Petrified Wood, The Kindly Grandmother

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Can you imagine… a tree growing along for many years, then it begins turning to stone? It has always amazed me how this happens. This is the way I perceived it happening when I first learned of petrified wood as a young child… just standing there, tall and beautiful, then one day, stone. Obviously over the years I learned differently, and as we all know, the process begins on the wood which has been in the ground for some time and the organic materials have been replaced with minerals [mostly a silicate, such as quartz], while retaining the original structure of the tissue. It basically becomes a three-dimensional fossil! You just inherently know this is going to be something with teeth in the metaphysical sense.

Petrified Wood is a grounding and protecting stone. I think of “grounding stones” as ones with enormous patience. It is as though they have been around so long and have seen so much that they have the settled ways of the serene older person. The wisdom is beyond reproach, and when you hold such a stone or crystal you can feel that wisdom, serenity, and patience vibrating through you. That is as it should be, for when we need grounding before performing rituals, spells, or simply meditating, sometimes we need all the serenity we can get. I believe it is safe to say you will gather the grounding patience you need from Petrified Wood. Its protection asset is easy to trust. It builds a barrier, a wall, around its user, making it much less likely that harmful spirits or hexes to take hold.

 

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood ~ photo by i.macy

It is said to calm the nerves and fears and to encourage feelings of well-being, safety and security, enabling you to stop worrying about the ‘small stuff’. Here the serenity of Petrified Wood comes into play again. It soothes and calms like the kindly grandmother. It gives you a feeling of “everything will be alright”. You never feel alone if you have Petrified Wood in your home. I often handed my daughter a piece of Petrified Wood when she became anxious and couldn’t get a grip on reality. It instantly soothed and calmed her. She has had many problems with nerves over the years but luckily between her Kunzite pendant and elixirs and Petrified Wood, she has managed her anxiety without medication very well for years. Please do not use this as a fail-proof diagnostic and medication tool. If you are having anxiety, depression, or any mental issues, please see your medical professional first before trying any holistic treatment. We all know there are some things which absolutely must be treated by a doctor.

 

In healing, Petrified Wood is believed to help restore physical energy, to strengthen the bones and to relieve hip and back pain. This may be down to many reasons, but we are always more energetic and full of hope when we feel cared for. And healing is more about believing than anything else in many cases. In crystal healing, Petrified Wood is used for pain relief, particularly in the spine and hips.

Petrified Wood is also said to be helpful in past-life recall or past-life regression work. Which would make sense as it holds the ancient spirits within and they can provide guidance in past-life workings. I have not used the Petrified Wood for this reason yet but look forward to giving it a go.

Correspondences:
Associated Crystals: Green moss agate, rutilated quartz, and tree agate
Candle Colour: Brown or grey.
Chakra: Root, Solar Plexus, Third Eye, and Heart
Element: Earth and spirit.
Flowers & Plants: Polyanthus, poppy and snapdragon.
Herbs – Incenses – Oils: Burdock, echinacea, fennel, sage and thyme.
Planet: Earth and Saturn.
Zodiac: Virgo
Powers: Grounding, healing, protection, past life recall
Crystals to use with: Agate, Jasper, Chalcedony, Bloodstone, Red Jasper, Onyx, Carnelian, and Opal.

Thank you for reading and many warm blessings x

Sources:

The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet: Wormwood

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

 

wormwood

from Botanical.com

Working with herbs very often, as I do, I got thinking, “why not do a series on herbs?” …particularly since recently blogging about wort cunning. So, in no particular order apart from most probably writing about what I’ve worked with most recently, we shall begin with Wormwood [artemisia absinthium]. The hint is in the name – what famous drink of the 19th century, recently revived by the Goth community, is made with this herb? If you guessed Absinthe, you win! As early as I can tell, the drink was made popular in 19th century France and became very popular in Great Britain as well – notably a favourite of Oscar Wilde – one of my favourite authors and generally favourite people of all time. The drink, as it was in those days, has been banned, however, and a new, less dangerous Absinthe became popular mainly with the Goth community in recent times. The 19th century drink was dangerously toxic when taken in excess and since the traditional use of wormwood is believed to summon spirits and allow communication with the dead, there is not much wonder why some people claimed to see visions whilst inebriated!

 

Mind, we are not advocating the use of Wormwood for this kind of thing. We’re more interested in what it can do for us on a magickal level. Wormwood is one herb I use very often. It is an ingredient in several of our witch bottles, depending upon the powers needed. It is also an ingredient I use in one or two of our loose incenses. Those are still in testing and have not made it to the shop shelves yet. And, during my practise as a cunning woman, I have used Wormwood extensively for everything from astral travel to protection and psychic awareness. I must say, it is definitely one of my “go-to” herbs.

