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Magickal Goody of the Day for June 14th is A Summer Solstice Herb Pouch

Magickal Goody of the Day

Summer Solstice Herb Pouch

 

The summer solstice is a great time to harvest your herbs. Usually by now, gardens are in full bloom, and if you do any wildcrafting, midsummer is a perfect season to find some goodies out in the woods. You can take some of the herbs associated with the Litha season and make an herb pouch to hang in your home (or carry with you) as a multi-purpose talisman.

In many magical traditions, the number nine is seen as sacred, so we’re going to use nine different herbs in this pouch project.

These are all herbs commonly available during the midsummer season, but if you don’t have access to them, feel free to substitute other herbs that grow in your area. Usually people use dried herbs in craft projects, but because these are growing right now, you may want to just use them fresh.

Gather equal amounts of the following herbs:

  • Basil, for good fortune
  • Hyssop, for cleansing and purifying
  • Lavender, for calmness and peace
  • Mugwort, for divination and dreams
  • Peppermint, for passion and love
  • Rosemary, for remembrance
  • Sage, for wisdom
  • Thyme, for psychic development
  • Yarrow, for healing

Blend your herbs together in a bowl. If you’re using dried herbs, crush them into a fine powder using your mortar and pestle. If you’re using fresh ones, it’s probably better to simply tear or chop them into equally sized pieces. This will help release the essential oils, and allow you to take advantage of the fragrances.

Stitch together a basic drawstring pouch using a summery color fabric (yellow or orange is perfect, but work with what you have).

If you don’t have any bright colors available, a plain muslin or cloth fabric will do just fine. Place the herbs in the pouch, and pull the drawstring tightly.

You can keep the pouch on your altar during your midsummer celebrations, hang it over your door to welcome guests, or even carry it in your pocket as a summertime talisman.

 

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Gemstone of the Day for June 14th is Raspite

Gemstone of the Day

Raspite
 

Named for Charles Rasp (1846-1907), German-Australian prospector, discoverer
of the Broken Hill ore deposit.


Hardness: 2.5 – 3                
Specific Gravity: 8.4                         
Chemistry: PbWO4
Class: Anhydrous Molybdates and Tungstates (Sheelite group)                 Crystallography: Monoclinic – Prismatic                    
Cleavage: perfect               
Fracture: conchoidal                    
Streak: yellow white                    
Luster: Adamantine


Healing: Raspite is used to heal sprains and strains and to ease pain from bruises.

Magical Workings: Raspite is used for inner reflection and to discourage dishonesty within oneself. Raspite is assocaited with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: No known applications.

Foot Notes: Raspite is a rare secondary mineral occurring in the oxidized zones of tungsten-bearing hydrothermal base metal deposits. It was discovered in 1897 CE at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
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Author: Crick

Herb of the Day for June 14th is Aconite

Herb of the Day

Aconite
    

  (Aconitum Napellus)
Detoxified Root




The therapeutic dose is so close to the toxic level that it should never be used internally and external application should never be done over broken skin. Because of its extremely potent effects on the central nervous system, Aconite has also been prepared as a liniment or ointment for the treatment for neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatism, arthritis, and other pain conditions. Even in the form of a liniment for topical application, Aconite can be extremely toxic.

Even then absorption through the skin can be fatal. The roots and leaves are the most toxic parts of the plants. In Chinese medicine (Aconitum chinensis is the variety employed in Asia) the root undergoes a special process to detoxify it. The process involves soaking the roots whole in vinegar for one month, followed by a salt water soak for one month. This process is repeated several times. After preparation it is used as a stimulant, heart tonic, pain killer, narcotic, mild laxative, local anesthetic.

Magickal uses: Make an infusion with the leaves or root to banish prior energy from magickal blades and to infuse it with protection. Use for protection against negative energies. Burn Aconite in order to invoke Hecate. In days of old hunters would dip their arrow tips into Aconite in order to kill wolves.

Properties: anodyne, anti-diabetic, anti-periodic, anti-phlogistic, antipyretic, diaphoretic, diuretic. Contains volatile oil with a high level of thujone, sesquiterpene lactones, acetylenes, flavonoids, phenolic acids and lignans; such as diayangambin and epiyangambin.

