Baal

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It is common practice in this world for the winners of war to write their version of history. This is also true when it comes to political, social and religious structures. Once a civilization is conquered, everything about that civilization is replaced, renamed or discredited. All the wars that have been fought on this planet, it is no wonder we can’t remember anything about our history. In this post I will bring back the true meaning of the Deity, Baal.

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A Herbalist Library

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When you start on any new craft there are always go-to books. Beginner herbalists often find themselves curious about all the different ways to practice herbalism or ways to just dabble. Whether you’re interested in growing medicinal herbs, creating herbal medicine or becoming a herbal practitioner, there’s a book for you! Here are some staples that you can find.

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar is one of our all-time favorite herbal books. This book gives simple herbal recipes that can be made at home and support your health through all phases of life.

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook by James Green is one of the best books around for aspiring herbal medicine makers. Whether you’re making tinctures from your garden or creating herbal wines and vinegar in the kitchen, he’s got a recipe for you. This book is more in-depth than most, but he thoroughly explains all the…

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Herbalist Library: Historical References

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Our ancestors cultivated a deep, rooted relationship with plants; they harvested plants in a ceremony, made herbal medicines with intention, and passed along traditional plant knowledge to help future generations maintain wellness. In many cultures, this information was shared orally, through stories or an apprenticeship with a local healer. The books we do have on traditional herbal medicines are a treasure to modern day herbalists; they’re a window into our survival as a species and often hold surprising tidbits on how we once used common plants. Below, please find some of our favorite inspirational books from western herbalists that focus on traditional plant remedies, as well as the rich history of herbalism.

A Modern Herbal, Volumes I & II by Sophia Emma Magdalene Grieve are some of the most well respected herbal books of the 20th century. Grieve is thought of as one of the first modern herbalists. During World War…

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Herb Lore: (Herbalism)

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Hippocrates – ” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

For the purpose of this article, herbs are loosely referred to as the category of edible plants which can also be used for Medicinal, Spiritual or Magical purposes.

It seems that on every part of the globe where humans have lived, there has developed a body of herbal knowledge, something which has led to a special relationship developing between herbs and people. The foundation for this relationship is the fact that apart from herbs being acknowledged for their nutritional value, there has been a longstanding recognition that they also possess a variety of curative properties, being amongst the most important tools used by Shamen, Medicine men, Witch doctors, and healers, in general, the world over. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal…

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Second New Moon of Winter 2018

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Hello Dreamers, Artists, Healers and Moon Lovers, Happy New Moon. Welcome to nature’s Second New Moon of Winter, starting Jan 16, 2018 @ 6:17 pm pst. We finished our first moon of winter with decorated lights, good food and holiday celebrations. If you had any work or family issues arise last month, just know that is very natural and normal for Capricorn Moons. I hope you found some warmth in whatever your month brought you in regards to your spiritual journey.  For those who are new here, you might wish to read over the instructions first for this supportive work-study lunar work. (see the link at the very bottom).

Now, our second moon of winter as arrived and we have another group of Capricorn planets (again) challenging us. We are settling into and walking our ancient “Midwinter”. In soul, emotional and dreaming work, this is…

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Dreaming of Winter, Snow & Ice ~ The Diagnosis & The Remedy

By Amy Brucker

I love how dreams are “soul medicine” that help us cultivate wellness in mind, body, and soul.

Since it’s winter where I live, I thought I’d share how dreams of ice, snow, and blizzards have their own special “diagnosis and remedies” to help you navigate your life.

Each “diagnosis and remedy” below is general, not specific to you. Your dream will tell you what you need to know. Use this as a guideline only.

Snow and Ice

Ages ago, I dreamed I was sleeping on my bed. When I woke up, I realized it was sitting on a frozen lake that was thawing! I had to walk on cracking ice to get to shore.

The dream was telling me I was “waking up” from something, only to discover I was in a precarious situation, perhaps dealing with old “frozen emotions” that were beginning to crack open.

Of course, snow and ice can be about a lot of things in dreams, but the first thing I notice when I have these dreams is that snow and ice are frozen water. In dream-land, water is often about emotion and the unconscious. Whenever I dream of snow and ice I ask myself where I might be “freezing someone or something out” due to anger or “experiencing frozen, unprocessed emotion.”

To discover the deeper meaning of your dream, read it out loud, but instead of “ice” or “snow” say “frozen emotion.” So the dream becomes, “I’m sleeping on my bed. When I wake up, I realized the bed is positioned on frozen emotions and they’re thawing. I have to walk on cracking frozen emotions to get to shore. I’m afraid I won’t make it.”

Simple but effective.

The diagnosis: there is frozen, unprocessed emotion that is problematic.

The remedy: let the ice inform you. If thawing needs to happen, navigate with care, have support to help you through it.

Blizzard

A blizzard mixes the elements of water (unconscious, emotions) and air (Spirit). Dreaming of a blizzard might be an invitation to recognize how Spirit (air element) is stirring up emotions you haven’t wanted to process (frozen water), making your life a blurry mess until you’re able to process things, which will naturally calm them down.

The diagnosis: Spirit is moving quickly, perhaps causing fear, yet it’s an invitation for you to move or shift some energy so you can connect more freely with your life and Source.

The remedy: acknowledge your situation and lean into it instead of slipping into avoidance. Get help if you need it.

Frozen Lake

There’s a stillness to a frozen lake. It’s cold, hard surface creates a pathway, so instead of walking around the lake to get to the other side, you can just cut across the middle.

