Crystal of the Week – Unakite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Not surprisingly, Unakite is a form of Jasper. The elements of Red Jasper and Epidote blend stunningly in Unakite and because of its colouration it is a very strong Heart Chakra stone. The green of the Epidote brings abundance whilst the pinkish-red of the red Jasper compassion, love, and kindness. This is a go-to crystal to lift ones’ spirits; it is an all-round emotional healer.

Unakite Jasper is also called Epidote, for its main component deriving its name from the Greek epidosis meaning “growing together.” An amalgamation of Red Jasper, pink Feldspar and green Epidote, Unakite is solidly bound together and is said to symbolise “what comes together belongs together.”

Unakite is a gentle crystal. It is a good one to use to help children open up when having problems with school, bullying, or other things going on in their lives. You can virtually feel the compassion it has radiating from it. If ever you are feeling overly sensitive and overwhelmed, Unakite will support you kindly and help you to re-focus your thoughts on the here and now.

Magickal:

Unakite

My Unakite ~ i.macy

According to authoress Catherine Eason: For lasting love, Unakite is traditionally sprinkled with dried yarrow and placed in a sealed bag as a marriage or commitment symbol. It should be replaced on anniversaries and the old crystal and yarrow cast into running water. To help two become three, place Unakite under the pillow to aid in conception. During pregnancy a piece of Unakite on the womb helps parents-to-be make spiritual connection with their unborn baby; it is marvellous for use during labour to ease the transition.
A large specimen or bowl of Unakite tumblestones in the environment brings a calm, gentle energy and negates the effects of electromagnetic pollution from televisions, computers and other technological devices.

 

Placed on the Third Eye, Unakite Jasper promotes visualisation and encourages psychic vision. It may also be used as a casting crystal for scrying, signifying where compromise and integration are needed. It is very useful to keep near whilst reading tarot cards, casting runes, and pendulum dowsing.

Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned. Unakite Jasper is a talisman for those who have trouble finding things [like me!]. It is also a good luck charm, especially when taking a risk. It helps one sustain their power in situations where they would more likely be the victim and is also believed to impart confident control to the user in magic spell casting.

Healing:
Unakite supports the physical structure of the heart, but gently gets to the root cause of disease or health issues caused by the emotional heart, particularly deep-seated feelings that have been repressed, such as anger and resentment. Habitual internalisation of these emotions creates standing patterns of energy within the body. Unakite brings these wounds to the surface in a way that avoids any new trauma and ameliorates their release slowly and gently, consistently over time, along with the negative thoughts and toxic behaviours that perpetuate them.

Unakite Jasper helps promote the growth of healthy tissue in general and is particularly useful in support of the heart and lungs, assisting function, circulation, balance of bodily fluids and metabolism. It is also considered highly restorative in cases of tissue deterioration and in treating diseases or cancers of these areas.

Unakite Jasper aids the reproductive system, promoting healthy pregnancy and stimulating weight gain where required. It is believed to be good for breathing irregularities and hyperventilation and helps ease the transition in labour.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Is not specific to a zodiac sign
Element: Water
Chakras: Heart chakra and Third Eye [touch to Third Eye to activate]
Energies: Healing, Love, Fertility, Compassion
Deity: Chirakan-Ixmucane, Callisto, Bona Dea, Persephone, Clota, and Gaia

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Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009)
Judy Hall, The Encyclopedia of Crystals, (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2013)
Margaret Lembo, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, & Stones (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2013)

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Hawthorn Leaf

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Of course, I have written about the wonderful Hawthorn tree in the past, but were you aware of how magickal the leaves are? Many of you have probably used the berries and spines / thorns in your magickal workings as well. But, today I would like to take you on a little journey through what the leaves can do for you.

Magickal

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Hawthorn Leaf ~ woodlands.co.uk

Leaves can be harvested any time. Be sure to ask permission and leave an offering.
The leaves, curiously enough, are also used to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy. The leaves are placed beneath the mattress or around the bedroom for this purpose.
Worn or carried, the leaves promote happiness in the troubled, depressed, or sad. Call on the Goddess Grian to bring some sunshine and happiness into your life.
Use Hawthorn leaves for protection, love, and marriage spells by using them in poppets, sachets, and witch bottles. We use Hawthorn leaf in our Protection Witch Bottle which we sell in our shop. You can also use the leaves in loose incense but if you are using the Hawthorn wood in the incense there really is no need to use the leaves. As with any part of the Hawthorn tree, faeries are very attracted to Hawthorn, so you may spy one whilst burning an incense with Hawthorn in it!

