A Laugh for Today

Grab a partner or just go yourself out into the moonlight and party like it’s 2999! LOL

Spell for Today – Rainy Day Spell Use Those Showers for Conjuring Powers

There’s an undeniable power that’s carried in on the dark thunderheads of a summer afternoon rain storm. The magick is tangible as foreboding gray seeps across the sky, sultry humidity brings weight to the air, and nature goes quiet in preparation for the downpour that’s about to begin. What starts as a gentle hum in the distance, a low grumble of strength, quickly grows into a wild display of energy, making trees dance at its feet and the sky split open with fiery intensity.

I mean, not that I pay that close of attention. I could take them or leave them.

Wait, thunderstorms are like boys, right? You gotta play it cool to reign them in?

Of course, this spell doesn’t have to be sequestered to summer. It can be used anytime you notice the sky sodden with potential, readied to exhale raw magick and manifestation upon the earth below. Just do me a favor and exercise common sense. A fried witch is useful to no one, so don’t run outside in the middle of violent lightning. Also, don’t play in traffic.

=D

What You’ll Need:
Rain
The earth
A finger (preferably yours) or a stick

How to Conjure:
If you notice a storm brewing and it’s safe to be outside, find yourself a nice patch of dirt that will be exposed to the rain. Get creative if needed! A flower pot. A flower bed. Don’t overthink it. We’re working a spell, not redefining nuclear dynamics.

Draw a rune, a sigil, or simply write a one-word intention in the soil using your finger or a stick.

Once your spell is written in the earth, hold your hands over the word/sigil (palms facing the soil) and envision the word/sigil in neon. Now envision the rain that is soon to come pouring upon your spell. Imagine the intention being driven deep into the soil where it will be nourished by the earth, sprouted like a plant, and manifested into reality. Envision your desires brought into reality—use all 5 senses! What will it look like? Smell like? When that bad boy is palpable in your mind, say aloud with conviction:

So Mote it Be!
 
And you’re all set! Now get your ass inside, you silly hippie, and know that the rain is feeding your intentions.

Also, brew yourself some tea, because tea is always best with rain. And a book. And a cat.

Happy Casting!

From pennilesspagan.com

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Monday

From modernwellnesswitch.com

Mondays are best spent as quiet days for reflection. You can work best with Monday energies by journaling or writing, reflecting on your dreams, doing divinations, gentle movement practices such as yoga or swimming. Spend time on self-development or other types of studying and enjoy a laid-back evening with close friends or family.

Planet: Moon

Element: Water

Tarot Card: The Moon

Rune: Laguz

Colors: Silver, Grey, White, Blue

Plants*: Aloe, Cabbage, Camphor, Cotton, Cucumber, Dulse, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Gourd, Grape, Pea, Peach, Pear, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemonbalm, Lettuce, Lily, Lotus, Myrrh, Papaya, Poppy, Potato, Purslane, Sandalwood, Turnip, Willow, Wintergreen

Stones: Milky/Snow/Phantom/Rainbow Quartz, Moonstone/Rainbow Moonstone, Selenite, White Opal/Rainbow Opal, Sodalite, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Calcite, Bowenite, Rainbow Obsidian, Pink Chalcedony, Geodes, Black Pearl

Magical Uses: Channeling Intuition, Divination, Illusions, Dreams, Fertility, Sleep, Emotions, Completion of Cycles, Wisdom, Glamour

February 6, 2023 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be more positive than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org 

FEBRUARY 6 birthday horoscope predicts that you are one that is hard to determine. It is difficult because one with February 6 Aquarius birthday, changes like the wind. There is nothing static in your life.

Today’s Aquarius you are this way, enthusiastic, charming and just bursting with joy and the next, you are just the opposite way. You look over those you were hanging out with, appearing not to care, not even about the world. However, most Aquarians are respectful and are very likable people.

If today is your birthday, then you possess charm and others are impressed by your actions. Aquarians speak to everybody, no one is a stranger. February 6 birthday personality are adventurous and unconventional. You love exploring new and exciting things. You are not afraid to be spontaneous and daring.

The February 6 horoscope shows that you are very sensitive and your feelings can be hurt at times when they should not be. On the other hand, Aquarius, you can be tenacious and self-absorbed. You get in these moods though, and although they do not last long, you can be arbitrary.