Magickal
The scent of Wormwood is said to increase psychic powers. Burn with incenses on Samhain to aid envocation, divination, scrying, and prophecy. It is especially good when combined with Mugwort and strengthens incenses for exorcism and protection. Hung from a rear-view mirror, Wormwood is said to protect vehicles from accidents on treacherous roads. Wormwood is burned to gain protection from wandering spirits. It is used in divinatory and clairvoyance incenses, initiation rites and tests of courage and enables the dead to be released from this plane so they may find peace.

Wormwood is used to relieve anger, and allow the user to vent it in a more peaceful way. It can also be used in magick to prevent strife or war. Carried in a pouch, Wormwood is protective. In ancient lore, people used the plant to counter poisoning by Hemlock and various Toadstools.

It is also used in love charms and spells to draw a lover, and is associated with the Lovers card in the tarot. It is sacred to the maiden Goddess, and can be used for scrying and divination as part of an incense or perhaps a weak tea to drink before scrying, or a wash for the instruments used. It is used in women’s rites, probably especially those pertaining to rites of passage from child to maiden – and would probably would be a good addition to rites celebrating menarche. It is used in initiation rites, especially those prior to testing times.

An Old Love Charm
‘On St. Luke’s Day, take marigold flowers, a sprig of marjoram, thyme, and a little Wormwood; dry them before a fire, rub them to powder; then sift it through a fine piece of lawn, and simmer it over a slow fire, adding a small quantity of virgin honey, and vinegar. Anoint yourself with this when you go to bed, saying the following lines three times, and you will dream of your partner “that is to be”:
‘ “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me,
In dreams let me my true-love see.” ‘

Medicinal
Wormwood is said to be useful in the treatment of some depression. It is very good for those who feel utter despair because of their life circumstances. It has some anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of chamazulenes, so it could be used to treat inflammatory digestive disorders. It is used to treat liver and gall bladder congestion where this has led to jaundice, and liver related depression, lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting. As it is warming, it is particularly good for those who suffer from a depressed autonomic nervous system, leading to impaired digestive function. In addition to all the above, it can be used to treat diarrhoea and intestinal parasites.

 

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Wormwood

Some regard Wormwood as a circulatory tonic and stimulant – this would make sense considering its use to improve the digestion. It can be used to treat nervous exhaustion and other nerve issues such as neuralgia and depression as previously mentioned. Apparently it can be used to ease alcohol induced hangovers although it may be better to dose up on milk thistle before you start drinking or simply not drink as much. This is another of those odd herbs that can be used to cure epilepsy but will also cause it if you use it in large enough doses.

 

Wormwood has a strong anti-bacterial property – the root, though not often used in medicine, is extremely powerful and useful to ease infections of the throat and lungs. It eases pain and is very cooling and soothing. It can be used topically as an antiseptic.
As an emmenagogue, it can be used to stimulate absent menses where this is due to uterine stagnation which causes delayed menstruation. It can also be used to ease painful periods. It is used as a pain reliever during labour and can be taken as a weak tea or applied as a rub to stimulate sluggish labour, when contractions are too weak.
A rub made with the essential oil can be used to relieve the pain of arthritis and related joint complaints, though the oil should NEVER be taken internally.

Correspondences
Other names: Absinthe, Absinthium, Green Ginger, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Madderwort, Sweet Annie, Wormot

Planetary: Mars, Saturn

Element: Earth

Sabbat: Samhain

Powers: Binding, Psychic Awareness, Evocation, Love, Clairvoyance, Past Life Regression, Astral Travel, Protection

Associated Deitie: Diana, Artemis, Aesculapius, Horus, Isis, Castor, Iris, Menthu, Pollux

Harvesting: cut the flowering tops off wormwood when they are in full bloom on a sunny day when the sun is at its peak

‘While Wormwood hath seed get a handful or twaine
To save against March, to make flea to refraine:
Where chamber is sweeped and Wormwood is strowne,
What saver is better (if physick be true)
For places infected than Wormwood and Rue?
It is a comfort for hart and the braine
And therefore to have it it is not in vaine.’

~ Tusser (1577), in July’s Husbandry

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x

Sources

Wikipedia.org

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

Botanical.com

Experience

 

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The Magickal Mariam Stone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

 

Miriam Jasper

My Miriam Jasper aka “The Bean” ~ photo by i.macy

Mariam [Miriam, Maryam] stone helps keep one cool under severe pressure. It is an alchemist stone, enabling one to transform seemingly hopeless situations into creative, positive ones. Mariam Jasper was formed when the Himalayas rose into the sky. It is compressed bone, vegetation and shell from an ancient swamp which was compressed by the incredible forces involved in the mountain’s creation. It is also sometimes called “The Calligrapher’s Stone” (which I believe is wrongly associated as from what I have researched, Calligrapher’s stone looks different completely), as well as “Cobra Jasper”, “Snake Agate”, or “Elephant Skin Jasper”. If I were called upon to make up names for crystals, I would name it the “Bean Jasper” …. although, just because mine looks like a bean does not mean they all do. If you look at Google images, you’ll find these in all shapes and sizes.

