feminine, personified as Phoebe (East Anglia), and Saule (eastern Europe). The Sun rules the conscious element of the human mind, the ego, the “real” self.” Sunday is the day on which this power is most effective.

Sunday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Health, Success, Careers Goals, Ambition, Personnel Finances, Advancement, Drama, Fun, Authority, Figures, Law, Fairs, Crops, Totem Animals, Volunteer and Civic Services, Promotion, Men’s Mysteries, Children, Buying, Selling and Speculation. Also used for Physical Strength, Achievement, Healing Energy and Divination.

Sunday: The Sun; Truth in all matters. The sun is great for truth spells and generating warmth in your heart. If you feel that you are frigid inside and holding tons of resentment, use the Sun energy on Sundays to shine through a cloudy heart.

Waxing Moon 
The waxing moon is the period between the New moon and Full moon. This is a special time for expansion and growth, and accumulating strength. It is also an appropriate time for preparing your magical spells for the most promising time, which is the three days before the moon is full. The waxing moon aids the accomplishment of any undertakings, whether of a practical or spiritual nature. For witches it is a time for quests for empowerment and a period in which to enhance our magical powers and our perception of the other world. In fact, the closer we come to the Full moon, the stronger and more aspiring are our intuitive powers, which in turn, leads to a new level of awareness.

The Elements: Seasonal Timing

Earth

December 21 to March 20
(winter solstice to eve of spring equinox)

Direction: North
Time of Day: 12pm-12am

Sunday

Planet: Sun

Color: yellow, gold

Herbs: angelica, bay, carnation, cedar, chamomile, eyebright, frankincense, ginseng goldenseal, juniper, marigold mistletoe, peony pineapple, rosemary, St. John's Wort, sandalwood, sunflower, tea, witch hazel

Stones: amber, carnelian, diamond, sunstone, tiger-eye, topaz (yellow)

Element: Fire

Energies: magick for the god, male health issues, passion, healing, spiritual connection, transformation, relationship issues.

Spell for Today~Truth Spell

Light alter candles.
Light Incense.
Think hard on the subject about which you wish to learn the truth. Light petitioners candle.. a candle representing yourself. (Can be any color you feel represents yourself.) and say,
“This candle I light to represent myself. It burns as does the spirit. It is as myself in all things.”
Light 2 white candles and say,
” These are the symbols for truth. They are enjoined about (your name) and to me show all truth”.
Then say:
“As I rock in the night ‘cross the brown heath bare,
In the bright moons light saw a castle fair;
Lords and ladies, great and small,
Where crowding in, ’twas a festival,
Grasses in the wind are waving.
They bade me welcome and I went
To drink their wine to my heart’s content.
I danced and laughed with the ladies fair.
Ne’er in my life had I such cheer;
Grasses in the wind are waving.
Then all at once there came a cry:
Haro by yaro! Asleep fell I,
While a lady dancing at my side
Seemed like a lizard away to glide;
Grasses in the wind are waving.
I woke in the early light of day,
In an olden ruin I did lay,
O’er the rock and into the sun
I saw a green-gold lizard run!
Grasses in the wind are waving.
Now the truth I know and it stays with me,
For I have seen what I did see,
All secret knowledge came to mind,
Borne on laughter of the other kind;
Grasses in the wind are waving.”
Sit then in quiet contemplation for half an hour. In this time will the truth of the subject in question come to you.

Extinguish candles.

Today's Herb~~Sunflower: 
The gender is masculine (projective), the planet is the Sun, the element Fire. The magickal powers of the sunflower includes fertility, wishes, health, and wisdom. Use the seeds from this plant in fertility spells, the yellow blossoms in magicks geared to gain your wish, and to inspire wisdom when wisdom is desired and needed. Carry a mojo bag containing various aspects of this plant for good health.

Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

~*~Skinny Witch Foods ~*~Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

Fat: 8 g (2 g saturated fat)

Fresh lemon peel mingles with spinach and couscous, perfectly complementing the Greek seasoning on our pork chops. Create this low-fat feast for four in just 20 minutes.

 

Makes:

 

4 servings
Yields:

 

1 pork chop and about 3/4 cup couscous mixture each
Start to Finish:

 

20 mins

 

Ingredients
4
teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2
cups coarsely chopped, unpeeled eggplant
1/2
cup chopped red onion (1 medium)
4
1/2 inch thick boneless pork loin chops
1
teaspoon Greek seasoning
1 1/4
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4
cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
3/4
cup whole wheat couscous
1
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon bottled minced roasted garlic
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach

Directions

In a large saucepan heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium heat. Add eggplant and red onion; cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, trim fat from chops. Sprinkle chops with Greek seasoning. In a large skillet heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chops; reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until just pink in center (145 degrees F), turning once. Remove from heat; let stand for 3 minutes.
Add broth and dried tomatoes to eggplant mixture. Bring to boiling. Stir in couscous, lemon peel, lemon juice, roasted garlic, and salt; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach. Divide couscous mixture among serving plates. Top with chops.

Nutrition Facts

 (Greek Seasoned Pork with Lemon Couscous)

Per serving: 
299 kcal cal., 
8 g fat
 
(2 g sat. fat, 
1 g polyunsaturated fat, 
5g monounsatured fat), 
40 mg chol., 
562 mg sodium, 
34 g carb., 
7 g fiber,
3 g sugar, 
26 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

~*~Skinny Witch Foods~*~Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage

Fat: 7 g (2 g saturated fat)

One reader called this veggie-packed lentil soup the “perfect dinner on a chilly night.” We love that it's packed with fiber-rich barley, nutrient-loaded spinach, and the subtle heat of fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, and cumin.