The negative aspect of a February 6 personality is, your moods will swing; you can go from pouting to full-blown rage. Life can get dramatic with these demons on the loose. The face of an Aquarius can turn out to be unbecoming. You can have days where you are just detached and removed from all that love and care about you.

You like being by yourself rather than engaging in group activities. Somehow, you find an inner peace rather than concentrate on the negative thoughts of being by your yourself. The future of person who born on 6 February depends on your spiritual self.

What your birthday says about you is that in your head, you know that people appreciate your concern for them. It is an intuitive appeal that attracts your associates and family. When it comes down to it, you are a lovely piece of artwork yourself.

February 6 birthday personality shows on your face. You are confident. You are hard to resist as you glow with a sex appeal and charm that you will not apologize for.

Those with a February 6 birthday have a strong sense of integrity and can act as a mediator for many verbal conflicts. You believe in honesty and treating people with dignity, but you do not hold your tongue. You need to learn to be diplomatic.

You may not realize it Aquarius, but you are awesome and have excellent potential to become successful indeed. Those born on this date are very independent and free minded. Nature intended for making you an original.

You are surely idealistic with your kind ways. You need to use your talents wisely, calculate your steps. The results could turn out to be amazing!

Having a love of your family certainly ranks a high position. If you were thinking about becoming a parent one day, you would more than likely be someone who is authoritative.

People with Aquarius birthday, you are indifferent when it comes to speaking about your past. Perhaps you need to deal with some issues so, that it does not affect your ability to connect emotionally with your offspring.

A short vacation often does wonder for the psyche. You need to meditate or do some yoga exercises. Check to see if there is a possibly a retreat that interests you for a weekend. Maybe get involved in a charity project that will help a community of people instead of one person. Remember it is just for a couple of days.

Maybe entertaining friends and loved ones at your place could beef things up a bit. You have plenty of associates and enjoy interacting with them. Aquarius, one day you may even invite your future spouse. I know you are particular about letting people into your private life, but when you find the right one, it will be easy to do. Aquarians will make an excellent partner who is loyal, trusting and faithful shows your February 6 zodiac.

In conclusion, as your February 6 astrology predicts Aquarians are adventurous people. Those with a birthday on February 6 can be moody and detached. You tongue holds a mighty power. Be careful with it not to hurt people.

Aquarius, you are rebelliously stubborn and contrary. Your sense of tact can fly right out the window with your unpredictable ways. Sometimes, Aquarius you can be oblivious to anybody’s feelings. Maybe you need to retreat.

See: Famous Celebrities Born On February 6

This Day That Year – February 6 In History

1189 – The riots spread from England to Norwich
1788 – The sixth state to ratify constitution is Massachusetts
1820 – A settlement is started in Liberia with 86 African American immigrants
1904 – The war between Japan & Russia begins

February 6 Kumbha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)

February 6 Chinese Zodiac TIGER

February 6 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Uranus that symbolizes innovations on a large scale, rebellions, and liberation.

February 6 Birthday Symbols

The Water Bearer Is The Symbol For The Aquarius Star Sign

February 6 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Lovers. This card symbolizes new relationships, temptations, and choices that you need to make in your life. The Minor Arcana cards are Six of Swords and Knight of Swords.

February 6 Birthday Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Libra: This is one of the most excellent and compatible relationships of the zodiac. You are not compatible with people born under CancerThis match is not harmonious in communication, sex or compatibility.

See Also:

February 6 Lucky Numbers

Number 6 – This number signifies creativity, determination, innovation, and balance.
Number 8 – This number signifies authority, decision-making skills, ambition, and self-assurance.

Lucky Colors For February 6 Birthday

Violet: This color stands for spirituality, imagination, and dignity.
Pink: This is a feminine color that stands for nurturing, sensitivity, delicacy, and a calming effect.

Lucky Days For February 6 Birthday

Saturday – This is the day of planet Saturn that signifies completion of current tasks and planning for the next.
Wednesday – This is the day of planet Venus and stands for creativity, new relationships and partnerships.

February 6 Birthstones

Your gemstone is Amethyst that helps in overcoming addictions and healing stress and mental illness.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gift For People Born On February 6

A play station for the man and the latest mobile phone for the woman. The February 6 birthday personality loves the latest gadgets.

February 6, 2023 Moon Goddess Current Phase

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waning Gibbous. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning.