 

All jaspers are strong, secure, stability stones. It is a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses, making it a wonderful gemstone to have in your home. Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence. It also protects from fears in the night.

The crystal meanings of this stone relate to its valuable action to aid meditation and it is also an excellent protection stone. In meditation, it is a useful stone in aiding you to contact your guides and the angelic realm. It will help you to look inwardly at yourself and at your behaviour, and can be beneficial to aid you to gain insights when you are doing past life work.

Mariam also serves to counterbalance the busy modern world by bringing back pleasure in nature. It is considered an amulet for driving long distances, prosperity on business trips and overseas deals. Use Mariam Jasper for long term business decision making and forward planning. It counters instant gratification that can destabilise a happy relationship, aids the gentle release of karma or trauma from the past helping you to move forward into the future and is said to ease skin complaints, scar tissue, mobility, and scalp disorders.

Crystal pairings
For money or luck, use Goldstone, Agate, Haematite [Hematite], Aventurine, Garnet, Carnelian, Sodalite, or Citrine.

For security at home, work, or travel, pair your Mariam Jasper with Agate, Aventurine, Iolite, Turquoise, Onyx, Carnelian, Fluorite, Malachite, or Tiger’s Eye.

For contacting your spirit guides and in past life regression work, pair with Angelite or Petalite.

Correspondences:
Element: Fire
Energies: Protection, healing
Chakra: All

Many people look past Jaspers of all kinds as they don’t seem to strike them as being stones or crystals of much power. One person said to me that they aren’t as “pretty” as other stones! Oh, I do beg to differ… and besides, who really cares about “pretty” – you need something that works! And Jasper is a hard-working stone, believe me. All Jaspers are strong grounding stones and wonderful protectors and healers. But on top of that each variation – and there are many! – has additional powers, or energies in addition to the basic ones. You really can’t go wrong buying a Jasper. Not to mention, they are always very affordable, therefore, you can own many of them without breaking the bank. And they make lovely pendulums and jewellery.

Next time you are in your favourite crystals shop, hold a Jaspar. You may feel a strength vibrating from it you have never felt before.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x

Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

 

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The Playground Known as Twitter – REVISITED

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

This will be quite a long read, so my apologies. Bring a boxed lunch.

If it smells like a duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck…well, it must be a ducking duck! No, not writing this on my phone where they will always replace the “f-ing” word with “ducking”, only pre-censoring myself, lest certain Twitter employees think I need taking down a peg.

So, who else read the Daily Mail five days ago? You may recall my series of diatribes and thesis’ pertaining to ghost-banning [shadow-banning] …and if you don’t, perhaps you should familiarise yourselves with what I am talking about before reading this…just so it will make sense. It turns out that, in addition to other Tweeters who may disagree with your tweets, whether in a sensible way or not, allegedly Twitter also disagrees with many of our tweets. And, allegedly, what do some Twitter employees do when they disagree? They shadow-ban you! Ain’t that a turn up for the books?

Here are highlights from the story, written by Hannah Parry for the DailyMail.com:

James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, posted a series of videos of undercover reporters speaking to Twitter staff and former engineers.  He claims they show Twitter censoring people with views they disagree with.

Olinda Hassan, a policy manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, was filmed talking about development of a system for ‘down ranking’ ‘shi**y people

Abhinov Vadrevu, an ex-Twitter software engineer, discussed ‘shadow banning’ technique meaning that users’ content is quietly blocked without them ever knowing about it. The tool was created to weed out fake bots and scammers but could be open to abuse.

Vadrevu admitted it was ‘risky’ because if people figure out they’ve been shadow banned they would be furious.

He added that he wasn’t sure ‘if Twitter does this any more.’

One Twitter engineer suggested he social network was trying to ‘ban, like, a way of talking’ and ‘anyone found to be aggressive or negative ‘will just vanish’.

Twitter has not yet commented on claims by staff and former employees.  But they did respond to another video shot of senior network security engineer Clay Haynes.  The clip showed him saying Twitter is ‘more than happy’ to help the Department of Justice ‘in their little investigation’ and would provide all Trump’s messages.

