Have a very beautiful Tuesday afternoon. Till tomorrow, my loves…

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And Last But Not Least, A Few Goodies To Pamper Yourself With….

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Even the busiest of witches deserves a little pampering now and again. Take a moment out of your busy schedule to try a few of these goodies out. Enjoy!

 

~Harmonious Milk Bath~

2 cups dry milk powder

1/8 teaspoon fragrance oil of your choice

Mix together all ingredients…well.

Add ½ cup of mixture to hot bath water.

 

~Make Your Skin Soft Bath~  

Add ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a bath. Use this in place of store bought bubble bath, harsh oils and other chemicals that can cause urinary tract problems and yeast infections.

 

~Honey Bath~  

*Author’s Note: I am not fond of honey in the bath and have never used this recipe, but would be remiss if I didn’t add it, for those who do like honey and wish to try their hand at using it

Add ¼ cup or so of honey to your bath. Remember that honey is sticky! If you feel the need to wash off afterward, don’t feel badly. Simply use your bag of soap scraps for bathing!

 

~A Relaxing Bath~  

½ cup fresh or ¼ cup dried herbs of your choice

½ cup fresh or ¼ cup dried chamomile tea (simply add the tea bag to the bigger bag!)

Add the fresh or dried herbs to the bag and close snugly. Add to bathwater and allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes. Take this time to relax and enjoy the scents that will surround you. If you’d like, use the bag of herbs as a scented washcloth!

 

Flower Bath/Herb Bath  

No need for a muslin bag or other bag, just make sure that you are prepared to clean up if you use these oh-so relaxing ways, to refresh your body and spirit. Throw a hand full of your favorite flowers or herbs, in your bathtub and soak until your heart is content.

Remember to make certain they are pure, and not chemically treated! The following are always good: chamomile, lavender, rose, daisy, and dandelion, just to name a few. Don’t want to waste the flowers or herbs, after you have used them? Easy! Just strain the bath water with a piece of fabric as it drains and then dry them and use the herbs/flowers in potpourri!

 

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THE PRIMITIVE WITCH’S HANDBOOK THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR THE PRIMITIVE/COUNTRY WITCH IN A MODERN WORLD…

Van Scoyoc, Andrea Dean

 

 

 

 

 

Gemstone of the Day for July 21 is Palladium

Gemstone of the Day

Palladium

 

Palladium was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, who named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was discovered at about the same time. Pallas was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom.



Hardness: 4.75                            
Specific Gravity: 106.4                       
Chemistry: PD       
Class: Isometric – Hexoctahedral              
Crystallography: Cubic                 
Cleavage: none                
Fracture: elastic              
Streak: Grey                                
Luster: metallic

Healing: Palladium is an excellent stone to use in healing. It is used in the treatment of lung disorders, circulatory problems and cerebral cortex issues.

Workings: Palladium is used in astral projection and for connecting with ancient wisdom on the ethereal level. Palladium is associated with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Ares. It vibrates to the number 8.

Chakra Applications: Palladium is used to cleanse and energize the Solar Plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Palladium chloride was at one time prescribed as a tuberculosis treatment but was discontinued due to its many side effects. Palladium is one of the three most popular metals (along with nickel and silver) used to make white gold alloys. Palladium itself has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, as an alternative to platinum or white gold.
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Author: Crick

Herb of the Day for July 21 is Bittersweet

Herb of the Day

Bittersweet

Medicinal Uses: The bark of the root is used.  The root-bark tea induces sweating and is diuretic and emetic. Externally the bark is used in an ointment for burns, scrapes, skin eruptions.
Bittersweet is a narcotic herb containing solanine and in large doses can paralyze the central nervous system. Bittersweet is used to treat skin diseases, bronchial conditions and asthma.  

Magickal uses: This is a masculine herb. It is ruled by the planet Mercury and its element is Air. Shepherds hung it as a charm around the necks of their animals as protection from evil.

Properties: narcotic, exportant, diuretic

Growth: This is a climbing, twining shrub. It grows up to 50 feet in height. The leaves are ovate to oblong, sharp pointed and fine-toothed. The flowers are greenish and in clusters, May to June. The fruit capsule is scarlet to orange, splitting, to reveal scarlet seeds. The stems are green and slightly hairy at first but become woody with age. It grows in hedges, wasteways and swamps. Bittersweet is found in North America and Europe.

All parts of this plant including the berries are potentially toxic.
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Author: Crick

Deity of the Day for July 21 is Ceres, Goddess of the Grain Fields

Deity of the Day


Ceres

Goddess of the Grain Fields

 

During the classical age of the Roman Empire, the main industry was farming. A reliable and huge food supply was necessary as the population of the ever-expanding Roman Empire grew. Roman society was divided into several groups – there were the patricians, who were typically the landowners, and involved in policy and decision-making. There were also plebeians, who were average people who worked in shops and as craftsmen or laborers.

