Nutrition & Beauty

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You are what you eat as the old saying goes.  Now, in almost any circumstance, I would entirely agree with this statement; however, there is one additional point I like to bring up as a side-note to this and that is applying that old adage little by little every day.

Nutrition – is a hallmark of humanity.  Without good nutrition, we are nothing without our health.  We cannot grow, live, or be ourselves among each other unless we are functioning well on a basic level.  If you are sick all the time, are you living well?  Nutrition can play a vast role in this, among many things. In addition, it can affect not just your physical but your mental health.  I personally favor eating a more raw natural diet and will speak on this much, but there will be some discussion as to classically cooked meals as well.

Beauty – speaking of mental, here is one aspect that affects any one of us (and I am not just looking at teenagers here). How we see ourselves, and how we at least think we are seen by others plays a subtle or sometimes prominent factor in our everyday lives.  We like to express who we are, and if what we wish to “say” isn’t “showing” as we desire, it causes anguish, doesn’t it?  We wish to look ourselves as much as be ourselves, no matter what gender or race.  Am I right 🙂

Nutrition & Beauty go hand-in-hand on so many things, so much so I thought to dedicate an entire primary page to this foundational topic.  Feel free to comment in any one of the articles below on your thoughts concerning these all natural suggestions.  And remember, it is wisest to figure out what works best for you (food-wise and beauty-wise) and then do that little by little everyday.  I think you will be amazed at that simple work and its results.

Feel confused as to what is good for you per say?  Read on, the best tip is to think, try, and learn!

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Listed are informational articles on all natural nutrition, raw diet, personal care, beauty techniques and tips, herbal lore, and favorite recipes on foods.  Many of these are inspired by ethnic cultures from around the globe.

Visit Eupterra for this list.
Do you have allergies and desire allergy relief? Are you interested in healthy eating, weight loss, weight loss teas, herbal teas, herbalism, or recipes to try out that are based on what you can grow or get from your area?  Or are you after reviews on beauty products, beautiful perfumes, easy and effective personal care, and looking naturally radiant all the time?

All of these can be found among our list of articles here.  Also, for more on raw foodism, read up here.

For more on allergies, check out this section.

For more on specific nutrition or DIY care, look here respectively!

Check out this great video on tips for eating naturally healthy and raw, too!

Magickal Goody of the Day for May 17th – Bath Fizzies

Magickal Goody of the Day

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~Bath Fizzies~

Bath fizzies are infinitely easier to make, than the Internet recipes call for. Sure, you won’t have a fancy little ball that floats around the tub, with you and looks like a stomach antacid as it dissolves in the water. But, what you will have is a nice soak with somewhat fizzy, scented water.
Ingredients:
Baking Soda
Your favorite essential oil, herbs or vanilla food flavoring
Put as much baking soda as you think you would like, into a glass bowl (a cereal bowl will be just fine) Add herbs or oils/flavoring (as much as you like…just make sureto not make the baking soda soggy if you are adding liquids!) and stir until mixture is thoroughly mixed together.
Sprinkle/add to your bath and enjoy!
If you made a dry mixture and have extra left over, save it for your next bath! Put the mixture in a glass, cork topped bottle (yes, I refer to them a lot!) and save for your next bath.

 

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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 May 17th is Emerald

Gemstone of the Day

  Emerald


                                          (Color: deep green, can have slightly yellowish or bluish tones)


Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0                     
Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m                     
Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6                     
Class: cyclosilicates                  
Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001}              
Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces   
Streak: White                          
Luster: vitreous
Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the “stone of successful love”. Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist’s of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist’s and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.

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Author: Crick

Herb of the Day for May 17th is Flax

Herb of the Day

Flax


                                                                         (Linum usitatissimum)



Mecicinal Uses: Flax is used as an aid to achieving cardiovascular health, to help in menopause, and as a mild laxative. The seed and the seed oil are being studied as a possible cure for cancer. The oil helps slow the kidney disease that accompanies lupus.      
                                                                                                                                       
The ground seed mixed with boiling water to make a thick mush is used for poultices. Any herb, such as smartweed, elm bark, hops, mullein, or any other herbs recommended, can be added. Use as a poultice on old sores, boils, inflammations, skin ulcers, wounds, and tumors. Poultices should be changed at least every 2 hours; have a new, hot poultice ready to apply before the old one is removed.                                                                                                  

