Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dirt

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

From bird’s nest used as a gargle – “Mrs. May Kennedy McCord, of Springfield, Missouri, says that some people gather dirt from the nest of a mockingbird that is setting on three eggs, no more, no less. They dissolve this dirt in lukewarm water for a gargle, which is supposed to relieve any sort of throat trouble.” ~Randolph OMF 134

Graveyard dirt used by witches to kill – “Some witches are said to kill people with graveyard dirt, which is dust scraped from a grave with the left forefinger at midnight. This is mixed with the blood of a blackbird; a raven or crow is best, but a black chicken will do in a pinch. The witch ties this mixture up in a rag which has touched a corpse and buries it under the doorstep of the person who is to be liquidated.” ~Randolph OMF 272

Dirt used to stop…

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Happy Litha and Summer Solstice

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Litha falls on the summer solstice. With the sun at it’s zenith, this is the longest day of the year. It is a celebration of the God and Goddess at the height of their power. They are the king and queen of the fertile lands and together they rule over the fertile, growing earth. Their mature love for each other ensures the success of the ripening crops. It marks the preparatory period before the harvest season at a time when the Holly King Takes over for the Oak King until Yuletide.

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Tuatha De Danann

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Most of what we know about the Tuatha De Danann is from a text called Lebor Gabala Erenn(The Book of the Taking of Ireland). Better known as The Book of Invasions. This book was written by christian monks and was put together as late as the 11th century. Here we go again with the 11th century. King Arthur legends and the Norse Eddas were all written in or around the 11th century. How foolish do the royals and religions think we are? The Tuatha De Danann were the first to Ireland and I’m about to show you why. Good thing these christian scribes didn’t really understand what they were actually writing or true history would be gone.

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Taking up the Path of the Bard, Part I

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Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)! Bardic Artistic Expression through Clay, Sand, and Straw (cob)!  (This is part of a tree piece I collaborated on at Strawbale Studio in Michigan)

A group of people sharing stories and songs by the fire. A fine pair of leather shoes. A beautiful woven garment. A tale full of twists and mystery. Finely wrought iron doors. An amazing wood carving on a stump. A marble sculpture. A wildly painted mural on a wall. A cob structure with whimsical trees and forms. A song that reaches deep within you when you hear it.  A rousing speech. Each of these, and so many others, represent the natural creative expressions of humanity. Taking up the path of the bard is one of three paths in the druid tradition (along with the work of the Ovate and the Druid). Yet, many people aren’t sure how to take up the path of the bard because…

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The 30th Annual New England Women’s Herbal Conference – Honoring the Wisdom of Our Ancestors & The Voices of Tomorrow

Top 10 Health Benefits of Thyme

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There are few things a sprig of thyme won’t make immensely better. This versatile herb blends well with a myriad of flavors and is packed full of health-promoting compounds, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Thyme belongs to the genus Thymus which is part of the mint family and closely related to oregano—another powerful herb. Native to the Southern Mediterranean regions, this perennial herb is now grown around the world for its culinary and therapeutic uses. While this herb will liven up your cooking, thyme may also help expel harmful organisms from your body and support your mental and physical health.

What Is Thyme?

Thyme is an evergreen herb that blooms with small white, pink, and purple flowers. They hybridize easily and grow quickly in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Thanks to its ease of cultivation and growth, there are over 300 varieties of thyme in existence today. Each variety has…

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Full Eclipse August 21, 2017 – Regulus in Virgo: The New Mythmaker Begins

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Compiled by Phoenix of Elder Mountain (with many contributors) – I have been a astrologer since I was seventeen, a dedicated one, along with my great devotion and devotee of the Moon. I have learned through observation and trail and error that Eclipses are not personal, they are collective that effects the whole but not everyone. Such is the tale of Regulus who I see as the great Archseraphim of an entire “age” bestowing collective blessings.

When an old eclipse comes around and it includes the fixed star Regulus by fate and destiny it changes and heralds a new era, a four thousand year era in this case. Regulus was named by Polish astronomer Copernicus (1473-1543), as a diminutive of the earlier Rex, equivalent to the (Greek) Basiliskos meaning “Little King” (coined by the second-century Greek astronomer Ptolemy). Regulus when its fated, heralds a new time for the next four thousand years…

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The Bindi

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A Bindi is a bright red dot worn on the forehead by people who follow Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.  Lately it has become a fashion statement in Hollywood.  It is said to represent the third eye or the 6th chakra. This is not a symbol of a married woman, it has more to do with spiritualism and meditation. Where did this red dot come from?  The picture of Alexander the Great should give it away.  

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Magical Tools From Nature

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25e4cd710dc09ff646259f5bdad468a6Welcome back! I love love love going out into nature and bringing home magical treasures. I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. I think as kids we all did!