Twitter denounced the ‘deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited’

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from Google images

I’m livid to be honest. I have one account which has never been reinstated. It is now just a personal account, not a business one as it began life. It had accrued over 6,000 followers. That sounds like “chump change” as the Americans call it, to most of you sporting 10k or more followers but for me, that was something. And unlike some have done, I got them all honestly and not through purchasing them or through those annoying follow trains. That Twitter account was built on my brand. I was always careful to never put a foot wrong. I never even used a public curse word! Yes, I sell witchcraft tools. Good, honest traditional witchcraft tools, not spells, nor cures.  I never used photos which would indicate prejudice, or sexual content, or anything more untoward than a set of runes. Still, was I one of those “shi**y people” what needed “down ranking”, in accordance to Olinda Hassan?

I still believe my old account had someone else heading up that witch hunt but ultimately it is Twitter’s decision to keep someone snuffed out or allow them their freedoms back. And, they never gave that account its freedom again. Now, as @TheWandCarver, I have been shadow-banned several times. Drop a line to the so-called “support ticket” people and sometimes it worked. BUT…. I think I now realise why Twitter kept the ability to make a bonafide ticket for ghost/shadow banning so non-existent. It’s because they had NO intentions of clearing the people they shadow-banned. They didn’t like what they read, therefore, that person was no longer “seen”.

I am seen now, thankfully, to a few fabulous folk at Twitter. I don’t mean to tar the entire cast of characters with the same brush, because I know, hand on heart, there are some good, honest people at Twitter. But the democratic free world is built upon free speech. I absolutely get that when free speech becomes threatening, racist, vile, religion profiling, it should be stopped on a social media platform built for friends to chat and businesses to flog their wares upon. I have said before that I even agree with Twitter allowing us to police the grounds as it were – if people will use good, honest common sense about it and not send a little family business into No Man’s Land simply because you don’t agree with that little family’s “religion” or what they sell. I’m not a particularly religious person, however, if I have a religion, it is of the Earth. I’m a Pagan and if I remember correctly, it is a recognised religion these days. But let’s not quibble over semantics. No one, NO ONE, has a right to judge another for his or her religion. And, if you’re shadow-banning me because I’m Pagan, tell me, when do you plan on bringing back the Crusades? Let’s just all co-exist peacefully, shall we?

Olinda Hassan… “a policy manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team” …Trust and Safety team? So, you, Madame, can arbitrarily scan tweets and see a blurb which doesn’t fit with your standards and with just a flick of a switch, power down that Tweeter’s right to free speech? But trust, Miss Hassan…

“The tool was created to weed out fake bots and scammers but could be open to abuse.”

Let me tell you, it has not done a very good job weeding out ‘fake bots’. Just ask those of us who spend half our time on Twitter trying to rid our followers list of these annoying eggheads. Nowadays, the bot programmers have gotten wise and put a name and a face to their bot accounts, hoping they will get followed or at least left to sit in your follower’s list. I don’t know what these bots are intended to do, but you don’t need them. They are fake followers [please don’t let me start sounding like Trump and his ‘fake news’!] and you should just block them. You’re not harming a nice person’s psyche or their Twitter account by doing so, just ridding yourself of a sneaky bot.

That said, let’s look at the sentence again. ‘The tool was created to weed out fake bots and scammers but could be open to abuse’. Just what I said in previous ghost/shadow banning blogs. Not only have I been a victim of this abuse, but so have many of my friends. I think I became the poster child for ghost-banning on Twitter for as soon as someone found they were no longer “seen”, I would get a DM asking what to do. All I could do is point them to Twitter’s support page, and feeling terrible that I couldn’t do more. I couldn’t say what I suspected…what purpose would it have served? If anything, it may have made me look a bit more of a mad woman than many might have already thought.

“Vadrevu admitted it was ‘risky’ because if people figure out they’ve been shadow banned they would be furious. He added that he wasn’t sure ‘if Twitter does this anymore.’”

Ya think? I know I was furious. And, yes, Twitter does do this still. Just did a ‘from:search’ on an account yesterday to pull up a new tweet of theirs to retweet and their account said: “no results from @nameofaccount” but only the day before it was populated with their tweets. So, yes, indeed, Twitter is still doing this, Mr Vadrevu.

“One Twitter engineer suggested the social network was trying to ‘ban, like, a way of talking’ and ‘anyone found to be aggressive or negative ‘will just vanish’”

I do agree that aggressive and negative behaviour in social media is uncalled for and would like to see an end to it, but whom is judge and jury in this case? And to what degree is the aggressiveness and negativity? In what context is it being used? Are you finding a few certain words and without knowing what the full conversation is about, arbitrarily kicking this Tweeter into touch? If you come into work after a hard lad’s night out, do you read the tweets in their entirety before dropping the axe? Or do you make assumptions?

