Cats, Kittens, and…Oh My!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

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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Crystal of the Week – Emerald

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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As Emerald is the birthstone for May babies, of which I am one, I thought it might be nice to talk about them. For much of my younger life I only regarded Emerald the same as I would Diamond or Sapphire – it was an expensive stone and only for engagement rings or a small chip to wear in a solitaire setting as your birthstone ring. But, back in those days I had not really started digging into why certain “rocks” and stones could make a person feel a certain way.

Emeralds Rough

My rough Emeralds ~ photo by i.macy

Emerald is called the “Stone of Eternal Love”. It is one of the reasons Prince Albert chose this stone as his engagement ring to Queen Victoria, and the other was that it was her birthstone. In fact, the Emerald was also set in a ring resembling a snake, another representation of eternal love. As with everything the young Victoria wore, jewellery included, it was snapped up as the fashion of the day and birthstone engagement rings became the Victorian standard, not to mention that they now existed full stop because of Albert’s loving gesture to his bride-to-be. Up until 1840, engagement rings were not a “thing”.

 

The Emerald has been around since forever. It was found to be sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4000 BCE. The early Chaldeans believed Emeralds contained a Goddess. Cleopatra favoured the Emerald above all and the Emerald mines in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago, are some of the oldest in the world and were called Cleopatra’s mines for her love of the stone. Emeralds were considered a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt and carried as talismans.

Magickal
As Emerald is a “month of love” stone, being Venus as the ruler of all Taureans, it is a stone which can help re-ignite passions. It is said that to call back an estranged love, speak the words you wish to say holding the stone close to your lips and seal it in an envelope. Emerald likewise helps with the break-up of a relationship. Worn near the heart, it is optimal for attracting love to you.

It was once believed that Emerald talismans could calm storms, prevent miscarriages, bring good luck, and when placed under the tongue, allow one to prophesy, useful in past life recall. Protects from domestic violence. Banishes nightmares. Protects from psychic attack.

Healing
Emerald aids eyesight, a strong healer of the heart. It also may be useful in healing the lungs, thymus, pancreas, and the lymphatic system. Helps ease transitions in menopause and can help in healing from an infectious illness.

Emerald shields social workers and counsellors from being worn down. It is also a very good stone for helping young people feel better about themselves from being bullied and teased and restores their positive self-esteem. You don’t need an expensive Emerald ring for this purpose as you can purchase turmblestone Emeralds. Opaque stones should not be used for meditation or working with emotions. The Emerald is a stone of regeneration when it comes to mental healing – it encourages love and compassion for one’s self as well as for others.

Correspondences
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Taurus
Element: Earth
Powers: Love
Chakra: Heart
Deity: Venus, Annapurna, Astarte, Thoth, Ceres, Isis, Surdurjaya, Vishnu, Banbha, Eriu, and Fodla
Tarot: The High Priestess*
*Not try to be funny but The High Priestess card has always spoken to me and I never knew why til I did further research on this stunning stone and found the High Priestess was a correspondence of the Emerald.  Read my blog about this.

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Sources:
http://www.langantiques.com/university/Queen_Victoria
The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2, by Judy Hall
The New Crystal Bible, by Catherine Eason
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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet: Angelica

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Angelica Archangelica coblands-co-uk

Angelica Archangelica ~ coblands.co.uk

As Angelica Archangelica grows wild in every country lay-by ditch practically, you can wildcraft this herb very easily, however, be very careful not to confuse it with Water Hemlock, which is very poisonous. Angelica is a member of the parsley family and grows to be three to eight feet tall. I have read that it is possibly originally from Syria, but no matter, as it is probably nationalised in every country in the world by now. That is, if the soil is moist and rich and not getting too much sun. If you choose to grow your own, keep this in mind. It is not overly fond of sun beating down upon it. If you do wish to plant your own Angelica, do not plant them near Dill, should you also be growing it.

 

Angelica has a history of being the “Warder”. It was used to ward off the Plague and many other sicknesses and evils. Nicholas Culpeper wrote: “It [Angelica] resists poison, by defending and comforting the heart, blood, and spirits; it doth the like against the Plague and all epidemical diseases, if the root be taken in powder to the weight of half a dram at a time, with some good treacle in some Carduus water and the party thereupon laid to sweat in his bed.