Finally, there were slaves, and the slaves were the backbone of the Roman farming industry.

Vast numbers of slaves were required to maintain the millions of acres of crops that were grown to feed the Roman people – remember, the Roman Empire at one point boasted almost seventy million people. That was about a fifth of the world’s population at the time. Because grain was a high-yield crop, well-organized agriculture could keep the populace from starving.

Ceres was the goddess of grain, specifically maize, and of the harvest season. According to Roman legend, she was the one who taught mankind how to farm. She is associated with agricultural fertility and a bountiful harvest.

Offerings and sacrifices were made to Ceres by landowners, and she was called upon during the summer months to watch over the crops and protect them from drought, insects, and flooding.

Ceres’ story parallels that of the Greek goddess Demeter. In the Roman telling of the tale, Ceres had a daughter named Proserpine, who was taken away by Pluto to the underground.

Ceres searched everywhere but was unable to find her beautiful daughter, and as she grieved for her missing child, she was so upset that all of the crops stopped growing. As a great famine struck, Ceres discovered that Proserpine was in fact with Pluto. He agreed that Proserpine could spend six months of the year with her mother, and six with him in the underworld. Each year when Proserpine returns to Pluto’s realm, the land grows cold and the crops wither and die. In the spring, she returns, and Ceres brings life to the land once more.

Today, we still use Ceres’ name as part of our regular vocabulary – crunched up gain is called cereal in her honor.

 

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Author: Paganism/Wicca Expert

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Comet Tails and Star Trails

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2015 July 21

Comet Tails and Star Trails
Image Credit & Copyright: Kevin Parker

 

Explanation: After grazing the western horizon on northern summer evenings Comet PanSTARRS (also known as C/2014 Q1) climbed higher in southern winter skies. A visitor to the inner Solar System discovered in August 2014 by the prolific panSTARRS survey, the comet was captured here on July 17. Comet and colorful tails were imaged from Home Observatory in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. The field of view spans just over 1 degree. Sweeping quickly across a the sky this comet PanSTARRS was closest to planet Earth about 2 days later. Still, the faint stars of the constellation Cancer left short trails in the telescopic image aligned to track the comet’s rapid motion. PanSTARRS’ bluish ion tails stream away from the Sun, buffetted by the solar wind. Driven by the pressure of sunlight, its more diffuse yellowish dust tail is pushed outward and lags behind the comet’s orbit. A good target for binoculars from southern latitudes, in the next few days the comet will sweep through skies near Venus, Jupiter, and bright star Regulus.

Your cosmic guide to life with the Sun in Leo

 

 

The Sun in Leo

Your cosmic guide to life with the Sun in Leo

Tarotcom Staff

 
Get ready for a roaring good time! The Sun is moving into larger-than-life Leo from July 22 to Aug. 22, and the world is about to become more fun, creative and romantic while the loving Lion rules.

As we emerge from the sweet, sentimental days of Sun in Cancer, we’ll feel a burst of new energy and more desire to go out on the town and socialize. While Cancer loves to snuggle up at home where it’s safe, bold Leo wants to get out there and grab lots of attention.

Those born from July 19-25 were born on the Cancer-Leo cusp, and those born from about August 19-25 were born on the Leo-Virgo cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.

This is great mid-summer news for those of us who want to play in the sun and make lots of love! Leo is one sexy beast, so let’s celebrate by making the most of life during Sun in Leo.

Celebrate by making the most of life during Sun in Leo!

What to do: Reach for the stars! Confident Leo doesn’t hold back, so now’s the time to go after what you want — whether it’s a relationship, a job or a new project or adventure. Leo is strong (some would say aggressive), outgoing and ambitious, so you’re sure to succeed when there’s such determined energy in the air.

What to say: Everything! Bold Leo is an expressive sign that doesn’t hold anything back. Whatever you want to declare — be it love or war — now ‘s the time for all manner of creative, loving and fearless expression.

Where to go: The theater, but don’t just watch the show — get up on that stage and the center, because Leo loves the limelight. You’ll also have a great time at the park or just the neighborhood pub, as Leo loves to play games and flirt.

What to wear: Something glamorous and sexy, of course. Leo dresses to get noticed, so put on your finest. We’re talking lots of bright colors like red and hot pink, and be as daring as you like — nothing is too short or too low-cut for Leo.

What to watch out for: Leo is sexy and self-assured, which can sometimes come across as vanity or arrogance. Be careful of being too pushy or aggressive during this time. Also, it’s good to speak fearlessly from the heart, but be careful of others’ feelings. Leo loves to purr, but this cat can also bite.

What to look forward to: Expect lots of love and affection and attention from the cuddly Lion. This adds up to a great time when you’re out and about, and if you’re lucky enough to have someone you love at home you’ll be playfully pawing each other non-stop.

 

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