[more from the same Twitter engineer] “’And whether it’s positive or negative doesn’t (inaudible), it’s more like if somebody’s being aggressive or not. Right? Somebody’s just cursing at somebody, whatever, whatever. They may have point, but it will just vanish… It’s not going to ban the mindset, it’s going to ban, like, a way of talking.’”

Not everything is always as it seems at a glance and I feel that this is sounding more and more “like” it is becoming out of control. This is scary. What’s next? Are people going to “just vanish” because they aren’t agreed with?

“The clip showed him saying Twitter is ‘more than happy’ to help the Department of Justice ‘in their little investigation’ and would provide all Trump’s messages”

Oh, Trump. I’d rather not even speak to this, but I must as I believe in fairness and I couldn’t be fair by leaving this out. I have decided to paste in this part of Ms Parry’s article from DailyMail.com as I just could not paraphrase it any better…and this way you, dear readers, get to see for yourselves…if you haven’t read the article:

Another Twitter engineer claimed that staff already have tools to censor pro-Trump or conservative content.

“Ex-Twitter content review agent Mo Norai revealed last year that Twitter’s alleged left-leaning staff meant that conservative and pro-Trump content was subject to far harsher scrutiny than liberal posts.  He added that such decisions on content were never written down ‘but behind closed doors are lots of rules.’

‘A lot of unwritten rules, and being that we’re in San Francisco, we’re in California, very liberal, a very blue state,’ he explained to the undercover reporter on May 16, 2017. ‘You had to be… I mean as a company you can’t really say it because it would make you look bad, but behind closed doors are lots of rules.’

‘There was, I would say… Twitter was probably about 90% Anti-Trump, maybe 99% Anti-Trump.’

Another Project Veritas reporter tracked down Pranay Singh, a direct messaging engineer at Twitter, at a San Francisco bar on January 5. He explained, while dancing, how shadow banning algorithms can work, and how the majority of users who are targeted are Republicans.

‘Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.’

Another investigation by Project Veritas also hinted at Twitter’s liberal bias after Twitter senior network security engineer Clay Haynes told an undercover reporter Twitter is ‘more than happy to help the Department of Justice in their little investigation’ by providing them with ‘every single tweet that [Trump] has posted, even the ones he’s deleted. Any direct messages, any mentions.’

Haynes described Trump as ‘dangerous’ and ‘a terrible human being and I want to get rid of him.’

In another meeting, at Morton’s Steakhouse in San Francisco on January 7, Haynes said that Twitter has the ability to disclose ‘every single message, every single tweet, whatever you log into, what profile pictures you upload.’ However, when O’Keefe – wearing a disguise – suggests that Haynes could look through Donald Trump and his son’s messages to ‘see what’s in there,’ Haynes made clear that Twitter would only do so as part of a legal process.

I do feel quite against Trump and his belligerent, narcissistic, hell-bent for dictatorship tweets. Never have I felt so nauseated by any human being. However, whilst I am on the anti-Trump, left-leaning side, I do believe that the conservatives, whether I agree with them or not, have every right to have their tweets seen, as well. What happened to transparency? Do you think if you throw a cloak over it that it will go away? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, whether you agree with it or not! How very dare you think it right to allow one and not the other! If people do not want to read Trump’s tweets or the tweets of those who side with him, what about this idea? DON’T GO LOOKING FOR THEM! Simplez.

I believe in free speech, equality, a right to one’s own opinions, to be able to be comfortable and secure in your colour/race/religion/sexual preference. People should never be made to feel inferior or wrong for these things. And there is no way I support any social media who would block the content of valid opinions whether by the left or the right, only because it is not of their personal liking. It is time to grow up, Twitter and Tweeters. As stated earlier, I do not wish to tar everyone with the same brush because I do know that all of this is not the way of the entire company. I’m sure there are some unhappy bosses when this broke. Maybe some folk lost jobs over it, I don’t know. But now is the time to keep a bit better eye on what is going on behind those closed doors.

Common sense and compassion.   It’s all you need.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x

**The opinions of this writer are her own and in no way a Twitter employee or relative.

Reference Source:

DailyMail.com

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The Leibster Award 2018!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Hello! Well, this is a turn up for the books because it came from nowhere…apart from a zealot’s drive to make sure she puts out two blogs per week, come what may. And believe me, writing is a struggle even on a good day, but it seems to have become a passion, as I hear writing can become if you dabble in it too long 😊

When I received a message from the lovely Everyday Alternative that she had chosen me as a nominee for the 2018 Leibster Award, it truly made me catch my breath a bit. I wrote to her how honoured I felt, and I do…because I think she is quite a fab writer in her own right – two rights/writes? Ha-ha…sorry….and for her to nominate me was a lovely shock, so thank you for that, my dear! You rock…quite literally…with your fabulous music blog! Please do give her a read, dear readers, you’ll enjoy your time there!