Visit the February 2023 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waning Gibbous Phase

The Waning Gibbous on February 6 has an illumination of 100%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On February 6 the Moon is 15.41 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

Phase Details

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 100%
Moon Age: 15.41 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 403,869.63 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,532,829.86 km

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Useful Moon Resources

February 6, 2023 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link

Currentplanetarypositions.com

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link  

For Your Local Time and Date 

Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

February 06, 2023
11:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM PST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 53
Moon:00 Virgo 53
Mercury:24 Capricorn 01
Venus:13 Pisces 29
Mars:11 Gemini 42
Jupiter:07 Aries 12
Saturn:26 Aquarius 34
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 47
Pluto:28 Capricorn 51

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 28 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 15 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 18

Chiron:12 Aries 51
Ceres:06 Libra 56 Rx
Pallas:10 Cancer 57 Rx
Juno:12 Aries 10
Vesta:29 Pisces 27

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:5
Earth:6
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:6
Mutable:5

Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

February 06, 2023
09:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 48
Moon:29 Leo 53
Mercury:23 Capricorn 55
Venus:13 Pisces 23
Mars:11 Gemini 41
Jupiter:07 Aries 11
Saturn:26 Aquarius 33
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 47
Pluto:28 Capricorn 51

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 29 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 15 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 17

Chiron:12 Aries 51
Ceres:06 Libra 56 Rx
Pallas:10 Cancer 57 Rx
Juno:12 Aries 07
Vesta:29 Pisces 25

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:6
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

6 February 2023
01:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 28
Moon:25 Leo 54
Mercury:23 Capricorn 29
Venus:12 Pisces 58
Mars:11 Gemini 35
Jupiter:07 Aries 07
Saturn:26 Aquarius 31
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 46
Pluto:28 Capricorn 50

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 34 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 16 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 15

Chiron:12 Aries 50
Ceres:06 Libra 57 Rx
Pallas:11 Cancer 00 Rx
Juno:11 Aries 57
Vesta:29 Pisces 17

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:6
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

6 February 2023 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link

Currentplanetarypositions.com

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link  

For Your Local Time and Date 

Southeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

6 February 2023
06:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 40
Moon:28 Leo 23
Mercury:23 Capricorn 45
Venus:13 Pisces 14
Mars:11 Gemini 39
Jupiter:07 Aries 10
Saturn:26 Aquarius 32
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 47
Pluto:28 Capricorn 51

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 31 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 15 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 16

Chiron:12 Aries 51
Ceres:06 Libra 57 Rx
Pallas:10 Cancer 58 Rx
Juno:12 Aries 03
Vesta:29 Pisces 22

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:6
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

Southern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Cape Town, South Africa

6 February 2023
01:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 28
Moon:25 Leo 54
Mercury:23 Capricorn 29
Venus:12 Pisces 58
Mars:11 Gemini 35
Jupiter:07 Aries 07
Saturn:26 Aquarius 31
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 46
Pluto:28 Capricorn 50

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 34 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 16 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 15

Chiron:12 Aries 50
Ceres:06 Libra 57 Rx
Pallas:11 Cancer 00 Rx
Juno:11 Aries 57
Vesta:29 Pisces 17

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:6
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

Southwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

6 February 2023
04:00 am GMT 3:00 PM AEDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Aquarius 05
Moon:21 Leo 25
Mercury:23 Capricorn 01
Venus:12 Pisces 30
Mars:11 Gemini 30
Jupiter:07 Aries 03
Saturn:26 Aquarius 28
Uranus:15 Taurus 02
Neptune:23 Pisces 45
Pluto:28 Capricorn 50

True Lunar Node:07 Taurus 39 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Taurus 17 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):03 Leo 12

Chiron:12 Aries 49
Ceres:06 Libra 57 Rx
Pallas:11 Cancer 02 Rx
Juno:11 Aries 45
Vesta:29 Pisces 07

Eris:23 Aries 59

Fire:6
Earth:5
Air:4
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:7
Mutable:4

A Thought for Today

Dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may the Great Mother and Great Father, Lord and Lady, bless you and your family with all things positive!

As We End the Week of Remembering Lady Abyss, I leave You with These Words…

I chose to honor Lady Abyss’ memory this week by reposting some of her wisdom, humor, and the fount of inspiration her posts brought to so many of us. I have decided that she share so much information over the years to dedicate every Sunday to bring some of those posts to light again because of the excellent things we can learn about witchcraft from WOTC’s founder and my muse to continue her work for the Goddess. To that end you will be able to read some of the posts that are from way back in our archives. I hope you have enjoyed this stroll down memory lane with me as much as I have enjoyed bring these posts I choose to you dear WOTC family and guests.

