Crystal of the Week – Dumortierite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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I’m just a little put out with myself for not having a larger piece of Dumortierite! I have carried this one paired with a Carnelian for years.  I suppose I just never thought I needed more – this is a very powerful crystal! Together they are a good team for me, casting off the laziness that can sometimes set in and boosting not only my physical energy but also sharpening up my mental processes as well.  I think it is time to cleanse them, charge them, and carry them once again!

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My Dumortierite ~ photo by i.macy

The Dumortierite is stunning blue colour.  Many mistakes it for Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite.  Just keep in mind that Lapis has the lovely flecks of gold and the Sodalite often has lots of white in it.  Dumortierite is most likely to have veins of white, rather than patches, and it does not have gold flecks.  It does often have lighter and darker blue shading.  Dumortierite often forms as inclusions in Quartz, and this combination results in a natural blue Quartz gemstone. These are known in the gemstone market as “Dumortierite Quartz” and they are becoming increasingly popular as a minor blue gemstone. Dumortierite is named after French palaeontologist Eugene Dumortier [1803-1873].

Magickal

Dumortierite is a powerful psychic stone. This stone is generally thought to increase the psychic ability and the connections to the Divine mind. In combination with Pearl, Dumortierite will develop or enhance your psychic powers.  If you are a tarot reader, your interpretation and accuracy will be more on point when you are aided by this stone.

If you place Dumortierite behind your ear, it will enhance your clairaudience. It can also work with your Causal Chakra [past life chakra] so that you can activate your past life memories.

Dumortierite is a good luck stone when in it comes to wealth and fortune. It’s a great crystal to have, especially for those who are starting their own business.

When paired with Covellite, it’s an effective organisational stone.

Dumortierite will help you break ties with things or people that are no longer working for you. It will help you break the cycle of co-dependency and make you realise that only you have the power to control your behaviour and what happens to your life.

Healing

Dumortierite may help to bring order and organisation to a turbulent mental state. Dumortierite is used as a meditation stone as it enhances the connection to the universe and can help bring clarity to the mind. Dumortierite can help to facilitate spiritual development and can help one to express and understand their spiritual experiences. Along these same lines, this important stone can help to increase contact with angels and other types of spiritual guides.  Bringing order and a deeper, more fulfilling connection with the spirits and the spirit world may very well make this one of the more important stones in your collection. Enhanced connections paired with enhanced clarity may make for an especially balanced user. Dumortierite is associated with the throat chakra. This association helps to bring into balance the physical, mental, and spiritual communications which may help to keep the entire aura in balance.

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You deserve a better picture! photo by Stonebridge Imports

In the same manner that Dumortierite can be useful for metaphysical healing and balance it can also be used for physical healing and balance. Dumortierite is often used to treat depression and over-stimulation. In addition, Dumortierite may help to relieve the symptoms of addiction. This crystal is considered to bolster the energy of self-discipline, so it is easy to see how it may help to achieve things like ideal weight or cessation of some undesirable activity. Dumortierite may also help to cool the body, treat certain skin disorders, ease the symptoms of diabetes, increase or balance your metabolic rate, or even soothe hyperactivity. Aside from strictly physical attributes Dumortierite can help to soothe the mind from depression and help to clear the mind for more effective thought processes. In all, this important gemstone could be just the help you need for clarity and relaxation to gain a higher connection with the world around you.

Dumortierite is said to be good in treating headache, diarrhoea, stomach ache, and other intestinal problems. It can also help relieve vomiting, nausea, cramping, and colic in babies. Pranic healers use Dumortierite for hypersensitivity and epilepsy, as well as skin disorders and other pains, aches, or illnesses in the thyroid or parathyroid areas.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Saturn

Zodiac:  Leo/Sagittarius

Element:  Water

Gender:  Masculine [works to balance masculine and feminine energies within people]

Powers:  Psychic Abilities [All], Patience, Healing, Intellectual, Positivity, Calming, Communication, Mental Discipline

Chakra:  Throat, also said to open the Third Eye

Deity:  Isis, Neptune, Ariadne, St. Brigid, Hokkmah, The Muses, Sarasvati

Other Names:  Stone of Patience

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Sources

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing, by Cassandra Eason, 2003

Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic, by Scott Cunningham, 2002

The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall, 2003

Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit, by Michael Katz, 2005

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The Magickal Olive Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Ancient Olive tree ~ druidswood.co.uk

The tree of peace.  Extend the Olive branch to your enemy in good will and peace-making.  The dove with the Olive branch in its beak [Old Testament, Ark].  Irena, the Goddess of peace, daughter of Zeus and Themed, was always depicted with an Olive branch in her hand. Later, in periods of war, the couriers of peace were sent holding a symbolic olive branch in their hand.  But that is where it ends, it is merely a symbol of peace, not a magickal power of the Olive tree.  However, Olive is so much more, and we shall explore what it can do for us.  Still, it will never hurt to hang an Olive branch above your doorway so that all whom enter will know your home is a place of peace and good will.

The Olive tree is the tree of the Autumnal Equinox. It is a tree of logic, reason, and rationalisation. I would believe that anybody born on that day would possess those qualities.  The olive tree was the tree of balance by the Celts. For this reason,  they devoted the day of **23rd of September to it as that date is the day which has the same duration as the night.

