A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Three

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Ogham Nion

My Nion Ogham stave ~ photo by i.macy

We shall now come to the ruler of the third lunar month [18th February – 17th March] in the Celtic Tree Ogham, Nion [Nuin], which represents the Ash tree.  It is also the fifth letter of the Ogham alphabet.  As the Ash tree is known for the powers of protection, health, courage, and of matters concerning the sea, Nion also represents these matters. The primary function of this blog is to acquaint you with using the Ogham for divination purposes and not to get into the many differences of the Ogham letters themselves or where they came from.  I merely write about the most commonly used Ogham letters for divination and how you can interpret them, although it is not contained to the interpretation solely of which I give you here.  The beauty of the Ogham is that it can be interpreted by the seasoned veteran in many ways.  However, this is hopefully as good a place to begin as any and I hope it is a good aid to those first learning Ogham divination.

Representations:   Protection, Health, Courage, Sea Travel and all Matters of the Sea

Ogham Letter:  N

Number:  5

Colour:  Pale Blue

Tarot:  The Hanged Man

Animals:  Butterflies, Common Snipe [Celtic:  Seahorse]

Plant:  Wood Anemone

Divination Meaning:  Remember that for every action, there is a consequence, and these affect not only ourselves but others as well. What we do in our life will carry into the future and possibly even beyond. Every one of our words and deeds has some kind of impact.  Your actions echo in the cosmos as a stone thrown into a pond causes ripples. Know that you and the world are interconnected. Be aware of the effect of your actions.

How to Mend the Problem:  Is what we are doing now in line with what we should be doing? Is the resistance we face self-created? Take a moment to listen, to pay attention to what is happening around you. Don’t let the beat of your own drum drown out the music of the Universe.  Endeavour to become aware that all things are connected. Balance your need with the Earth’s and then act accordingly with love and respect.

The Ash is a great tree when employing the law of attraction in your life. If you have a life-dream or goal, focus upon it and see it flourishing under the Ash – this will increase the speed of the desire coming to you.  As many of you know, the Ash tree is the great Yggdrasil in Nordic mythology as well as the most sacred tree of Celtic mythology.  “As above, so below, as within so without”.

You can catch up the first two blogs, Part One and Part Two by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it and/or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

Experience

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A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Two

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Last week’s blog was more in depth than this one will be as there is no need to repeat basics every week.  If you wish to read those as you’re only coming in on the subject today, please visit A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part 1 for the details you will miss in this blog.

The Rowan has always been a tree of great protection.  Every part of a Rowan tree can be used in creating charms and amulets from the bark to the wood to the berry.  Even the centre of the Rowan berry carries a five-pointed star or pentagram, which is in itself, a symbol of protection.  You can learn more about the Rowan tree by reading my blog, The Magickal Rowan Tree.

Luis Ogham

My Luis Ogham stave ~ photo by i.macy

This week we shall look at the Ogham letter, Luis, which is pertaining to the Rowan tree.  It is the second consonant of the Ogham alphabet and corresponds to the English letter, “L”.  It is the Celtic birth tree for those born between 21 January – 17 February.  The symbol represents protection, blessings, and insightfulness.  If you visit our shop online, you can usually find various charms/amulets made from Rowan wood as Rowan sticks have been fashioned into charms of protection throughout the ages not just by Pagans but Christians alike.  Below I have set forth some useful information about divination with the Ogham letter Luis and what it will mean when drawn, as well as how to deal with the outcome of the reading for the day [or for the person whom you are divining for].

Representations:   Protection, Intuition, Connection, Blessings.

Number:  2

Colour:  Grey, Red

Tarot:  High Priestess

Animals:  Duck, Quail

Plant:  Snowdrop

Divination Meaning:  Be aware in all things.  Your intuitions are keen, therefore, trust your judgements with people you encounter and do not allow yourself to be complacent.

How to Mend the Problem:  You must keep your senses about you to distinguish between good and evil.  In doing so, you will not be beguiled or swayed from your beliefs and understanding.  Be not afraid!  Your sense of purpose and strength will turn away all which threatens your purpose and serenity. Believe in yourself.

