Sacred Tree Profile: Sassafras’ Medicine, Magic, Mythology and Meaning

An ecoprint I made of the variety of sassafras leaves

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The fall months are coming and the leaves here are just beginning to turn.  Apples are starting to ripen, nuts are starting to fall. And with a quiet walk through the fall woods, you might be lucky enough to see a sassafras (sassafras albidum) in her fall splendor. She will be decked head to toe in yellow, orange, red, purple, and magenta; an old sassafras tree in full fall foliage is certainly a sight to behold. With her wavy trunk and twisted branches, Sassafras makes no apologies about her ability to stand from the crowd.  Her four variable leaf patterns (mittens (right or left), single leaves, double mittens) help show her flexibility and charm. While Sassafras is not present in the traditional Ogham or other Western Magical Traditions as she is distinctly an American magical tree, she is a powerful tree with much to offer us.

An ecoprint I made of the variety of sassafras leaves An ecoprint I made…

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Druid Tree Workings: Working with Trees in Urban Settings

The Oak Grove in the Morning Light

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Maples growing up through grate--been there for years! Maples growing up through grate–been there for years!

I walk down the sidewalk of a street in the small town that I call home.  As I journey, I see a crabapple friend with ripening fruit, her leaves rustling in the gentle breeze. I reach out to her, and tell her I look forward to harvesting some in the fall.  She is pleased, as her fruit is largely ignored, and delighted that I will return.  I see others along my walk: horse chestnuts, lindens, mulberries, serviceberries, balsam poplars–many trees that are different species from the forests where I often tread.  Finally, I walk across a grate and wave to the maples growing up from below, in the four foot space below the grate and the drainage channel and into someone’s driveway. These urban trees are often shaped by humans in ways forests are not: an odd growth habit becuase of pruning…

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Color Energy & Color Therapy

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Color, or colour as much of the world spells it, is well known to affect us in many ways. In the modern world, it is commonly used to influence us in advertising, decorating, and dress. Color is also used for alternative healing to affect our personal energies and chakras and to stimulate those energies to heal.

Each color has its own light frequency or energy. Color therapy is when the vibrations of light are used to stimulate healing. This can be done by using colored lights, colored crystals, color meditation, colors of environment and adornment, and other means in these writings on color, the properties are shown for each color are written in a sort of shorthand. Positive properties listed are properties where the color is said to enhance those properties or qualities. Negative properties listed are properties where the color is said to decrease or negate those properties. For…

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Amber

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Amber is the fossilized resin of the amber pine tree, petrified over a period of 50 million years. Amber becomes electrically charged when rubbed with a cloth. Amber presents a soothing, light energy that is both calming and energizing at the same time. Amber brings patience, protection, psychic shielding, romantic love, sensuality, purification, balance, healing, and calmness.

Energy: purifying, transmuting

Colors: light yellow to reddish-brown, also white, blue, greenish

STAR SIGN: LEO
PLANET: SUN
ELEMENT: FIRE
CHAKRA: SOLAR PLEXUS

amber brownTIPS FOR AMBER

Hold amber to boost your memory if you are forgetful

Wear amber to purify your body, mind, and spirit

Burn amber as an incense to purify rooms and spaces

Wear amber to bring you good luck and protect you from negative energies

Hold amber in your right hand to help you release emotion and focus your mind

Give amber to your loved one to symbolize the renewal of…

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Spirit of Spider {Animal Totems}

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Role: The Weaver

Lesson: Balance

Element: Earth

Wind: West The Quest Within

Medicine: Illusion

 Communication. Creativity. Divine Inspiration. Illusion. Balance. Nurturing Instinct. Mystery. Wisdom. Magic.

NAVAJO CREATION STORY

“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to…

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The Power of Crystals: The Legacy of Marcel Vogel

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** There is a myriad of sources, in books and on the Internet where you may learn about healing with crystals. Their focus and complexity, like the crystals themselves, come in many assorted flavors. Mainly, this data consists of sincere teachings by alternative therapists. But if you research the subject, you also will find reams of other material about crystals – claims, sometimes hyperbolic, of those who sell them; texts so technical that they are virtually unreadable by the layman; and channeled discourses of Ascended Masters and other Extra-Terrestrial informants – to name a few.

In all of this plethora of information, one source, one man, stands above the rest. His name is Marcel Vogel. In this article, we will refer to him, as his friends did, as Marcel – to distinguish him from the Vogel, or ”Vogel-cut® crystal,” which was his legacy.

Rumi DaWe spoke with Rumi Da, Marcel’s protégé…

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Collectivist mind control: “save the planet”

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Collectivist mind control: “save the planet”

by Jon Rappoport

“The planet wouldn’t need saving if willing prosecutors had gone after high-level criminals (corporate, banking, war-mongering) with hammer and tongs. Now, the very people who escaped such prosecution have emerged as the leaders of the “save the planet” movement. That’s called a clue.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The word “collectivism” sounds old-fashioned today. It’s supposed to.

It’s supposed to sound like a label from a bygone age when people were combing US government offices for hidden Soviet spies.

Collectivism is tied to other obsolete slogans like “Better dead than Red” and “America, love it or leave it.” In other words, we’re supposed to think collectivism was simply a trendy idea that ran out of steam.

You know, a bunch of crazy paranoids were warning everybody the sky was falling, but it wasn’t. They yelled COLLECTIVISM IS COMING, WATCH OUT, but nothing…

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Rituals and Activities to Enhance Creativity and Support the Bardic Arts

Damh the Bard Concert at OBOD East Coast Gathering a few years back

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This is my song, this is my voice,
These are my words, this is my choice.
Hear me now, take heed of my words.
Love me now, and your spirit will fly.

Hear me in the howling of the wolf,
My voice is the song of the Bards,
I am the power that helps the salmon leap,
I am the very first breath of a child.

From Damh the Bard’s Song of Awen.

It has been a long journey into considering the role of the bardic arts in the druid tradition and the role that creativity plays in spirituality. I realized that one final thing was missing from our discussion–a set of practical exercises and rituals that you can use to better work with the flow of awen and embrace the path of the bard. And so, to finish out my long series on the Bardic Arts in the…

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Learning Magic

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We as a human race are busy being ‘poor little me’. We believe we have done something wrong or we are sick. We believe we need treatment or a punishment to make us well or atone for our sins. After all, the act of procreation is a sin in this world unless it’s divine copulation. You were born from sin, into sin, so you are sin. In this post I will propose that the only thing wrong is you don’t direct your own magic. You are either know how to perform magic or you don’t . It is that simple.

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Living A Magical Life Everyday

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honey bathSmall actions you take throughout your day will raise your vibrations. Allowing the continued flow of positive energy and magic into your home and around you.

First let me start with this…. If you are someone that literally rolls out of bed straight into the shower and out the door, stop that! You need to put yourself first and take 15 minutes for yourself. I don’t care what anyone says, you can make the time. If that means going to bed earlier, and training your body to get up earlier then start!

When you wake up, if you are a tea of coffee drinker get the pot on or pre-program it the night before.

Aroma….stimulate your senses. We simmer lemon and cinnamon sticks almost daily. Keep it on your stove so its always ready to turn on. As you get ready to start your day, the aroma will stimulate positive…

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