 

“Hawthorn is burned to purify,
And draw a faerie to your eye.”

And talking of marriage, a beautiful headdress can be woven of the leaves and flowers of the Hawthorn for a bride!

Healing

Hawthorn Leaf Dry

My dried Hawthorn leaf ~ photo by i.macy

Like the berries and flowers, Hawthorn leaves have properties to reduce high blood pressure. Use the leaves in a tea to not only reduce blood pressure but is also said to help ease a broken heart after a break up. All of a Hawthorn tree is very good for ones’ health and the leaves are definitely as good for your health as any other part of the tree. The leaves can be used to make a tincture for use on your face after washing it, much the same as using witch hazel or a toner. The tincture is great for reducing the small broken vessels on your face and if you have flushes of the skin or reddish outbreaks, the tincture can reduce this as well. If you boil the leaves down to make a paste, try this on heavier areas of small broken vessels or red areas of skin, by leaving it on for a bit longer. Hawthorn leaf tea is excellent for a sore throat.

 

Fun Folklore
Hawthorn leaves can be eaten and were once referred to as bread-and-cheese.

During World War I, young Hawthorn leaves were used as substitutes for tea and tobacco

All correspondences for the Hawthorn leaves are the same as for the entire tree. Read our blog on The Magickal Hawthorn Tree: The Mayflower Tree to find out.

“Green grow the leaves on the Hawthorn tree.
We jangle and we wrangle
And we never can agree.”
~old English carol

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Crystal of the Week – Bloodstone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Bloodstones

Nearest Bloodstone has Quartz mixed in and farthest one has very small flecks of red ~ photo by i.macy

Bloodstone, or Heliotrope, is one of the most gorgeous Jaspers, ever. Of course, it gets its name from the oft-repeated legends where the blood from Jesus’ wound from the spear in His side whilst on the cross fell upon a green Jasper and the other story is of when, during the crucifixion, His blood fell to the Earth and formed the stone that way. Either way, I’m sure perhaps some Christian readers may be annoyed with my surmisel but that was true alchemy, real magick. No matter how Bloodstone came to be born, I’m glad it was. It is regarded as a gem of noble sacrifice and can offer courage and solace to all who are called to give of themselves for the good of others. It elicits the highest, most altruistic character of those who wear or carry it.
Of course, Bloodstone existed much earlier in time than Christ’s death… or even His birth, for that matter. The ancient Mesopotamians used the crystal as a healer for detoxifying the blood and organs some five-thousand years previous. Apparently, it was also used to draw out snake venom, staunch wounds, and to cure tumours. Ever since, Bloodstone has been carried by many as a preventative to disease.

 

Magickal:
Bloodstone is thought more of as a healer, not most readily thought of for magick. However, it does have many magickal qualities. It is a crystal of protection but most importantly, its protection qualities benefit those whom are being bullied, teased, and victims of both physical and verbal abuse. It is recommended to sew a bloodstone into the lining of a coat or jacket of a child or teenager whom is being bullied. This may partially be because the Bloodstone is amazing for helping give courage to and to soothe anxiety for anyone at the end of their tether.

Bloodstone heightens ones’ intuition and therefore a good crystal to have with you if you read tarot, cast runes, ogham, or do pendulum dowsing. It is an excellent crystal to have with you if you engage in lucid dreaming.

Bloodstone’s magickal properties allow one to draw upon the power of the weather for personal healing, such as tapping into the winds to bring change or the rain to wash away sorrow.

Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magickal masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Bloodstone, Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water, and Red Jasper was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

If you are having a baby, Bloodstone may come in useful to help bond after the baby’s birth, particularly if mother and child can’t be together right after birth. Most amazingly, this crystal also works with all animals this way.

Healing:
Associated with birth and birthing processes, Bloodstone is a great crystal for women during the childbearing years. It stimulates nutrient-rich blood and hormonal balance and is thought to help prevent miscarriages. It assists in easing the birthing process, providing strength during labour and supportive vibrations so the baby travels easily through the birth canal. It is also believed to alleviate symptoms of PMT/PMS and menstrual disorders, and to stabilise hormones through menopause.