Please note that if there is more you wish to find out, please refer to Part 1 which is about Beith, the Birch tree Ogham.  There will be some other bits you will want to know there as well.  Next week we shall explore the Ogham, Nion, for The Magickal Ash Tree.  And, if you would like further information on the trees themselves, I have written about both Birch, The Magick of Birch,  and Rowan.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  If you have enjoyed it or have learned from it, please share via the social media buttons below.  I love comments also and respond as promptly as I can.  And, I very much enjoy a like for my efforts!  Warmest blessings to those whom wander this way x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

Experience

 

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Alkanet

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

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Dyer’s Bugloss [Alkanna tinctorial]  ~ by wildflowerfinder.org.uk

Alkanet [Alkanna tinctorial] is derived from the root of a plant known as Dyer’s Bugloss.  Do not confuse it with Viper’s Bugloss [Echium vulgare]. Both have blue flowers, however, very different. Alkanna tinctorial is originally from the Mediterranean and brought to England specifically back in the day, growing in Kent, and in the West Country, specifically Devonshire and Cornwall.  It can be found throughout Great Britain today.  Echium vulgare is a native of Great Britain.

It may not surprise you to know that Alkanet is known for its beautiful red dye, for  if you’ve worked with it before, you can see from your fingertips!   You can also use it in a tinted lip gloss, if you like.  I have no doubt it was the favoured way in which women through the ages have given their pouts a bit of colour before Revlon and other make up companies came out with tubes of lipstick.  Not only has Alkanet been used for lippy, but has, and still is, used to colour wood stain, cloth dye, and wine.

In some forms of magick, Alkanet is used to speed thing up a bit for those in need of a quick fix.  I have never personally used Alkanet in a hurry, so I don’t know, but apparently it is the go-to plant for getting things off to a quick start and early gains.

Magickal

Spell work involving Alkanet is best used on the day of Venus, Friday and during the hour of Venus for the best effects.

Alkanet root

Alkanet root ~ photo from herbalveda.co.uk

Alkanet is a wonderful herb to use for anything related to money.  You can carry a piece of the root with you when going gambling to increase your luck or mix the powdered root with other money-drawing herbs, flowers, and woods to carry in a sachet or talisman.  It is also a fabulous anti-negativity herb and has long been used in loose incenses for that purpose.  I always suggest using Alkanet in a loose incense for burning in a new home or one where trouble has been prevalent in order to cleanse away the negative energies left behind.  You can use the same herbs, flowers, and woods with Alkanet as you may have created a talisman with for drawing money or luck to you in a loose incense for money spells, as well.

As mentioned above, Alkanet is a prevalent ingredient in some Fast Luck oils and such, although I am not familiar with them.  If you don’t want to purchase something such as that you can probably easily make your own.

Not many mentions how Alkanet can draw love to you but based on the same principal as when women long ago rouged up their lips with Alkanet to be more appealing and to find love, it does have a magickal property of drawing love to you.  If you don’t care to wear it on your lips you can make a love poppet with it or you can carry it upon your person discreetly inside a sachet or talisman which you create for this purpose.

Alkanet can protect one from negative energies which have been purposefully directed to him or her as from a hex.

Health

Per Nicholas Culpeper:  “it helps old ulcers, hot inflammations, burnings by common fire, and St Anthony’s fire, by antipathy to Mars; for these uses, your best way is to make it into an ointment; also, if you make a vinegar of it, as you make vinegar of roses, it helps the morphew and leprosy; if you apply the herb to the privities, it draws forth the dead child,  It helps the yellow jaundice, spleen, and gravel in the kidneys  Dioscorides saith, it helps such as are bitten by a venomous beast whether it be taken inwardly or applied to the wound; nay, he saith further, if any one that hath newly eaten it do but spit into the mouth of a serpent, the serpent instantly dies.  It stays the flux of the belly kills worms helps the fits of the mother.  Its decoction made in wine and drank, strengthens the back, and eases the pains thereof. It helps bruises and falls and is as gallant a remedy to drive out the small pox and measles as any is; and ointment made of it, is excellent for green wounds, ricks or thursts.”

Mr Culpeper covered it all in this one paragraph over 300 years ago.  To this day, many of these practises are implemented with Alkanet. Perhaps in more sterile ways but used much the same.

Warning:  Careful of ingesting Alkanet if you have any known liver problems as it can prove toxic.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Venus

Gender:  Feminine

Elements: Earth / Air

Zodiac:  Libra, Taurus

Powers:  Prosperity, Purification, Protection, Luck, Love

Deity:  Venus, Shukra, Aphrodite

Other Names:  Anchusa, Dyer’s Bugloss, Orchanet, Spanish Bugloss, Enchusa, Lingua Bovina, Ox Tongue, Yellow Anchusa, and Blue Bugloss.