**23 September is Autumn Equinox; 21 September is beginning of Mabon

Magickal

Olive branches, as well as being a symbol of peace, can be hung over the door to protect the household from evil, or upon the chimney to keep the house from being struck by lightning. When carried, the leaves bring good fortune. They also bring prosperity and security in love and business.

Dreaming of an Olive tree means you will have great happiness.  Dreaming of planting one indicates an upcoming marriage.  To dream of eating Olives means a happy domestic life.

The tree of Athena, mighty goddess of Wisdom is a symbol of prosperity and abundance. Use the leaf of Olive tree to bring balance between you and the earth. Also, you can use it in healing spells.

You can always use the leaves in leaf magick. Use it for one of its correspondences such as protection or wealth in a leaf spell or you can always use them in poppets and sachets.

Healing

Olive oil is a traditional anointing oil to aid in healing, and it was used in ancient times as fuel for temple lamps.  When eaten, olives are said to induce fertility and sexual potency in males, and lust in both men and women.  Remember what I said in another blog about fruits and veg shaped like body parts are helpful to keeping those body parts in good health? I should think I need say no more.

Scott Cunningham wrote:  On an olive leaf, write Athena’s name. Press this against the head or wear on the body and it will cure a headache.

The value of Olive oil to the health is widely known for centuries. Thus, the olive tree symbolises power and health. Moreover, this symbolism is entirely accurate since olive trees lead quite long lives.

Olive oil bolsters the immune system and helps to protect against viruses. Olive oil has also been found to be effective in fighting against diseases such as: cancer, heart disease, oxidative stress, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Olive is antiseptic, astringent and is known to lower blood pressure and fevers.

The Romans, of course, used Olive oil to cleanse their skin as part of their bathing ritual.

Mediterranean women with their glorious glossy hair have known for centuries the value of applying warm Olive oil to revive dry lifeless hair.

A little anecdote about Olive leaves:  Kew’s Herbarium, Kew Gardens in London, contains a wreath of folded olive leaves, which was found in the sarcophagus of King Tutankamen, and is over 3,300 years old.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Mercury, Moon, Sun

Zodiac:  Aquarius, Aries, Leo

Gender:  Masculine

Element:  Air, Earth, Fire, Water

Powers:  Healing, Fertility, Potency, Fidelity, Protection, Immortality, Prosperity, Success

Deity:  Amaterasu, Athena, Apollo, Minerva, Ra, Pele, Zeus, Horus, Hercules

Folk Names:  Olivier, Itm, Mitan

 

Sources

Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs (2nd Ed.), Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn, 1984

Life Among the Olives – The Magic of Olive Trees, by Dr Vera Sengeeva

Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

 

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Crystal of the Week – Lemurian Seed Crystals

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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This is going to be a veritable minefield of information that I dare not get wrong… however, I must say in advance that it may be difficult to get it all correct.  Lemurian Seed Crystals are so varied and there are acceptable definitions and non-acceptable ones. I’ve studied these, still, I got it very wrong in the beginning.  You know what it’s like… you’re in a crystals shop and you know very little about the crystal you see in the pretty basket, but you’ve heard enough about to know it would be of help to you.  But then, later down the road you find out this crystal is not all you thought it was.  Well, I am guilty as charged with my first Lemurian Seed Crystals for they are either not, nor never have been, or, they are but have had the lines polished out.  I shall explain all as best I can.

Lemurian Seed Crystals were used in Ancient Lemurian days by an advanced race of beings.  Some know about the legendary lost continent of Lemuria, but have you heard of the continent of Mauritia? This landmass formed a part of Madagascar and India and scientists say the rest of the continent is now lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.  That is where they think it has been for approximately the last 85 million years.  This land, of course, was inhabited by that advanced race of people during the Triassic Period, 200 million years ago.

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Smoky Lemurian ~ Photo by i.macy

Here is where things get a bit tricky.  Enter one crystals authoress, Katrina Raphaell. She is said to have coined the name, Lemurian Crystal in the 1990’s .  So, Katrina Raphaell channelled that the Lemurian Crystals were coded with very specific information by the people of Lemuria, left here for us to discover and to learn from. Thus, these crystals are very advanced and have a focus on high technology, DNA, and social engineering.  These “master healers” assist in helping one get in touch and by using intuition.  According to Katrina Raphaell, the Lemurian Seed Crystals were kind of like “seeds of information”  planted or left in one location only; one specific spot, known as the Diamantina Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil.  That’s a fair bit away from where Ancient Lemuria was lost. Still, I do not attempt to prove a respected authoress right or wrong here, only attempting to bring the best honest information I can to you.