Also used for female disorders, colon problems. Promotes strong nails, bones, and teeth and healthy skin. A decoction of the seeds can be used for coughs, catarrh, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pleurisy, fever, dropsy, leprosy, pimples, age spots, burns, scalds, gout, inflammation, cystitis, lung and chest problems, and digestive, gastritis, dyspepsia, diarrhea, and urinary disorders. To eliminate gallstones, take 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. linseed oil and lie down on your left side for a half hour. The gallstones will pass into the intestines and be eliminated from there. Eating the seeds intact is useful for chronic constipation. The seeds swell up in the intestines, encouraging elimination by increasing the volume of fecal matter. For emollient uses and for rheumatic complaints, apply a linseed poultice. The oil was a folk remedy used for pleurisy and pneumonia.                                                                                             

The seed has been used for ages as a medicine. Take 1 tsp. of the whole seed mixed with water, orange juice, vegetable juice, etc., to provide a gentle lubricant laxative. Or use this mixture as an enema.                                       

To remove foreign bodies from the eye: place a grain of whole flaxseed under the lower lid, close the lids. The seed becomes surrounded by a thick, adherent mucilage, which entraps the foreign body, and soon carries it out from the angle of the eye.

Magickal uses: Flax is used to attract money and wealth, and is used in healing spells and rituals. When performinghealing rituals, sprinkle the altar with flax seeds and include in healing mixtures.

Properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, demulcent, emollient, laxative, mucilaginous, pectoral, purgative, tonic. Contains Glycosides, gum, linamarin, linoleic acid, linolenic acids, mucilage, oleic acid, protein, saturated acids, tannins, and wax, vitamins A, B, D, E, minerals and amino acids.

Growth: Flax grows in a wide range through North America. Flax is a delicate annual plant 8-22 inches high; the slender, wiry, glabrous, single, leafy, stem has few branches and bears alternate, sessile, simple, entire, lanceolate to oblong, linear, leaves. The numerous leaves are stalk less, alternate, linear with three parallel nerves. Each branch has one or two, delicate, blue or violet-blue, five-petaled, funnel-shaped, slightly overlapping petals (1/2-3/4 inches across), flowers from June to August. The fruit is an 8- to 10-seeded capsule; the seeds are smooth, flattened, shiny, oval beaked, and light brown. Widely cultivated in the United States (mostly the northwestern states), Canada, and Europe but also found wild along roadsides, railroad lines, old fields, and in waste places. Native to Europe.
Author: Crick

Deity of the Day for May 17th is Eos, The Dawn Goddess

Deity of the Day

Eos

The Dawn Goddess

 

Areas of Influence: Eos, Goddess of the dawn in ancient Greece was one of the Titans.

Every morning she awoke and used her rosy fingers to open the gates of heaven. This enabled her brother Helios (the sun God) to ride his chariot across the sky. She also brought forth the hope of a new day.

The dew was said to be her tears.

This female deity is most noted for her insatiable appetite for young men. Her desire is said to have been the result of a curse, placed upon her by Aphrodite, when she discovered her affair with Ares. She also kidnapped four lovers: Cephalus, Clitus, Ganymede and Tithonus. The later was a Trojan prince whom she begged Zeus to grant immortality. What she forgot to ask for was eternal youth. Eventually he shriveled up with old age and she turned him into a grasshopper.

Her love for Orion was unrequited.

Origins and Genealogy: She was daughter of the Titans Theia and Hyperion. She had two close siblings Helios (the sun) and Selene (the moon).

With Aeolus the keeper of the winds, she bore four sons these became the winds of the cardinal directions.

Strengths: Passion.

Weaknesses: Insatiable desire.

Roman Equivalent: Aurora.

 Symbolism

Depicted in art with rosy fingers, wearing a saffron robe and a tiara or diadem.

In pictures of Eos she is usually shown winged or riding a winged golden chariot. Follow this link and discover a variety of artist representations of the Goddess including a winged almost angelic looking one by artist Evelyn De Morgan.

Sacred Plant: Saffron.

Roman Equivalent: Aurora.

Goddess Archetype

The Femme Fatale:

This Archetype represents the seductress or enchantress who manipulates men for sex, status or money. The complete lack of emotional envolvement with their victim, results in the symbolic killing or getting rid of her lover when he has served his purpose.

On the more positive side rejection by the male can result in the opening her heart.

Eos fits this Archetype with her relentless pursuit of young men. She displayed these tendencies even before Aphrodite’s curse. This pattern of behaviour appears to be a family trait as her sister Selene also has numerous lovers.