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  I hope you will find something helpful to use your magickal practise.  Please kindly give a like and share via social media buttons below and comments are always welcome.  Warmest blessings upon all whom wander this way x

Sources

Experience

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicolas Culpeper c. 1702

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A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part 1

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

If you are already quite knowledgeable about divination with the Celtic ogham, you will already know everything I’m planning to write over the next few weeks.  You might even be helpful to me in future blogs by pointing out something I’ve missed; therefore, I heartily welcome any useful comments to that effect.  All I aim to do really is to explain the fundamental bits regarding the Ogham alphabet and what each one means, both in its tree name and what it can mean in divination.  There are books with which to learn all the nuances of this ancient Celtic divination method but many whom have read my blogs concerning the Celtic tree Ogham have asked that I be more specific about the how-to’s and whys of Ogham divination.  I hope this twenty-week series exploring each Ogham alphabet to the best of my ability will shed a proper light on the basics people want to know.  Also, keep in mind that as I write, I am only speaking of the twenty Ogham letters used for divination, although in total, there are twenty-five Ogham letters in the Ogham alphabet.

Writer’s NoteYou can use the Ogham letters written on paper if you do not own a set, or you can make your own set from wood. Most traditional kinds of sets will have each of the twenty Ogham alphabet written or pyrographed onto the wood of the alphabet itself.  There are many sellers of Ogham sets as well, alas, not in my shop as I am not always able to find all the woods necessary at the same time.  Just know that it is that simple to start off so cost should not be a factor in keeping you from enjoying this form of divination.

Beith

Beith Ogham from my set ~ by i.macy

Beith corresponds to the letter B in the English language, and as you may have guessed, it is associated with the Birch tree.  It is the Birth Tree Ogham of those born between 24 December and 20 January.  It is pronounced “bey”.

You will often see an Ogham letter with an inverted “<” at the bottom.  This is called the “reversed feather”, or, Eite Thuathail.  The Eite, “feather”, is also used at the beginning of a full sentence written in Ogham letters, with Eite Thuathail at the end of the sentence, as we would use a full stop in an English alphabet sentence.  I use the Eite Thuathail, as does many Ogham makers, to denote the bottom of the letter, as you will notice on the Ogham Birth Tree pendants I create.

The Birch tree is often called ‘The White Lady of the Woods’ and ‘The Goddess Tree’.  From this we know the feminine aspect of this Ogham is strong.  It is a nurturing, protecting, and loving essence within the tree and the Beith meaning.  It has been long associated is the bringer of promise, light and new beginnings.

My Ogham Set

My Celtic Tree Oracle and handmade Ogham set ~ photo by i.macy

How to divine with the twenty Ogham staves, or “fews” as some call them is quite simple.  Fill a bag, hat, or box with your staves.  Draw out one at a time without looking for a total of three staves.  These will give you your reading.  You can use this method for your own purposes or to do readings for other people.

You do not need to pull three Ogham staves if you only wish to receive an answer for one question.  For instance, I like to pull one Ogham stave each morning for insight on how I should handle various problems or for what I need to do about one situation. However, for some readings you will want to pull three – past, present, and future.

Below I have for you a brief explanation of Beith.  I will tell you that there is much more you can learn about the Ogham but for purposes of simple divinations to get you started, I think what I can tell you here is enough.  However, I shall try to list links, videos, and  books as I find them at the end of each blog to put you in touch with a higher learning, if you will.

Representations:   New beginnings, change and release, rebirth, purification. A guardian of new beginnings, bringer of hope and protection.

Number:  1

Colour:  White

Tarot:  The Star

Animals:  The Pheasant and white cow

Plant:  Fly Agaric Mushroom

Divination Meaning:  You must rid yourself of negative influences [and people], and bad thoughts to begin a fresh new start.

How to Mend the Problem:  Using your own mental powers, fix your mind on your desire and imagine the result of what you need to do. A strong desire to be successful in ridding yourself of your problem[s] is imperative to making your reading come true. For a new beginning, hold the Birch stave and focus on the white of the wood as it stands out and away from the distractions.