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Lemurian Seed Crystal ~ Photo by i.macy

Firstly, a true Lemurian Seed Crystal originally was found to have six sides and every other side would be ridged horizontally or “striated” as a ladder.  Many also have raised triangles of crystal, sometimes called “recorders”.  It is believed that the inhabitants of Lemuria, or Mu, left their ancient wisdom and information embedded in these crystals that is much needed by humanity today. The lines are said to be where all knowledge is stored by encoding.  Now, there is also a difference between a “Lemurian Seed Crystal” and a “Lemurian Crystal”. A Lemurian Seed Crystal has an alternating pattern of a frosted side on the shaft and then a smooth, very transparent side, then a frosted side and a very transparent side, alternating all the way around.  Plain Lemurian Crystals will have a random pattern. For instance, one side is frosted, next is smooth, then frosted, frosted, frosted, and then smooth. Or even all smooth [see below] or all frosted.  The confusion is endless.  Another characteristic of a Lemurian Crystal will be that it has rough, prominent, horizontal striations on some sides of the shaft. But you will not only see them; for it to be a true Lemurian, you need to be able to feel them! Phew!

Lemurian Crystals also come in colours… Pink ones are very lovely and rare, and there are tangerine/apricot, smoky, blue, green, and citrine.   The size of the Lemurian Crystal / Seed Crystal can range from any length, but the base of it is always wider than the tip.

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Smoky Lemurian 2 ~ Photo by i.macy

Where you must be most careful in purchasing your Lemurians is when someone tries to sell you a highly polished crystal with no striations. If it is completely smooth, most likely it is not a Lemurian.  And then again, it could be!  Perhaps someone with no knowledge of the importance of the striations polished the striations out for purposes of making a piece of jewellery.  But you can’t know that it was striated so it is best to leave it, if a true Lemurian is what you seek.  Polishing away the striations is said to remove the encoding by the Ancients, and this is the very reason we buy Lemurians. I’m not saying that the person selling the polished “Lemurians” is trying to get one over on you… they may legitimately believe or even know, that the crystal was striated at one point.  Still, it can’t be proven.

I think the best advice I can give you for choosing your Lemurian Crystals or Lemurian Seed Crystals is to buy them in person, so to speak.  Feel them, feel their energy. Purchase only what you can connect with.

Magickal and Healing

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Small Lemurian with Recorders ~ Photo by i.macy

With the Lemurian Crystals I don’t feel I can separate them into compartments of “magick” and “healing”.  If you have worked with these before, you will understand this.  The Lemurian is a  Master Healer.  It is even hard to pin them to one planet or zodiac as they work through all.  Lemurians are a crystal of oneness and unity, and it is what they communicate along with love. Their magick is healing and their healing is magick. Lemurians connect with all other crystals and are perfect for crystal grids.  Lemurian’s life’s work is to reactivate within the planetary matrix this ancient memory of unity and oneness and love so that it may become the way of life on the New Earth.

This crystal is literally connected to everything – the inner earth, the earth’s surface, the stars, all other seed crystals and crystals, and they connect us to the Divine.  It’s not just an ordinary connection, either.  The connection is of pure love and the more you work with the Lemurians, the more you will feel this unconditional love and unity with the Divine and others.

These crystals promote self-confidence, deep emotional cleansing, powerful assistance in communicating with your spirit guide and angels, strengthens one’s emotions, promotes intuitiveness, assists in dream work, complete chakra clearing, removes energy blockages to Divine love and compassion.

Lemurian Seed crystals generate a very feminine or yin energy. They act to open the energy of the soul and provide a bridge to higher frequencies, creating a higher level of consciousness. They instil feelings of harmony and ease. The energies they emit are of pure love, helping you feel at one with yourself and others.

Holding a Lemurian seed crystal in your right hand while you walk around and encircle an individual, property or an object creates a circle of light and protection. They soothe and nurture and can benefit everyone and are helping support for healing work. They help you attune to those higher energies and higher planes of existence.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Venus [primary] but is also linked to each planet

Zodiac:  All zodiacs

Element:  Earth

Gender:  Divine Feminine

Chakra:  Crown chakra [main], benefits and works with all chakras

Powers:  Healing [Master Healer], Unconditional Love, Intuition, Communication, Dream Work

Deity:  Gaia, Venus, Aphrodite

Many thanks for reading today’s offering.  I hope it had information that is useful to you and if you have enjoyed, please give us a like, leave a comment, and share via the social media buttons below.  Warmest blessings to all x

Sources

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003

Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002

Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003

Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-science-space/have-scientists-discovered-proof-lost-continent-lemuria-007478

https://www.sagegoddess.com

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The Magickal Linden Tree…or Lime Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Linden Trees

photo by majestictrees.co.uk

Tilia is a genus of about thirty species of trees, or bushes, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere.  In the British Isles they are commonly called lime trees, or lime bushes, although they are not closely related to the tree that produces the lime fruit. So, when you see the “Lime” tree listed in an ogham birth tree list it is referring to the Linden tree [Tilia europaca] in Britain but if you are in America [Tilia Americana], they refer to it as Basswood.

Now that you are adequately confused….

Be sure to use the botanical name when ordering seeds or trees.  Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

The Linden/Lime tree flowers are a favourite of bees wherever you live so if you are ardent about  helping to save the bee population, plant a lovely Linden/Basswood tree wherever you live.  Honey from the flowers is considered the best flavoured in the world.

Linden became popular after the fourteenth century on the Continent and in England for carving and other work that did not require strength.  Many of the carvings in St Paul’s Cathedral [London] and Windsor Castle are of Linden wood.  The tree’s fibrous bark has been used for rope, mats, baskets, and clothing.

