What’s July Birthstone? — Good Witches Homestead

Happy birthday to all you July babies! Your birthstone, the ruby, is among the most highly prized of gemstones. The ruby, birthstone for July, is among the most highly prized of gemstones. Large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. As a result, rubies’ value increases with size more than any […]

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Web of Life Ritual for Interconnectivity and Awareness — The Druid’s Garden

Last week, we delved deeply into a critical aspect of land healing with two related concepts; thinking about the world in terms of (eco) systems and the interconnectivity of those ecosystems for all life. Last week was practical, full of discussions, definitions, and how you might design land regeneration projects with ecosystems and interconnectivity in […]

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A LIGHT IN DARK PLACES: CRYSTAL HEALING + CLEANSING RITUAL FOR THE CAPRICORN LUNAR ECLIPSE

The purpose of this ritual is to charge a crystal with the moon’s healing energy and guidance, so that you can connect with healing light energy in dark times, and ask to receive guidance or clarity to help you navigate the challenges and understand the meaning or lessons from what you’re facing.

When I’m hurting, I often turn to the moon for solace. I stand under her brilliance at night and ask for nurturing, peace, healing, understanding.

The moon is many things: a guiding light in the night sky, a sorceress, a mystic, a keeper of wisdom.

She’s powerful, she moves the tides, and flowers bloom in the sway and cycle of her phases.

Studying the moon, following her phases and their effect on our lives, as well as rituals and devotions, has grown in popularity these past few years.

Is it the seeking of something more in our everyday lives? Or is the return to a primal, healing source that resonates very deeply to our DNA?

It’s very easy to imagine the first humans gazing upon the moon in wonder. She captures the imagination and ignites the intuition, the magic of our souls.

An eclipses, likely terrifying to them — an omen or portent of dark things or times to come…

I know these past few weeks have been hard for a lot of you.

There’s been a lot of loss, grief, shocking turn of events, stress, and emotional upheaval …

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A Forest Grown Future for Pennsylvania’s Precious Ginseng — Good Witches Homestead

In Pennsylvania’s lush, green Appalachian foothills, our North American ginseng thrives. It’s here in these undulating woodlands that Randy has tended our certified organic and forest grown ginseng for more than 30 years. “There are very few people who are cultivating the plant in its wild habitat,” said Jennifer, Mountain Rose Herbs’ Chief Operations Officer. “It’s a […]

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Magic in Ancient Mesopotamia – Honey, Oil and Whispering Rituals

Elder Mountain Dreaming

Contributions and additions by Phoenix of Elder Mountain; Babylon Oil Magic by Samuel Daiches, Ph.D. Lecturer in Biblical Exegeses and Talmudics, 1913 in London —  There were two forms of oil that were used in divination in ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia, one that was for the sweeter things in life (also healing) and that was Honey and the other, which was an earthier form of manifestation which was Oil, especially Oil from Olives and later Grapes.

Many newly built religions of the patriarch which started around 6,000 bce until around 500 bce when they were all completed and finished, even the moon he had to conquer and controlled, that was woman’s last and most sacred symbol that fell. Babylon created Dark Magic and the Talmud is its root, even though there were many different influences and people. I do have some of the spells listed but changed them to…

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Worrying

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We all worry.  Why do we worry all the time?  Getting this under control is one of the greatest things Magic does.  We as a human race are constantly looking for problems and danger.  We look for something to happen.  No matter how good things get, we constantly play out worst case scenarios in our mind.   Most people think this is a good thing.  They are simply wrong.  It fills us with anxiety and we get addicted to the anxiety.  You will never eliminate worrying, but you can understand that worrying is worthless.   

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b-box: Urban-friendly hive aims to encourage the bee population and a colony of home beekeepers

Life & Soul Magazine

b-box is encouraging people to help the bee population by becoming beekeepers with their compact plywood-enclosed colony – their first ever hive designed for home beekeeping on balconies or in backyards.

The b-box, designed by Italian company beeing, is made predominantly of wood that has been cut into panels and layered with polycarbonate to create a warm exterior. Together, these materials form the main structure, which encloses the hive, with a removable panel that allows home beekeepers to view the bees at work. The removable panel makes it easier and safer than lifting the lid on a regular hive, and is not disruptive to the colony.

bees enter via a 2.2 metre long chimney, which has an opening at the top so that the beekeeper can observe the hive without disturbing exit and entry. b-box has also been designed to require less than 1 metre square of space, so it…

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Calendula’s Benefits for the Skin: How to Make Calendula Oil and Salve

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

Calendula’s sunny blooms are an external remedy for practically every manner of skin complaint. The flowers are used topically as a wound healing, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory herb. For optimal strength, be sure you’re using the whole flower—including the green flower base—instead of the “petals” only (the herb is sometimes sold this way). Calendula-infused oils and salves are some of my favorite topical applications for soothing and repairing the skin—see my recipes below.

Calendula is also an edible flower, a cheerful garden medicinal, and an internal remedy for the digestive and lymphatic systems. Take a peek at our article on Growing and Using Calendula for more on this plant’s floral intrigue. It’s incredibly easy to grow your own calendula, and it’s one of the most beautiful medicinals for the garden.

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How to Make Lavender Balm

Wylde and Green

A balm is a great way to use essential oils on the skin, it’s simple to make, easy to apply and feels lovely. It can also be used in a variety of ways, I like to use this one at night time, and as a general ‘all healing’ balm, it is also good for babies and children, and I used this if ever my children had a nappy rash.

The following recipe makes a good consistency for general use. It is fairly soft, so ideal for massaging into the skin on your face and body as a nourishing treatment and as a massage balm to lubricate the skin and nourish during massage.

I was also very lucky to have my Mom bring me back Indian Lavender Essential Oil, which I have to say, does have a different scent – it is slightly drier, its really lovely.

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Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

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The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden plant, particularly in its fancy-leaved forms. Plus, it prospers under a wide range of conditions and adds striking bold texture to mixed plantings.

Growing Info For Sage

• Light: Full sun
• Height: 18 to 24 inches
• Width: 24 to 36 inches
• Bloom time: Late spring, although valued most for its evergreen foliage.
• Soil: Well-drained, tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

What’s the Difference Between Types of Sage?

S. officinalis vary widely in the size and shape of its leaves. Sharp-eyed herbalists…

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