And that concludes today’s information.  I will post Part 2 next Tuesday.  I hope this has been a helpful bit of information to those wishing to either know a bit more about learning Ogham divination or just to understand why certain things are done as they are.  What I tell you in these blogs about each Ogham alphabet only skims the surface.  You can learn ever so much more just by doing.  And, also, by spending time with each Ogham stave made of the woods they represent, you will find you gain many insights just from the woods themselves. I love the Ogham because it is an ever-evolving learning process.  I hope you will enjoy it as well.  Please be sure to give me a follow to keep up with my newest blogs [1-2 per week], and like and share this blog via the social media buttons below.  Many warm blessings to all whom this way wander x

 

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

Experience

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Chamomile

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

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Roman Chamomile ~ rhs.org..uk

Take a seat, bring your cup of Chamomile tea and I’ll tell you of all the ways in which Chamomile does so much more than settle our nerves and lifts our spirits. This may not have ever occurred to you…it never did to me…but there are two types of Chamomile – German and Roman.  The German variety, Matricaria recutita, is mostly used in the US, whilst the Roman variety, Chamaemilum nobile, is used in the UK.  The German variety grows about six inches taller than the Roman and is an annual bloomer whilst the Roman variety is a perineal bloomer, but they both have the same correspondences and work equally as well as each other. The German variety has daisy-like flowers and grows wild in most lawns, but the Roman variety finds itself purposefully planted in lovely gardens. As there are Nine Sacred Woods, there are also Nine Sacred Herbs with Chamomile being one.

Of course, Chamomile is not only used in the UK and the US, but in earliest known usage it was favoured highly by Ancient Egyptians.  Chamomile was employed for treatment of diseases like malaria and fevers, as well as in the mummification process.  And, naturally the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Vikings were known to have used Chamomile in similar ways for health treatments. The Romans were known to have used Chamomile in their incense.

Magickal

A good way to use Chamomile as a protectant is to make an infusion to use to wash thresholds of doors and windows which will help keep unwanted energies or entities from passing through. Use powdered Chamomile flowers around yourself or home in sachets or sprinkled to remove spells cast against you, to prevent fires, and lightning strikes.  Also, plant Chamomile near doors and windows, to prevent negativity from entering your home, or blend it into a sachet to carry with you when you think you might be in physical or magickal danger.   It really is best used along with other charms for defence of bad magick against your person.

Dried chamomile flowers, pulverised with a mortar and pestle, is an excellent incense blend to bring about relaxation and meditation.  Don’t forget, the Romans used Chamomile incense! Chamomile is especially useful if you’re trying to get yourself calmed and centred—blend it with lavender if you’d like to ensure a night of restful sleep with calming dreams.

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dried Chamomile ~ Google Images

Chamomile in powdered or simply dried form is wonderful to use in candle magick.  Very useful is to make your own candles with dried Chamomile buds.  After anointing your candle with the oil you wish to use, roll your candle in the dried or powdered Chamomile for extra effect in your magickal working.  Be certain, of course, that the candle colour, oil, and herbs used are beneficial to your spell

It is said that washing your hands in Chamomile water before gambling will increase your luck. And, it would not hurt to wear a Chamomile flower and add some dried Chamomile to your purse, wallet, billfold or wherever you keep your money.  You can use Chamomile in money spells, using a green candle and perhaps a Patchouli oil to draw more money into your life.

Chamomile is a throat chakra herb.  You can help your voice by drinking Chamomile tea, of course, but during chakra clearing try placing a Chamomile flower on your throat as you meditate upon clearing the chakra.

Healing

Per Nicholas Culpeper, The Complete Herbal and English Physician:  “Nechessor saith, the Egyptians dedicated it [Chamomile] to the Sun, because it cured agues, and they were like enough to do it, for [they were] the arrantest in their religion that I ever heard of”.  Mr Culpeper goes on to say that Bachinus, Bena, and Lobel recommended the syrup be made of the juice extracted of Chamomile, and sugar to be inwardly taken for the spleen.  He also thought this concoction would dissolve kidney stones and would do so quicker by adding the mixture to a glass of wine… well, they always had wine for everything in those days, didn’t they?  I don’t know how anyone ever really knew they were ill as most often everyone was tiddly on wine!

Mr Culpeper also recommended a Chamomile decoction, or tea as we know it today, to take away the ills of phlegm, melancholy, or inflammation of the bowels.  Bathing in Chamomile took away weariness and pains, “comforts the sinews that are over-strained, mollifies all swellings”.  It also relieved cholic, “pains and torments of the belly”, and “gently provokes urine”.  Chamomile provoked sweats, helped women’s monthlies, dissolved wind in the belly, and was probably the number one go-to for almost any ailment during this time.  And we are still using Chamomile for all of the above today.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Sun

Gender:  Masculine

Element[s]:  Water

Zodiac:  Leo

Powers:  Money, Peace, Love, Protection, Tranquillity and Purification

Chakra:  Fifth – the Throat

Deity:  Ra, Cernunnos, Lugh, Helios

Other Names:  German Chamomile[US], Wild Chamomile, Scented Mayweed, Hungarian Chamomile, Roman Chamomile [UK],  Garden Chamomile, Ground Chamomile, Low Chamomile, Whig Plant, Ground Apple, English Chamomile

