Medicinal Herbs: Arnica

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Arnica {Arnica montana}

Arnica has been an important topical healing herb since the 15th century. It is a member of the large and varied Asteraceae, or Composite family, along with sunflowers, daisies, lettuce, and chicory. This perennial herb originated in the mountains of Europe and Siberia and is now widely cultivated in North America.

The plant’s genus name derives from arna, Greek for “lamb,” because of the soft, fleecy hair on its green leaves. It reaches an average height of one to two feet and produces daisy-like yellow-orange flowers that begin to bloom in May.

Healing Properties

Arnica’s flower heads, either fresh or dried, are the base of creams, salves, ointments, liniments, or tinctures that are applied to the skin to treat muscle aches, sprains, strains, and bruises. Arnica can also be useful in treating superficial phlebitis, inflamed insect bites, and swelling from broken bones. There…

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Black Obsidian Stone Use and Metaphysical Healing Properties

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obsidian Obsidian Tumbled Stones

What is black obsidian stone?

Obsidian is a natural black quartz stone, and is found in a number of places worldwide.
Obsidian is a stone with a shiny, glassy testure that is formed naturally when volcanic lave comes in contact with water. Obsidian is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows, where the chemical composition (high silica content) induces a high viscosity and polymerization degree of the lava.

Obsidian is found in many countries, the locations including Hawaii, Japan, Iceland, Hungary, Mexico, Ecuador, and Guatemala.

It has an excellent spiritual grounding vibration and also has a strong psychic
protection energy. It has powerful metaphysical properties that will shield you against negativity.

obsidian rock Black Obsidian Rough Stones

There are a number of different variations of this stone, and it comes in a range of types and colors. Such as snowflake obsidan, mahogany obsidian and rainbow…

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House Spirits

Summoned Sphinx

Have you been taking care of your house spirit? They’ve certainly been taking care of you. These finicky wights, extremely loyal and generous if treated well—but terribly shy and easily heartbroken and offended according to folklore—take care of their households, promoting luck, fertility, and activity among their patrons, cleaning little messes here and there, and often serving as an intermediary between other local spirits. Sometimes they’ll accompany the same bloodline for generations, becoming elevated thereby as a kind of ancestral protector of its own, representative of a family’s luck over centuries. However, a series of heated arguments and tantrums between family members gone wrong can be all that it takes to make their house spirit up and leave in search of a new home.

These characteristics are not universal, of course. I’m mostly speaking about my experience with Slavic house spirits, which are most often known as domovoi. Growing up…

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Full Moon in Taurus – Glow

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The full Moon again!  What is the gift we have been waiting for?  Is it more money?  More time to do what we love to do?  Perhaps we have or have been going through a shift in our value system so we have had to dig pretty deep to pull out the weeds.

The Taurus Moon opposite the Sun in Scorpio provides the energy to do just that.  Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs so we don’t want to budge from where we stand on issues.  We want to feel safe and secure and that means sticking to what is familiar and what has worked in the past.

The Sun is in close proximity with Jupiter and Mercury pushing us to go deep, deeper and still deeper.  Enough emotional processing already!  Enough looking at all my issues and how to resolve them!  It’s like picking at a pimple for too…

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Crystals For Courage, Confidence, and Bravery

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Courage gives life to our little and big ambitions, life decisions as well as miracles. Without courage, it is not only impossible to survive in this world, living becomes more of hardships. Like meditation and chromotherapy, Crystals for courage when used on the higher chakras are seen to fill the wearer with confidence and surety.

It is not unnatural to meet people who are perpetually afraid of something or the other. If you suffer from perpetual feargemstones can show you a new way of life. In fact, higher chakra gemstones are specifically known to build self-confidence and courage in the users.

Being afraid of things can build an alert and cautious personality that is rooted in solid ideologies. However, if your fears are restricting you from giving your best shot at life, it is unhealthy. Fears are all unhealthy according to spirituality. It limits your potential by…

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Herb of the Month

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Rosemary

Aromatherapy Uses

The oil has a positive effect on the digestive system, helpful for indigestion, colitis and constipation. It is also good or hepatic disorders being a liver and gall-bladder tonic.

The circulatory system also benefits from the oil. The oil can normalize blood pressure and help combat hardening of the arteries.

Rosemary is good for rheumatic and muscular pain, especially tired and over worked muscles. It has a warming effect on cold limbs and is helpful in the winter for rheumatism aggravated by cold.

Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the nerves and is beneficial for all nervous disorders including hysteria, and paralysis.

The other benefits of rosemary include a positive effect on menstrual cramps, an excellent skin tonic property, a stimulant for the scalp encouraging hair growth and providing treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.

The emotional benefits of Rosemary include its ability to clear the mind…

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Mercury Goes Retrograde – How Not Only to Survive, But to Thrive During the Next 3 Weeks of Mercury Retrograde — Astro Butterfly

Mercury stations and turns retrograde on August 12th, 2017. The retrograde will last for 23 days, until Mercury turns direct again on September 4th. The current Mercury Retrograde cycle is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Gravitating around the Sun, Mercury will turn direct exactly at 28°, which is the […]

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MANDRAKE ROOT

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CHEMICAL MAGICK

Many describe the Mandrake Root as resembling the human shape of the Male and of the Female and in some cases certain body parts

Using the Mandrake Root will exercise control over the body

The Mandrake Root is most unearthed on Halloween

With the Olde Witches Tale that the Root would scream and bring bad luck to anyone who uproot it from the earth from those who would hunt for the Root in the woods

This came about to keep the greedy hands of illicit vendors and common folk away from it…and the rumor seemed to work out beautifullyThe Mandrake Root is handled with caution some wearing gardening gloves or rubber gloves when using it

Mandrake is Toxic

The Root contains narcotics and hallucinogenic alkaloids

Ingesting large doses can cause delirium and madness

It has a few nic names

Hand of Glory
Devil’s Testicles
Satan’s Apple

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Aquarius Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse Energies

The Manifesting Moon

And so, we’re entering the August Eclipse season!

Eclipses always intensify the energies surrounding it, and this one is no different. Especially since it’s the window to the next New Moon in bright and passionate Leo again!

Tomorrow’s Full Moon in Aquarius will be shared with a Lunar Eclipse. This lunar eclipse will be seen all around the world except for the Americas. Even though in some parts of the world, we may not see it, we will certainly FEEL the energy rising and strengthening.

Eclipses usually bring forth unresolved, old or ignored parts of us, that we’ve chosen to leave in the dark (or maybe we’re unaware that they linger in darkness). It’s never really comfortable or fun to look at your shadow side and see it as clear as day. But this happens so we gain more clarity on who we are, who we want to be and…

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