Angelica has always been used to ward off evil as long ago as when the old Julian calendar was used and was so named because it usually came into bloom around the feast day of the Archangel Michael, whom appeared in a vision to explain the plant’s protective powers against evil. Nowadays with the Gregorian calendar the plant does not bloom quite so near the feast day. Just to tell you how far different the two calendars are, today, as I write this is 6 May 2018. If we were still using the Julian calendar, it would be 23 April 2018!

Magickal

Angelica

My dried Angelica ~ photo by i.macy

Magickally speaking, the time to gather Angelica is during the time the Sun is in Leo and gather in the hour of Jupiter. Per Nicholas Culpeper: “Let Sol be angular; observe the like in the gathering of herbs [of other planets, as well] and you may happen to do wonders.
Angelica is commonly used for general protection, especially against evil spirits and hex-breaking as well as general blessing and is especially useful for the defence of women. Grow Angelica on your property to protect your garden and home.

 

Angelica root can be carried alone or added to talismans  to increase longevity and ward off illness and evil spirits. Keep Angelica in a white bag and charge it to protect your baby.

Smoking the leaves is said to increase clairvoyance and encourage visions. We, of course, do not advocate the smoking of anything *ahem*

Angelica is excellent in incenses for exorcisms, healing and protection. It is also used as a bath to remove curses placed on the individual and sprinkled around a home to protect the house and those within from baneful magick. Mix with consecrated salt before sprinkling around your home.

Healing
According to Culpeper in his Complete Herbal, Angelica helped all disease of the lungs and breast, including pleurisy, coughs, shortness of breath. It helped the pain of cholic and stoppage of urine, opened stoppings of the liver and spleen, “dis-cusseth” all windiness and inward swellings. Just below I have copied and pasted this from another place in my computer papers:

Angelica tea is useful for colic, gas, indigestion, hepatitis, heartburn, nausea, ulcers and various other digestive ailments. It is a good general tonic which strengthens the liver and improves general well-being and mental harmony and is good for chronic headaches, fevers and general body weakness as it improves circulation and increases energy.”

Isn’t it wonderful that, what Physicians learnt all those centuries ago about herbs were correct? And that it was a blessing for the people of that time or more would have died needlessly from not having the modern medications we do today. Still, we do strive not to give way to the modern medications any more than necessary and much prefer the old ways of curative herbalism.

Be careful of using too much Angelica at a time and it would not hurt to stick to the old herbals for the amount to take, for instance, half a dram. Of course, many people prefer to buy their herbal remedies online or in the shops – and this is fine, not everyone can grow all the herbs they need! – so be sure to follow the directions for use carefully.

Externally, Angelica can be used to cleanse wounds and promote healing. Just make a tincture of the leaves and/or roots to cleanse your wound.

Warnings – Angelica should not be used by pregnant women as it encourages activity in the pelvic region and may cause miscarriage.

Because of its high sugar concentration, Angelica should be used with extreme caution or not at all by diabetics.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Sun
Zodiac: Leo
Element: Fire
Deity: Venus, Helios, Lugh, Apollo, Frey and Ra
Powers: Protection
Other Names: Lady of the Meadow, Queen of the Ditch, Bridewort, Archangel, Masterwort, Ground Ash, Holy Ghost Root, Archangel Root, Dong Quai, Root of the Holy Ghost

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Sources:
The English Physician and Complete Herbal, by Nicholas Culpeper, 17th century
The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham
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Crystal of the Week – Black Kyanite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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As, ever, before writing, I like to hold the crystal I’m blogging about for a bit… to renew my friendship with it and to feel the vibrations; what they are telling me. How do I describe the feeling of being switched round and put back together at warp speed? I suppose if any of you know that description then I don’t need to elaborate. It was very moving, no pun intended. And at the same time, I felt perfectly rooted to my seat. Not a hair out of place… but oh! What a ride! That is Black Kyanite for you!

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My Black Kyanite ~ photo by i.macy

My opinion of what just happened is, whilst having me perfectly grounded, my Black Kyanite “fixed” my yin yang, finished healing my Root Chakra [forgot to mention I have been on a chakra clearing/repairing … lately after finding myself very blocked up] and then stripped of the stifling aura which has clung round me for too long and freshened me right up. Yes, I do feel rather amazing right now!

