Rosemary Lore

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Rosmarinus officinalis

Also, Known As:

  • Compass Weed
  • Dew of the Sea
  • Garden Rosemary
  • Incensier
  • Mary’s Mantle
  • Mi-tieh-hsiang
  • Old Man
  • Polar Plant
  • Rosemary
  • Rosemary Plant

Rosmarinus officinalis L. (family Lamiaceae), is also known as rosemary. This herb is an evergreen shrub, with lovely aromatic linear leaves. Colored a dark shade of green above and white below, the leaves of the rosemary give off a beautiful fragrance, and with its small pale blue flowers, the plant is cultivated extensively in many kitchen gardens across America and elsewhere.

The evergreen shrub originated in the Mediterranean area, but it is today cultivated almost everywhere in the world, primarily for its aromatic leaves. The shrub has several ash colored branches, and the bark is rather scaly. The leaves, as described earlier, are opposite and leathery thick. They are lustrous and dark green above and downy white underneath, with a prominent vein in the middle and…

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Crystal Support For The Leo Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse

By Krista Mitchell

Crystal Support for the Leo Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Jan. 31st at 8:27am ET

This is a north node eclipse that is pulling us towards our destiny, a defining moment where we’re being asked to let go of what’s old and no longer of service to us, so that we can open doorways to the future.

Common themes:

  • manifesting your own fate and destiny
  • closing the door on old ways of being, old versions of yourself
  • opening up to newer and greater ways of being, to what you can be
  • expanding your heart energy
  • identifying what matters most to you and taking steps to protect it
  • womanhood, motherhood, and divine feminine energy
  • intensified creative energy
  • releasing what you need to in order to be able to tune into the future
  • prophecy
  • observing themes and honoring lessons
  • discovering and pursuing your guiding light or north star
  • becoming the leading man/lady, king/queen of your own life
  • potential and power

Either wear or hold one or more of the following crystals during the full moon eclipse to help your harness the energy:

(from top)

Lapis lazuli – inner knowledge, soul desires
Tourmalined quartz – purification, release
Ruby – king or queen energy, inner strength, nobility
Carnelian – Leonine goddess energy, passion, creation
Smithsonite – prophetic vision, intuition, knowing

Leo Super Moon Forecast ~ January 31, 2018

By Iya Olusoga – Bisi Ade, Astrorisa Moon Forecaster

January 31, 2018
Total Full Moon Eclipse – Super Blue Red Leo Moon
Wednesday, January 31 2018, 08:28 AM EDT

Welcome to this special moon time which last visited us 150 years ago. This is a blood red moon because it is the 3rd moon in the trilogy of full moons Dec.3rd, Jan.1st, and Jan. 31st . It is a blue moon because it is the 2nd full moon in the month of Jan. It is a Super moon because of its distance to earth, and it is a full moon eclipse.

Please DO NOT do a full moon fill em up during this moon time. Instead we’re given a special ceremony to do just for this moon time which is shared in this video.
Let’s get ready for this full moon season.

Vetiver Lore

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Vetiveria zizanioides

Also, Known As:

  • Cuscus
  • Khas Khas
  • Vetiver
  • Vetivert

Vetiver (botanical name Vetiveria zizanioides) belongs to the grass family, which also includes sorghum, maize, sugarcane as well as lemongrass. This plant has had an irregular history, as it was given no less than 11 names in four dissimilar genera at one time. The generic name ‘Vitiveria’ is derived from the Tamil expression ‘vetiver’ denoting a ‘dug up root’, while the Swedish taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus gave the plant its specific name ‘zizanioides’, which is occasionally spelled wrongly, in 1771. The word ‘zizanioides’ refers to ‘beside the river’ and mirrors the fact that this plant is generally found growing the length of the water bodies, especially in India.

Belonging to the Poaceae family, vetiver is a perennially growing grass that is indigenous to India. It is also known as ‘khus’ in the northern and western regions of India. This grass has tall stems while the leaves are…

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Bee’s Wax Pearls of Plenty & Prosperity

The Witch & Walnut

PEARLS OF PLENTY & PROSPERITYBee’s wax pearls of plenty and prosperity are used as a talisman that can be worn or hung in your home.

These are to help attract and keep prosperity to you, whatever that might look like to you. We all have different ideas of how we view prosperity and what that means to us and how it can change our lives for the better.

These beads are made from 100% beeswax, that have been kneaded by my hands that I warm up over a candle flame. This takes a long time and it doesn’t happen fast! Patience and time is needed and well worth the effort if you want to make these for yourself. It is important that the wax piece itself not get heated directly over the flame, but rather heat your hands with the element of fire. Molding the wax with your own body heat and flame with…

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The Light Has A Distinct Feeling You Can Follow To Lead You Toward Joy

By Amy Brucker

I was standing at the crossroads of darkness and light.

One of my favorite clients, a woman I’d worked with for nearly two years, needed a different kind of support than I could give her. She was reluctant to end our sessions, but life was taking her in a different direction. It was time for her to move on.