But if you’ve ever lived in a cold climate, you know that frozen lakes are not necessarily safe to walk on. If the ice is thin, you’ll fall through. It needs to be a couple feet thick in order to be able to drive on it.

So just like frozen emotions not yet processed, an icy lake is precarious, giving us a sense of false safety and security. This dream theme is a reminder that you may feel like you’ve dealt with your emotions to the point where you can safely move forward, but there is a possibility that the ice will thaw and you’ll fall more deeply into the emotion than you had intended to.

The diagnosis: you may have created patterns or behaviors of avoidance that make your life path appear easier, but it is precarious and temporary. Eventually the ice will thaw.

The remedy: contemplate the frozen quality of your life. Find a source of heat–creative outlet, therapy, shamanic healing–and begin to warm up the frozen emotions so you can process them more easily.

Summary

These are just a few ways of looking at winter themes in dreams. What layers of meaning have you uncovered?

Share them here:

sweet dreaming,
Amy

January 2018 Capricorn New Moon

By Krista Mitchell

Crystal Support for the Capricorn 2018 New Moon

The new moon in Capricorn, sign of ambition, industry and goals, happens this Tuesday January 16th at 9:17pm ET.

What to be aware of for this new moon:

  • This new moon phase is being described as a “rollercoaster”. With six planets sitting in the sign and the building of eclipse season energy, the next few days could feel tumultuous and overwhelming, potentially giving rise to conflicts and endings in your relationships, friendships, careers, lifestyles, travel plans, and home life.
  • While this new moon comes at the start of the year, a time when you may feel the need to be proactive in planning and pursuing your goals for the year, the emphasis is on going within, taking care of yourself, and focusing on introspection, contemplation, and meditation until a couple of days after the new moon.
  • There may be a tendency to act impulsively, feel fatigued, irritable, and argumentative, so the more you can give yourself quiet time, self-care and nourishment, and solitude, the better.
  • Intuition, insight, and sensitivity will be heightened at this time, and steps taken in the next few days will initiate major shifts in your life that can have very happy and beneficial results IF you work at remaining grounded, rational, and balanced when making decisions.

Overall guidance for this new moon in Capricorn: take these next few days as an opportunity to find quiet time, amp up your self-care routine, connect with your inner wisdom, and invest in your soul journey, and all will work out for the best! 🙂

Pyramids

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Pyramids are all over the world. Why is the pyramid used instead of a different shape? What were the ancients trying to tell us? Most of todays buildings look like stylized pyramids. Ask any architect and they will tell you they just structurally make sense. The ancients didn’t just build pyramids just because the structurally made sense. They were leaving a message. A message that has stood the test of time and has been forgotten. Until now.

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Winter Blues ~ Healing Crystals

By Tara Mideaker

I never thought that it would happen to me.  I watched it happen to others and empathized with the urge to just give in to the cold, dark days that make you want to forego your normal routine.  While it is natural to rest during the winter months, it can be a challenge for most of us to give in and let go of our busy schedules.  It is very healthy and beneficial to change your routine and “play hooky” from your life every once and a while.  But you want that rebellion to come from a place of fun and whimsy and not because your current circumstances are depleting your energy.  Here are some ideas to help when you feel overwhelmed and tired of it all.

Charge your water with Green Tourmaline.  Green Tourmaline has so much fiery, aggressive, masculine energy that it cannot help but revive your spirit.  I keep a bottle of water in my refrigerator with a Green Tourmaline bracelet on it.  I drink it in the morning and it fuels my energy for the rest of the day.

Change your light bulbs.  I know this sounds goofy but I recently ran out of light bulbs and could only find those that simulate Daylight.  It is amazing how they have completely changed the energy in my home. Every room feels brighter and lighter and my crystals love them.  Just try one and see if it doesn’t make a difference.

Carry and/or wear Tiger Eye.  Powerful Tiger Eye gives you courage and strengthens your willpower.  Whether you use Brown, Red, or Blue, it can help you trust yourself and that inner voice that will let you know when to keep going and when to stop.  Carry all three with you for a day and see how it feels.

Try something new.  There is nothing more exciting than doing something different.  Maybe you always wanted to try a dance class or learn how to make jewelry.  Now is a great time to go for it and many places offer free trials.  You will feel happier doing something that you love.

Surround yourself with Clear Quartz.  Clear Quartz chases away any negative energy, increases the positive vibrations and draws in more light.  It will brighten everything, including your mood and outlook.

*If you believe that you may be depressed, please seek medical counsel. Crystals are for healing and should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. Please consult your healthcare specialist for your particular needs.

Hawthorn {Crataegus oxyacantha or Crataegus monogyna}

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Also, Known As:

  • English Hawthorn
  • Haw
  • Hawthorn
  • May
  • May Blossom
  • Maybush
  • May Tree
  • Quick-set
  • Shan-cha
  • Whitethorn

The herb called the hawthorn is one of the best herbal remedies to boost the performance of the heart and the human circulatory system in general. A potent vasodilatory action can be induced in the human body by the flowers, leaves and the berries of the hawthorn. When these parts of the herb are consumed, they open up the arteries to promote circulation and improve the blood supply to all the general tissues in the body. Regular supplementation with this herb can thus help bring some balance blood pressure and it is considered to be an excellent remedy for the treatment of high blood pressure – especially when the condition is connected to hardening in the arteries of the person. Problems such as those connected to poor circulation caused by aging arteries, problems of poor circulation towards the lower body and…

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