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed it and found something useful to take away.  If so, please share via the social media buttons below.  I do welcome comments so feel free to do so and I shall answer back in short order.  Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources

Experience

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Lavender

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Take a moment and imagine, if you will, the scent of Lavender when you first pluck a stem of it and rub the tiny leaves.  Let the aroma envelope your senses and your mind be cast to a simpler and happier time.  Breathe deeply and exhale slowly, inhaling positivity and exhaling negativity… Do you feel refreshed now?  I do simply by writing this paragraph.  Lavender is the most powerfully relaxing herb/flower I know of.  …. It is no wonder why Lavender is often called “The Tranquillity Herb”.

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Snowhills, Glousctershire lavender farm ~ photo by countrylife.co.uk

 One of the things I like best about ironing clothes [yes, I still do that!] is to spray lavender water on my personal items [my son might not like smelling like lavender!] before setting the hot iron to them.  At one time I also used a lavender washing powder I had found online.  Never until later did I find out that I was following a long-held English custom which apparently began when the Romans invaded.  Roman soldiers would put lavender in their bath water and do their washing with it as well.  Because of this association, during medieval times, laundresses [washerwomen] were called “lavenders”.  More often than not, these lavenders were also prostituting for supplemental income as the washerwoman did not make a living wage, so the name lavender took on a double meaning.  An anonymous 16th-century poet wrote:

Thou shalt be my lavender

To wash and clean all my gear

Our two beds shall be set

Without any let

Magickal

Love Witch Bottle

Love Witch Bottle ~ photo by i.macy

One of the key ingredients in both our Love Witch Bottle and in our Empath Rescue Witch Bottle is Lavender.  Obviously for love, but in the Empath bottle, Lavender is also for protection, peace of mind, and purification of the depressing aura which can sometimes envelope even the strongest empath.

Lavender can, as above-mentioned, be used for purification bathing.  Lavender water can not only be sprayed onto clothing before ironing to impart its scent but to be sprayed in your power circle for rituals to bring purification and protection within it.

Lavender is an excellent sleep aid and one of my favourite things to have near me at night is my  Lavender bag created by Jacqui Livesay Art on Etsy.  Of course, you can make your own.  These can also be used to help you to strengthen your mental and psychic powers during divination. Making a talisman for this purpose is the ultimate way to induce your psychic powers by placing an Amethyst crystal along with lavender herb in a drawstring bag and wearing around your neck when engaged in tarot readings, casting runes or ogham staves, and pendulum dowsing.  Lavender is also said to promote visions during readings of any kind.

Love spells and fertility spells are always helped along by Lavender.  Use it in poppets, sachets, and loose incenses for these purposes.  Wearing the scent of Lavender alone can attract love to you.

Dried Lavender makes excellent smudge sticks.

Healing

Whom else would I turn for advice on healing by herbs/flowers/woods, and the like except Nicholas Culpeper, author of the world famous The Complete Herbal and English Physician?  Although the writings are over 300 years old, much of what he wrote then holds true to this day.  For example, “It [Lavender] provokes women’s courses, and expels the dead child and after-birth”.  Whether the birth was ‘intended’ to be early or if the pregnancy had gone full-term, but the child was known to be dead in the womb prior to its birth, Lavender brought on the immediate dismissal of the foetus from its mother’s womb.  It is now why I interject a warning to all expectant mothers to never use any Lavender oil or herb by ingestion or otherwise to be safe.  I don’t know how much is “enough” but please don’t take any risks. Also, he says, “two spoonfuls of the distilled water of the flowers taken, helps them that have lost their voice”  which is what my Nana prescribed me when I had a case of the laryngitis after reading aloud a book about Florence Nightingale to my mum at the dining room table on night.  It worked.  Culpeper also goes on to say that it is not only good to drink for certain maladies but is also does the job by applying onto temples and smelling through the nostrils to stop tremblings, faintings, and swooning.  He also wrote that “The chymical oil drawn from Lavender, usually called Oil of Spike, is of so fierce and piercing a quality, that it is cautiously to be used, some few drops being sufficient, to be given with other things, either for inward or outward griefs.”

