Drop 13 rose thorns into a jar or bottle one-by-one.
As each one drops say “Evil presence I banish you”
Cover the thorns with the petals from one rose.
Fill the jar/bottle 2/3 of the way with salted water.
Leave the jar/bottle open and unattended overnight.
Before sunrise close the jar/bottle tightly – evil will be trapped inside.
Wrap in dark fabric and bury it far away
Crystal of the Day
Common in mountainous regions, veins of milk quartz can be seen threading their way across exposed and eroded rock surfaces. Reflecting light from great distance, this stone has been used to enhance sacred sites for thousand of years. The stones we buy and use today retain this aura of sanctity.
IDENTIFICATION AND CARE
- Some coloured varieties of common quartz, have distinct names – for example, the pinky-brown “strawberry quartz.”
- Milky quartz is usually massive, but fully grown crystals also occur.
- Symbolizes the energies of the moon
- Represents purification and cleansing
- Harnesses the power of light
- Clears blocked energy gradually
- Gently releases difficult emotions
- Disperses negative thought
- Calms an overactive mind
- Helps to ease us into the universal flow.
Herb of the Day
Folk Names: Blessed Herb, Greater Pimpernel, Herb of Mary, Luib na muc, Pimpinella, Poorman’s Weatherglass, Shepherd’s Weatherglass.
Powers: Protection, Health
Magickal Uses: The pimpernel is carried for protection and to keep people from deceiving you. When placed in the home it wards off illnesses and prevents accidents.
Its power is supposed to be so great that when dropped into running water it will move against the current.
Magickal knife blades are rubbed with pimpernel juice to purify and empower them.
Saint of the Day
St. Catherine of Siena
Doctor of the Church
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. She persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon, in 1377, and when she died she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. In 1375 Our Lord give her the Stigmata, which was visible only after her death. Her spiritual director was Blessed Raymond of Capua. St, Catherine’s letters, and a treatise called “a dialogue” are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430.
Deity of the Day
The Morrigu / Morrigan / Morgaine / Morganna (Irish, British)
Celtic Goddess of Water and Magic. Supreme War Goddess, Shape-shifter. Reigned over the battlefields, helping with her magic but did not generally join in the battles. She is the Crone aspect of the Goddess. Great Mother; Moon Goddess; Queen of the fairies. In her dark aspect, the symbol is then the raven or crow. She is the Goddess of war, fate, death; she went fully armed & carried two spears. The carrion crow is her favourite disguise. Goddess of rivers, lakes & fresh water. Patroness of priestesses & witches. Revenge, night, magic, prophecy. Morrigan, Mistress of War. Morrigan is a Triple Goddess made of three largely autonomous Goddesses. Their names vary, but they are usually called Macha, Badb and Nemain. Morgan was said to be married to Merlin, and it was from him she learned her magic. She was also doubled with The Lady of the Lake.
TO REDUCE EYESTRAIN, soak a clean cloth (or cotton balls) in a tea made from fresh rosemary leaves. Steep one tablespoon in a cup of boiled water for fifteen minutes. Strain, apply to a cloth and lie down, pressing gently while covering the eyes.
The Chakras represent the seven primary energy hubs in the body. Life force energy is constantly flowing in and out of these centers. Just as the cosmos is constantly changing, so too are the levels of energy absorbed and radiated by our Chakra centers. The graph below is a representation of the quantities of Chakra energies available today.
Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra represents energies associated with cosmic consciousness, spirituality, knowledge, wisdom and inner peace.
Ajna – The Third Eye Chakra represents energies focused on both physical and spiritual vision. Psychic powers resonate from the Ajna Chakra, as well as your image of the Cosmos as a whole (the big picture) and the many nuances that make your journey unique.
Vishuddha – Throat Chakra is the energy center associated with communication and creativity. Your energy to express yourself verbally and creatively are derived from the Vishuddha Chakra.
Anahata – The Heart Chakra’s energy is concentrated on issues concerning your emotions. This energy fuels your power to love, feel compassion and maintain balance between disparate aspects of your being.
Manipura – The Power Chakra provides the energy that fuels our strength of will, individuality and sense of self-worth.
Svadhisthana – The Spleen or Sacral Chakra supplies the energy we use emotionally and sexually. This is the energy used to connect to others.
Muladhara – The Root or Base Chakra furnishes the energy used to create and maintain our foundation. This is the energy that keeps us on firm ground and provides us with the basic skills to uphold a place in the world.
TO RELIEVE A COUGH, squeeze the juice of one large onion and add one tablespoon of honey. Take one teaspoon three or four times daily. Apply the onion to the chest, “mashing it well.”
Mix two teaspoons of cider vinegar in water or wine. Sip one tablespoon four times daily.
Combine two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of grated horseradish root to sooth a cough.
Make a tea of one teaspoon grated nutmeg in one cup of hot cider. Drink three times daily.