I’m a late-blooming writer/blogger. I began this blog in the same year as when I opened my Etsy shop, fully intending to keep customers and others informed of what we are doing in the shop, as well as writing about magickal things that would appeal to our genre of readership. As all good intentions go…straight down the plughole; I dabbled here and there. But in the latter part of 2017 something clicked inside my head and since then I have tried my best to keep rolling out two informative blogs per week. If I’m honest, I think at first, I did so to get people to visit our Etsy shop but now? I write simply to inform for the sheer joy of it, and not so much to attract buyers…although we never turn those away. I get immense pleasure in bringing to others a nugget of information they may not have found elsewhere.

For those who don’t know about the Liebster Award, here are the rules:
1. Give some recognition and promotion to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Create a post about the award on your blog.
3. Give a reason you are passionate about blog posting.
4. Answer the 10 questions you were asked.
5. Nominate 5-11 other blogs.
6. Inform those bloggers you nominated them.
7. Make sure you put these rules on your post so everyone else knows what to do!

Here are the 10 questions I have been asked:
1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Wales, borderlands…so much magick! Must go back.

2. If you could visit a fantasy land from one of your favourite films, TV shows or books where would you pick?
Camelot, please!

3. What food do you crave most often?
Chocolate.

4. What job would you be absolutely terrible at?
Brain surgery.

5. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Strawberry

6. What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
Work a good spell to drive off the Zombs. Or chase them down to see if I could find some of my ancestors 😊

7. What song would you pay money to never hear again?
I don’t know the name of the song, but somebody living nearby blasts it on their car radio every time they are in the neighbourhood. I sincerely want to throttle the driver of that car!

8. Is there a quote you strive to live by?
You can’t change the way people are, but you can change the way you look at people

9. Would you rather be able to fly or turn invisible?
Either! But to fly would be wonderful…I have many dreams in which I’m flying, and it is a wonderful sensation!

10. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?
Have they found a cure for arthritis yet?

The bloggers I would like to nominate are:

Nifty Buckles

Lizzie Chantree

HocusPocus13

The Wytching Hour

The Sigil

Dryadic Whispers

Goddess Path

Hearthfire Handworks

Paglowhoker

Cristian Mihiw

Stacie-Marie

Should you choose to accept my nomination of you and your fab blog, here are the questions you must answer:
1. Who is the person in your life whom has most influenced the kind of person you are today?

2. If you were given three wishes that would come true, what would they be?

3. What is your favourite holiday [of any kind] tradition?

4. What was your first pet?

5. We already know you’re a great blogger…do you have a desire to possibly write a book
someday and if you already have done, are you published?

6. What is your favourite mythological creature?

7. It’s Armageddon…you have a safe place to go but you are allowed to only take three items with you [go with the assumption all people will have a safe place to go so don’t list loved ones and friends] – what would those three items be?

8. Which one television personality – actor, news reader, game show host, etc – would you like to spend a day with to just get to know? A three-word reason?

9. If you were an actor would you prefer acting in which media: theatre, television, or films?

10. Which inanimate object do you feel a special affinity for? A tree, a rock, or a machine.

When you have finished, be sure to go to Leibster Awards Official Rules page and comment with the link to your post so he can check out your answers and you are in with a chance!

Many thanks again to Everyday Alternative for the nom and good luck to all!

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Shunglite, the Stone of Life

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Ah, Shungite…the stone of life! Shungite was first discovered in Shunga, Russia. No prises given for guessing where Shungite got its name 😊

The Shungite stone has healing properties quite unlike any other. It has been used to infuse drinking water since Czar Peter’s time – yes, that would be the famous Peter the Great, Peter I or Peter Alexeyevich. He was rumoured to prefer a Shungite-infused water for drinking which led to his frequent travels to Karelia, where Shunga is located. We can now enjoy drinking the mineral rich water without quite so much bother!

Shungite is a soft, carbon-based stone whose origins date back about 2 billion years -that’s a lot of history to drink in! – for in its pure form it naturally contains small amounts of “fullerenes” which are hollow carbon structures that contribute to some of Shungite’s metaphysical lore. It is scientifically believed that it has positive effects on health and science continues to probe this belief.