Correspondences

Planetary:  Mercury

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Virgo

Element:  Air

Powers:  Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, and Peace

Deity:  Aphrodite, Venus, Bastet, Isis, Tawaret, Brigid, Cernunnos

Other Names:  Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike

I hope you have enjoyed and have found something useful to your practise in my blog.  If so, please share via the social media buttons below.  Have a most peaceful and serene day and warmest blessings to all whom wander this way x

Sources

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

Experience

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Do Say Her Name: PM Jacinda Ardern

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

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Broken hearts make strong changes ~ PM Jacinda Ardern

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  Still, as admiring of New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern as I am, I feel I must give thanks for such a strong and wonderful person who dares to do something rarely seen currently, and that is to be a political leader of decisive and swift action on a problem which threatens to envelope much of the world… the lack of gun control.

It is not only about that, because Scotland and England have nipped guns in the bud [as best they can] since Dunblane [1996] and Hungerford [1987].  I say “as best they can” because there will always be those in possession of illegal firearms, albeit, maybe not nearly so many as legal ones, and not nearly so many as some countries, full stop.  But my admiration for PM Ardern goes further than this.

She refused to say his name.

This wonderful leader not only nipped ‘weapons of war’ in her beloved country from being easily possessed ever again on that day, but she also took away the one thing that a mass murderer will want most [if he lives through his spree] and that is fame.  I saw his name once in the news and then promptly forgot it.  I couldn’t utter it now if I wanted to.  It was a decision I had made just before PM Ardern’s declaration and it thrilled me to know when she did, that she and I were completely on the same page.

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Abdul Aziz, hero

I read reports of mass-shootings from the US in my World news feed and in every story, the shooter is named… several times and by many news agencies.  Of course, there is no doubt it is mentioned many, many times in cable news reports and in other ways.  The focus is not where it should be, on the people who were senselessly murdered but all concentrated on the murderer, whether still alive or killed in the shooting by police.

The focus should be on the people who were killed and those they left behind.  The focus should be on the heroes of the day such as Linwood mosque worshipper, Abdul Aziz, who saved countless lives on the day of the New Zealand mosque shootings by bravely seeing off the shooter from his mosque.  And, of course, PM Jacinda Ardern.

Would it help if they no longer gave them the notoriety the killers think they are due?  What if they did not ever say their name?  What if they reported “a white male, aged 28, was arrested for the killings” and left it at that?  I believe it could make a difference.  I think it could go a long way in preventing more mass murders.  My reasoning is this – mass murders are different than the bog-standard murder where a husband or wife is angry and goes to their place of employment and shoots the offending partner.  Maybe one or two others for good measure.  Those are crimes of passion, and the shooter doesn’t think.  These are no more excusable than the other, however, if he or she waited a day or two the possibility of it happening may likely be avoided because the heightened anger of the moment may be softened.  And, much of the time the shooter is sorry afterwards.  In a mass murder,  it is done because of a] racial motivation or  b] religious motivation.  Mass murders are almost always born of a deep, simmering hatred.  Mass murders are planned for.  Mass murders are meant to take out every person of the kind the shooter is after.  The mass murderer is never sorry.  The mass murderer wants to go down in a blaze of glory – they are fully prepared to die by police.  They are positive in their minds that their name will live on in infamy.  And, if they live?  They expect to enter prison after sentencing to a round of ‘Hail, fellow, well met’.  They believe that in prison they will be exemplified as the conquering hero.  Say my name, he cries.  No…please don’t.

It is a small thing to ask.  It isn’t asking to re-write your Constitution but if news agencies in the US and any other countries where mass murders happen frequently would refuse to speak the name of the mass murdering suspect, refuse him his fifteen minutes of fame, refuse him going down in the blaze of glory which he feels he will receive for his misdeeds; if this precedence could save at least some people’s lives because the person who might want to murder them does not because he knows he will be utterly disregarded and no chance of being made a hero of in some people’s eyes…would this not be worth the doing?  I am convinced it would be.

Thank you, PM  Ardern, for this beautiful wisdom.  May the softest admonishment ever spoken make the loudest sound the world over.  Say only the names of the good and brave.  Say only the names of those whom have given all to save others.  Say only the names of the fallen.  And do say her name – the strongest and most empathetic world leader I have seen in decades, Jacinda Ardern.

Many thanks for reading this blog.  I felt it needed saying and I hope it does some small justice to all the loving, good, and strong people I speak of. It breaks my heart that a person can not be safe in their house of worship; this is the one place in my mind where no one should feel anything but at peace with their God, Gods, Goddesses, whatever their names.   If you feel the same, please share.  Warmest blessings to all whom wander this way.

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