Monday Is Ruled By The Moon

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Monday Is Ruled By The Moon

Archangel: Gabriel

Candle colour: Silver

Incenses: Jasmine or myrrh

Crystals: Moonstone or opal

Use Mondays for spells for fertility, protection especially while traveling, for home and family and to increase psychic and healing powers.

Where possible, work close to any water and, as a bonus, by moonlight.

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Living Life As The Witch – HOODOO? You Do!

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HOODOO? You Do!

A good number of hexes and curses and spells of that sort come from a popular magickal system called Hoodoo. This is in no way, shape, or form a religious system–it’s magick, plain and simple–and its origin is attributed to derivation of the magickal practices of the Afro-Caribbean people who were once enslaved in the United States.

One of the reason for the popularity of this system is that nothing is hard and fast. Ingredients are easy to find, and substitutions can be made with ease. That’s because, unlike most other magickal systems, precisely how hoodoo is practiced varies greatly according to specific agricultural region and available resources. This means that although there may be a few common threads, you’re not likely to find the same sort of practices in Louisiana as you would in South Carolina. In Georgia as you would in Texas, and so on. And this probably has to do with the fact that the enslaved were literally scattered all across the country and simply used what was handy to work their magick. As a result, hoodoo truly is folk magick at its best.

Before we get too far, though, there’s something that I’d like to make clear. Hoodoo magick is not necessarily dark. It’s just more honest than most other types of practice, and so are the folks who practice it. If they’re going to throw down with a hex, they don’t bother to disguise it with some other sort of magick. They just do it, make no bones about it and go on about their business.

With that out of the way, magickal efforts within the system aren’t called spells. They’re called tricks, a classification that’s steeped in honesty too. A spell, after all, is manipulation of the Elements to get what you want. And stripped right down to the bare bones, which exactly is manipulation? Simply put, it’s tricking someone–or something–into doing your bidding.

The other difference between hoodoo and other systems is that magickal efforts aren’t charged. But lest you get the wrong idea, that doesn’t mean that tons of energy isn’t placed within their folds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Because tricks usually take the form of packets or parcels–their contents are usually wrapped up in something or contained in a bag–they are “laid.” This means that once completed, the parcels are placed somewhere out of view. And whether laid in the ground, under a porch or in the water, that’s what completes their magick.

As an aside, it’s interesting to note that tricks are seldom as easily broken as spells. It’s not the magick involved is any stronger. It’s that breaking a trick involves locating the parcel, dismantling it and destroying the contents. This presents a whole new set of problems: Finding the hiding place and finding the trick, both of which can be a real effort in futility. But even if you manage to find both, that still may not be enough to uncross the victim. Depending upon method of disposal and mediums used for contents and wrapping, a goood portion of the trick may have rotted away or dissolved. The tiny fragment you’ve got left many not be able to handle the job–at least, not with any measure of success. And this is probably how hoodoo got its current reputation:  That of absolute power and darkness.

Reference:

UTTERLY WICKED
Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions
Dorothy Morrison

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Germiest Places in Your Hotel Room

by Ann Pietrangelo

A preliminary study of contamination found on surfaces in hotel rooms could  help improve hotel housekeeping practices and provide a safer environment for  travelers. Researchers from the University of Houston reported on the experiment  at 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

As you might expect, samples from the toilet and bathroom sink show high  levels of contamination. Also on the list of surfaces showing fecal  contamination are the television remote control and the lamp switch beside the  bed.

Like in the kitchen, cross-contamination is a problem in hotel rooms. The  researchers found some of the highest levels of contamination on items from  housekeeping carts, including sponges and mops.

The lowest levels of contamination were found on the bed’s headboard, curtain  rods, and the bathroom door handle.

Researchers can’t say for certain if the bacteria found cause disease, but say contamination levels are reliable in  assessing overall cleanliness.

“Hoteliers have an obligation to provide their guests with a safe and secure  environment. Currently, housekeeping practices vary across brands and properties  with little or no standardization industry wide. The current validation method  for hotel room cleanliness is a visual assessment, which has been shown to be  ineffective in measuring levels of sanitation,” says Katie Kirsch an  undergraduate student at the University of Houston who presented the study.

“Currently, housekeepers clean 14-16 rooms per eight-hour shift, spending  approximately 30 minutes on each room. Identifying high-risk items within a  hotel room would allow housekeeping managers to strategically design cleaning  practices and allocate time to efficiently reduce the potential health risks  posed by microbial contamination in hotel rooms,” says Kirsch.

A lack of industry standards and occasional illness outbreaks in hotels have  the public paying more attention to hotel cleanliness.

While the study was limited (three hotel rooms each in Indiana, South  Carolina, and Texas; and 19 surfaces in each room), it is the first step in  applying the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system to hotel  room cleanliness. Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space  Administration, HACCP is a systematic preventive approach that identifies  potential physical, chemical and biological hazards and designs measurements to  reduce these risks to safe levels.

“The information derived from this study could aid hotels in adopting a  proactive approach for reducing potential hazards from contact with surfaces  within hotel rooms and provide a basis for the development of more effective and  efficient housekeeping practices,” says Kirsch.

Also participating in the study with Kirsch and her colleagues at the  University of Houston were researchers from Purdue University and the University  of South Carolina.

Source: Press Release/American Society for Microbiology