Lady Abyss or Lady A or her full pagan name Lady of the Abyss has been on my mind a lot this month. I would have been on the phone with probably more than once a day asking for help or just venting. So, I decide I am going to honor her memory by reposting Lady A’s original posts for some of our regular daily posts. She was a virtual font of knowledge. As I can afford it, I want to purchase some of the books she used for posts on WOTC.

For those of you who have joined the WOTC family after about the middle of June 2019 did not have the pleasure of knowing her, so I am going to tell you a little about this fantastic lady and witch.

Lady A founded WOTC in 2004 when the world wide web was just opening to individuals to start websites. She once told me that the Goddess had called her to do this work and so she did. She was all alone posting about witchcraft when she started out. Because she came so forcibly out of the broom closet back in the day, she received numerous hate mails and even death threats throughout her 20 some years bring the Goddess’ message to people around the world. She received the last death threat a mere month before she crossed the veil. One of the main groups that kept threatening her was ISIS. Much to her dismay she found out there were members of that group only about 20 miles from where she lived in Kentucky.

She was born as far as I remember her telling in the hills of eastern Kentucky but moved to around the center of the state as a young woman. Her style of witchcraft stemmed from her birthplace and family.

May she continue to walk by my side and help me bring meaningful things about witchcraft and life to you for however many years I have left to run this website.

HERBS TO AVOID OR USE WITH CAUTION DURING PREGNANCY c. 2012

Please note that this is in no way meant to take the place of regular medical advice or treatment.
Please see a doctor if conditions persist or worsen

HERBS TO AVOID OR USE WITH CAUTION DURING PREGNANCY

 

Many herbs contain steroids that can affect the baby’s development during pregnancy and/or nursing. Others may be of a mild toxic type, and others may be strong uterine stimulants. Please read this section carefully and take heed.

Angelica – stimulates suppressed menstruation
Black Cohosh – uterine stimulant – mostly used during labor
Blue Cohosh – a stronger uterine stimulant
Borage oil – a uterine stimulant – use only during the last few days of pregnancy
Comfrey – can cause liver problems in mother and fetus – use only briefly, externally only, for treating sprains and strains –
Dong Quai – may stimulate bleeding
Elder – do not use during pregnancy or lactation
Fenugreek – uterine relaxant
Goldenseal – too powerful an antibiotic for the developing fetus, also should not be used if nursing
Henbane – highly toxic
Horsetail – too high in silica for the developing fetus
Licorice Root – can create water retention and/or elevated blood pressure
Motherwort – stimulates suppressed menstruation
Mugwort – can be a uterine stimulant
Nutmeg – can cause miscarriage in large doses
Pennyroyal Leaf – stimulates uterine contractions (NOTE: Pennyroyal essential oil should not be used by pregnant women at any time!) – do not handle if pregnant or nursing

Rue – strong expellant
Shepherd’s Purse – used only for hemmorhaging during/after childbirth
Uva Ursi – removes too much blood sugar during pregnancy and nursing
Yarrow – uterine stimulant

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices c. 2012

Medicinal Uses For Common Culinary Spices

by Lord Riekin, © 1999

Please note that this is in no way meant to take the place of regular medical advice or treatment.
Please see a doctor if conditions persist or worsen

ALLSPICE
Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

ANISE
Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boil down by half, add 4 tbsp. of honey, take two tsp to calm a cough. Drink tea for memory, aid digestion, and a wash for oily skin.

ANNATO
(Lipstick tree)
Lightly crushed seeds added to food is like natural gas-x.

ARROW ROOT POWDER
One tbsp in a cup of juice every few hours to relieve diarrhea. Poultice to soothe skin inflammations.

ASAFOETIDA
Buy the tincture in Indian shops. They add a drop to many dishes to relieve stomach pains (gas). Insect repellent. Topical use to heal ulcerated sores.

ASPARAGUS
Boil in water and drink the water for kidney problems. Dissolves uric acid deposits and promotes urination.

BASIL
Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness. Douche for yeast infections, eliminates candida, gargle and mouthwash. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.

BAY LAUREL
Heat leaves in a little olive oil to make a bay oil salve for arthritis and aches.

CARAWAY
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas, even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping.

CARDAMON
Digestive aid, eases gluten intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.