1 1/2 hrs

 

Makes:

 

6 servings
Yields:

 

1 1/3 cups each
Prep:

 

35 mins
Cook:

 

55 mins

 

Ingredients
1
tablespoon olive oil
1/2
cup regular barley
1
cup chopped onion (1 large)
3/4
cup chopped carrots
2
cloves garlic, minced
2
teaspoons ground cumin
4
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1
cup water
1/2
cup lentils, rinsed and drained
1
bay leaf
1
14 1/2 ounce can no-salt-added diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
6
ounces cooked chicken-apple sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
4
cups fresh baby spinach

Directions

In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add barley; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until barley is golden. Add onion, carrots, and garlic; cook about 10 minutes or just until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cumin; cook and stir for 30 seconds more.
Add broth, the water, lentils, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 55 minutes or until barley and lentils are tender. Stir in tomatoes and sausage; heat through. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Add spinach, stirring until spinach begins to wilt. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

 (Lentil-Toasted Barley Soup with Sausage)

Per serving: 
245 kcal cal., 
7 g fat
 
(2 g sat. fat, 
2 g monounsatured fat),
32 mg chol., 
645 mg sodium, 
33 g carb., 
10 g fiber, 
5 g sugar, 
14 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

~Today's Healthy Herb~

How to Make Linden Flower Infused Honey 
by Rosalee de la Forêt 

I recently spent a month in France to meet my husband’s family. Like most herbalists on vacation, I viewed this trip as a great opportunity to see lots of different plants! We traveled all over France, staying with different friends and family, and everyone very generously took us to medieval herb gardens and other botanical sanctuaries. One “herb” we didn’t have to go searching for was linden trees. These incredibly beautiful and aromatic trees are EVERYWHERE in France. They line the streets of Paris, drape across the boardwalks at lakes in the alps, and shade the castles in the south. Walking through the villages of France I quickly learned that you can often smell the sweet scent of linden before you find them with your eyes. More than once my nose caught the perfume of linden and we were off to find the culprit. Just by coincidence this is the herb that we are currently focusing on at HerbMentor.com, so it was especially exciting for me to spend time with a tree that doesn’t commonly grow where I live. Linden flowers and leaves have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. It has a wide variety of uses, from being a relaxing nervine to a relaxing diaphoretic, and is even often used for people with high blood pressure. Linden tea is cooling, soothing and delicious! Linden is very well known in France for its medicinal qualities. After meals, especially dinner, we were always offered a ‘tisane’ or herbal tea and, you guessed it, linden was the most frequent tea on the menu. At grocery stores I would prowl the “natural health” section just to see what it was like. Without fail linden flowers and leaves were sold as tea and, frequently, we also saw the bark being sold as a laxative. Another linden product we occasionally came across was linden honey. Linden honey is famous for its aromatic taste as well as medicinal qualities. So, of course, we HAD to buy some and it does taste pretty spectacular. Once home, where our own linden trees were blooming, I thought it would be fun to actually infuse linden flowers with honey. And it is this honey that truly knocks my socks off! I made the following infused honey with fresh linden flowers. If you don’t have access to fresh flowers you can certainly try dried flowers and leaves from Mountain Rose Herbs. I also highly recommend making linden tea. Linden is one of my favorite summertime drinks. It is cooling and moistening, quenching thirst while tasting aromatically heavenly. To make linden-infused honey you’ll need a handful of linden flowers honey to fill a small jar and a small jar Begin by selecting the most scrumptious linden flowers to be infused. Place them in a small jar and cover with honey. Stir well. Let this sit for a minimum of three days, but longer works as well. I turn the jar upside down every day to help “stir” the mixture. When the honey is done you can use this in a number of ways (There is no need to strain the herbs from the honey). Enjoy it on pastries or in hot breakfast cereals. Try a teaspoon to flavor your teas. A spoonful can be taken to soothe sore throats and coughs and promote rest. Linden also makes a delicious tea! Again, if you want to get yourself some dried linden flowers, simply go to Mountain Rose. Happy summer! 

Copyright © 2015 LearningHerbs.

BLYSSFUL SATURN'S DAY PAGANS!

Wow this month is winding down so fast and soon Imbolc, Lupercalia, Mardi Gras, Snow or Quickening Moon, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year.....Wow one more week.

As we move rapidly into February 2015, The Legion of Pagans Institution of Magick School will be opening up for spring registration on Imbolc Day and be accepting students through the month of February and through to March 22nd right after Ostara Spring Equinox. Classes will begin on Monday March 23rd, 2015.

In celebration of a new year and our new educators to the team, the Legion got a needed face-lift template. The website layout is easier to access the places you wish to go with an sidebar menu that is not running into each other with the dropdowns, and the font size, color, and text character is  easy and pleasing on the eyes. This will help add comfort for your long hours spent reading in our vast library. 

We have also added some healing music raido links to add that extra enjoyment to your reading and study time. The Legion takes great pride in our extensive resources of our library well categorized in topic and sub-topic categories for easy search. We continue to add valuable topics and information daily in order to keep you on top of the old and new pagan information with our extended hard drive capasity.

Under our "Daily Greeting" tab in the menu bar are sub-topics that are daily updates in Legion news, astrology charts, horoscopes, correspondance, and words of wisdom. Please check this link daily. I have also added a sub-section under the same tab that features each month that astrological zodiac sign's of that month, so if you are looking for detailed information about your sign check there during your sign month.

I am in the process of adding a few new classes to the Legion's Educational system and are not quite completed to post, but I am hopeful that the goddess will carve out some time just to finish writing these two classes for the spring session....

So if you havent been here or are new here please check out these improved fetures. Remember all applications need to have registered from a pc or notebook, (not a cell device), and with a traceable account either from facebook, twitter, or linkedin.  We are a secure site and take great pride in ensuring all it members are protected while visiting with us.

Be Blessed Today & Everyday!

~Elder Airwolf~

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes~Imbolc & Lupercalia

Ingredients

1
cup milk
1
tablespoon plus 1/2 tsp. dried lavender
2
lemons
 
Butter, softened
 
Granulated sugar
6
tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon butter, melted
3
eggs, separated
 
coarse or rock sugar (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a small saucepan combine milk and 1 Tbsp. lavender over medium heat until just simmering. Remove from heat; let stand for 15 minutes. Strain; discard lavender.
Finely shred 1 Tbsp. peel from lemons. Juice lemons (1/4 cup). Set aside. Butter six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups with softened butter; sprinkle each with sugar tapping out any excess. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar and the flour. Whisk in lemon peel, lemon juice, and melted butter until smooth. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolks and strained milk. Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture until smooth; set aside.
In a small bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add remaining 4 Tbsp. sugar, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Stir a small amount of the egg whites into the lemon mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining egg whites (batter will be thin).
Pour batter into prepared dishes, filling each three-fourths full; place in a shallow baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove pan from oven and cool cakes on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place remaining dried lavender and rock sugar in a blender. Cover; blend until fine.

