Gemstone Gem Notes: Garnet Meaning and Properties

Good Witches Homestead

The deep, glossy red color of garnet resembles the juicy seeds of a pomegranate, which is perhaps why its name is derived from the Latin word granatum, meaning pomegranate seed. In Greek mythology, a pomegranate was often given as a gift of passion and associated with eternal love. In ancient history, travelers wore garnet gemstones because they were believed to light up the night and provide protection from nightmares and accidents.

Garnets were used in burial jewelry and carved signet rings to proclaim royalty during the Bronze Age (300 BC). Garnets were one of the most popular gemstones of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, as revealed in the stunning jewelry and sword fittings in the Staffordshire Hoard because they believed the blood-red stone improved their fighting prowess.

In the middle ages, garnet was commonly believed to guard against poison. Royals would often drop a garnet gemstone into a glass of…

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Who is the Best Guru?

secretsoftheserpent

How can you tell if someone is leading me down the right path of enlightenment?  There are so many self help and so called spiritual gurus out there, how can you tell who is telling the truth?  These are the questions Im getting for the new year.  I guess people want to have 20/20 vision in the year 2020.  First and foremost if a person tells you they know the truth and are enlightened, run away.  Enlightenment is not in the hands of time.  

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Ritual for the Burning of the World

The Druid's Garden

As I write these words, fires are ravaging Australia. It’s a bleak situation, ecologically and politically. The firest at this point are about the combined size of the entire state of West Virginia and are all through the entire continent, particularly along the coasts. Ecologically, this is a disaster with severe and long-ranging consequences for Australia and the world. While billions of lives have been consumed in the fires (animal, insect, bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, plant and fungi), the Guardian reports that it is likely that numerous species will go extinct from the fires because sites that house critically endangered species are all burning—in some cases, all of the protected habitats of these species are on fire. The situation in Australia is being made worse by current Australian leadership, who, rather taking a firm stance on climate change and human causes, instead are digging in their heels and pandering to…

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Spirit, Body and Mind

secretsoftheserpent

I know most of my stuff is from before recorded time, but these ancient civilizations were very advanced.  More advance than we are today.  I try to bring the teachings I find from the land before time and bring them to you.  I also try to put it in a way that people today can understand.  A big one I have found is that you must balance spirit, body and mind.  If you want to be happy and have less anxiety, then this post is for you.   

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Bird Tribe Grandmothers

Soul Dreamers

By Phoenix – I love ancient pre-patriarchal tradition, and there are a few left around the world that are proof that grandmothers were our leaders of shamanistic cultures, of bird tribe cultures like Perm, and leaders over our circles and spiritual ways. This was before both paganism and religious cultures took over and we fell fast asleep. With the complete destruction of the Grandmother’s ways and leaving her out of early writings was an agenda of the rising powers of men, her existence during the early to middle patriarch (500 bce – 1200 ce), refused to be forgotten in our soul, our psyche and our remembrances as women.

I have said over the years that in many countries, men took her rites and rituals over so not to lose their grandmother’s traditions completely to religious heresy.  They did it as an honoring of the grandmother who birthed pre-history cultures and…

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Herbs for Natural Detox – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

As we shift from the holiday season, it is an excellent time to take a few days to simplify, clear and pave the way to receive the bounty of the new year. This can mean making space for creativity, resetting intentions, or cultivating healthy habits that support the body and mind. Symbolically, it is no surprise people gravitate towards “cleansing” and “detoxifying” during this time of year.

While “detoxing” may appear to be a modern-day answer to what seems like an increasingly toxic world, our ancestors have long incorporated bitter, nutritive herbs and roots into their diets. Modern science has revealed that many of these herbs – such as dandelion, burdock, nettle, Schisandra, and red clover, have a special affinity to support the natural function of our inherent detoxification systems.* Honoring this age-old wisdom, herbalists continue to utilize these herbs to support and nurture these processes rather than encouraging harsh…

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Create Your Own Personal Haven—Anywhere

Good Witches Homestead

Stress! It’s the scourge of our contemporary society. And the thought of retiring to a safe haven where you can banish stress, repair your nerves, and renew your life is a concept whose time has come. Creating a personal sanctuary, whether it be in a bedroom, bathroom, patio, garden, or the Great Outdoors, seems to be a cherished goal for many of us stressed-out people.

But how to go about fashioning such a retreat? What elements are required, and can you do it in a limited space and on a tight budget? These questions and many others form the contents of my book, A Sanctuary of Your Own. Perhaps you’ve read books, visited websites, and watched TV programs dedicated to this subject. With wild enthusiasm, you’ve started designing your space, and you’re halfway there. But, somehow things aren’t quite gelling. So in this short article, I’ll distill some of…

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Cuckoo Bird Totem

Soul Dreamers

By Phoenix – I often here very strange and different birds from around the world enter my personal space for specific reasons – but I have never had the Cuckoo Bird. I have had birds and manta rays travel even as far away as Australia as messengers. But today I was making a folk doll and thinking about this mysterious bird and why the grandfather clocks have this sound as a time or season keeper.

The ancient rite of the “Cuckoo Bird” refers to the agrarian magical female ceremonies. In the middle of the circle, of this rite lays a ritual object, called a “Cuckoo Doll” and is a folk doll filled with herbs or a specific made folk doll in the form of a female figure, sometimes a bird woman doll or a decorated tree.

I ran across the rites of the Cuckoo, from a Swedish website describing a…

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Finding the Goddess

secretsoftheserpent

I wrote this very short story awhile back.  It is a story of enlightenment.  In all the patriarch stories and books the word ‘man’ is used.  When I ask what about ‘woman’, I get the reply that ‘man’ means men and women.  They have masculinized the human race just like the divine.  In a fit of rage one night I wrote this story.  I have put the divine and spirit back where it belongs, with the sacred feminine.  To the patriarchs out there reading, when I say ‘woman’ I mean both men and women.  I hope my readers enjoy.  

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The Skeleton

secretsoftheserpent

Skeletons are everywhere in art, religions, heritage, stories and legends, but what do they symbolize?   Skeletons are used in festivals, put on t-shirts, jewelry and posters.   Obviously we have lost the true meaning of the skeleton.  To most the skeleton has to do with death, but the real meaning has nothing to do with death.  

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