CAYENNE PEPPER
Capsicum speeds metabolism. Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. (blocks substance P) Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers. “Jewish” penicillin, cayenne and garlic in chicken soup really IS as effective as antibiotics after the onset of cold or flu. Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemics. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

CELERY
Sedative. Active ingredient thalide. Seed and stalk, reduces hypertension. Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser.

CHERVIL
Steep in boiled water and apply with an eye cup for a wide range of eye complaints.

CHICORY
Liver cleanser, fat cleanser, dissolves gallstones. Prepare like coffee.

CILANTRO
Leafy part of coriander plant. Food poisoning preventative.

CINNAMON
Mouthwash, good for upset stomach. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whiskey – as cold medication. Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives.

CLOVE
Use oil for pain relief for sore gums and toothache. Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis. Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.

COFFEE
Although not a spice, it is commonly available in the kitchen. The caffeine in coffee can be used to alleviate headaches (particularly those caused by caffeine withdrawal.) Coffee enemas with olive oil are used to cleanse the bowels and are one of the safest and most thoroughly cleansing enemas available. Caution and common sense must be used to avoid dependency. Hot black coffee sipped through a straw helps break up mucus congestion in the lungs.

CORIANDER
Coriander tea can be used topically to remove unpleasant odors in the genital area for men and women. The tea can be held in the mouth to relieve the pain of a toothache. Can also be drank to relieve flatulence and indigestion.

DILL
Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. To the same directions, but substitute for the 4 tsp of dill, instead add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill to stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath.

FENNEL
Chewing fennel seeds relieves bad breath. Fennel seed tea sweetens breast milk. Fennel tea relieves colic in infants.

FENUGREEK
Use as a tea as an excellent relief for colic and fever in children. 1 tbsp ground fenugreek seed taken in the diet daily can reduce cholesterol. 8 tsp of seed presoaked in 4 cups cold water for 4 hours, then boil for 2 minutes, strain and drink 1 cup a day to ease hay fever attacks.

GARLIC
Ultimate antibiotic. Useful even for sexually transmitted diseases. Strongly recommended for hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Destroys intestinal parasites. Reduces cholesterol. Repels insects, and reduces sting effects of insects and red ants.

GINGER
Anti-nausea tea, blood thinner, substitute for coumadin. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow. Then soak towel and lay on bruises and sprains while still hot, to ease them. Stimulates a delayed period. Warm ginger tea is good to break up congestion and fever. Ginger is one of the few herbs that easily passes the blood/brain membrane and is used in conjunction with other herbs that are meant to have an effect on the mind. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal concentrations of ginger.

HORSERADISH
Freshly dug root is added to a cold-pressed oil of choice (such as safflower or olive) to make a massage oil for muscle aches and to break up chest congestion. Grate fresh ginger and horseradish together and make a tea to stop post nasal drip.

LEMONGRASS
½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

LICORICE
Tranquilizer. Balances nervous system, stimulates liver functions. Long term usage (over 3 months) could cause liver damage.

LOVAGE
Steep root for 15 min in a cup of boiled water, drink after every meal to prevent flatulence.

MARJORAM AND OREGANO
Over 2 dozen related species. Use as a tea to help reduce fevers and break up bronchitis. Drink tea to relieve cramps and irregular menstruation. Eases suffering of childhood diseases like mumps and measles.

MINT
(Peppermint and spearmint)
Peppermint tea for migraines, nervousness, stomach disorders, heartburn, and abdominal cramps. Herpes sufferers can take 2 cups of tea a day to ease the symptoms when the virus is active. Mints are used to buffer the action of other herbs that have uncomfortable effects on the stomach and intestines. Can be used in any combination for flavor.

MUSTARD
1 ½ cups of dry yellow mustard in a bathtub of water for sprained backs. Make a paste with water and apply to knee and elbow sprains till blisters appear! Mustard and ginger plaster for deep rattling coughs – 1 tsp each mustard and ginger powder mixed with 2 ½ tbsp of olive oil. Rub over chest and back and put on an old T-shirt (or cover with cloth diaper).

NUTMEG AND MACE
Gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and kidney problems – make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water. 1 tbsp of powdered nutmeg produces a floating euphoria for between 6 and 24 hours. Can cause near constant erections for men during that time. Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.