Magickal

Linden flowers are often used in love spells/mixtures and protection spells and incenses. Mix equal parts Linden flowers and Lavender flowers then place in a sachet under your pillow to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden flowers on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.

Lime Oil, as it is called, from the Linden tree, is used for purification and protection, promoting calmness and tranquillity, and strengthening love.

Dreaming of a Linden tree means good news is coming.  Dreaming of cutting down a Linden tree means your love life is in danger.

Linden is also used in longevity spell work and used in prophecy.

Medical

Linden tree’s flowers are a calming and soothing herbal tea not unlike Chamomile, but I think is more flavourful than Chamomile.  The French call Linden flower tea, Tilleul. It’s good to have before bedtime for a good night’s sleep to not only relax your body but your mind, as well.

Historically, Linden has been used to soothe nerves and treat health problems associated with anxiety.  Its calming nervine, antispasmodic, and helpful circulatory properties are used to help to ease spasms and cramps that contribute to headaches, tight muscles, and migraines as well as menstrual cramps.

Linden Tree Flowers

photo by gardenerstips.co.uk

I have read that whatever body part a fruit or leaf resembles is what that fruit or leaf is good for medically.  The heart-shaped leaf of the Linden tree gives a good idea of what it is good for both medically and magickally.   It can lift us up or “gladden the heart” emotionally and in love as well as benefitting the physical heart as well, which is evidenced in its long use for assisting with conditions such as atherosclerosis, angina, and heart palpitations especially when there is nervous tension or stress involved.  Linden is exceptional at reducing fever and fighting infection.  It even has a profound effect on loosening chest congestion and sinuses.  With the colds and flu season quickly approaching it would do you well to stock up on Linden flower tea unless you’re fortunate enough to have a Linden tree growing in your garden!

There are no contraindications to using Linden flowers that I can find.  Still, only use as needed.

Correspondences:

Planetary:  Jupiter, Sun

Zodiac:  Gemini, Sagittarius

Element:  Air

Gender:  Feminine

Rune Character:  Asa/Letter A

Powers:  Attracting Love, Balancing Energy, Neutralising Negativity, Heart Healing, Protection, Sleep, Stress Relief

Deity:  Arianrhod, Aphrodite, Eostre, Freya, Frigg, Lada, Nehalennia, Philyra, Venus, Zemyna, Odin, Tyr

Other Names:  Bee Tree, Lime Tree, Basswood, Lime Blossoms, Linden Flowers, Tilia

Many thanks for reading my blog today.  I do appreciate everyone who reads, shares, comments, and likes.  I hope you have learned something useful from my little offering.  Warmest blessings to all who pass by x

Sources:

Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

Wikipedia.org

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Enchanter’s Nightshade

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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From Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics, by Richard Folkard, Jun, London 1884:

“ENCHANTER’S NIGHTSHADE.—Formerly the Atropa Mandragora used to bear this name, but by some mistake it has been transferred to the Circæa Lutetiana, an insignificant plant named after Circe, the famed enchantress, probably because its fruit, being covered with hooked prickles, lays hold of the unwary passers-by, as Circe is said to have done by means of her enchantments. The Mandrake was called “Nightshade,” from having been classed with the Solanum tribe, and “Enchanter’s” from its Latin name Circæa, a name which it obtained, according to Dioscorides, because Circe, who was expert in herbal lore, used it as a tempting powder in amorous concerns.”

An interesting little book which, if I understand correctly, sounds almost more like an apology for his bad information in the preface rather than a preface.  But as it was of some interest, I just had to include it… take from it what you will.

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Enchanter’s Nightshade ~ wansteadwildlife.org.uk

You’ve seen the pretty pink slips waving in the breezes over the last month or so.  They are quite small and may be white instead of pink.  If you haven’t, try looking in shady places where the ground is moister such as shady woodlands, coppices, and perhaps in some hedge rows. If you have seen them, you have found Enchanter’s Nightshade.  If you’re not familiar with Enchanter’s Nightshade or Circaea lutetiana; this nightshade is a member of the willowherb family, Onagraceae.   It is not related to other nightshades such as the deadly nightshade.

The genus name comes from the enchantress Circe of Greek mythology and the specific designation is derived from Lutetia, the Latin name for Paris, which was sometimes referred to as the “Witch City”. Despite its name it is not especially toxic but contains a lot of the astringent tannin.  The plant is native to Europe, Middle Asia, Siberia, United Kingdom, and the eastern United States and Canada. It grow in woods in deep shade and moist environments on nitrogen-containing clay.

Circe was a powerful Grecian witch who, with the help of herbs, muttering incantations, or praying to her strange gods, could turn men into animals, or create unsubstantial images of beasts. She often called to her aid Nyx, Chaos, or Hecate. But as witchcraft may make a victim also of him or her who practises it, the nights of Circe could be wasted in fear because of the uncontrolled visions that filled her house. And so, for example, the walls and chambers of her palace could seem to be bathing in blood, whilst fire could seem to devour her magick herbs. That is why it was a relief for her when daylight came, and she could bathe and clean her garments, forgetting the scaring nightly visions. Circe also liked to attract others for the mission of sex magick, therefore it could be thought this is one reason this kind of nightshade is called Enchanter’s.