Growth: Aconite is a perennial native to the rich moist meadowlands of Europe. It is a member of the Buttercup family. It prefers to grow in shaded areas. The plant can be erect or trailing, with deeply cut leaves and, in late summer and fall, hooded showy flowers of blue, yellow, purple, or white. The flowers are usually dark blue on spikes.

All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous.
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Author: Crick

Deity of the Day for June 14th – Lugh (Celtic God)

Deity of the Day

Lugh

Master of Skills

 

Patron of the Arts:

Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. There are countless inscriptions and statues dedicated to Lugh, and Julius Caesar himself commented on this god’s importance to the Celtic people. Although he was not a war god in the same sense as the Roman Mars, Lugh was considered a warrior because to the Celts, skill on the battlefield was a highly valued ability.

In Ireland, which was never invaded by Roman troops, Lugh is called sam ildanach, meaning he was skilled in many arts simultaneously.

Lugh Enters the Hall of Tara:

In one famous legend, Lugh arrives at Tara, the hall of the high kings of Ireland. The guard at the door tells him that only one person will be admitted with a particular skill — one blacksmith, one wheelwright, one bard, etc. Lugh enumerates all the great things he can do, and each time the guard says, “Sorry, we’ve already got someone here who can do that.” Finally Lugh asks, “Ah, but do you have anyone here who can do them ALL?” At last, Lugh was allowed entrance to Tara.

The Book of Invasions:

Much of the early history of Ireland is recorded in the Book of Invasions, which recounts the many times Ireland was conquered by foreign enemies. According to this chronicle, Lugh was the grandson of one of the Fomorians, a monstrous race that were the enemy of the Tuatha De Danann. Lugh’s grandfather, Balor of the Evil Eye, had been told he would be murdered by a grandson, so he imprisoned his only daughter in a cave.

One of the Tuatha seduced her, and she gave birth to triplets. Balor drowned two of them, but Lugh survived and was raised by a smith. He later led the Tuatha in battle, and indeed killed Balor.

Roman Influence:

Julius Caesar believed that most cultures worshipped the same gods and simply called them by different names. In his Gallic War essays, he enumerates the popular deities of the Gauls and refers to them by what he saw as a corresponding Roman name. Thus, references made to Mercury actually are attributed to a god Caesar also calls Lugus — Lugh. This god’s cult was centered in Lugundum, which later became Lyon, France. His festival on August 1 was selected as the day of the Feast of Augustus, by Caesar’s successor, Octavian Augustus Caesar, and it was the most important holiday in all of Gaul.

Weapons and War:

Although not specifically a war god, Lugh was known as a skilled warrior. His weapons included a mighty magic spear, which was so bloodthirsty that it often tried to fight without its owner. According to Irish myth, in battle, the spear flashed fire and tore through the enemy ranks unchecked. In parts of Ireland, when a thunderstorm rolls in, the locals say that Lugh and Balor are sparring – thus giving Lugh one more role, as a god of storms.

The Many Aspects of Lugh:

According to Peter Beresford Ellis, the Celts held smithcraft in high regard. War was a way of life, and smiths were considered to have magical gifts — after all, they were able to master the element of Fire, and mold the metals of the earth using their strength and skill. Yet in Caesar’s writings, there are no references to a Celtic equivalent of Vulcan, the Roman smith god.

In early Irish mythology, the smith is called Goibhniu, and is accompanied by two brothers to create a triple god-form. The three craftsmen make weaponry and carry out repairs on Lugh’s behalf as the entire host of the Tuatha De Danann prepares for war. In a later Irish tradition, the smith god is seen as a master mason or a great builder. In some legends, Goibhniu is Lugh’s uncle who saves him from Balor and the monstrous Formorians.

One God, Many Names

The Celts had many gods and goddesses, due in part to the fact that each tribe had its own patron deities, and within a region there might be gods associated with particular locations or landmarks. For example, a god who watched over a particular river or mountain might only be recognized by the tribes who lived in that area. Lugh was fairly versatile, and was honored nearly universally by the Celts. The Gaulish Lugos is connected to the Irish Lugh, who in turn is connected to the Welsh Llew Llaw Gyffes.