ONION
Egyptians swore their oaths on onions; Grant refused to move his army until he got 3 railroad cars full of onions; interviews with hundreds of people who lived to 100 plus all indicated a heavy intake of onions in the diet. Onion is an excellent dressing for burns. Crush sliced onions with a little bit of salt and apply to burns. Apply sliced onion to bee and wasp stings. For asthma: puree an onion, cover it with brandy and let sit overnight, strain it, filter it through a coffee filter, and refrigerate. Take 2 tbsp 20 minutes before expected onset or before going to bed.

PARSLEY
The purifier. Chew for halitosis. A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor. Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones. One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea. Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac. In Spain they have found that feeding parsley to sheep will bring them into heat at any time of year!

PEPPER (black)
Pain relief from toothache, brings down a fever.

ROSEMARY
Flower tea for the breath. Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink. Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow. Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal. Mouthful twice daily. Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever; sniff for headaches. Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.

SAGE
Chew a fresh leaf and put on insect bite to reduce sting and swelling. Sage tea for the throat. Two cups of sage tea a day for a week will dry up mother’s milk. For the itching of skin problems, steep a handful of freshly crushed leaves in a pint of boiled water for one hour, and bathe the area, then sprinkle with whole wheat flour. Sage tea prevents blood clots.

SAVORY
(the herb of love)
One quart boiled water, 3 ½ tbsp fenugreek seed, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove fenugreek and add 2 handfuls of savory leaves, steep 50 minutes and drink 2 cups, as an aphrodisiac.

TARRAGON
1 ½ tsp cut dried herb in 1 ¾ cups boiled water, steep 40 minutes, drink warm for insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, or nervous exhaustion. (or anything “jittery”) For digestion steep a handful of dried leaves in a jar with apple cider vinegar, stand 7 hours, strain and seal. Take 1 tbsp before each meal.

TEA
Caffeine relieves migraines. Tea drinkers suffer less hardening of the arteries than coffee drinkers. Black tea kills dental plaque.

THYME
Antibiotic. A tsp in ½ cup boiled water to make a gargle or mouthwash, to prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and cold sores. Drink for cold, flu, fever, and allergy symptoms. As a bath for nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and also as a douche. Compress for bumps and bruises. Health liqueur – 6 sprigs of thyme in 1 ½ cups of brandy for 5 days, shaking daily. Take several times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Thyme is good for killing bacteria and for relaxing tense muscles. Relieves migraine headaches and stomach cramps.

TUMERIC
Anti-oxidant. Powdered turmeric on any ulcerated skin condition or mix with enough lime juice to make a paste and put on herpes sores, mumps, chicken pox, etc. Dip a cloth in turmeric solution to wash away discharges from conjunctivitis and opthamalia. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric’s properties are as good as 1 % hydrocortisone and phenylobutazone. Take ½ tsp in juice in the morning and evening to aid in removing fat around the liver. Turmeric, bay leaf, clove, and cinnamon all tripled insulin performance in metabolizing blood glucose in a test tube! Field tests proved to greatly enhance production of insulin by the pancreas. “Spicecaps” from Great American Natural Products have a pinch of cinnamon, 2 cloves, ½ bay leaf, and 1 tsp of turmeric per capsule.

VANILLA
Sexual stimulant. Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract, squeeze it out, put it under the tongue and it will quickly calm hysteria.

VINEGAR
Naturally brewed apple cider vinegar deserves a course all on it’s own. It is one of the finest blood cleansers and arthritis cures known. Take 1 tbsp per day of equal parts vinegar and honey in water to taste to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation from arthritis. Be sure to use naturally brewed vinegar, as the white cheap stuff in the grocery store is actually acetic acid, a petroleum by-product, and pretty well useless. (except as a window cleaner!)

BAKING SODA
Although not an herb or a spice, this was sent in by OrichidTigress@aol.com, and is especially recommended for people who are allergic to MSG. Many people will use a meat tenderizer for bee stings, but it contains MSG which can cause some people to swell. Instead, make a paste and apply directly to the insect bite to reduce swelling. You can also mix 1 tsp with water and take for relief of indigestion.

