Witchcraft Charms, Talismans & Amulets with Goldenrod Galls

The Witch & Walnut

aaI love working with these galls, of course there are also willow galls as well but those are used for different purposes.

Goldenrod Galls are basically a round bulbous point in the goldenrod plant when particular flies lay larvae eggs and that kinda is the nest you would say. Birds will find their way to these galls and peck through them to get to the yummy goodness inside, that is why you will see holes in them.

I forage these in early spring when I know there is no chance of life left in them. I have also done it in winter as well, but not typically.

gallThese can made into Witchcraft dolls and the actual Gall part would be the head and represents the head and/or heart depending on your will. I wrote about Balkan Talisman for Protection in my shop. It wasn’t an actual post, so I can’t…

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Herb Guide: Cat’s Claw {Uncaria tomentosa}

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Also, Known As:

  • Cat’s Claw
  • Garabato
  • Saventaro
  • Una De Gato

Traditional herbalist and indigenous healers or shamans in South America make wide use of the herb called the cat’s claw in their remedies. All types of infectious diseases, many cancerous disorders and inflammations are normally treated using the cat’s claw herb by the Ashaninka Indians of Peru; in their view, this herb is a powerful and effective “health-restorative” herbal medication. The herbal cat’s claw based remedies are marketed essentially as an alternative preventive natural medicine in the west and the western pharmacopeia classifies the herb as an alternative treatment option for the treatment of disorders such as cancer, the human immunodeficiency disease or HIV and to treat all other infections in the body, in the West it is also used in the treatment of disorders such as arthritis, symptoms of asthma and ulcers – and other long-term or persistent inflammatory illnesses.

Traditionally derived knowledge, case reports and trials conducted without controls are…

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AstrorisaMoon Loft: Getting Ready for May 29th Full Moon Time

IN THE LOFT 
Greetings!
Hello my people! We’re hanging out in the loft, getting ready for the upcoming full moon in Sagittarius May 29th.
Conference Call: May 27, 2018 at 9:00 PM EDT
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Herb Guide: Lemon Balm

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Learn the medicinal and culinary uses of lemon balm, how to grow it, and how to make your own traditional Carmelite water.

To get the best flavor out of lemon balm, shear it with scissors, cutting it down by half or more, at least once a month. You can safely harvest three-quarters of the plant every three to four weeks and not harm it.

Often when someone asks me what my most favorite herb would be, I enjoy the surprise on their face when they hear my answer: Lemon balm, I say, without any hesitation.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) isn’t at the top of most people’s favorites list. Basil, parsley, and lavender are the most popular herbs in America, but lemon balm isn’t even on the top 10 list. But it is deserving of considerably more recognition.

Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family (

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Introvert and Empath

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Being a sensitive makes a person highly sensitive to the energy and emotional energy swirling all around them, which naturally tends to make them withdraw socially and for other to withdraw in intervals from social situations, or festivals etc. Sensitive’s and Empath’s can be both introverts or extroverts. Introverts usually associating themselves with being unsocial, but that isn’t 100% true. I have seen many introverts change as they get older, but carry childhood scripts that they are anti-social.
 
People can also fall under the “extroverted introvert” who can socially function well but definitely need their retreat time, to full recharge without others around. They must have their amount of quiet time. Younger introverts may need more time away from people because they are young, especially those under 30. There are many misconceptions about being an introverted or extroverted. Its not an all or nothing…

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Ancestral Reading ~ Astrorisa Moon Forecaster

EGUNGUN MONTH
Weekly Ancestral Reading
5/22/2018
Astrorisa Moon Forecaster / Moon Talk
May is Egungun Month
An ancestral reading for our collective consciousness
each week for the month of May.

Birth Place Elements On Your Altar

The Witch & Walnut

birth-placeearthelements.pngNot everyone represents the elements on their altars, just like not everyone represents Gods on their altars. But if the Elements are your thing, I hope you enjoy this insight and take it into consideration.

There are so many ways to represent the Earth Element and there is no rule on how many displays or items you have that represent this element. We take time to gather dirt, rocks, fallen leaves, bark, roots and flowers…… we honor them, leave offerings for them and charge them.

How can we take this a step further and make it more personal? A little more background story to explain…..

My grandmothers altar was a do not touch anything zone. Even though it was my job as a child to collect different items for her that represent all the elements, once I handed them over that was it. Not mine anymore, I understand the lesson…

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Water for Body & Soul part 2

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Every three months I remind everyone here or on our facebook, to drink 2 or 3 glasses of water during everyday, during our year water challenge which ends Dec 3, 2018. This challenge of drinking water helps fuel our emotional body, our moist soul (astral body) and our physical body. Part 1 is here. Wendy Myers is a heavy metals detox expert, and functional diagnostic nutritionist, here is her excellent article about water…

Pure water is a type of “whole food.” Like other whole foods, when it is tampered with, water loses most of its precious healing properties. Water is tampered with any time one adds anything to it, filters it using anything except carbon, spins it, alkalizes it, or does other things to it. All of these manipulations tend to ruin it, rendering it less healthy and hydrating. To clarify all the confusion, I’ve listed many different types of…

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Tree Alchemy: Hydrosols and Essential Oils from Sacred Trees

The Druid's Garden

Nature can provide tremendous wisdom and healing, especially when we work with our local ecosystems and ecologies. One of the most powerful ways of working healing with nature, I believe, is to combine the innate healing properties of plants with your own various kinds of medicinal preparations. The plants and trees offer the raw material and your hands and tools shape that material into something that heals the body, mind, and/or spirit. Working to transform tree and plant matter through alchemical processes into medicine–and then taking that medicine–can be an incredibly powerful way of establishing deep relationships not only with the living earth but with the trees themselves. Today, I want to talk about a particular kind of medicine known as a “hydrosol” and talk about how you might make your own with plant and tree material.  This is especially beneficial for today as many of us are thinking about…

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Stalking The Wild Goldenseal

Greetings!

On Thursday, May 24th, I’ll be leading an evening foraging walk in Apollo, Pennsylvania (about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh).  We’ll be exploring a beautiful area known as Roaring Run along the Kiskiminetas River in search of wild edible plants and mushrooms.  If you’re interested in attending this walk, click here for more info!

Moving forward, let’s talk about Goldenseal.

Perhaps you’re familiar with this plant in supplement form.  Several immune-boosting formulas contain Goldenseal as the primary ingredient, and it’s one of the top-selling herbs in the world today.

Goldenseal is not an exotic plant.  This understory species is native to North America and can be found in rich, deciduous woodlands… usually in association with tulip poplar, American beech, white ash, and sugar maple trees.

For centuries, various Native American cultures utilized Goldenseal as a medicinal plant.  Early European settlers also took a liking to this plant and quickly reduced wild populations to perilous numbers.

Today, Goldenseal is listed as endangered, threatened, or vulnerable in at least 10 states.  In some areas, however, it can still be quite abundant.

I recently explored the woods in search of Goldenseal and documented the experience on film.  If you’re interested in learning more about this incredibly special plant, as well as how to receive the benefits of Goldenseal without harvesting Goldenseal (there’s a great alternative!), check out the new video!

Some fungi eat plants, and some fungi eat animals.  Some fungi eat both plants and animals!  The edible Oyster mushroom is just one among the many species of omnivorous fungi that consume non-segmented roundworms called nematodes.  Check out this Instagram post to learn more!

Thanks for reading and watching, and as always, thank you for your support!

-Adam Haritan