To be honest, I don’t always get hardcore feelings from crystals. Not in the earth-shattering way that I just did. Yes, I do always get vibrations, however, most of the time they are more “attuned” to me and what I’m using them for. It just occurred to me that this is what happens to a low vibration person. Normally my vibration is relatively medium to high. When I’m not well or have been remiss about taking care of myself, etc, my vibrational level sinks. What Black Kyanite does to low vibration people could be a little scary at first. I must say that I’m glad I have been working with my chakras up til this writing because that has most likely saved me a real comeuppance! So, my suggestion to all who read this is, please have your chakras in check before working with Black Kyanite or expect a wild ride whilst it repairs you!

Magickal
Black Kyanite is a good talisman stone. It is protective of its bearer. It is a perfect grounding stone before rituals. Black Kyanite helps you to remember so it will be good to use when you’ve spent time memorising a lengthy spell chant. Keep close by when doing any divination works. Cassandra Eason says in The New Crystal Bible, “You will have cause to speak your mind, but do not waste words on those who will not listen.” I think it means, don’t waste your gift upon those whom only want good fortunes told and are dismissive of the words foretold that may not suit them. Still, as an all-chakra stone, it is an excellent partner to have near when reading tarot or any other divination work as it helps keep your Third Eye Chakra balanced. Black Kyanite is excellent against psychic attack. Additionally, Black Kyanite is self-cleansing so no need to clean but can be recharged in the full moon, if desired. Please be sure never to soak in water.

Meditation
Brilliant crystal for past-life regression work, is Black Kyanite. A lot of people are doing future life progressions, something I honestly see no point of. Still, the Black Kyanite is there for you if that is what you wish to do. It strengthens the tether between Spirit and the Otherworld and can be used successfully in astral protection and hedge witchery. You can cleanse, clear, and re-build/repair all your chakras in meditation with Black Kyanite, however, its speciality is the Root/Base Chakra. And, as a special bonus, you can use your Black Kyanite to get in touch with your Spirit Guide/Guardian Angel for the very first time. If you have never attempted yet to meet your Guardian, Black Kyanite will be a stellar help in doing so. One thing to remember is that Black Kyanite will rapidly place you into a deep meditative state more so than many crystals will. It is also very useful for reading lucid dreaming messages.

Healing
Black Kyanite treats muscular disorders, fevers, thyroid, adrenal glands, throat and brain; a natural pain reliever; lowers blood pressure; heals infections; releases excess weight, supports the cerebellum. This crystal is, of course, a very useful one to Pranic Healers, and my personal opinion is that it would be best to see one for any healing work with Black Kyanite.

Correspondences:
Planet: Jupiter, Moon
Zodiac: No association with any zodiac
Element: Water
Powers: Healing, Grounding, Protection, Manifestation
Chakra(s): All, particularly the Root/Base Chakra
Deity: Ganesh

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Sources:
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The New Crystal Bible, by Cassandra Eason
The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2, by Judy Hall

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Magickal Hawthorn Tree: The Mayflower Tree – Revisited for Beltane

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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lone Hawthorn tree, courtesy of Google images

Happy Beltane, everyone! Or, if you are in The Land Down Under, Happy Samhain! I thought it appropriate to re-visit our Hawthorn tree blog today as it is traditionally used as the “May Pole” being today is also May Day.  And then I get thinking “what more can I say about the wonderful Hawthorn?”.  I really couldn’t think of  a thing, however, as I sat researching a herb I plan on writing about by reading in Nicholas Culpeper’s herbal, The English Physician, I ran across his passage on Hawthorn! What better way to begin my re-blog than to quote the words of the foremost herbalist of his day and still popular in our time? So, forgive the misspellings, for the English language had not quite been tamed yet, or, the authors of many of the olde worldy books just could not spell! Without further hesitation, I give you Nicholas Culpeper’s take on Hawthorn:

 

HAWTHOEN.

It is not my intention to trouble you with a description of this tree, which is so well known that it needs none.  It is ordinarily but a hedge bush, although being pruned and dressed, it grows to be a tree of reasonable height.