Sprinkle over cakes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes)

169 kcal cal., 
7 g fat 
(4 g sat. fat, 
1 g polyunsaturated fat, 
2 g monounsatured fat), 
106 mg chol., 
89 mg sodium, 
22 g carb., 
0 g fiber, 
17 g sugar, 
5 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

The pagan origins of Valentines Day

 

Valentine's Day has become the day for love in American culture, when sweethearts buy cards, candy, flowers, and romantic dinners to prove their devotion to the one they adore. Like many other common holidays, however, Valentine's Day has roots in the ancient festivals of our European ancestors.

The holiday of romance has roots in an ancient Roman fertility rite known as the Lupercalia. Celebrated on Feb. 15th, the Lupercalia was a fertility rite in honor of the gods Lupercus, Faunus (associated with Pan) and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. The celebration began at the Lupercal cave, where the wolf Lupa was said to have suckled the infant Romulus and Remus. Afterward, priests would sacrifice a goat (symbol of fertility) and a dog (symbol of protection) to the gods, anoint themselves with the blood, and run through the streets whipping onlookers with a thong made from the goat's skin. The whipping was believed to help ease childbirth and promote fertility.

Also during the festival, young men would draw the names of eligible girls from a pot or urn. These couples would be paired up until the next Lupercalia, often in intimate ways. This drawing of Valentine lots continued into the Middle Ages in Europe. The young man would wear the slip bearing his Valentine's name on his sleeve, and attend to the lady with flowers, gifts, and words of affection.

As Christianity became more prevalent, the celebration of love became associated with the patron saint of love and couples - St. Valentine. No one has verified the original Valentine to whom the day is dedicated, although two likely candidates have emerged. One Valentine, a priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius, was jailed for secretly marrying couples in defiance of orders from the Emperor that all marriages be stopped. This Valentine was jailed and died in prison for his devotion to love.

Another Valentine was jailed for helping Christians during the 3rd century AD. In prison, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter and cured her of blindness. He was executed on February 14th, 289 AD. All of the Valentine stories were finally combined, and in 496 Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14th in honor of St. Valentine.

May Your Hearts Be Blessed!

~Elder Airwolf~

~*Your Daily Fortunes for Saturday January 24th, 2015*~

Tarot~The Empress
Traditionally entitled "Empress," this major arcana or "trump" card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us. 

In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the "woman clothed with the sun" until after the French Revolution. 

This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called "the Great Recycler."

Nordic Rune~Tiwaz
Tiwaz

Pronunciation
"Tee-wahz"

Phonetic Value
" t "

Translation
Hail

Meaning
The god Tyr (as in Tuesday)

Associated Gods
Tyr

Astrological Correspondence
Libra

Magickal Uses
Protection, victory, strength, strengthening the will, healing a wound

Tiwaz is a god rune named after the God Tr after whom Tuesday is named. It is a rune of positive regulation that involves personal sacrifice to ensure a positive result. Also, like Sowulo, promises success in our achievements, but does require that personal sacrifice. This rune works well in legal matters but only if you are right to begin with. Tiwaz also represents determination and male sexuality. It symbolizes new challenges and initiations into new understandings.

There is a need for courage now, as your victory is already assured if your heart remains true. Make use of all the skill and wisdom you have acquired so far. Protect your faith, as it will be challenged. But truth, honesty and justice will always be.

Tyr's rune is one of the oldest in the fuark, having survived virtually unchanged from the earliest Bronze-age carvings. It represents all those qualities associated with the God: strength, heroism, duty and responsibility.

Reverse Meaning
There is an indication of losing energy through ill-timed or hasty action. Examine your motibes, are you concerned with self-conquest or the domination of another?

Witches Rune~The Sun - Keywords: Success, progress.

Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as "yes". It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.

Totem Animal~
Wolverine

Wolverine is thought to be a bridge between the physical and spirit worlds. He has the ability to survive in the most difficult terrains—and his message to you is of inner strength. Have you forgotten just how powerful you really are? If so, it’s time to refocus and re-dedicate—and remember that Wolverine medicine runs through your blood.

Medicine Woman Card~Six of Bowls

Appreciate days gone by. The lesson here is nothing is ever truly lost and love lives on, so be thankful because life has given you some exquisite moments. Remember them and honor them. They have been your teachers.

Horoscopes~

Aries
March 21 – April 19
A criminal, they say, always returns to the scene of the crime. This is something law enforcers hope will happen. Their experience allows them to gauge how keen an interest someone takes in the crime or how overly helpful they are in offering assistance. This raises suspicion that it is often justified. But what if someone is genuinely trying to be helpful and is not in any connected with the crime? They could inadvertently be doing themselves a serious disservice simply by trying to be helpful! Don’t be too quick to cast suspicion someone’s direction in a similar way now.

Taurus
April 20 – May 20
In an area of your world now, you probably sense sand is passing quickly through an hour glass or hands of a clock might be moving deceptively faster than usual. Pressure is in some way on to meet a certain deadline or make something happen in a finite timescale. But is not all time on planet Earth finite? Is what you believe to so urgent or pressing worthy of such demands on your time and attention? Slow and steady will win a particular race now. Urgency and pressure could be unfairly amplified so relax, take your time and do what needs doing properly.

Gemini
May 21 – June 21
You hold more power and influence than you realize. With a single decision made by you, you can inspire or deflate more than one person, arguably many. As you become increasingly aware of influence you hold, you will also become aware of one or two personal priorities. It’s time to do something that suits you. It’s time to send a clear message to certain individuals that change is something you have the ability and right to instigate. If you felt you haven’t been taken seriously in some way recently, then expect to see how seriously you’re taken soon.