Even though I’d reached the same conclusion, letting go was not easy. I wasn’t only saying good-bye to a client I loved, I was losing a significant portion of my income.

In that moment I had a choice.

I could succumb to sadness and fear at the loss of a client and income.

Or I could focus on the glimmer of light that was shining through the veil of my mood.

I latched on to the light and immediately began to feel something new emerge. I didn’t know how long it would take to come to fruition, or what would happen. But I let it guide me.

Imbolc and the Light of Hope

Imbolc (February 1) is a holiday my ancestors celebrated to acknowledge the return of Light as winter transitioned slowly into spring. This time of year is a good reminder that no matter how dark it gets, light always follows.

Sometimes when you come to a crossroads, though, there’s a path of darkness and a path of light. Although you get to choose which you follow, your choice colors your experience.

The path of darkness can be comforting. Sometimes it’s a warm cave we curl into while we regenerate after a long journey. Darkness offers shelter, provides protection, gives us the space we need to find our center again.

But it isn’t always necessary to go down the path of darkness. Sometimes that route leads to denial of new life that’s trying to emerge. Life that is ready to burst forth if we only let it in.

With my client gone, I knew I had a choice to follow the dark or the light, the sadness or the joy. I could feel the distinct energies running through me. I knew neither was right or wrong, but I also remembered the times in my life when I needlessly chose the sadness and succumbed to the suffering. I didn’t want to do that. I chose to feel the light. To revel in it. To trust the void and embrace the unknowing.

Turning to the lightness brought me to where I needed to be. The next day I signed on a new client whose needs are beautifully aligned with everything I want to be doing in my work.

The light pulled me through. I was safely on the other side.

Celebrating New Life

There is nothing wrong with the darkness. It carries the seeds of new life.

But you don’t always have to linger in the dark in order to process your pain before you can authentically move forward. You can simply acknowledge the pain, feel its existence, say hello with gratitude, let it go, and move on.

Where in your life is there a glimmer of hope shining through the darkness?

What might happen if you acknowledge the dark, but focus on the light and let everything else go?

Who might you be if you surrender to trust and have faith in Spirit, letting the light guide you toward new life?

That’s something worth contemplating.

Sweet dreams,

Amy

Vervain Lore

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Verbena Officinalis

Also, Known As:

  • Herb-of-the-cross
  • Ma Bian Cao
  • Pigeon’s Grass
  • Verbena
  • Vervain

The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred’ herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its multi-purpose use, the vervain is a commonly growing herb that does not appear to be different from many other plants. In ancient times, remedies prepared with the herb were often used to cure snakebite and diarrhea. At the same time, the root of vervain was chewed by people with a view to strengthening their teeth and gums. Interestingly, the herb served to diverse purposes – a love potion for the medieval witches and a substance to cure people of the influence of the ominous spell cast by these witches. In fact, vervain also finds a…

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Verbena Lore

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COMMON NAME: verbena
GENUS:Verbena
SPECIES, HYBRID, CULTIVARS:
V. bipinnatifida-light purple perennial: 3 inches tall. V. rigida-purplish blue perennial; 1 foot tall. V. rigida-‘Flame’-red flowers from June through frost. V. canadensis-rose pink flowers from June through frost. V. venosa-purplish blue flowers; to 1 foot. V. hybrida-‘Amethyst’-lavender blue; annual. V.b.-‘Blaze’-scarlet; annual. V.b.-‘Sangria’-wine colored; heat tolerant; annual; spreads 1 to 1 1/2 feet.
FAMILY:Verbenaceae
BLOOMS: summer
TYPE: annual and perennial
DESCRIPTION: Low-growing verbena blooms profusely and adds great color to the summer perennial bed. Different species vary in height from 3 to 12 inches and in a spread from 12 to 24 inches. Flowers are small and borne on short stalks; the foliage is bright green and continuously attractive. Verbenas come in white and bright shades of red, pink, blue, and purple.
CULTIVATION: Full sun and well-drained soil are necessary conditions for growing…

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Diary of a Land Healer: January

The Druid's Garden

It is late January. We had a very bout of cold weather these last few weeks, as I’m writing this, the weather broke and I’m out in the land for a longer stay since since the sub-zero temperatures hit. When I came to my new home and new land in the fall, there was so much to do, just moving in and getting ready for winter, stacking wood, unpacking, painting, fixing things, building a greenhouse, and settling in that I didn’t have the time I wanted to spend with the land. But winter is good for such quiet communion, and so, I’ve been seeing what there is to discover.

A snow spiral, one of many I walk while the snows fall! A snow spiral/labyrinth, one of many I walk during the winter months.

As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, in purchasing this land, I knew that part of my work here would be in documenting the regrowth of this land…

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Victims of Circumstance

secretsoftheserpent

It is our limiting beliefs that hold us back. The beliefs we have been taught our whole lives. The beliefs we were born into. This whole world is a victim of circumstance. A victim of circumstance is said to be an individual that suffers from ill consequences that are out of their control. A person born into a bad situation. What is the circumstance that people have been born into? We have all been brought up in ignorance.

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