 

How To Work With This Archetype

The Femme Fatale:

The Femme Fatale reminds you to be honest and look at why you are staying in a relationship? Is it the money, the house and status etc or are you emotionally connected to your lover.

If on the other hand you are looking for a new partner ask yourself how importantly you rank his earnings potential and status in your list of desirable qualities.

 

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Goddess-guide.com

EarthSky News for May 17th: Bright moon close to Spica on May 17

Bright moon close to Spica on May 17

onight and tomorrow night – May 17 and 18, 2016 – as darkness falls, look for the bright waxing gibbous moon to shine close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. The green line on the chart at top depicts the ecliptic – Earth’s orbital plane projected onto the sphere of stars. To put it another way, the ecliptic marks the sun’s path throughout the year.

And the ecliptic marks the central line of the Zodiac in our sky – sometimes called the Pathway of Animals for the constellations that lie along its path. The constellations of the Zodiac make up the narrow band of the starry sky through which the sun, moon and planets all travel. Practiced stargazers often refer to Spica because it’s a bright star of the Zodiac.

The sun, moon and planets move along the Zodiac, and the star Spica lies within the Zodiac. Thus the moon passes Spica every month, and planets routinely appear near Spica in predictable cycles as well. That’s also true for other Zodiac stars, such as Antares or Regulus.

For example, two years ago – in May, 2014 – the planet Mars shone quite close to Spica on the sky’s dome. At present – May, 2016 – brilliant Mars is found in front of another zodiacal constellation, Scorpius, shining fairly close to another bright Zodiac star: Antares. The planets Mars and Saturn form a noticeable triangle with Antares. Look for the threesome in the southeast at nightfall or early evening, as shown on the chart below.

On these May and June 2016 evenings, note the other very brilliant starlike point of light much higher up in the sky as soon as darkness falls: Jupiter.

In 2016, Jupiter shines fairly close to the bright Zodiac star Regulus, brightest light in the constellation Leo the Lion and sometimes called the Lion’s Heart.

The moon passes close to the Zodiac stars Regulus, Spica and Antares once a month, and the planets pass by these zodiacal stars in predictable cycles. At present, Jupiter is seen in the vicinity of Regulus, while Mars and Jupiter shine the neighborhood of Antares.

So the ecliptic on the above sky chart, and on many of our sky charts, highlights the sun’s annual path through the constellations of the Zodiac. Of course, the supposed movement of the sun in front of the backdrop stars is really an illusion, which fooled many (but not all) ancient astronomers. We now understand that the sun’s apparent motion along the ecliptic is really caused by our planet Earth’s own movement in orbit around the sun.

Practiced stargazers use the ecliptic – or the larger Zodiac of stars surrounding it – to find the planets, and you can, too. Tonight, try using key Zodiac stars such as Regulus, Spica and Antares to follow the graceful arc of the ecliptic on the sky’s dome.

By the way, the moon moves much more rapidly than the planets do through the constellations of the Zodiac. In fact, the moon will pair up with Mars in several more days, on or near May 20.

Dates of sun’s entry into each constellation of the Zodiac

Bottom line: As darkness falls on May 17 and 18, 2016, look for the bright waxing gibbous moon to shine close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

 

Author

Bruce McClure

Your Daily Influences for May 17, 2016

Your Daily Influences
May 17, 2016 

 

Three of Pentacles Reversed
Gain is not realized and skills are not mastered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uruz
Uruz is the Rune of harmony, order and inner strength. Often it marks endings and beginnings of periods in our lives. Uruz also symbolizes your ability to tackle new challenges by confronting them with the powers that lie within you. Opportunities probably abound for you right now.

 

 

 

Sagittarius the Archer
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is optimistic, freedom-loving, jovial, good-humored, honest, straightforward, intellectual and philosophical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.

Your Charm for Tuesday, May 17th is The Abraxas

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
A powerful force will rule you within aspect for the duration of a year. You will be given few choices to make as most will be made for you. This force is benign in nature and the end result will be positive.

General Description:
Abraxas stones were commonly worn and highly esteemed in the Roman Empire about the time when Christianity was becoming established there. Much importance was attached to the word Abraxas in the Greek notation making up the number 365, signifying 365 heavens, occupied by the 365 gods, who according to the Gnostic religion, formed the earth and ruled its destiny. The Abraxas, the curious divide Jeo, of Jehovah of the Gnostics, has a fowl’s head, signifying watchfulness and foresight; the shield, wisdom; whip, authority; two serpents, mystery, eternity, vitality. These rings were worn as talismans for protection against physical ills.