As for the Hawthorn Tree at Glastonbury, which is said to flower yearly on Christmas-day, it rather shews the superstition of those that observe it for the time of its flowering, than any great wonder, since the like may be found in divers other places of this land; as in Whey-street in Romney March, and near unto Nantwich in Cheshire, by a place called White Green, where it flowers about Christmas and May.  If the weather be frosty, it flowers not until January, or that the hard weather be over.

Government and virtues.]  It is a tree of Mars.  The seeds in the berries beaten to powder being drank in wine, are held singularly good against the [kidney] stone, and they are good for the dropsy.  The distilled water of the flowers stays the lask.  The seed cleared from the down, bruised and boiled in wine, and drank is good for inward tormenting pains.  If cloths and sponges be wet in the distilled water, and applied to any place wherein thorns and splinters, or the like, do abide in the flesh, it will notably draw them forth.

And thus you see the thorn gives a medicine for his own pricking and so doth almost everything else.” ~ Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician and Complete Herbal, 16th century

Culpeper’s way was to assign a planet to every tree, flower, and wort and every part of the human body was assigned a planet as well. If a wort or tree was ruled by Mars you only need to use it for healing the part of the body also ruled by Mars.  This was not something you took lightly in those days.  He spent most of his life researching by astrology, biology, and the science of making people well again. On the top of it all, he was quite a prolific writing.  Although centuries have passed since  this writing, we have found all to be true the things Culpeper learned in his research.  Many times when I am writing about a herb I consult The English Physician to see what Culpeper made of the herb back in his time and I find that we are still, for instance, using Angelica to help with stomach ailments or Cherry to cure a sore throat or chest congestion.  It goes to prove they did get it right in those days and we owe Culpeper and many others a huge debt of gratitude for what they learned and left with us.

Today is May Day and the first day of Beltane.  And in many places a tall post of Hawthorn may be being used today for a May Pole.  But I do hope in preparing the Hawthorn for its celebratory ritual that people remembered to use all of the Hawthorn and not to waste it…keeping leaves, bark, and so forth for healing potions or protections.

So, please enjoy the rest of the blog, if you have never read it before, and if you have, I hope you have enjoyed the re-visit with new information. Happy May Day to all!

From August, 2017:

Hawthorn Ogham Pendant

Hawthorn Huath Ogham Pendant ~ photo by i.macy

The Hawthorn tree represents the sixth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 13 May – 9 June, and this period is represented by the Ogham for this tree, which is also the 6th letter of the ogham alphabet, Huath (Huathe, Uath). The Hawthorn Tree, or Mayflower tree, is sacred to Roman Goddess Flora, Celtic Goddesses Aine and Brigid, along with the Manx – Celtic God Manannàn Mac Leirr. This Ogham symbol is used in Celtic Reiki and its essence represents the energy of cleansing and preparation. It clears the mind of negative thoughts and mental confusion, offering clarity: it gives patience and offers stillness. The Hawthorn tree is masculine and usually, but not always, grows in hedges, but a lone Hawthorn tree, growing on a hill is a portal to the world of faery and is also considered one of the three trees of the Faery Triad, including Oak and Ash. We offer a Hawthorn Ogham pendant in our Etsy shop for those born in the lovely month of May, or in fact, to anyone who loves Hawthorn.

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The Faery Triad Talisman: Oak, Ash, and Thorn ~ photo by i.macy

Hawthorn Faery
Along with Oak and Ash, Hawthorn forms the “faery triad” that is especially inviting to the fae. Hawthorn is, in some ways, the faery tree, forming a portal to the faery realm and holding strong magick. The Hawthorn faery offers access to the Other-World, but also protects the unwary, so it is important to be patient with this spirit. She can enchant your life, bringing growth and fertility to all areas, and when the Hawthorn flowers in spring, it represents the bridal gown of the young Goddess. Hawthorn is sacred to the Welsh sun goddess Olwen, the “white lady of the day.” Where she trod she left white footprints on hawthorn, and her father, Yspaddaden Pencawr, was “Giant Hawthorn.” Thirteen tasks were demanded of her suitor, Culhwych, before he could marry her and overcome the power of the giant. Thirteen is a number associated with the moon, for the moon makes 13 circuits of the zodiac to one of the sun. Thus, the Hawthorn suggests union of sun and moon, male and female. The Hawthorn faery promises cleansing, fulfilment, guardianship, and fertility. Keeping grounded and practical is the best way to access her and use her gifts.” ~ The Faery Bible by Teresa Moorey

 

In Ireland, Hawthorns have always been highly respected as faery trees. They were often referred to as ‘gentle bushes’ after the custom of not naming faeries directly out of respect. Solitary thorns were known as the faeries’ Trysting Trees, and frequently grew on barrows and tumps or at crossroads, thought to be a favourite location of pagan altars.