Cancer
June 22 – July 22
Some people enjoy seeing others grovel. They delight in knowing they are in a position of power or influence. This feeling doesn’t always last long though. Eventually, they see how and why they’re being persuaded in ways they are and then have to make a decision about how long they intend to prolong someone else’s agony. Surely, a sensitive and caring Cancerian like yourself would never behave in such a way? Surely, you are able to show forgiveness to someone who is asking for it? You know it’s the right thing to do, so be willing to offer it now.

Leo
July 23 – August 22
We can sometimes be oblivious to how far-reaching our actions can be. Think, for example, how easily some people take offence to something said by another in jest or how an unintentionally offhand remark can cause upset. You could be putting yourself in a position now that might require an apology from you in the not too distant future. You might regard someone as being overly sensitive but with hindsight, should be able to see how what you’ve said or done was going to cause upset. Choose your words carefully now and be sensitive others’ sensitivities.

Virgo
August 23 – September 22
‘Move out of the way, I’ll do it’. Such words get said sometimes by sharp-elbowed people clearly frustrated with someone else’s inability to do something properly. You might be encouraged to say such words now where a certain person’s inability to do either what they promised to do or within timescales they agreed to do it within. Your impatience could be getting the better of you and you need to be aware of how you could upset what has been a carefully plotted plan until now. Someone might appear to be dithering but trust what needs doing will be done.

Libra
September 23 – October 22
Once again, we see you caught in the middle of a dispute or tense situation. Should you get involved? Is the issue not something that someone else needs to sort out with another? Whether you like it or not, you are involved and as much as you might see your involvement as tenuous or unnecessary, what you have to say about the matter won’t go unignored. It is possible for you to calm down a situation that is escalating so use your Libran influence to bring equanimity where it’s needed.

Scorpio
October 23 – November 21
Perhaps, one day, someone will find a way to create a 26-hour day or an eight-day week. Even if they did though, would that really extend limited time we have on planet Earth? You might be putting yourself under unnecessary pressure through believing time is shorter than it really is in terms of what you yearn to achieve or experience. Through focusing so intently on such matters, you could be creating or even nurturing a false fear. Yes, we need to ‘seize the day’ but we also need to accept there are limits to what we can do by when. Relax and be realistic.

Sagittarius
November 22 – December 21
‘You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.’ So said political activist Eldridge Cleaver. He had grand ambitions and visions about the future but his statement was heavily criticized for being too simplistic. Surely, whether or not we are part of a problem or solution isn’t as cut and dried as that. To be part of the solution, we must at least be aware of what it’s like to be part of the problem. In an area of your world now, to find a solution, you need to be more understanding of the problem. Allow yourself to access it, instead of fear it.

Capricorn
December 22 – January 19
Life bears little resemblance to fairy tales. We know and understand fairy tales. If someone decided to change an aspect of the story or an ending, there would be an outcry. How dare they do such a thing? How dare they take it upon themselves to alter something we are all so familiar with? Such stories are, in the minds of many of us, set in stone and untouchable. Yet, in an area of your world, similar belief exists in your mind about a certain story. You might feel obliged to leave it alone but, as permanent as it might appear, you can – and ought to – change the ending.

Aquarius
January 20 – February 18
Before you can embark upon the next phase of a particular plan, there are loose ends that need tying up. You have unfinished business in a certain area and even though your investment of patience hasn’t brought a change or result, it is possible a bit more effort on your part can bring desired change. One or two situations or arrangements have been left open-ended and progress you yearn to see relies on these being closed or sorted. It might take courage in one or two areas to reopen certain discussions but you know you need to do it.

Pisces
February 19 – March 20
‘The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind’. So sang Bob Dylan. The statement poses an interesting thought. It implies an ‘answer’ can be found here and now, in the present, if we’re willing to stop for a moment to discover it. Often, we believe solutions are something to be found in the future. Your situation though, is a bit more complicated. You need to stop for a moment in the present to find an answer but doing so will make clear that the answer actually lies in your past, or within a situation you solved in a similar way previously. So stop, and cast your mind backward. What you need can be found there.

Be Blessed this Day Pagans!

~Elder Airwolf~

~*~In the Stars for Saturday January 24th, 2015~*~

Saturday, January 24, 2015
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon's surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details 
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 21% 
Moon Age: 4.49 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 364,645.35 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,267,530.18 km

Today, Moon enters Aries
Expect the unexpected - "coincidences" will just happen
Changing Your Mind will be Admired and Respected
Saturday will probably be the 1st day you will get to see the New Moon - and seeing it in REAL life with your eyes - won't just be symbolic - because when Moon enter Aries - you will realize what the liberating Aquarian New Moon has defined for you. Even so - I should add that EACH day - you can expect the unexpected as people change their minds - circumstances constantly change - and with worldwide twists and turns - the "news" will act as a catalyst to make everyone THINK and CHANGE too.
 
I titled the Moon Astrology page for Sun in Aquarius - Asking because you don't care if the answer is a "yes" or a "no" - in fact what I should have said was "Changing your mind - because you don't care what other people think". Indeed this is why Aquarians annoy others - because they're constantly changing their minds and surprising others.
 
In fact there are times when no-one likes to change their minds - and there are times when it is admirable and respected to CONCEDE you made mistakes in the "past" and now with the new information you feel it correct to change your mind. And that's the truth of progress and advancement - if people didn't CHANGE their minds - then everyone be stuck in the "past" forever. Thankfully astrological energies are ensuring that EVERYONE changes their minds - in order to move the whole world forward to the next phase of life.
 
You should have realized by today that Sun in Aquarius means CHANGE - and just the fact that you feel more excited, optimistic and happier than you have done in the past few years - you realize that something is in the Aquarian AIR - and as I've said it's actually the fact that Saturn in Sagittarius has begun a NEW destined karmic phase in everyone's lives - a time for expansion, happiness and enjoyment through connectivity with other people and the creating of all levels of relationships.
Its' destined purpose is to positively make the world a happier place - and that's when expansion and goodness will happen - as everyone OPENS up to want relationships and friendships. Saturn in Sagittarius will ensure - all your friendships are the right ones for you - and that you REBEL against and THROW away anything "dead" or "negative" or "outdated" for this new phase of your life.
 