 

shungite palm stone and tumble stone

my Shungite palm stone and tumble stone ~ photo by i.macy

It is a stone of alchemy…as mentioned, it has been used for ages to infuse with water for drinking intending to restore good health. Firstly, it purifies water. But then, it also changes the water, in such a way to normalise many common complaints people are prone to have…everything from arthritis to skin disease. It is also said to help with heart problems, hair issues, and allergies. You can make your own infusion very simply: Leave a Shungite stone in a glass of water covered overnight or in a bottle of water, capped [do keep in mind this is not optimal as the water can absorb chemicals from the plastic bottle]. The next day, pour off the water into another glass or bottle and drink it. You can also purchase bags of the crushed Shungite for a filtering system. Either way, it can do you a power of good. Another fact: You may use the normal Shungite stones in your drinking water, however, it is better to use the “Elite Shungite” for this purpose as it has 92 to 98% carbon whilst regular Shungite is usually only about 60% carbon-based.

 

Shungite is a stone of protection…it’s a black stone and black is commonly a protective colour in western witchcraft. It protectively “cloaks” during spell work to keep the practitioner safe and for lack of better words, “hoovers” up the negative and evil energy which may be surrounding us. It is also helpful in amplifying your psychic powers. In general, Shungite is a brilliant stone to carry with you as it always aims to prevent the negativity of people and the world around you from shattering your positivity.

What do you do to cleanse this workhorse of a stone from all the negativity it draws in? Nothing! The absolute beauty of Shungite is that, you can start working with it right out of the box! It never holds in the negativities and evils, rather, it cleanses them and releases them back as positive vibrations. When you receive your Shungite, it is not laden with other’s negativities whom have handled it. However, it can have their germs so before using in an infusion, please do wash it! It is recommended to re-charge your Shungite in the Sun about every six months. Moon re-charging not necessary but you may do so if you like.

 

shungite pyramid

my Shungite pyramid ~photo by i.macy

Shungite also shields against Electromagnetic Radiation [Computers, TV’s, Mobile Phones] and I have read where some folk purchase slender slivers of Shungite to place between them and their phones! I haven’t tried this yet, but it can’t hurt. My son has a lovely Shungite pyramid which sits between him and his television for all the hours he spends gaming. I am hoping to invest some day in a laptop tray which has Shungite in it for all the hours I’m on my laptop…but I imagine I’m a bit late on that idea as I’ve been using a laptop for years and…. well, if there is damage, it is done by now, I would think! Still, for the readers, please think about this for yourselves.

 

Correspondences:
Chakras: Base/Root, Third Eye
Powers: healing, protection, psychic
Planetary: Earth

I could write a book about what I love about Shungite but I do have to end this here. You’ll not go wrong by inviting this powerful stone into your life. Depending upon what you wish to use it for, it is a fairly affordable stone, unless you’re buying the Elite Shungite, but it is well worth it. It is, if for no other reason, a fabulous grounding stone and your area where you keep it will feel lighter and less negative. Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x

Please do not use this as a cure.  If you believe you are afflicted with a disease, please see your doctor and adhere to his or her advice.  I do not claim any medical knowledge and only promote Shungite or any stone or crystal as a possible enhancer to your proper medical regime.

Sources:

Wikipedia.org

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Ownership of Shungite

 

 

 

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Wort Cunning…What is it?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Recently I was asked this question. I must remember that not everybody knows the old English/Welsh/Irish/Scottish words for things. To be fair, neither do I in some circumstances, but wort cunning is a very familiar occupation to me. To put it plainly, it is working with herbs and plants. That is the very simplest explanation, but it very slightly scratches the surface. Wort is an old English word for herbs and useful plants. Cunning is the art of working with herbs/plants [or anything] for the purposes of healing/leechdom, charming, protecting, and binding.

Still, this doesn’t fully explain, however, at least now we’re mostly all on the same page. To be a successful wort cunner it takes many years of study – reading and working with herbs and plants, trial and error; in truth, it is an on-going, life-long mission. If you are fortunate, you might have a cunning parent or grandparent who can teach you much along the way. I was very fortunate to have my Nana for the first 22 years of my life to at least get me started in the right direction. I’m forty years passed that now, and still learning.

I’m not trying to teach you how to suck eggs here. There are so many reading this whom already have a fantastic working knowledge of wort cunning and the ones just starting out would do well to buy a few good books, grow some herbs, and get stuck in to your learning experience. What I do want to point out is, just buying and growing herbs successfully, reading a couple of good books, does not a wort cunner make. You must learn when to plant and harvest, chants to say during planting, during harvest, whilst preparing for whatever purpose you have in mind, and other mysteries. That is, if you want the best results.