Common Kitchen Herbs That Heal c. 2012

Please note that this is in no way meant to take the place of regular medical advice or treatment.
Please see a doctor if conditions persist or worsen

What follows is a short list of herbs commonly found in kitchens, or easily found in most supermarkets. This list is alphabetical by herb.
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Anise (Pimpinella ansium)
Anise helps expel gas, relieves nausea and stomach pain caused by gas.
To use: crush anise seeds into a powder. Put 1 teaspoon of the powder into 1 cup of warm water. Drink up to three times a day to relieve symptoms. ——————————————————————————–
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil is another anti-nauseant that also relieves gas, and promotes normal bowel function.
To use: Make a strong tea using 1 teaspoon of the crushed dried herb in a half- cup of water. Drink as needed, not to exceed three cups a day. ——————————————————————————–
Capsicum or Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)
Cayenne helps stimulate the appetite and acts as a milk stimulant. It may reduce discomfort from the common cold.
To use: make a tea out of the dried herb, 1 teaspoon per cup of hot water. 2 cups per day only.
Note: Cayenne irritates hemorrhoids and should never be used by people with stomach problems. Do not exceed recommended dosage as high doses can cause stomach and kidney problems. ——————————————————————————–
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Caraway works as an expectorant for coughs due to colds. It also improves the appetite and may increase breast milk in nursing mothers.
To use: Chew some seeds three or four times a day. ——————————————————————————–
Dill (Aniethum graveolens)
Dill eases indigestion and upset stomachs.
To use: make a strong tea by steeping 2 teaspoons of dill seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink one half-cup 2 to 3 times daily. ——————————————————————————–
Fennel (Foeniculum velgare)
Fennel is a digestive aid and is known to relieve cramps. The oil is used to relieve stiff joints.
To use: 15 drops of extract in warm water with honey, one daily, as digestive aid. Rub oil directly on affected area for pain alleviation. ——————————————————————————–
Fenugreek (Trigonella graceum)
Fenugreek relieves sore throats and is useful for treating irritations and other inflammations.
To use: as a gargle for sore throat – mix 1 tablespoon of pulverized seed in 1 cup hot water. Let steep for 10 minutes and strain. Gargle 3 times a day, every 3-4 hours. As a poultice for skin irritations – pulverize enough seed so that when mixed with 8 ounces of water, it forms a thick paste. Apply paste to affected areas once a day. ——————————————————————————–
Garlic (Allium satvum)
Garlic helps fight infections, lowers blood pressure and may be able to destroy some cancer cells.
To use: stir-fry cloves for a few minutes to cut down garlic-breath. Eat 2 or 3 a day for maximum effectiveness. ——————————————————————————–
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Ginger eases cold symptoms, soothes skin inflammations and minor burns, calms upset stomachs, and is a natural remedy for morning sickness.
To use: for burn and inflammations – mash fresh ginger root, soak cotton ball and then rub juice on the affected area. For all else – add ginger extract to hot water, 10 drops per cup. This can be taken up to three times daily. ——————————————————————————–
Parsley (Petroselinium sativum)
Parsley settles stomachs after meals. If also helps clear congestion due to colds and is soothing for asthma.
To use: make a strong tea using 1 teaspoon dried, ground parsley in 1 cup hot water. Let steep 10-15 minutes. Take once a day. ——————————————————————————–
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Mint is an anti-spasmodic and is excellent for relieving cramps and stomach pain. It also relieves gas and aids in digestion. It can help reduce the sick feeling associated with migraines.
To use: drink one cup as a tea. Commercial teas are available. (Make sure it is only mint, not mint flavored.) Drink as needed. ——————————————————————————–
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is used for most head pains.
To use: as tea, to relieve nervous tension, make a strong tea. Rub rosemary essential oil on the temples to relieve headaches. Mix essential oils or leaves with olive oil to make a dandruff treatment. ——————————————————————————–
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage reduces perspiration and can be used to ease sore gums.
To use: to relieve perspiration, medium tea, one time daily. To ease gums, strong infusion, gargled, 3 times daily. ——————————————————————————–
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is good for chronic respiratory problems, cold flu and sore throat. It is also an anti-fungal.
To use: make a tea of the dried herb, drink daily. As an anti-fungal, rub extract on affected areas. ——————————————————————————–
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric promotes good liver function and helps prevent gallbladder disease. It also may help prevent over-clotting of blood cells, and may help relieve arthritis symptoms.
To use: take 300mg up to 3 times daily. ——————————————————————————–

Herbal First Aid Kit c. 2012

Please note that this is in no way meant to take the place of regular medical advice or treatment.
Please see a doctor if conditions persist or worsen