Folklore: Much of the folklore attached to it seems to come from the fact that the tree is covered in long branches of early, white blossom around the time of Beltane – the First of May. In England, the Hawthorn is known as the Mayflower tree in honour of the month during which it blooms. Symbolising hope, it was the name the Pilgrims took for their famous ship, The Mayflower.

 

Hawthorn flowers

Hawthorn flowers ~ Courtesy of Google Images

If 1st of May seems early and the blossom is not ready – remember that the British calendar was changed and went forward 12 / 13 days in 1752 – trees have long memories and so work to the ancient dates! This is evident as well in Hawthorn’s place in the Ogham Tree Calendar – beginning now on 13th May – it would once have started on May 1st. Hawthorn is still prevalent in May Day celebrations, whatever the case.

 

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A Pagan Maypole celebration, led by the Green Man, photo courtesy of Google images

But whilst Hawthorn was a propitious tree at May-time, in other circumstances it was considered unlucky. Witches were supposed to make their brooms from it, and in some parts, it was equated with the abhorred Elder, as in the rhyme:

 

Hawthorn bloom and elder-flowers
Will fill a house with evil powers.

In magick, Hawthorn is known as a psychic shield that can lift the spirits, and a little charm of the wood is a thoughtful gift for a friend going through a time of vulnerability or depression. It is also especially effective against malevolent spirits.

Protection Spell:
Carefully gather a few thorns from the tree.
“On a piece of paper, write the name of the person or situation from which you seek protection, and then wrap it around the thorns. Bury this in the ground – if possible near the tree from which the thorns were collected.” ~ Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

Correspondences:
Planet: Mars and Venus
Symbolism: Purification, sacred marriage
and male-female unity


Lapis Lazuli, Blue Calcite
Birds: Blackbird, Owl, Purple Martin
Colour: Midnight Blue, Purple
Deity: Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Gardea,
Hymen, Hera, Virgin Mary
Sabbat: Beltane, May Day
Folk names: May bush, May tree, quickset,
thorn-apple tree, white thorn.

“A hundred years I slept beneath a thorn
Until the tree was root and branches of my thought,
Until white petals blossomed in my crown.”
From The Traveller ~ by Kathleen Raine

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Sources:
Druidry.org

thoughtco.com

thegoddesstree.com

Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

The Fairy Bible, by Teresa Mooney

The English Physician and Complete Herbal, by Nicholas Culpeper

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Crystal of the Week: Serpentine

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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The word “serpentine” automatically brings to mind “snake”. And, we are all right in that consensus because the Serpentine crystal not only can look like snake skin in some instances, but it is also the premier awakener of the kundalini energies in us all. This lovely crystal, which has also been referred to as “new Jade”, is found predominantly in shades of green from light green to darker green, it may include greenish-black, red, brownish-red, brownish-yellow, yellow and white colours. And, it is easily found in many countries including Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, and the USA.

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My Serpentine ~ photo by i.macy

Whilst talking of the assorted colours, you will find some Serpentine are quite plain, as evident by many of the ones in my hand, but many times, hence its name, you will find these crystals looking “mottled” and or snakeskin patterned. Because of their resemblance to snakes and the Ancient’s faith in snake “medicine” led to Hermes, the father of alchemy, using the symbol of two intertwining snakes around a sword to represent healing. This same symbolism is still used in the medical profession today. The powerful regenerative energy of this prehistoric reptile is a transformation of rebirth that’s reflected in the snake shedding its skin. This spoke volumes to the Ancients. For these reasons, I would like to go straight to healing first.