Magickal

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My dried Enchanter’s Nightshade ~ photo by i.macy

Enchanter’s Nightshade is a useful herb for aiding in the Laws of Attraction.  Not only the love kind of attraction but to attract whatever it is that you want in your life, including wealth, health, and any number of things. As a rule, Enchanter’s Nightshade does not attract wealth itself but it aids in the  Seven Laws of Attraction where you attract what you need and want into your life.  You may use it in the usual ways which you do for spell work, mainly useful in loose incenses to be burned over a charcoal disc.  This is a particularly good way to use it during meditation.  It is also useful in spells for binding, hexing, and love.  Mainly you may read that you use Belladonna [Deadly Nightshade] for hexing but those of us who would rather not, I have found that Enchanter’s Nightshade – absolutely no relative of the Deadly variety – works just as well. It is also said to be useful for shapeshifting and transformation in which you would drink it as a tea, however, be certain you have the correct herb before ingesting.  Take all due precautions and then take them again.

For enchanting or simply attracting the lover of your dreams, make a sachet of dried Enchanter’s Nightshade to carry with you when you have opportunity to be near this person.  In our Love witch bottle necklace, Enchanter’s Nightshade is an ingredient. You may also use with other dried herbs which attract love, such as Vervain, in a loose incense to burn during spell work for love.  And, of course, if you prefer making poppets, use the Nightshade in those as well.

Healing

According to Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician and Complete Herbal:  It is a cold Saturnine plant.  The common Nightshade is wholly used to cool hot inflammations either inwardly or outwardly, being no ways dangerous to any that use it, as most of the rest of the Nightshades are, yet it must be used moderately.  The distilled water only of the whole her is fittest and safest to be taken inwardly:  The juice also clarified and taken being mingled with a little vinegar, is good to wash the mouth and throat that is inflamed; But outwardly the juice of the herbs or berried, with oil of roses and a little vinegar and ceruse laboured together in a leaden* mortar, is very good to anoint all hot inflammations in the eyes.  It also doth much good for the shingles, ringworms, and in all running, fretting, and corroding ulcers, applied thereunto.  The juice dropped into the ears eases pains thereof that arise of heat or inflammations  And Pliny saith, it is good for hot swellings under the throat.  Have a care you mistake not the deadly nightshade for this; if you know it not, you may let them both alone, and take no harm having other medicines sufficient in the book.”

In medicine Saturn presides over the skeletal system, skin, teeth, gall bladder, spleen, and vagus nerve. Saturn symbolised processes and things which were dry and extremely cold, and was therefore inimical to life. It governed the melancholic humour.

Nearly all I can find about the use of Enchanter’s Nightshade for nowadays is using it as an astringent for skin maladies.  Oh yes, and the [*] above – please do not use any leaden vessel in the preparation of herbs for health and physical use.  I don’t think I need to say it, still, there can always be that one 😊

Correspondences

Planet:  Saturn

Zodiac:  Capricorn and Aquarius

Gender:  Female

Element:  Earth and Water

Powers:  Healing, Love, Binding, Hexing

Deity:  Circe

Other Names:  Sorcerer of Paris, Witch’s Grass, Great Witch Herb, Wood Magic Herb, Paris Nightshade, Herb of St. Etienne, Southern Broadleaf Nightshade.

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Sources

Nicholas Culpeper, The English Physician and Complete Herbal [17th century]

Richard Folkard, Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics [Jun, London 1884]

Witchipedia

Woodlands.co.uk

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Crystal of the Week – Apache Tears

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Apache Tears are of the Obsidian family as we know.  And to me, all varieties of Obsidian seems to almost form a ‘family’ not unlike our own.  I have written about black Obsidian, the very strong ‘older brother’ and Snowflake Obsidian, the gentle but strong ‘younger sister’… but Apache tears has a strong yet friendly and gentle vibration which makes it feel almost parental… like a loving mother or father. Not as fierce in nature as black Obsidian but can be very protective all the same.  I’ve heard some say that its misshapen appearance makes one feel more comfortable with it.

They are a type of Black Obsidian stone found in the south-western USA and Mexico. The meaning of their name comes from an American Indian legend. It was said that certain members of this tribe were pursued by the Cavalry, and although they fought bravely they were outnumbered. Rather than be captured they jumped off the cliff to their deaths. The distraught women of the tribe cried dark tears of grief, which fell to the earth, and formed into these dark strangely shaped stones. It is believed that their tears formed into these unusual stones, so people will always remember what happened.

Magickal

Apache Tears

My Apache Tear ~ photo by i.macy

As are all Obsidian stones, Apache Tears are an excellent grounding stone.  But this stone seems to have a more intuitive grasp of when it should do it job than does the black Obsidian.  Apache Tears are often used to cleanse one’s auric field and provide safety and protection for healers.  By using Apache tears, rather than other types of Obsidian, you can find that you’re able to address negativity in a calmer and more constructive way.  Apache Tears won’t ‘bring’ luck to you, but it can be used to shield you from bad luck and bad vibes to give you a rest to regroup.