Celebrating the Harvest of Grain

The Book of Invasions tells us that Lugh came to be associated with grain in Celtic mythology after he held an harvest fair in honor of his foster mother, Tailtiu. This day became August 1, and that date ties in with the first grain harvest in agricultural societies in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, in Irish Gaelic, the word for August is lunasa. Lugh is honored with corn, grains, bread, and other symbols of the harvest. This holiday was called Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NA-sah). Later, in Christian England the date was called Lammas, after the Saxon phrase hlaf maesse, or “loaf mass.”

An Ancient God for Modern Times

For many Pagans and Wiccans, Lugh is honored as the champion of artistry and skills. Many artisans, musicians, bards, and crafters invoke Lugh when they need assistance with creativity. Today Lugh is still honored at the time of harvest, not only as a god of grain but also as a god of late summer storms.

Even today, in Ireland many people celebrate Lughnasadh with dancing, song, and bonfires. The Catholic church also has set this date aside for a ritual blessing of farmers’ fields.

 

 

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A Little Humor for Your Day – “Redneck Medical Terms”

Redneck Medical Terms

Benign – What you be, after you be eight.
Artery – The study of paintings
Bacteria – Back door to cafeteria
Barium – what doctors do when patients die
Cesarean section – a neighborhood in Rome
Cat scan – searching for kitty
Cauterize – made eye contact with her
Colic – a sheep dog
coma- a punctuation mark
D & C – Where Washington is
Dilate – to live long
Enema – Not a friend
Fester – quicker than someone else
Fibula – a small lie
GI series – world series of military baseball
Hangnail – what you hang your coat on
Impotent – distinguished, well-known
Labor pain – getting hurt at work
medical staff – a doctor’s cane
Morbid – a higher offer
Nitrates – cheaper than day rates
Node – I knew it
Outpatient – a person who has fainted
Pap Smear – A fatherhood test
Pelvis – second cousin to Elvis
Post Operative – a letter carrier
Recovery room – place to do upholstery
Rectum – darn near killed him
Secretion – hiding something
Seizure – a Roman emperor
Tablet – a small table
Terminal Illness – getting sick at the airport
Tumor – one plus one more
Urine – opposite of you’re out
Varicose – nearby / close by

 

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Your Daily Planet Tracker: Mars In Gemini, Now Until June 24

 

 

Planet Tracker

Mars in Gemini

May 11, 2015 to Jun 24, 2015

Mars in Gemini is an energetic planet in a highly mobile sign. The fact is, however, that Gemini moves in more than one direction at a time, in contradition to Mars’ knifelike thrusts. Mars does best when it’s focused. It is pure hunter instinct that hones in on the target, then strikes its blow. But, Gemini is a better talker than a fighter. It’s a wanderer and thinker, not a killer.

The challenge, then, is to stay on track. But, maybe that’s not even possible now. Maybe we need to stay on more than one track. Diversity is the name of Gemini’s game. Brief incursions may work better than full-scale invasions. Gemini is about tasting little bits at a time, rather than making a total commitment. We might all work more efficiently now if we have a variety of tasks that we can move among like butterflies.

Step lightly in the airy sign. A heavy footprint will only bog you down. This is a time for dancers, not stompers. Wit works wonders when properly placed. The greatest weapon is the mind with Mars in Gemini. Just remember what it feels like to be at the other end of the verbal barb, and avoid laughing while others cry.

Mars in Gemini seems common among divas: Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne were born with it. Wayne Newton, Tammy Faye Bakker, Eva Peron, Josephine Baker, Fabio and Arnold Schwarzenegger are also part of this group. Make of it what you will.

Raucous rocker Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Roger Daltry and Leon Russell belong to this band, along with wordsmiths Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell and Kris Kristofferson. We’ve got randy royals (or royal wannabees) Prince Phillip and Camilla Parker Bowles, and tennis stars Billie Jean King and John McEnroe. We have very bad boys O.J. Simpson and Mike Tyson, and less dangerous ones like Sean Penn and Dennis Hopper.

Mars in Gemini can dress up like model Naomi Campbell or cross-dress like M.A.S.H.’s Jamie Farr; roleplay like writer George Plimpton and make us laugh like Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Tom Arnold, Albert Brooks and Penny Marshall. Gemini brains show in smart girls Alicia Witt, Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Erica Jong, and clever boys Sean Connery and Peter O’Toole. There are dreamers here too: like Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King and The Little Prince author Antoine Saint-Exupery to remind us that hope has no boundaries and imagination no limits.

 

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