Bloodstone dipped in cold water and applied to an afflicted area is highly beneficial in staunching blood flow, particularly nosebleeds. Keep the stone wet and re-dip as necessary.

Carry a Bloodstone to be used to boost the immune system and to purify the blood, spleen, liver, kidneys, bladder, and intestines, neutralising and eliminating toxins from the body. It benefits blood-rich organs, regulates and stimulates blood flow, and aids circulation. It is conducive to healthy bone marrow and may be used in the treatments of blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, tumours, acute infections, and over acidification.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Element: Earth
Natural Birthstone: Taurus
Gender: Masculine
Chakras: Base/Root chakra, and Heart chakra
Energies: Healing, Protection, Longevity, Courage
Deity: Brigit, Dione, Bona Dea, Gaia, Callisto, Clota, and Persephone
Other Names: Sun Stone, Christ’s Stone, Heliotrope

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Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009)
Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011)
George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971)

 

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The Magickal Vine…or Blackberry Bramble?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Muin OghamThis is going to be a tricky write, I have a feeling! For most of us who go by Robert Grave’s Ogham trees from the Celtic Birth Trees list, we all know that the tenth lunar “month” is Vine and its Ogham “Muin”, the 10th letter. However, as I noted in my travels to research this “tree” or lack thereof, I find that the Vine is not necessarily meant to be a vine of the grapevine type after all! The Druids classified anything with a woody stalk as a tree, and so therefore it is listed vines amongst the sacred Ogham ranks. Furthermore, grapevines typically come to mind when discussing vines, but it was more likely the Blackberry vines that captured the hearts of the ancient Celts. In my findings, Muin does not mean “vine” but according to Robert Graves means any thicket of thorny, winding bramble of plant and which further supports the idea that Blackberry, which is a prolific plant in most of Europe and the British Isles, is the likeliest for Muin. And, as the Ogham alphabet originated in Ireland, it is also less likely that it means vine – such as in grapevine – because grapes had never, at that time at least, been successfully grown in Ireland. However, as we can use Vine or Blackberry interchangeably for Muin, we shall stick to Vine for the writing of this blog. Also, before I move on and forget to mention, Vine is the Celtic Birth Tree for those born between 2nd September and 29th September.

Grapevine Groves Nursery

Grapvines, grovesnurseries.co.uk

It is widely thought by some that Vine is the correct source of wood for Muin because of the grape and wine. Wine has been used for centuries for both Pagan and Christian ritual. Writer Erynn Rowan Laurie, Authoress of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, reckons Muin pertains to communication whilst Liz and Colin Murray, The Celtic Tree Oracle, say Muin is about prophecy. John Michael Greer, a neo-pagan American author, writer of The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study, agrees all round but also believes Muin is a stave [or few as some call it] of not only insight but intoxication, as well. Not to put too fine a point on it but if you drink enough wine, you will have some great insights from your intoxication…and most of us are very communicative at the time! Mind you, I don’t think this is what they have in mind…Although, Robert Graves does say that the grape is indicative of “joy, exhilaration, and wrath”. He also says that wine is the “poet’s drink” of “poetic inspiration” and may send one “spiralling towards immortality”.

 

I think you may now understand why I thought this may be a difficult write. There is little, if any agreement upon the meaning of Muin, not even the wood can be agreed upon!

Magickal Properties:
The Celtic meaning of the Vine in Druid lore is rife with symbolism. The Vine is a theme repeated over and over in Celtic art. Interconnections and winding vines are commonly seen on tapestries, writings, knot work and carvings. This indicates the symbolism of connection, eternity, and diversity. – Rebirth and Reincarnation
In the Druid perspective, the Vine earned its symbolism from its growth patterns. They recognised the Vine grows opportunistically and would dig in wherever feasible to gain a strong foothold to assure its own growth – Protection
This is a powerful metaphor of “going with the flow” or “start as you mean to go on”. In other words, it is a message that when we observe the best of our environment/situation and stay in a relaxed, flowing state of mind, we can most likely gain our highest advantage. – Spirituality
The ever-watchful Celts also recognised the Vine’s predominant growth formation is in the shape of a spiral which is symbolic of consciousness, development, renewal, and growth. – Regeneration

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grapevine twigs – Google images

You can use Vine in protection poppets, incenses, and witch bottles like any other wood as well as to make amulets from. We shall have a Vine Ogham Birth Tree Pendant in our shop within a day or two, if you care to have a look.