Wearing Apache Tears near your heart is an excellent way to always be mindful of its power and to feel protected and cared for.  It is also effectively used to clear the heart of old disappointments and distresses.  Apache Tears opens you up to an acceptance of higher spiritual qualities and knowledge.

Because Apache tears, like most dark stones, work to sponge up negative energy, you will want to frequently cleanse them to get the full benefit of their positive energy.  If you neglect to cleanse them, you may find their efficacy wanes over time. To cleanse, simply hold them under running water while visualising the negative energy being washed away, then place them in direct sun or moonlight for several hours.

Healing

Apache Tears are very useful stones for anyone to use, but especially if you are a healer. If you are doing any spiritual development work, there are strong advantages to using these stones. Their strong energy works within the base or root chakra, where it will move excess energy down into the earth chakra for grounding with Mother Gaia. They also protect you from any possibility of “catching” the disease that you’re attempting to cure.

The energy of these stones will strengthen the blood and the immune system, and they will help the body to assimilate Vitamin C and D.  They assist with the reduction of toxins in the body by aiding their removal. They may calm muscle spasms and enhance vitality and strength within the body.  Within the heart chakra their energy will assist the emotional body to heal, from old issues of an emotional nature.  Their energy within the sacral or navel chakra helps to aid the removal of disharmonious energies in relationships.  They may bring through joy as they encourage you to feel more positive about life.

Apache Tears are also said to help with adrenal glands, bone pain, brain cancer, brain inflammation, brain lesion, headache, insect sting, joint pain, kidneys, lesions, migraine, muscle lesion, muscle pain, nerve inflammation, ovaries pain, prostate regulation, small intestine purification, spine & spinal cord inflammation, spine & spinal cord lesion, spine and spinal cord pain, spine and spinal cord strengthening, stomach, thymus.  It would be prudent to leave these healings to the capable hands of a good Pranic Healer.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Pluto and Saturn

Zodiac:  Scorpio

Element:  Fire and Earth

Powers:  Absorption of Negativity, Protection, Psychic Protection, Healing

Gender:  Female and Male

Deity:  Pele, Tezcatlipoca, Itzpapalotl, Sekhmet, Isis, Horus, Black Madonna

Chakra[s]:  Root/Base, Sacral, Heart

Other Names:  Obsidian Drops, Obsidian Tears

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Sources

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003

Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003

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Domestic Violence – When the Abused is Blamed

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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I am taking a step away from magick today to bring forward some information about Domestic Violence/Abuse.  A very close acquaintance has written something which I think must be printed. Of course, there is no name to be given as it is in strictest confidence.  All information by the abused will be in quotes whilst facts I have found online, and my own words will be in plain type.  I hope this will help others.

You know what they say about when a man is perfect until he gets the ring on your finger and then the honeymoon is over? It was just like that.  The wedding day was all sweetness and light… a civil service followed by a handfasting and a short honeymoon.  Once home, he said, ‘maybe we jumped into this too soon.’  He only said what I had been thinking but he had been the persistent one.  I did try to give it more time before the final commitment, but he would have none of it.  I should have taken his insistence as a warning sign.  It wasn’t like I was pregnant and ‘had to’ get married… not that anybody does that anymore. But I was in love, so it only seemed more romantic to me.  If only I had listened to my gut.  I knew I should have done; I have rarely failed by doing so.  Still, I went along with it all.

We muddled along with our so-called marriage and it always had a pall of gloom enveloping it.  What was worse is, I had children from my previous marriage and I was desperate to keep them from knowing how I was being treated.  I would be ignored for days by him and then a shouting match would end the silence.  I would, of course, be blamed for all and sundry.  If things weren’t clean enough, I was to blame.  If the sex wasn’t good enough, I was to blame.  His gaining weight… Yes, I was to blame for that. And, certainly not because I was a good cook by any means… at least to hear him tell it… but for his penchant to eat junk food morning, noon, and night.  But that was my fault, too.  Next, I knew, he was ‘cheating’ on me.  Not playing away, exactly, with another woman, but online.  He had himself a wide network of places to chat up other women and to get sex shows from.  It might have not been the worst thing, but he stupidly did this at work as well.  So, before I had gotten my head around that, he got the sack at work…  how embarrassing is that?  Not for him, of course, because it wasn’t his fault!  It was mine!  But the embarrassing thing is, I knew the people he worked for for years! I could only imagine the things being said and thought and worse still, the pitying looks. I became unable to leave the house in due time. But what worried me most was the effect it would have on my children…”

one in five children

image from independent.co.uk

Statistics vary from article to article about this, so I want to be careful not to include them.  However, the major consensus is that there is no way to completely keep children out of the loop in domestic situations, no matter how hard the abused parent is trying to.  They WILL be affected.  How they handle it and turn out in the long term is anybody’s guess unless they are given counselling and excellent post-domestic abuse care.  According to Parents.com: “Dr. Clark says some kids may feel rage at the abusive parent, anger at the victim [-ised parent] for not being able to avoid the abuse or protect herself, or pity for the abused parent. These feelings could cause the child to withdraw or lash out at one or both parents, be disobedient, become excessively clingy, or take on a parental role towards the abused parent.”