Hence, this weekend's election in Greece will create a democratic revolution - to liberate them from the burden of debt. Which in turn is going to send shock-waves of inexplicable excitement [and turmoil] throughout the whole world. Aquarian energies believe ANY change is better than NO change. I mention this specifically as an example - as the Mercury retrograde in Aquarius - contrary to other astrologers beliefs - I strongly believe that Mercury retrogrades are important positive times to sort out the "past" and to heal the "past" - and in Aquarius - house of finances, money, expansion and global prosperity - it will ensure everyone "deals" with and sorts out their finances - and that's why Greece as a collective democratic nation will sort out their finances by rebelling against Europe.
 
Moon in Aries will create a FRESH NEW beginning - and one that everyone will experience and feel - it begins by using your MIND and THOUGHTS as Aries rules the HEAD - and thereafter the positive optimistic thoughts you're thinking will fill your whole aura - to then manifest into attracting something NEW into your life. The only people who won't like Moon in Aries - are people holding onto a "life" that's not theirs to have OR selfish greedy people who block other people's innate right to their destiny - as FREEDOM means no-one has the right to block anothers destiny. It's going to be a BUSY weekend - beginning a new phase for EVERYONE.
 
Saturday 24th January 2015
Moon enters Aries 2pm UK - 3pm Europe - 7:30pm India
1am Sydney, Australia - 9am USA EST
Moon 3° Aries trines Saturn 3° Sagittarius
Moon 4° Aries sextiles Sun 4° Aquarius
 
Remember to look to the stars!

Be Blessed Today,
~Elder Airwolf~

Today's Health Herb~Ginkgo


THE BENEFITS OF THE USE OF GINKGO BILOBA
IN HERBAL PREPARATIONS

MEDICINAL QUALITIES OF GINKGO BILOBA
GINKGO BILOBA
by Brittini Nelson
This site brought to you by The School of Natural Healing & Christopher Publications

Ginkgo biloba is the most frequently prescribed herbal medicine worldwide.  Over 1.5 million prescriptions of ginkgo leaf extract per month are being dispensed by doctors in Europe (especially Germany and France) for various complaints including vertigo, tinnitus, short term memory loss, etc.[1] In the United States, Ginkgo is not prescribed by medical physicians but is still considered a nutritional food supplement.  In my personal opinion this is good because it is still available to be used freely and is not regulated by health officials. However, it is sad that because it is not prescribed its strength and abilities to make immense improvements on ones health is underutilized.

 

Ginkgo has been used and is still used for a numerous amount of health complaints and diseases.  Its primary properties are considered to be antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antitussive, astringent, circulatory stimulant, expectorant, kidney tonic, rejuvenative, and

sedative.   Ginkgo’s most powerful effect is on the circulatory system.  Ginkgo flavnoids directly dilate the smallest segment of the circulating system, the micro capillaries, which increase blood circulation and oxygen levels in the body.  This is one of the main reasons it is so effective in certain ailments.  Ginkgo also contains constituents that inhibit platelet activity factor (PAF), which is a common allergen in the body.  Physical stress, and poor diet can over stimulate PAF production; in other words blood clotting.  Platelets become excessively sticky causing them to cling to the blood vessel wall or to each other.  The clot may stay attached to the vessel or break loose and float around the bloodstream until it encounters a vessel that it can not pass through.  Blood clotting can be responsible for a large variety of devastating diseases.  Ginkgo acts similar to Aspirin in the way that it thins the blood and reduces stickiness.

 Below are several instances in which Ginkgo biloba has been effective in certain health and disease concerns.  In order to understand why Ginkgo is effective in treating these particular diseases, we must first understand what causes the disease.  Therefore, each disease will be followed by a brief description of the cause and then an explanation of how and why Ginkgo is effective.

 Ginkgo biloba is highly sought after due to its medicinal properties and ability towards mind enhancement.  Both Age related degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as improving simple mind tasks such as Short term memory.

 Alzheimer’s disease

 Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that manifests itself by progressive mental deterioration, loss of memory and cognitive functions, and the inability to carryout activities of daily life.  This state of mind is often medically referred to as Dementia.  In the United States, five percent of the population over the age of sixty-five suffers from severe dementia, while another ten percent of the population suffers from mild to moderate dementia.[2] Although there are many contributors to the cause of Alzheimer’s, there are mainly two that are treatable with Ginkgo; free radical damage and oxidative damage. Because of its antioxidant properties Ginkgo improves blood circulation and increases oxygen levels in brain tissues. These antioxidants also scavenge and fight free radicals (highly reactive chemicals that attack molecules crucial for cell function causing damage in the brain and other tissues). As a result cell longevity and membrane stability is increased. It also increases metabolism and regulates neurotransmitters that are directly related to brain function.  Other effects were demonstrated in a double blind study using EEG (test used to detect and record the electrical activity generated by the brain).  This study showed that Ginkgo increases alpha rythem (which is the bio feedback frequency associated with mental alertness) and decreases the theta rhythm (which is related to the lack of attention) in elderly who were showing signs of mental deterioration.[3]  Other studies have shown that Ginkgo extract is not only able to increase the functional capacity of the brain; it also has been known to normalize the acetylcholine receptors in the hippocampus (the area of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s disease) of aged animals, to increase cholinergic transmission (neurotransmitters), and to address many of the other major elements of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Many clinical studies have been done proving the positive effects that Ginkgo has on Alzheimer’s patients.  It has been proven that Ginkgo is most affective in early signs of Alzheimer’s and in the case of Alzheimer’s prevention.

Cognitive and Memory Improvement

Since Ginkgo increases oxygen flow to the brain, enhances glucose uptake and utilization of glucose (boosting brain metabolism and energy), it is also being researched for its role in senility, forgetfulness, headaches, improving alertness, and memory and mental performance.

