Magickal Goody of the Day
New Moon Oil Recipe
4 drops patchouli essential oil
3 drops cedar wood essential oil
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
Add to a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed (about 15mls of carrier oil should be about right).
New Moon Incense Recipe
2 parts copal resin
2 parts sandalwood
1 part dried rose petals
A few drops of Myrrh essential oil
Pagan Portals – Moon Magic
Incense of the Day
2 Parts Frankincense
1 Part Galangal
1 Part Pine resin (pitch)
Use as a personal altar or household incense to increase your powers.
Gemstone of the Day
Herb of the Day
Medicinal Uses: The leaves are collected in August and dried and the root, is dug up in autumn and dried.
An excellent herb for premenstrual symptoms, used in tea and the bath. Use a standard infusion of two teaspoons per cup of water steeped for twenty minutes, take one-fourth cup four times a day. It makes a good foot bath for tired feet and legs. Cleansing to the liver, it promotes digestion. Mugwort in an emmenagogue, especially when combined with pennyroyal, blue cohosh, or angelica root. It is helpful in epilepsy, palsy, and hysteria and is useful for fevers. is given in an infusion, which should be prepared in a covered vessel, 1 oz. of the herb to 1 pint of boiling water, and given in 1/2 teaspoonful doses, while warm. The infusion may be taken cold as a tonic, in similar doses, three times daily: it has a bitterish and aromatic taste.
As a nervine, Mugwort is valued in palsy, fits, epileptic and similar affections, being an old-fashioned popular remedy for epilepsy. The leaves, placed inside the shoes, are said to be soothing for sore feet.
When laid among clothing, mugwort repels moths.
Skin contact can cause dermatitis in some people. Mugwort should never be used by pregnant women, especially in their first trimester, since it can cause a miscarriage. Large, prolonged dosage can damage the nervous system.
Magickal Uses: Mugwort is burned with sandalwood or wormwood during scrying rituals, and a mugwort infusion is drunk (sweetened with honey) before divination. The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball (or beneath it) to aid in psychic workings. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities.
In China it is hung over doors to keep evil spirits for buildings. Mugwort is also carried to increase lust and fertility, to prevent backache, and to cure disease and madness. Placed next to the bed it aids in achieving astral projection. It is said to protect travelers from fatigue, sunstroke, wild animals, and evil spirits. Mugwort is feminine, and is ruled by the olanetVenus. It is associated with the Element of Air.
Properties: Antiseptic; Antispasmodic; Appetizer; Carminative; Cholagogue; Diaphoretic; Digestive; Diuretic; Emmenagogue; Expectorant; Foot care; Haemostatic; Nervine; Purgative; Stimulant; Tonic. Mugwort contains volatile oil, an acrid resin and tannin.
Growth: Mugwort is a tall-growing plant, the stems, which are angular and often of a purplish hue, frequently rising 3 feet or more in height. The leaves are smooth and of a dark green tint on the upper surface, but covered with a dense cottony down beneath; they are once or twice pinnately lobed, the segments being lanceshaped and pointed. The flowers are in small oval heads with cottony involucres and are arranged in long, terminal panicles; they are either reddish or pale yellow.
Website: The Whispering Woods
Deity of the Day
Old Norse Baldr
The malicious trickster, Loki, was jealous of Balder. He changed his appearance and asked Frigg if there was absolutely nothing that could harm the god of light. Frigg, suspecting nothing, answered that there was just one thing: a small tree in the west that was called mistletoe. She had thought it was too small to ask for an oath. Loki immediately left for the west and returned with the mistletoe. He tricked Balder’s blind twin brother Hod into throwing a mistletoe fig (dart) at Balder. Not knowing what he did, Hod threw the fig, guided by Loki’s aim. Pierced through the heart, Balder fell dead.
While the gods were lamenting Balder’s death, Odin sent his other son Hermod to Hel, the goddess of death, to plead for Balder’s return. Hel agreed to send Balder back to the land of the living on one condition: everything in the world, dead or alive, must weep for him. And everything wept, except for Loki, who had disguised himself as the witch Thokk. And so Balder had to remain in the underworld.
The others took the dead god, dressed him in crimson cloth, and placed him on a funeral pyre aboard his ship Ringhorn, which passed for the largest in the world. Beside him they lay the body of his wife Nanna, who had died of a broken heart. Balder’s horse and his treasures were also placed on the ship. The pyre was set on fire and the ship was sent to sea by the giantess Hyrrokin.
Loki did not escape punishment for his crime and Hod was put to death by Vali, son of Odin and Rind. Vali had been born for just that purpose. After the final conflict (Ragnarok), when a new world arises from its ashes, both Balder and Hod will be reborn.
In some versions it was his mother who had these disturbing dreams about his death.
by Micha F. Lindemans
||Age:||Five years old
|Home:||Big Bear City, California, USA
Hi everyone, I would love for you to meet my Milly girl. Milly is approximately five years old now and one of the sweetest cats there ever was ( I say one of the sweetest, because I have four and to me all of them are sweet).
Four years ago I decided that we had room for one more cat in the home and off we went to the local animal shelter in Big Bear City, California. I initially fell in love with an older cat, who I had named “Old Smokey.” Unfortunately, he was euthanized and I was unable to bring him home. The lady at the shelter said that she had a really sweet little female that had been there for one month and her time was running out … and her name was Milly. She was indeed friendly and I agreed to bring her into our family. She was spayed and a couple of days later she came home forever.
Milly is the funniest, sweetest little cat I have ever had the honour to know. I swear she thinks she is a dog. In a home that has three other cats and two dogs, Milly will be found hanging out with the dogs. She sleeps with Duncan, my 185-pound Great Dane/Mastiff cross, and doesn’t seem to mind being herded by Donnie the Border Collie.
She loves people and will be right beside the dogs to welcome someone into the home. She greets my son and I with morning kisses. She is adorable in so many ways. I wasn’t able to save Old Smokey, but I was able to share my home with Milly. She has brought us nothing but love and joy. She really is an amazing wee cat. She so deserves to be honored!
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2015 November 10
Explanation: Is star AE Aurigae on fire? No. Even though AE Aurigae is named the flaming star, the surrounding nebula IC 405 is named the Flaming Star Nebula, and the region appears to have the color of fire, there is no fire. Fire, typically defined as the rapid molecular acquisition of oxygen, happens only when sufficient oxygen is present and is not important in such high-energy, low-oxygen environments such as stars. The material that appears as smoke is mostly interstellar hydrogen, but does contain smoke-like dark filaments of carbon-rich dust grains. The bright star AE Aurigae, visible toward the right near the nebula’s center, is so hot it is blue, emitting light so energetic it knocks electrons away from surrounding gas. When a proton recaptures an electron, light is emitted, as seen in the surrounding emission nebula. Pictured above, the Flaming Star nebula lies about 1,500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).