As time went on, I had my children live with their father to keep them safe as possible from being around this beast my husband had become.  I didn’t know what else to do because of the threats.  He was bigger than me and a lot stronger… funnily enough, whatever he told me made more sense than the way I would see it otherwise.  I don’t know how to explain that except now I guess I was in some kind of Svengali-like hold. When he berated me, I could see how terrible I was from his words. I hated myself so much. I tried to get up the courage to overdose [commit suicide] but couldn’t do it because I would see my children’s faces and feared they would hate me.  In fact, I already feared they hated me. The thing is, I couldn’t talk to anyone about my situation.  I had nobody I could talk to!  I no longer could work outside the home, I had no friends, I was only surrounded by him and his family.  I was terrified to stay there and terrified to go anywhere.  All I did was dream of just dying a natural death, so I wouldn’t be an embarrassing suicide to my family. “

“I did try journalling my feelings.  I would sit and re-read what I had written after a time and be appalled at what dark things had come from my mind. I have never had an easy life, but I was in such a kind of hell now I had never really imagined existed.  One day he had found my journal and began shouting about what I had said and such a carry on ensued about ‘how good you have it’ and ‘your head is f**ked!’ I was laying in a foetal position on our bed with my back to him and he suddenly punched me in my cervical spine so hard I flew off the bed and hit the wall opposite.  I’m not exaggerating that at all.  I don’t bruise very easily but the size of the black fist print didn’t leave for weeks. This was not the first time he had ever hit me, but it was the worst.  I was so thankful the children weren’t there to witness this!”

Children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of being abused themselves, either by the abuser, by the victim lashing out at the kids, or by both parents being so entangled in the abuse that they don’t care for the children properly. Research shows that 30 to 60 percent of domestic violence cases also include child abuse or neglect. Apologies for the statistical percentage but it is fair enough.  What I don’t find much about is what happens to children who don’t witness these attacks but do know about them from seeing the bruising and hearing one or the other parent talk about it.

“In the course of our nearly four-year marriage, he choked me until I fainted twice.  He punched me numerous times, but never quite so hard as that one time. He also like to pretend to be holding my hand but instead twisting my fingers until I thought they might break.  And the verbal abuse was nearly non-stop. And the threatening… I was threatened with death or the death of my children on so many occasions I lost count.  Oh yes, there were occasional witnesses.  His family had witnessed some of his verbal and physical violence but swore blind if I called the police they would lie about what they saw or heard.  Why? Because they were just about as afraid of him as I was, I should think. I simply felt I had no recourse but to stay and put up with everything he dished out because I was not worthy of being saved.  Hadn’t I prayed so hard for help? And none came! I was a disgrace.”

“Of course, I missed my children terribly.  And, it got where I couldn’t not see them anymore.  I would try having them over for a night and try to supervise their visits as best I could, so they wouldn’t see how he acted but he was so sly.  He did and said things to my children that I didn’t see or hear about until it was all done.  Yes, I did see and hear some things – he would be very hateful and shouty toward them if they did anything ‘wrong’ in his eyes… in anybody else’s it would only be a little mistake, if that.  And, to punish them he would make them stand in a corner for hours.  All I wanted to do was get my hands on a phone, ring up their father and tell him to come pick them up.  But we would have all suffered far worse had I done that.”

Whilst children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of being abused themselves, this is not 100% down to the abused parent not caring but it is not easy to try to balance the thin line between protecting the children and protecting yourself.  The abused parent knows she or he must stay safe as possible for the children and they also know they must protect the children.  When the abused parent knows of nowhere to go or how to get help without being found out by the abusing partner, then being battered for their troubles, it is often felt that to be safe is to be void of emotion on any level around the abuser, ie, abused parent acts as if she or he is not concerned.

There were times I asked my eldest child if any personal abuse had happened and during the time it was all going on for me, the answer was always no.  However, after I finally got free of the situation, the things I heard turned my stomach. All I could ask myself was, ‘where have I been?’, ‘how did I not know?’, ‘what kind of mother am I?’.”

Children who have been maltreated are often afraid to tell anyone, … and symptoms of abuse, because they don’t want to face the truth. Just like the abused parent, they either don’t think anyone will take them seriously, they are ashamed and embarrassed, or if someone does take them seriously they are afraid of what it might mean to their family situation. Why doesn’t the abused parent know? One thing people must remember is that the abused parent has been mentally and physically drained of most of their senses, oftentimes.  They exist in a zombie-state and are barely functioning.  One woman told me ‘it’s like you are reduced to the most basic animal and have no thoughts anymore, you act entirely on instinct…and some days if your body and brain didn’t take over your ability to breathe, you might just stop breathing altogether and die…and when you can think, you wish you could.’

