Summer Solstice Ritual

The Witch & Walnut

SUMMER SOLSTICE BATH RITUAL (1)Midsummer celebrations are finally upon us. I’m posting this a bit early so that you can have some time to gather your ingredients if you don’t have them on hand.

Midsummer is celebrated from the Solstice and then for 3 days afterwards as well. So if you can’t find the time on Solstice, its okay you have all weekend. In-fact you have basically the remainder of the month. The energy for love is potent and thick in the air, but its not just one day. You can feel it throughout the remaining days of June and early days of July…

This is a time to fall in love, to grow love and to simply be in love. Whether you choose to seek it, wish for it or even leave it…. this is the time to honor your hearts desire. This is a time when the energy around us is drunk…

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Sacred Tree of India: Amla {Phyllanthus emblica}

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Also, Known As:

  • Amla
  • Indian Gooseberry

Amla (botanical name Phyllanthus Emblica) is an elegant ornamental tree, which usually grows up to a height of 60 feet (18 meters). In some rare cases, the tree may even be 100 feet (30 meters) tall. The bark of amla tree is somewhat smooth and has a light greyish-brown hue. Similar to the bark of guava, amla also peels off its bark in thin flakes. Although amla is a deciduous tree, which sheds its leaves and branches from time to time, the tree is rarely found completely bare. Hence, this tree is often described as an evergreen species. Amla trees bear tiny, oblong-shaped leaves that grow up to a length of anything between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch (1.25 cm and 2.0 cm) in length and they are just 1/8 inch (3 mm) broad. These miniature leaves are disposed of distichously (arranged alternately in…

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Medicinal Value of Tea Tree {Melaleuca alternifolia}

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Also, Known As:

  • Cajeput Tree
  • Melaleuca
  • Manuka
  • Tea Tree

The tea tree is not the common tea plant that produces both black and green tea. In fact, leaves of this tea tree are known as Melaleuca alternifolia and belong to the family Myrtaceae that has long been used by the aboriginals as an antiseptic. This tea tree was first discovered in 1770 when Captain James Cook dropped anchor off the coast of New South Wales and his sailors went aground and prepared a perfumed tea from the leaves of a tree growing in the marshy valley there. Because of the aromatic tea prepared by the sailors, it is called the tea tree and should not be mistaken to be the common tea plant.

In fact, the aboriginals residing in New South Wales used the volatile oil obtained from the leaves of the tea tree to heal scratches, burns, cuts, insect bites, athlete’s…

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Powerful Herbal Pain Relief

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A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the home of a gracious woman who deals in antiques. As I admired the many fine pieces displayed there, I came to realize that I, too, am something of a period piece a baby boomer who’s fundamentally sound but sporting the odd creaky hinge or two.
Fortunately, the herbal apothecary holds promise. Its medicines are good alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic, mild to moderate aches and can reduce the need for prescription drugs.
More than 100 plants are known to have pain-relieving properties, but some are really outstanding. Reporting on herbal painkillers for arthritis, a review of clinical trials in the Clinical Journal of Pain says devil’s claw {Harpagophytum procumbens}, capsaicin from hot chiles {Capsicum spp.}, gamma-linolenic acid {GLA} from seed oils, and certain blended herbal extracts are especially good. Other studies indicate broader pain-relieving…

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Herb Guide: Bay Laurel

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Laurus nobilis

Also, Known As:

  • Bay Laurel
  • Sweet Bay

The herb known as the bay laurel or the sweet bay is native to Asia Minor and the Mediterranean region in general – it is a small evergreen shrub or tree. The early Greeks and Romans admired the bay laurel for its beauty and used the aromatic leaves in many different ways. Bay laurel possesses leathery leaves that are lanceolate and pointed in shape. The leaves also have the maximum oil content during early and mid-summer and this oil content tends to decrease in other seasons. The name “bay” is used to refer to several botanicals – for example, the West Indian bay – botanical name Pimenta racemosa, and the California bay – botanical name Umbellularia californica. Therefore, any of these plants can be called by the name “bay” in the existing herb literature; what is more, some other plants are…