Contents and Instructions

* Calendula Ointment – Use for minor cuts and grazes, red rashes and any minor skin rash.
* Comfrey Ointment – Suitable for all bruises and minor damage to external blood vessels and veins.
* St. Johns Wort Oil – Beneficial for itchy skin and irritable psoriasis. Also good for sunburn when applied at night.
* Liver Mixture – Has mild laxative properties and helps with the digestion of rich food. Take one teaspoon at night or 30 minutes before your main meal.
* Parasite Mixture – Effective against some common internal parasites. If  infestation is suspected abstain from all food for 24 hours. Then take one tablespoon of the mixture in a little water and repeat this dose after four hours and then once again after another four hours. Your parasites should by then have died. You should be able to recommence eating four hours after the last dose, (Gasp!). May also be used as a skin wash for external parasites.
* Nervine and Sedative Mixture – Take 25 drops 3 x daily on an empty stomach as a general sedative. If you have trouble sleeping at night take one teaspoon in a little water 30 minutes before bed-time.
* Astringent Mix. – Good for internal bleeding and also as an effective remedy for occasional diarrhea. If you are stricken with “the runs” take one teaspoonful in a little water every two hours until symptoms subside. Follow up with Echinacea and Goldenseal tincture.
* Echinacea and Goldenseal – Similar in effect to an anti-biotic. Use only in the event of serious infection etc. Take 25 drops in a little water 4 x daily half an hour before meals. Continue for at least two weeks. May be used externally as an antiseptic and anesthetic lotion.
* Echinacea Tincture – Similar to the previous mixture but more suitable for use over a long period when taken internally. May be taken for up to one month in order to boost the overall effectiveness of the immune system.
Important – These remedies are in no way intended as a substitute for proper medical care and attention. If your symptoms persist please consult with a reputable health care practitioner.

A Little Humor for Your Day – Ineffective Daily Affirmations c. 2019

Ineffective Daily Affirmations


As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I can get in touch with my Inner Sociopath.

I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

As I learn to trust the universe, I no longer need to carry a gun.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.

I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.

In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal.

Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.

My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgment.

I can change any thought that hurts into a reality that hurts even more.

I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.

Joan of Arc heard voices, too.

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.

I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.

When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.

The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.

All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts.

I am at one with my duality.

Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves into knots.

Rather than curse the darkness, I could light a candle… with a little luck, I could torch the place.

I will strive to live each day as if it were my 30th birthday.

Only a lack of imagination saves me from immobilizing myself with imaginary fears.

Does my quiet self-pity get to me? Yes? Or should I move up to incessant nagging?

I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so.”

 

Turok’s Cabana

Spell for Today – Full Moon Goddess Blessing Salts c. 2017

Full Moon Goddess Blessing Salts

What You’ll Need: 1/2 cup of salt Desired herbal blend (See conjuring instructions for amount)

Protection Blend Dill Cedar Clove Sage Lavender

Healing Blend Cinnamon Lavender Pine Rosemary Sandalwood

Self-Love Blend Chamomile Lavender Rose Jasmine

How to Conjure: In a glass jar or bowl, mix 1/2 cup salt with desired herbs. While mixing, focus your mind on your intentions (i.e. protection, health, self-love). Picture your intentions manifesting. Feel the safety and peace rippling through you if your salt is for protection. Imagine your body (or your loved one’s) healing if you’re manifesting health. Picture that person up and about, running and jumping and feeling amazing! If your blend is for self-love, imagine yourself standing before a mirror, liking what you see. Smile at yourself. Tell yourself you are loved, that you are human and you are doing your best, that your best is enough. That you are worthy of love, especially your own.

Once you can visualize the outcome in your mind’s eye, place the jar outside or on a windowsill where it will be exposed to the moonlight all night. In Goddess pose (arms above head like the “Y” in the YMCA dance), thank the Goddess Moon for lending her energies to your spell and take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is a full moon.

Leave the jar on the windowsill until the following morning. Cover it, put it on your magic shelf, and you’re done! Now you have a blessing salt you can use to protect your home or vehicle, to circle a table for a healing spell, or to bless a special piece of jewelry or crystal to keep with you to remind yourself that you are worthy of love!

These herbs can be added in any amount. Generally I listen to instinct and see what the herb is saying to me (so to speak. I don’t hear herbal voices, but how cool would that be?!) If you find yourself drawn to one more than another, either by scent or smell or pure instinct, follow your gut! Magick is all about instinct. The best spells you will ever cast are the ones where you followed your intuition.

 

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