 

And, of course, Vine makes a great wand 😊 Just ask Hermoine Granger!

 

 

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: unknown
Energies: rebirth, reincarnation, regeneration, spirituality, and protection
Gender: Masculine and Feminine
Deity: Considered sacred by the Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Irish Mythology
Animal: White Swan

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Sources:

Wikipedia.com
Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, by Erynn Rowan Laurie
The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

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Crystal of the Week – Bronzite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Bronzite

My Bronzite ~ photo by i.macy

I chose Bronzite for this week because of my own problems. My biggest problem is fear, believe it or not. I realise that most of my other problems are simply symptoms of my biggest problem, so I finally decided it was what I needed to deal with first then all the other problems would be small potatoes in relationship. I thought that perhaps this is something many of my readers might relate to because if we all look at ourselves honestly, isn’t fear just about the number one peace of mind destroyer for us all? So, how do we get rid of it?

 

We don’t.

I’m sorry to tell you but we will always have fear. But that isn’t always a terrible thing because a healthy amount of fear keeps us from trying to fly off cliffs and such. But what about the people who literally do fly off cliffs? Ah, those are the ones whom have embraced their fear and use it to their advantage and with safety features, ha ha! Seriously, though, we do need to embrace our fear. Make it a part of us. Look it in the eye and when we can, we accept it and move on. It is a part of us the same as our minds, our arms and legs. Could you learn to rejoice in your fear? Probably. And when you do, you will see miracles.

How does Bronzite help?

Bronzite is one of the most self-confidence boosting crystals you’ll ever own! It does dispel negativity but in my personal use it does not necessarily reduce my fear levels… what it does do is teach me how to reduce fear myself! I like this because should I not have it with me and having a scary moment, I will know what to do. So, enough about me, we’ll get on with the Magick!

Magickal:
Used mainly for grounding and protection, and to help one follow their intuition to make the proper decisions. You can find many beautiful pieces of jewellery online made with Bronzite which can be helpful amulets for protection purposes as well as helping you to face fears, real or imagined. Bronzite is especially helpful when planning important physical moves whether that be to another home or another occupation, especially when great distance is involved.

Bronzite is a crystal that will not only dispel the curse someone has placed on you, but it will return to sender. It also seems to completely eradicate the problem caused by the spell or ill-wishing.

Bronzite is also said to be a great comfort and cure for a broken heart.

Meditation with Bronzite can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated and rested. It will help you to discern the real fears from the irrational fears and teaches you how to focus on and accept the real fears. It helps you to acknowledge those fears and create a place of acceptance in your life for them but at the same time, Bronzite helps provide you with the peace of mind to be happy with your decision to do so. You will find yourself learning from your fear and becoming a better person for it. It’s true alchemy!

Healing:
Bronzite is used in healing efforts associated with imbalances in the energy associated with the Solar Plexus and Sacral. The Solar Plexus is the energy distribution centre, the first of the chakras of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel. It controls the immune system and digestive systems. When in balance physically you have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and can use the nutrients you ingest. When the Sacral is out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration and bitterness.

Correspondences:
Energy: Projective
Element: Earth
Zodiac: Leo
Birthstone: Natural birthstone of August
Planet: Venus
Deities: Sjofn [Norse], Vishnu [India]
Powers: Courage, Grounding, Harmony, Power, Protection
Chakras: Root, Sacral, and Heart
Candle Colour: Brown or Gold

Many thanks for reading my little offering today! I truly hope you find something useful from this… fear is an ugly feeling, I know. But I believe we can turn it into a beautiful feeling and if Bronzite is helpful to you in doing so, so much the better. Please be sure to share via the social media buttons, perhaps give us a 5-star rating, and/or a like. Warmest blessings to all x

Sources:
Experience
The Crystals Bible by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2 by Judy Hall

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet: Calendula

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Calendula Indian Prince The Irish Times

Calendula “Indian Prince” ~ The Irish Times

The Calendula flower, or Marigold, as it also known, can put a smile on just about anybody’s face…unless of course, you are bound and determined not to! This flower was revered by the ancient Egyptians for the glow it could give their skin and it has been used in matrimonial garlands in India, garnish in Greece, and pot plants in and around homes in Europe and North America. A sunny garden in Britain has almost always had Calendula growing in it. The plants are very inexpensive and easy to grow. But Calendula was not always just a pretty face. It was used for many different illnesses to relieve pain and suffering or to heal the heart and skin.