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Witchcrafting with Burdock Root & Leaf

The Witch & Walnut

Burdock is a staple for me and I use a lot of it in my work. I know it can be consumed however that is not what I use it for.

witchcrafting with burdock root & leafWHEN TO FORAGE & HOW TO CLEAN/DRY BURDOCK ROOT

I would say that 90% of the time I forage for burdock root just as the spring has finally brought all the rain and started to warm the earth. This makes pulling out last seasons root easy…. mostly. You can forage for the root once the leaves have started to come up again later in the spring, but those are very… very… difficult to get out and if you are using it for spell work its okay to use last seasons roots. If you are consuming it, its best to forage them in season and dry them out. There is definitely a difference in flavor. Bring a big shovel, water…

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Crypto And The Some … With Special Guest Mike Klingler

Due to extenuating circumstances, Mike Klingler will not be appearing tonight.

Crypto ATS

KDCL Media and And Then Some Again Productions presents Crypto And Then Some … With Special Guest Mike Klinger on Blogtalk Radio Sunday at 9pm EDT. Call in at 845-277-9146.

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A Summer Solstice Sunrise Observance Ritual

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Summer Solstice Sunrise from the Water Summer Solstice Sunrise Progression from the Water at Yellow Creek State Park on the Summer Solstice 2017

My alarm goes off at 4:00am.  I’m conveniently camping right along the lake shore, after having spent the evening watching the sunset on the eve of the summer solstice with members of our grove. My kayak is ready to launch, and I roll out of my sleeping bag and slip it quietly into the still, dark water. The starry heavens are brilliant in their glory, the moon a crescent low in the sky. But just as I begin to paddle, the first light on the horizon is present. The mists rise up from the lake water–the lake is warm like bath water even though the air itself is much cooler on this summer solstice morning. I paddle through the mist, finding a good spot from which to watch the sun rise. The lake…

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Astrorisa Moon Forecaster: Power Date June 17, 2018 (from the Sag. Forecast)

By AstrorisaMoon

In The Loft

Hello Moon Followers and Subscribers!
Happy Father’s Day!
 


A Power Date: June 17, 2018
From the Sagittarius Full Moon Forecast May 29, 2018
On this power date of June 17th both  the moon and ASC will be in the sign of Leo, but the moon will reside in house 12.
The Moon is opposite Mars on this date. 
 


This is the aspect that ignites the Ego, there’s frustrations, and power struggles, here everyone in the room is the King or Queen and whatever is manifesting amongst the group, each person behaves as though, their reality is the most important reality at that moment. Therefore, this is a day one should be very humble. All important dates that are
mentioned during these moon forecasts are dates that are usually destiny changer dates. Be humble, as some issues from the past can be thrown up in our faces, or something unfinished from the past comes back and is likely upsetting for some. This is a time to connect with an earth centered person who is mature and can bring to the table a broader perspective, and offer some needed clarity about how to handle the situation. Avoid making a rash permanent decision, some more information is likely to come and a rash permanent decision without that information can be a huge setback.

For others, this date can bring a favorable outcome, an ongoing challenge can receive a supportive and amicable judgement or decision. Check the oracle to verify if this is the best date for you, if you must receive a judgment of some kind. June 17th  brings forward a helpful ear and unexpected favor for many.

KDCL Media is BACK!!!

I’ll be there as co-host! Having a blast!

Oro Cas Reflects

35129637_10212172488975018_6585539802395836416_nToday is a special day just like yesterday and last Sunday night. The reason the word “special” comes to mind is because Paula and I have brought something back to life from the past and it seems to function just as well today as when we put it in mothballs 3 years ago.

That something is KDCL Media, along with And Then Some Again Productions and it can mean only one thing.

The dust has been blown off of the virtual switchboard and we are producing all new Internet Radio shows again.

Today, in just over an hour, we will present our newest show called “Crypto and Then Some…” with a very special guest, Robyn Linn, along with two full hours of nothing but CRYPTO.

We will be covering Bitcoin, the Block Chain, and our experiences with it. Together with Robyn, we will be talking about a group of people…

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