“Eventually he hit me in the right place at the wrong time – for him.  Police were called in and he was arrested.  The entire situation around the arrest was like the Universe opened and smiled and said, ‘alright, you’ve suffered enough, he’s leaving’.   I would like to say the world was all sunshine and roses afterwards, but it took a long time for me to knit myself back together.  And, you would think I would be dancing around, happy and safe feeling, but in a sense, I was more fearful than ever.  I was afraid of my own shadow… I sat most days on my sofa with the telly on, not watching it, mind, but just staring and crying.  I could not really muster the ability to go anywhere.  Eventually, upon advice of counsel, I did make it to the courts to get a restraining order against him.  It still worried me that he would pitch up anyway and no one would get to me on time.  After all, his parting words were, ‘you’ll die for this’.

stop domestic violence

from 3FM website, Isle of Man

Leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the hardest things a person does. But even after your ex is out of your life, sometimes the emotional and mental affects from experiencing abuse can linger on. You may experience feelings of depression, guilt, anger, loss and even symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]:

Anxiety

Trouble sleeping

Being easily frightened or scared

Avoiding of stressful triggers that remind you of abuse

Difficulty maintaining relationships

Feeling emotionally numb

“Eventually, I did seek help.  I didn’t find it easy to do and had to make myself search out the help I needed but because of my children, I knew I needed to get myself back.  I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and given counselling and medication to help.  I could see now how much this whole business had affected not only me but my children as well.  They were full of hatred for this man and I couldn’t blame them.  But hard as it was to tell them, I would say to them that they must forgive him because he is a sick person and if he weren’t so sick he would be a good person. I explained that the ‘forgiveness’ was NOT to let him off for any of the horrible things he did but it was for us personally… so we could lay the nightmare to rest and move on. Because one thing I had learned many years prior is, if I don’t forgive the person hurting me then I become the one with a problem. I allow myself to think bad things about the person and let it take over my thoughts. I explained to them when they forgive such a person that it takes their power over you away.  It was very important that we regain our personal power and let no one take it again.”

“They did seem better for a while, but I have watched over the years the symptoms of what had happened play out through them.  Skipping school for weeks at a time, spending money to the point where it put their own families at risk, risky sexual behaviour, reclusiveness, self-harming, suicidal thoughts, in and out of jobs, drinking too much, the list could go on…but anyone who has been here knows what I mean. And when I see these scenarios play out of course I blame myself. But then, I do need to remind myself that they are now old enough to make wiser decisions… and I have given them the advice – it is up to them to use it as they will, or not to.  One child did receive counselling for several years but is now a recluse, afraid to go out into the world.  My others did not and have decided through choice and lack of money for proper counselling to take the hard road.  Still, they are all very lovely, sweet young adults and have managed to do alright despite me. Therefore, I must forgive myself now and move on.  That is the hardest part.  That, and not feeling like they will ever forgive me for bringing this beast into our lives.”

If you’ve recently gotten out of an abusive relationship, your sense of self has likely been altered — or even destroyed. So, too, have your feelings of safety and your ability to trust others.

You can and will regain these things, but it will take time. This is likely one of the hardest things you will ever do, so be patient with yourself. You can move on with your life and feel happy again, even if it doesn’t seem that way right now.

Remember that what you went through is not who you are. Healing is a process and through it, you will remember how strong, capable and extraordinary you really are. You will have good and bad times, but every day free from abuse is another piece of yourself that you get back and, eventually, those pieces will come together.  The same can be said for the child or children from an abusive relationship. How you respond can help your child overcome these worries and generally feel better.

  1. Talk about what has happened in a mature and open manner with your children.
  2. Together with your children re-establish your sense of security. Plan and put into place ways of protecting yourselves which will help the children to feel secure again. Do whatever it legally and safely takes [this DOES NOT mean bringing weapons into the home].
  3. Give yourselves time to grieve. Take time with each other when one of you are feeling sad to talk and hug.
  4. Seek family counselling.
  5. Re-connect with the world. Don’t hide away.  Do everything possible together in the early days after.  Visit parks, go shopping, visit friends and family.  Eventually, if possible, get the children into after-school projects or sports if they fancy something like this.

Whatever you do, be strong together.  Don’t assume one is doing alright if they are smiling and happy looking.  Children can hide their feelings just like adults do.  If you keep a close watch on the family dynamics after such an upheaval you should be able to stop things from becoming worse with any luck – such as the way things happened with the children of the acquaintance telling her story. Still, even if the worst comes from it, always let them know you love them.  Good luck and warm blessings.

dom violence men and women uk

image from solentjournalism.co.uk

Wherever you live, there are crisis lines in place to help you. Many times, they can offer a place for you and your children to go until you can establish your own residence away from your abuser.  Domestic violence does not only happen to women!  If you are a man being abused by a partner, male or female, please call and get help.  There is NO shame in admitting that you are being hurt.  Seek help immediately and be safe.

Hotlines by country:

Australia:  1800 RESPECT

Canada:

Ontario                 1-866-863-0511 or TTY 1-866-863-7868.

BC                           1-800-563-0808

Alberta                 1-866-644-5135

Manitoba            1-877-977-0007 or TTY 1-888-987-2829

China:   010-68333388

New Zealand:  0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843

Taiwan:  113 Hotline – in any language necessary

United Kingdom:  0808 2000 247 [freephone] – in immediate danger, dial 999

United States:  1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 [TTY] – in immediate danger, dial 911

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