 

Healing
Do you remember as a child when you spotted a garden snake, the glee you felt when you were able to capture it and it slid about in your hand or on your arm, sending you into squeals of happiness and feeling quite giddy about being able to hold something so unique? In a different sense you may get the same kind of feeling from holding a Serpentine crystal. It has a way of bringing back the feeling of childhood and lifting one’s spirits. For me, it brings back the inner child whom has been diluted by life and care. I once again feel as though I can, and will, carry on with my dreams.

The most efficient way to channel the Serpentine is through meditation because when it comes to regenerative healing of the mind-body-spirit, Serpentine and peaceful contemplation is like a steak and kidney pie [insert your favourite comfort food instead] for the soul. When you sit quietly with the crystal and give it a specific intention, the stone becomes much more than a pretty crystal sitting on your altar. It now holds a personal meaning that you can call on whenever you need its distinctive healing qualities. It is the absolutely best crystal for the re-birth of one’s spirit.

And, let us not forget your chakras. A little story: I’ve been very busy of late. Why is not important, but what is, is that I have not had a proper chakra cleansing in yonks. I’ve been suffering from plagues of allsorts. Finally, last night, I did my first chakra cleansing meditation in perhaps a year! How bad was it? So bad I could no longer visualise the colours of the chakras. They were all black. I have never seen anything so sad in my life! How dare I think I can help others if I’m not taking care of myself? I do feel much better today because I have managed to at least open the vortexes of the chakras, but I imagine I only got that far because of my Serpentine watching over me on the table. Tonight, I hope to be able to see some colours which will let me know they are coming back to full health and my Serpentine will be with me again.

Serpentine helps to clear out and release the clouded/dense areas of all chakras so that healing can occur. Serpentine will help with healing on all levels [mental, emotional, and physical]. Serpentine forms a unique connection to promote healing in the way that is best for everyone because it works for everyone uniquely and suits itself to the individual. It can also be used to attract/manifest what you want into your life – abundance on all levels, prosperity, love, healing, etc. Serpentine aligns your intent with the Heart Chakra and Divine Source energy. Whilst I would love to manifest some financial abundance into my life, it is imperative that first the healing begin. We can all be rich as Croesus but if we’re not happy and healthy, it matters not.

Serpentine, the snake stone, is full of Kundalini energy. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning either “coiled up” or “coiling like a snake.” Serpentine helps to create an opening so that the Kundalini may travel and lessons the discomfort, which is sometimes associated with movement. Serpentine also enhances the meditative state and retrieval of ancient wisdom. Working with Kundalini energies is a whole different meditation level and one you must ease yourself into. Having a teacher, even if it is only a reputable one on YouTube is for best if you are a beginner. For healing of pain, there is hardly a better meditation I have found. There again, I recommend you get your chakras in order before doing much else as in many cases, the blocked chakras are what is causing your pain. If you are still in pain after thorough chakra cleansing, you should see your GP. Nothing I tell you here should be expected to replace proper medical attention.

Serpentine is a wonderful talisman for anybody suffering from emotional trauma. It wraps them in a soothing embrace and makes them feel cared for and safe.

Magickal
Serpentine is the premier crystal for protection. It is said to yes, prevent snake bites! The Romans particularly believed it to protect them from sorcery and was believed to protect against parasites, snakebite, venom, and poison. If you enjoy keeping a few crystals for assorted reasons in your pockets or to wear as jewellery, I highly recommend that you carry or wear a Serpentine. They are also fabulous to create talismans from in prosperity magick. In fact, any magick in which you are spell working to draw abundance, love, healing, or protection, you could choose many stones, but you’ll always be right with Serpentine.

Serpentine is a Guardian. They are very useful in protecting those in dangerous lines of work. If you love a fireman/woman, police officer, pilot…anyone where danger is a possibility, buy for them a Serpentine necklace, bracelet, or ring. You can even use Serpentine to protect your belongings. It is a fabulous crystal to use whilst travelling, keeping you and any companions in your travels safe.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Pluto
Zodiac: Gemini, Scorpio
Element(s): Earth, Water
Birthstone: [natural] Taurus
Energy: Kundalini
Powers: Protection, Healing, Re-birth, Transformation
Chakras: All chakras. Primary chakra, Heart.
Deity: Manasa [Hindu Snake Goddess]

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Sources:
Experience
The Crystals Bible by Judy Hall

 

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Cats!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Today’s blog is coming to you directly from Cat and Kitten Care Covenstead! Cats are a subject close to my heart and many of you already know I have been midwife and matron for my own haphazard kind of “home for unwed mothers” recently, ha ha…. And oh, what fun!