Hindmarch (1988) reported on the effects of oral administration of the standardized Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) on the short term memory of healthy young volunteers ages 25-40 years.  In a double-blind cross-over trial, Hindmarch found that, one hour following a single oral 600 mg dose of GBE, short –term memory parameters were significantly improved compared with controls.  According to Hindmarch, the battery tests indicate a specific activity on central cognitive processes and he proposes the use of GBE in cases and conditions where memory problems are a feature.[8]

Ginkgo is often added to nutrition bars, fruit smoothies, and other healthy snacks in order to achieve such results as improving cognitive and memory ability.  Since I have begun to study herbs, I have had the largest number of individuals inquire about Ginkgo biloba than any other herb.  I would assume that its popularity can be credited to its paramount ability of improving ones mind and capacity to retain information and think more clearly is an element to be desired by all.  I always encourage individuals to put it to the test themselves and get back with me.  Positive feedback has been returned by a majority of these individuals.  Besides an increase in mind enhancement, other agreeable results have been achieved as well.

Vascular Disease or Intermittent Claudication

Vascular diseases refer to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain.  It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms stomach or kidneys.  Because of narrowed vessels to the legs blood flow is decreased and the disease impairs ones ability to walk causing a great deal of pain in the legs.   Other complications become factors of health due to vascular diseases. 

Intermittent Claudication is similar to vascular disease in that it too is caused by inadequate blood oxygen flow to the leg muscles.  It commonly occurs during exercise or walking.  Symptoms are pain in the legs, muscle cramping, and lameness.  The simple task of walking becomes unbearable to some.

Due to the same antioxidant properties that assist with brain function, ginkgo seems to offer the same protection to vascular disorders.  It increases blood flow, assists oxygen in being more thoroughly distributed to blood vessels and muscle tissue.  It helps maintain integrity and permeability of cell walls by inhibiting lipid peroxidation (lipids breaking down to form free radicals).  It also helps tone and nourishes vascular organs.

Other circulation disorders can also be treated with Ginkgo such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, insufficient circulation as a result of a stroke or skull injury, etc.

Depression and Anxiety

I recently chose Ginkgo to add to a formula I created to naturally assist the body in overcoming Depression and Anxiety.  I carefully chose Ginkgo in my formula for its brain and oxygen enhancers.  A clear mind is very important in controlling mood and depression. Besides a clear mind, Ginkgo also helps stabilize mood and balance serotonin it the system. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter in the brain and systems that controls emotions, behavior and thought.  Such abilities combined with several other select herbs provide a powerful combination that has in my experience, proved to be affective.

Tinnitus

In the United States, an estimated 17 million people have or have had tinnitus to one degree or another. Tinnitus is not a disease.  It is a symptom of nerve damage and certain blood vessel disorders.  It creates the perception of ringing, hissing, or other sound in the ears or head when no external sound is present.  In 1986, Christopher Hobbs proved the effectiveness of Ginkgo as a tinnitus treatment.  Ringing disappeared in thirty-five percent of the patients tested, with a distinct improvement in seventy days.  When 350 other patients with hearing loss and tinnitus due advance in age were treated with ginkgo extract, the success rate for improved hearing and tinnitus was eighty-two percent.[9]  Many patients taking Ginkgo for tinnitus, claim that it is inexpensive compared to other available treatments and that there are few side effects.

Eyesight, Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Macular Degeneration

Simply taking Ginkgo on a regular basis helps improve eyesight and can protect your eyes from a serious eye condition. 

Glaucoma is a term used to describe a group of eye conditions usually involving increased pressure within the eyeball but does not have to.  It can be related to damage to the optic nerve and retina.  This is known as normal-tension Glaucoma.  It is this form of Glaucoma that Ginkgo is most effective.  Glaucoma is usually a condition that comes with age and can cause blindness in the worst case. 

Cataracts are defined by a clouding or darkening of the lens in the eye causing blurry, hazy or distorted vision.  It is a naturally occurring condition in the elderly but can also be caused by over exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Macular degeneration is an abnormality of blood supply to the light sensitive portion of the eye, or the macula.  As a result, deterioration in the macula takes place causing a loss of focusing ability and central vision.

The flavnoids in Ginkgo helps to thin blood.  Red blood cells become more flexible making it easier for them to move through the fine capillaries and increases blood supply to the retinal capillaries.   This can slow retinal deterioiation, and results in an increase of visual acuity and preservation.  Antioxidants present in ginkgo also protect the eyes.

Counter Impotence

This is another malfunction of the body due to inadequate blood oxygen flow and atherosclerosis (hardening and clogging of arteries) of the penis. 

There have been several studies over the last fifteen years to see what effects Ginkgo may have on this disorder.  For example, in 1991 a study published in the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy evaluated the effect of Ginkgo leaf extract in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in fifty patients.  The men diagnosed with arterial erectile impotence received 240 mg of ginkgo leaf extract daily for a period of nine months.  The patients were divided into two groups based on their response to conventional therapies.  Twenty of the patients had previously experienced some success with conventional drug therapies.  The second group had not experienced erection following conventional therapies.  Following treatment with the ginkgo leaf extract, all patients in the first group (twenty men) regained full, sufficient, and spontaneous erections following six months of treatment.  Improvement continued through the nine-month treatment period.  Nineteen of the thirty patients in the second group responded positively to the treatment, while eleven remained impotent.  No side effects were reported in the study.  This was only the second study published on the use of ginkgo leaf extracts in the treatment of impotence.[10] In another study, ultrasound examinations of sixty impotent men who took Ginkgo biloba showed improved penile blood circulation after just six weeks.  After six months, fifty percent of the patients had regained potency.  Studies continue to investigate Ginkgo in the treatment of impotence and the findings are quite satisfactory.

Relief from Asthma Attacks

Asthma is a lung disease in which tightening of the air passages can provoke wheezing and difficulty breathing.  It is usually of allergic origin.

Ginkgo has been used for Asthma in China for a very long time. Ginkgo inhibits the activity of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells active in fighting parasites and allergies); an action attributed to Ginkgolide B.  It seems to relieve the airway spasms and wheezing associated with this lung disease.  In a trial conducted in Belgium, six out to ten children with sever asthma were found to improve “dramatically” within the first three to four days of taking Ginkgo.  Three others in this same group made huge improvements but still required some other therapy.

Ginkgo is recommended for asthma treatment but not in the case of an acute attack.

Reduce the risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

Heart attack is the death of heart muscle due to loss of blood supply.  The loss of blood supply is usually caused by complete blockage of a coronary artery, on the arteries that supplies blood to the heart.  Heart attack is often fatal. 