But as a grown up Witch I think its safe to say we all at one time or another hit the shops and stock up. Nothing wrong with that, we deserve a little retail therapy by way of witchy products with fancy labels and shiny trinkets. Truth be told… we don’t need it. Its very easy to buy something, but try and consider things around you everyday.

When I went on nature walks with my grandmother we would come home with all sorts of things. Some we kept, some we hid and some we charged under the full moon. Her altar didn’t have fancy crystals, the few she had were gifted to her from people traveling through…

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Why Women Feel More Depleted Than Ever ~ Amy Brucker

By Amy Brucker

Did I mention I’m studying herbal medicine? I LOVE it!!!

Every night, after I’ve finished my dinner, I cannot wait to learn more about herbs. I even made my own Dandelion Grapefruit Bitter to aid in digestion. (And had fun creating the labels!)

This month I’m learning about the importance of a solid foundation. You see, the trick to growing successful herbs is the soil. Without a rich, fertile foundation, herbs can’t grow, and if they can’t grow, they can’t do any of their magic.

Why Women Need to Pay Close Attention to This Process

Your foundation in life is everything.

When you have the right foundation for your life you feel engaged with your purpose, joyfully inspired, and a certain lightness of being. Things flow more freely and you grow your ideas with relative ease.

When nutrients are missing, though, things don’t work out so well. You might feel depleted, crabby, irritable, or argumentative, or perhaps you go within and feel even more isolated.

And growing your purpose?

With a deficit the process is difficult, full of obstacles, and frustrating. You push important, soul-centered ideas aside and wait for that illusive “perfect time” to dive in, but of course, it never comes.

So what’s going on with your foundation?

I ask because I’ve noticed a lot of women walking around feeling totally depleted on many levels. They look happy and well-adjusted, like they’re enjoying everything about life, but secretly they’re feeling devoid of the important nutrients they need to feel whole in mind, body, and soul.

Like being nurtured, which includes being cared for, appreciated, heard, seen, and recognized.

The reason for this depletion is partly because we live in a crazy, fast-paced world that has created a me-centered, isolated existence, a direct result of people feeling too depleted to care for anyone but themselves.

In fact, I’ve been reading lately that “spiritual women” are becoming too me-centered and that they need to focus on other people by doing things like volunteering and helping those less fortunate

But volunteering to help other people, no matter how altruistic, is not the solution. It’s just more depletion.

Because the ironic twist is that women are either biologically or socially conditioned to be nurturers who give endlessly, and so, despite their own exhaustion, they give and give and give. The problem is they don’t get enough back in return.

This may seem like circular logic, but I see it happening every day.

What women get in return for their efforts is a paycheck, food on their table, and maybe a hug from their family or friends.

But those things can only sustain a woman for so long. Women need to be nurtured in mind, body, and soul. They need to feel a heartfelt connection to community, to feel loved, to feel seen, to feel heard. And that doesn’t always happen in our me-centered, isolated culture.

Let Life and Spirit Move through You More Often

I once read a story about women from an African tribe who gathered once a week to make pottery. They came together in the morning and sang all day. They sang tribal songs, ancestral songs. They enjoyed one another’s company, laughed, and had fun. An hour before their work day was over, they made the pottery. Their entire day was filled with joyful celebration, of building connection, of being seen, and feeling supported.

They were nurtured on many levels.

Creating a Sacred Foundation

Imagine what your life would be like if you sang and danced more often with women who were close to you, either literally or metaphorically, and spent fewer hours doing your work. You might feel like nothing would get done, but I suspect something else would happen.

I bet you’d feel so refreshed and rejuvenated that you’d get done exactly what you needed to get done in order to do a good job doing what you do.

Your idea of what needs to get done might shift.

You might realize you don’t need to be trolling Facebook for hours in search of something interesting.

You might find you don’t need to keep the house quite as clean as you thought you did.

And you might find that your foundation is so fertile and rich that your soulful desires grow smoothly and with joy.

It may sound impossible.

It may sound idealistic.

But let me tell you a little secret …

This is how I’ve been living my life for the past year and guess what? It works.

I haven’t perfected the art yet, but I feel in love with life every day.

My purpose is blossoming in ways I never would have imagined, with less work and more fun.

And although there are still some areas that seem slow in coming to fruition, I have a deeper understanding of why (because I need to continually tend to my foundation so it will support my new endeavors) and I have more patience than I used to.

Your Sacred Foundation

Take a moment to reflect on your foundation.

What’s working well?

What’s missing?

What can you do to create a sacred foundation that supports you and nourishes you so you feel deeply inspired and full of life?

sweet dreams,

Amy

Amy Brucker ~ Dream Your Desires Into Being