 

wortcunning book

image courtesy Google images

If you don’t have a wort cunner in the family, then what? It’s alright. The old ones didn’t, either. In many cases, the ones we’ve learned from as the information was handed down through word of mouth and if we’re lucky, published in books, simply made it up as they went, in a way. You wild-gather some plants or herbs…or buy little cups of baby herbs or seeds and plant them. Find out the right time of year to plant…the right planetary hour and day to plant and to harvest…care for them, and watch them grow. Read everything you can about the correspondences of the herbs and plants, such as their element[s], planetary correspondence, deities, zodiac. Also, read what each is or has been used for what problem by others. A very useful first book of herbs is Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, 1985. It not only has herbs listed in it but also has a great deal of woods, flowers, and other plant life which have magickal powers. Another informative book to have on your bookshelf is a yearly Almanac. An Almanac is vital for those whom are planning to grow all your own herbs and plants for your practise. Then, you must decide your reasons for working with the herbs and plants you’ve chosen…are you interested in herbal healing? What about herbal charms? Protections and binding magick? You may delve into as many reasons as you like for wort cunning but it’s always best to stick to one line of endeavour and see it through in the end.

 

It is also useful to think about what kind of magickal herbalism you’re most interested in such as English folk magick…or Asian healing…perhaps you’re more into Voodoo or Hoodoo or Native American conjures. I hope you can understand that I don’t wish to tell you that you absolutely must do one or the other, you can do as you please, however, it is easier to pick a path and walk it well rather than hopping from here to there until you are no longer interested at all. In the beginning, you might have to try a few different paths to “find yourself”, but do keep in mind you will do best at one path in the long run.

Personally, I am not at all familiar with anything apart from English folk magick. I never had to make a choice, but I also don’t feel the choice was made for me…it’s just what I naturally evolved to which probably and most certainly was influenced by my ancestry. I am sure there are many reading this whom are following a path for much the same reasons as mine. Still, there will be those who will need to try a bit of this and that til they know what they lean toward, and that is fine.

In Medieval times immense importance was placed on the rituals surrounding the gathering of herbs or plants for a “spell” and there were ones for everything imaginable whether it was for a protection, a charm to prevent or cure evil, or healing…in those days known as “leechdom”, a forerunner of what we know as medicine or holistic healing these days. If you delve into the old English herbal lore you will see that word a lot. If you can, order a copy of two of my favourite books concerning Medieval healing/leechdom. One is The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde, 1922 [last new publication in 2011] and Leechdoms, Wortcunning, and Starcraft of Early England: Being a Collection of Documents Illustrating the History of Science in this Country Before the Norman Conquest, edited by Thomas Oswald Cockayne [Vol I, II, and III]. You will see for yourself how dedicated the old ones were in ritualising the very cutting of a herb or plant and how it all worked together to make the intended outcome “be well with him” as is often said of the “patient’s” health after the leech was finished.

A little example of what I mean by ritual, this excerpt is from my copy of The Old English Herbals:
Of periwinkle: “This wort is of good advantage for many purposes, that is to say first against devil sickness and demonical possessions and against snakes and wild beasts and against poisons and for various wishes and for envy and for terror and that thou mayst have grace, and that thou hast the wort with thee thou shalt be prosperous and ever acceptable. This wort thou shalt pluck thus, saying, ‘I pray thee, vinca pervinca thee that art to be had for many useful qualities, that thou come to me glad blossoming with thy mainfulness, that thou outfit me so that I be shielded and ever prosperous and undamaged by poisons and by water;’ when thou shalt pluck this wort thou shall be clean of every uncleanness, and thou shalt pick it when the moon is nine nights old and eleven nights and when it is one night old’.

This is a short example whereas some take several paragraphs with very descriptive instructions such as the day to begin the ritual, telling the cunner to sing the Benedicite and Pater Noster [clearly a Catholic cunner!], how to harvest the wort by “sticking thy knife into work, fast and go away”, go to the church and cross thyself, go in silence not speaking to no man, the sing the Benedicite and Pater Noster again, as well as a litany…and so on. It seems it could literally take a month in some cases to gather, enchant, then make the charm, poultice, salve, or whatever the case may be for!

Mind, these days we have learned to pare down our rituals for such things and everyone has their own way of enchanting their herbs and plants. Some Christo-Pagan witches might still sing a litany over their work, for all I know but most of us do not. You will find as you go that you will perhaps use things others have done and you will also start your own ways. Just like the old wort cunners of the past, we tend to stick to the methods which give us the results we need. And, like them, we should keep strict notes on what we have done and how it worked.

I hope this has answered a few questions and if not, please feel free to contact me. Most of all, I hope I have not confused anyone more than they were! Best of luck in your wort cunning and warmest blessings x

 

Sources:

Experience

The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde, 1922

Leechdoms, Wortcunning, and Starcraft of Early England: Being a Collection of Documents Illustrating the History of Science in this Country Before the Norman Conquest, edited by Thomas Oswald Cockayne [Vol I, II, and III]

Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham, 1985

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