By inhibiting the inappropriate formation of blood clots by platelets and increasing overall blood flow and oxygenation, Ginkgo is and ideal herb for preventing and treating heart attack.  (Ginkgo is not recommended to stop an acute heart attack.  In this case Emergency Medical Attention is immediately required.)

A Stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting the flow to an area in the brain.  When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in the surrounding area.  These brain cells control different functions such as moving a limb or speech.  When those nerve cells are lost, so is the function.

By inhibiting the inappropriate formation of blood clots by platelets and increasing overall blood flow and oxygenation, Ginkgo is an ideal herb for preventing and treating heart attack and stroke.  (Ginkgo is not recommended to stop an occurring heart attack or stroke.  In case of Emergency, Medical care should be sought out immediately)

Other and New Breakthroughs

New studies and applications are being discovered for the use and positive effects of Ginkgo biloba.    Some other diseases that are currently being tested and treated with Ginkgo are Vitilgo-a common auto immune skin disease, Protection from cell phone induced brain damage, anti-aging, toxic shock, improvement of social behaviors, and preventing the rejection of transplanted organs. 

WARNING-

NEVER USE ANY HERB WITHOUT CONSULTING A PHYSICIAN

~Elder Airwolf~

Just for Today Correspondence~Saturday January 24th, 2015

SATURDAY

Planet - Saturn

Spells/Magic – binding, debts, discovery, justice, karma, protection, longevity, endings, home

Magical aspects: longevity, exorcism, endings, apprehension, austerity, caution, and limitations.

Oils – Black Orchid, Hyacinth, Iris, Juniper,

Plants and trees - black helleborn,garden nightshade,blackthorn tree,cypress tree,hedge bindweed,hemlock.ivy,morning glory,mullein,snowdrop,marigold,Rosemarry,Rue,Rowan tree, yew tree, holly tree.

Stones – Obsidian, onyx,black pearl

Colours - black, grey, red, white, brown, blue

Metal -Lead

Energy Type – Female

Dieties – dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon god Saetere, the equivalent to the Roman Saturn, and the Greek Cronos. It is also associated with the Norns, the Norse equivalent of the Three Fates, and the Trickster-god, Loki.

Saturday is the best time to deal with such matters as: Binding, Patience, Stability, Neutralization, Material Gain, Protection, Karma, Death, Manifestation, Structure’s, Reality, Laws of society, Limits, Obstacles, Tests, Handwork, Real Estate, Dentists, Bones, Teeth, Farm Workers, Sacrifice, Separation, Stalkers, Murderers, Criminals, Civil Servants, Justice, Math’s, Plumbing, Joint Money Matters, Wills, Debts, Financing, Real Estate, Discoveries, Transformation and Relations with Older People.

The Elements: Seasonal Timing

Earth

December 21 to March 20
(winter solstice to eve of spring equinox)

Direction: North
Time of Day: 12pm-12am

Saturday

Planet:  Saturn

Color:  black

Herbs: amaranth, beet, belladonna, boneset, comfrey, fumitory, hellebore, hemlock, hemp, ivy, knot weed, mimosa, morning glory, mullein, quince, skullcap, slippery elm, tamarisk, wolf?s bane

Stones: jet, onyx, apache tear, obsidian, tourmaline (black), coal, hematite

Element: Earth, Fire

Energies: protection, hexing/cursing, retribution, dark magick, revealing truth

Saturday: Saturn. A restrictive energy. Good for banishing spells and ridding old energies. Binding spells are also potent on this day. Also good for focusing and developing patience (something a lot of witches don't have). Typically, I do not do spells on Saturdays unless it is to get rid of unwanted energies or desires.
 

Waxing Moon 
The waxing moon is the period between the New moon and Full moon. This is a special time for expansion and growth, and accumulating strength. It is also an appropriate time for preparing your magical spells for the most promising time, which is the three days before the moon is full. The waxing moon aids the accomplishment of any undertakings, whether of a practical or spiritual nature. For witches it is a time for quests for empowerment and a period in which to enhance our magical powers and our perception of the other world. In fact, the closer we come to the Full moon, the stronger and more aspiring are our intuitive powers, which in turn, leads to a new level of awareness.

Spell for the Day~Banish

 Banishing Nightmares

There are many of us who find our peaceful night’s sleep punctuated by nightmares. These may be brought on by the stress of our day, by sub-consciously suppressed memories/events/emotions from our past, and even occasionally by mischievous or harmful spirits.

 

This ‘spell’ is going to use the energy of the nine of swords tarot card to ‘dispel’ your nightmares.

 

Correspondences:

Moon Phase: waning moon to the dark moon
Day: Monday
Planet: Moon
Colors: blue, silver, white
Herbs: cloves, frankincense, garlic, sage, rosemary, sandalwood
Stones: moonstone or clear quartz crystal
Oil: banishing oil
Incense: sandalwood
Tarot Card: nine of swords

 

What to do:

1. First, prepare yourself a hot cup of tea containing chamomile and valerian. You can usually find this type of tea ready-made in the grocery store, often advertised as ‘calming tea’, ‘sleepy-time tea’, ‘bed-time tea’, etc. If you’re not successful locating it at your local store, add a pinch of the herbs chamomile and valerian to a decaffeinated tea…make sure the valerian is a small pinch! You don’t want to add too much of this herb.

2. Cast your circle.

3. Light the incense.

4. Anoint your candle with the oil, roll it in a combination of two or three of the herbs listed, and light it.

5. On the nine of swords tarot card, write the following spell:

 

“As this card burns
Within this fire,
All my nightmares shall retire,
Leaving me with pleasant dreams and restful sleep,
Unending nights of peace to keep.”

 

6. Burn the tarot card in the flames of your spell candle. Take some time then to sit and sip your tea, relaxing as you watch the flame of your spell candle, allowing your mind to wander where it will for a while.

Take the remnants of this spell and place them in a small black bag. The next day go for a drive and find a spot to dispose of the bag; perhaps a dumpster at the park, or an isolated grove of trees. You might want to dismantle the bag at this time and sprinkle the contents upon the spot you’ve chosen.