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Isobel, the All Mother ~ photo by i.macy

First, we have Mother of All, Isobel. She has given birth to three litters within a year. Her first litter was born in March 2017 next door to us under the house belonging to a woman who had to leave it to live with her daughter because of illness. We watched those kittens grow and frolic in the back garden for quite some time til after a bit, Isobel began taking up on our patch. Of course, I began feeding her and she began allowing me to pet her… something I never really expected as she was so feral. Occasionally some of her kittens would pitch up as well but they were not so keen for human touch.
One day, Isobel began behaving in a most peculiar way. She began miaowing! Not peculiar you may be thinking but for her, it was. She never miaows! And she was seeming to struggle a bit and then I realised…. She was in labour!! Off she popped, and I did not see her for two days, not knowing at the time she had had her new litter under MY house!

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Albert, darling ~ photo by i.macy

Then, indeed, when she came round for breakfast two days later she was a much lighter girl. And her seemingly favourite from her previous litter, Albert [whom we called Victoria in the beginning thinking he was a girl!] was with her. As we later learned, Albert was his mother’s nanny for the babies and he still cared for them long after they were old enough to take care of themselves.
There were, I believe, five in that litter and unfortunately two died due to conjunctivitis that I could do nothing for as it was too late. The last three, Chloe, Penny, and Victoria now live happily across from us and visit every so often, thanks to Albert.

And here we are now, thirteen months later, getting our first look at the third new litter born on 22 March 2018!! If you think this is nice, there is more…

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Taxi ~ photo by i.macy

Pippa, Isobel’s daughter from the March 2017 litter, became a first-time mummy on 11 April, only just over a fortnight after her mother giving birth! But there is more! Another kitty whom we are not sure whether she belongs to the immediate feral family but has taken up here named Taxi, gave birth to two lovely babies on 9 April! Taxi [so-called because she is a Tuxedo/Tabby mix] had two large and lovely kittens in the corner of my dis-used garden shed so we did not have to wait to see them!We named the white one [David] “Bowie” and the wee Calico one is “Annie” [Lennox].

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Bowie and Annie, Taxi’s Twins ~ photo by i.macy

Pippa’s babies have not been seen as of yet, however, as a first-time mum, she may keep them a secret for a long while yet. Isobel’s March 2017 litter weren’t seen until they were at least 5 or 6 months old. But because she trusts me, Isobel brought her first born up and plopped her right at my feet! She must have known how much I love Tabby cats because this is the one she brought to me first! Afterwards, it’s been a feral feline fiasco to get out the kitchen door because they are always there, haha! Mum has taught them the art of begging cutely and it always works with me. As it happens, since I know Isobel wants to wean them, I have kitten formula which I can mix and feed them directly from the bowl for now and in a couple of weeks they shall be receiving their first solid kitten food! And so far, we have eight known kittens.

 

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Isobel and new brood ~ photo by i.macy

Now you get the idea why I don’t stop around Twitter longer than 5 minutes anymore. I’m juggling kittens and mothers and feedings, writing blogs and tweets, [and no making!] and all on my own. Haven’t carved a stick of wood in days. But what a sweet little distraction is our babies and their beautiful mums. They are very much worth all the time and effort! And  most of them will find good homes along the way! They would indeed be missed but I want them to have good lives and trying to care for these many kitties pretty much on my own for keeps is not at all possible. But I am positive they will be taken by good people. We will be pinning a notice at my Chili’s veterinarian’s in a week or two where I feel certain these little angels will be snapped up in a hurry!

 

Many thanks for reading and remember to adopt, not shop! Warmest blessings xx *Scroll down for more pics!

 

Cerridwen

Isobel’s first born, a tabby ~photo by i.macy

 

Morrigan

Isobel’s tuxie, Morrigan ~ photo by i.macy

 

Angel

Isobel’s little tortie, Freya ~ i.macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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