 

Magickal:

Calendula Dried

My dried Calendula ~ Photo by I. Macy

Calendula can clear one’s aura by drinking it in tea form. It can clear negative energy in a room just by using it in a potpourri or placing it in sachets around the room. If you aren’t feeling optimistic and rather gloomy, just carry the flowers in your pockets or you can make yourself a poppet of yourself and use Calendula in it, making your intention known as you create it that you wish to be upbeat and happy again. The same can be used to draw happy and positive people into your life.
Place Calendula under your bed for protection from robbery. It is also a good thing to keep in your pockets for dealing with legal matters. Calendula could easily be said to be a good herb/flower in working with the Laws of Attraction… it will help you to draw to you what you wish for by positive thinking and belief in yourself. The more you use Calendula the better it works for you. And, once you have acquired your needs, be it happiness, wealth, or what-have-you, Calendula teaches you how to maintain it. For Calendula to be its most magickal, harvest during full Sun.

 

Healing:
Calendula is an anti-inflammatory. It has been used for a wide range of health problems since before the 1600’s. Plasters, or “plaisters” as it was spelled in Culpeper’s were made to bring down swelling and to drink the tea was beneficial to the heart, as well as to “expel any malignant or pestilential quality which might annoy them”. Another way to aide the heart was to make a plaster with the petals, hog’s grease, turpentine, and rosin [resin] to succour the heart “infinitely in fevers, whether pestilential or not”. It was used as a talisman to prevent one from falling ill with the Plague. Nowadays it is used for everything from acne to varicose veins. Calendula is now, as it always has been, an excellent healer of wounds and is also said to reverse wrinkles as it helps the body stimulate the production of collagen. It can also be used as a pain reliever and is a superb immunity booster.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Sun
Zodiac: Leo
Gender: Masculine
Element: Fire
Powers: healing, protection, anti-negativity
Deity: Ra, Vishnu, Lakshmi
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Other Names: Marigold, Holligold, Bull’s Eyes, Gold Bloom

“The Marigold that goes to bed wi’ the sunne,
And with him rises weeping”
Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale

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Sources:
The English Physician and Complete Herbal, by Nicholas Culpeper
Experience

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Cats, Kittens, and…Oh My!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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13 May Freya and Bastet

Freya and Bastet after bath ~ photo by i.macy

No herbs or trees today, my friends. Since yesterday we have been on rescue detail for a couple of kittens born to one of our outdoor ferals, Pippa, a month ago. We thought she had had at least four or five in the beginning, purely speculation, mind. Turned out she had three – up til two days ago, anyway. She had moved them from under our house to the house next door but yesterday she was moving them back, sans the tiny tortoiseshell baby, sadly. So, my daughter and I knew we had to do something and quickly, or these may go the way of their tiny sister and our other outdoor feral mummy, Taxi’s two wee babies had gone. Death by flea infestation.

13 May Pippa and Freya

And I shall call her ‘Mini-Me’! ~ photo by i.macy

How did it come to this? It had been a frigid winter and Pippa’s mother’s last litter, born three weeks before Pippa’s and Taxi’s, were all healthy and bright. It never occurred to us that fleas so soon would be a problem. However, we did have an upsurge in temperatures lately which must have helped spawn the little devil’s minions – that and the proximity to the seaside means our soil is sandier than most people’s. Fleas seem to love sandy soils. Probably because they drain quickly and the little buggars don’t get bogged down as they would in rich, thick, moist soils. Needless to say, they had arrived, and we needed to do a fast rescue of the two remaining kittens.

That we have. So far, so good. We have de-fleaed the kittens and Pippa as well as we can until we can get flea drops for Pippa. We can’t use them on the babies because they are too young, and Pippa could lick the medication off them. Still, by virtue of her having a dose on herself, the babies will reap the benefits of that alone. The smallest girl, a tuxedo we named Bastet, is still a bit weak but now, without being drained of blood so much and her mother’s care, we hope she will be alright. Wee Freya, the little calico, is bright as a button and doing very well.

So, my apologies for not having something helpful to your practise here today but this is why. Say a little prayer to cat Goddess Bastet for them, please, particularly for her little namesake. I shall update you on our progress soon.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x

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