Today's herb~Snowdrop
Snowdrop
(Galanthus nivalis)
 When the snowdrop blossoms the winter is finally over.
Nearly everybody knows this happy message of the fragile white snowdrop.
But only few people know, that the snowdrop ist a herbal remedy as well. Even in old herbal books you will not find the snowdrop.
The bulb of the snowdrop can help to slow down alzheimer's disease and it also helps against poliomyelitis and neuralgia. 
Medicinal Uses
Alzheimer's disease
Memory problems
Poliomyelitis
Trigeminal neuralgia
Nerve pain
Myasthenia
Menses forcing
Information
Used Parts:    Bulbs
Substances:    Galantamin, Lycorin
Time to collect:    Late spring
 

Snowdrop, the secret herbal remedy

The snowdrop is a strange remedial herb.

It was not known as a herbal remedy in antique times and it was unknown in the middle ages of middle and west europe. Because of this we don't have a tradition to use the snowdrop for medical purposes. For most people the snowdrop is just a nice flower.

Snowdrop in the Caucasus Mountains

In the Caucasus Mountains people use the snowdrop of this area (Galanthus woronowii) already for a long time.

Old people eat the bulbs to strengthen their brain and to feel younger.

If children are ill from poliomyelitis, they are treatet with a tea from the bulbs. Usually these kids recover without further problems from the poliomyelitis.

Substances of the snowdrop against Alzheimer's disease

Scientists from Bulgaria examined the snowdrop ands its use in the Caucasus Mountains. They found the alkaloid Galantamin (or Galanthamin).

This substance can slow the development of Alzheimer's disease but it is not able to heal Alzheimer's disease.

Because there are a lot of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease there are not enough snowdrops growing worldwide.

Therefore scientists searched for a way to build Galantamin artificially. Finally they found a method and now a medicine with artificial Galantamin is available.

Galantamin is also helpful against neuralgic pain.

Other medicinal uses

Beside its abilities in treating the nervous system the snowdrop can also activate the menses.

I am sure, there are a lot of other possible uses, but the ability to slow down Alzheimer's disease is so strong, that nobody asks for other uses.

View: Flower Essences: Snowdrop Essence 

Plant description

The snowdrop origins from the Caucasus Mountains and Southern Europe. The most spreaded species, Galanthus nivalis, is growing in the gardens of Middle and Western Europe already for a long time.

The snowdrop grows from a small bulb, that is sitting near the surface of the ground.

As soon as the frosty weather disappears and it gets warmer, narrow leaves are looking through the soil. The buds have their own leaves to protect them from cold temperatures.

The young sprouts of the snowdrop can produce a little bit heat to melt the snow in their surroundings.

Only few days after the bulbs show up, the Snowdrop starts to blossom. The flowers are white, very fragile and hang on the stalk.

At the outside the flowers have three white petals and at the inside there are three connected petals that are white and green.

The seeds ripen after the end of the flowering. Ants like to carry the seeds around and thus spread the snowdrop.

Beside the Galanthus nivalis there are lots of other kinds of Snowdrop. There is also the Spring Snowflake, a brother of the Snowdrop. They all have the same medical uses.

Be Blessed,

~Elder Airwolf~

Pagans, We Have Rights Too!


 Most North Americans believe that witchcraft trials were last held in Salem about three centuries ago. This is false. Witches continue to be attacked in modern day child custody cases; they are the victims of job discrimination; and they are shunned by neighbors as well as family members in some cases.

Witch hunts still exist.

Lady Liberty League

("A National and Global referral and information exchange network of Pagan religious freedom activists." )

Pagan Educational Network

("Is a non-profit, proactive organization dedicated to educating the public about Paganism as well as building stronger, healthier communities through service.")

International Pagan Pride Project, Inc.

(..."encourages local "Pagan Pride Day" celebrations, to be held within two weeks of the Autumn Equinox throughout North America. Local coordinators plan these events, which typically include at least: 
a public ritual
a food drive or other charitable activity
Issuance of press releases."

The Burning Times

("Offers a provocative exploration into the historical and modern day Burning Times through artwork, articles, resources, and more...")

Witch's Voice

("...proactive educational network dedicated to correcting misinformation about Witches and Witchcraft.")

 

Witchcraft is not evil. At least not any more than lighting a votive candle, praying for a sick friend, or carrying a lucky charm is. However, there are some who do view witchcraft as evil. This is only because organized religion (primarily the Christian church) has conditioned them to fear anything which strays from their narrow condemning view. After all, if you have the ability to fend for yourself, solve your own problems, and choose your own method of spiritual expression, why would you need the confined structure of a church?

LADY SABRINA, Secrets of Modern Witchcraft Revealed 

Witchcraft is a way of life for individuals, not the masses, and there's no point in you coming toward the Craft if you are a wimp, a follower, a coward, or a fool, as sorcery is both a practice and a priesthood, and it is not a garment that can be discarded when the going gets tough. 

LY DE ANGELES, Witchcraft: Theory and Practice 

Witchcraft ... is a spiritual path. You walk it for nourishment of the soul, to commune with the life force of the universe, and to thereby better know your own life. 



CHRISTOPHER PENCZAK, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft 

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. 

Louis D. Brandeis 

The Witches' Rede of Chivalry

 "Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must be lived by all who follow the Old Ways."

"This above all...to thine own self be true."

A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath.  Thus, give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the matter may be known.

Pass not unverified words about another, for heresay is, in a large part, a thing of falsehoods.

Be thou honest with others, and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.

The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one's head is a virtue.

Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm.

Diverse covens may well have diverse news on love between members and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

As a Witch, thou hast power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust.

Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

Thou shall not reveal secrets of another Witch or another coven. Others have labored long and hard for them and cherish them as treasures.

Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways, those who are once-born must see nothing and must hear nothing.

Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world.

The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

Have pride in thyself, and seek perfection in body and in mind. For the Lady has said, "How can thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself first?"

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Those who seek the mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods, for it is they who lead the race of humans to the highest of thrones and beyond the very stars. 




 


The Christian fear of the Pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man. 



David Herbert Lawrence 
 
The Burning Times