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    Mugwort Chronicles

    herbal Inventory Time This time of year with winter’s cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall, there is little opportunity to engage my herbal interests outdoors. However, it is a good time to take stock of what is in “ye olde herb cupboard” and begin planning what I will need to replenish or add for the coming year. I am a rather basic herbalist. My personal philosophy about using plant medicine is simple: use what is indigenous to your location.  Occasionally, I will become curious and add something exotic, usually in a pot on the patio, but not very often. Although I have tried to abide by the teachings of several of…

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    Lavender’s Corner

    Tea Tree essential oil [Melaleuca alternifolia]   Tea tree is an oil you can use without a carrier, but it does have a very strong smell.   correspondences of Tea tree; Planet~ Moon/Mercury Element~ Earth/air Colours~ white- pale yellow Other uses~ Abscess, acne, asthma, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, bronchitis, catering, cold sores, coughs, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes [nappy rash], spots, veruccae, warts, infected wounds, sinusitis, tuberculosis, whooping cough, thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, pruritis, colds, fever, flu, things you can catch-like Chickenpox. Lice and mites. Sunburn. Rituals~ Cleansing, Protection, stability, safety, healing. Blends with~ Clary sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Oak moss, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary. Parts used~ steam…

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    Red Pixie’s Elements of a Magickal Life

    Imbolc This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day. One of the four Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).   This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are really noticed, i.e. the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the flowers etc. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those…

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    Meditation Moment

    A Moment For Self-Love When was the last time you did something romantic…for yourself?   Have you ever bought yourself a love gift – chocolate, flowers, jewelry, or something so special only someone who knew you intimately would think to surprise you with it?   How intimate are you with yourself?  Do you ever engage yourself in long conversations, perhaps in a journal, or take yourself out on dates?   Whether you are single or married to the best partner in the world, you need to nurture your relationship with yourself.  Acting and speaking in a loving manner to yourself heals you, rejuvenates you, and helps you to grow as…

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    The Witch’s Cupboard

    Imbolc!   Merry Meet! It’s time to celebrate Imbolc and welcoming the coming spring. Some great ideas for your Imbolc celebration: Imbolc Oil Recipe: Imbolc Incense: 3 parts Frankincense 2 parts Dragon’s Blood 1/2 part Red Sandalwood 1 part Cinnamon a few drops Red Wine add to carrier oil of your choosing. To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc (February 2nd.) Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun–the fading of winter and the promise of spring.  One flower that just may be in…

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    Book Review: Magica Sexualis, Sexual Practices for Magical Power

    Magica Sexualis, Sexual Practices for Magical Power             By Paschal Beverly Randolph and Maria de Nablowska and translated by Donald Traxler © 2012 by Donald C. Traxler ISBN: 978-1-59477=418=8 174 pages Paperback $16.95 (U.S.)   Magica Sexualis was a pleasant surprise. I expected a book written in modern times that was basically a sex position and sex manual. Instead I found a comprehensive and in depth study of sexual practices originally complied in the 1800’s by the occultist Pashal Beverly and later translated and possibly augmented by Maria de Nablowska. This work was originally written in French, to be translated again by Donald Traxler who…

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    Astro Report for February 2013

    Imbolc in Aquarius at 12 degrees Friday, February 1, 2013 – 0:00 am (midnight)   Imbolc (Candlemas) Names: Candlemas, Imbolc, Oimelc, Brigit, Brigid’s Day, Bride’s Day, Festival of Lights, Brigantia, G?yl y Canhwyllau (Welsh), Lady Day Date: Feb 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Jan 31st) Astro correspondence: 15 degrees Aquarius Color: reds for the blood shed by lambs, whites for the milk Food: lamb, nuts, legumes, breads, egg dishes, chicken, cakes, chocolate, wine Common Info: Brigit or Brid is honored (Keepers of the Flame at Kildare, Ireland), Brigit’s Crosses are made, first Fertility Fest, Initiations/re-dedications,   Imbolc (Oimelc) is the festival of candles, aka as Candlemas. The date…