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Ostara, Spring, New Growth

Ostara, Spring, New Growth
Ostara, Spring, New Growth

New Growth. Tucked beneath the soil. Spring.

Sometimes when we’re about to embark on something new, there is hesitation. Is it more safe where we are? We don’t know what’s on the other side of change. It’s possible that a sunflower seed feels the same. It’s tucked away in rich, beautiful Earth – blanketed, secure. How does it know that something is happening, that change is happening? How does it know to break free of the hard kernel, and send roots into the Earth? That, at least is a comfort. It knows Earth. The soil is alive. But what lies above?

The Sunflower pokes its first tentative, green scout above the soil, a tiny, vulnerable barely-leaf, and feels the blessed sunlight, not even knowing that the Sun is its namesake and navigator. And with that first warmth, begins to realize  that it yearns to strive toward that light with all its power, all its force, growing and growing. Read the rest of this entry


Discover How To Enchant a Stone for Love or Money

Discover How To Enchant a Stone for Love or Money

The purpose of this enchantment is to carry with you a quality you want to draw to yourself. Qualities include love, abundance, luck, a job, a higher spiritual vibration, or losing weight. It could be whatever you want in your life!

You will need: A stone that holds the qualities you want to draw (more about that in a second). An herb to match that vibration. A Full Moon.

If you don’t already have a stone with the qualities you want to draw, visit a metaphysical shop (one of my favorite things to do!). You should be able to find the perfect stone for less than five dollars. For example, Rose Quartz would be good for drawing love; sodalite would be good for communicating better. You can google “meanings of stones” to help you.

Research the herb that carries the same vibration.

I will use “drawing love” as my example for enchanting a stone. I will use basil as my herb, and Rose Quartz as my stone. As a little-known side note, Rose Quartz is pink and works to balance the heart chakra. I find this interesting: the 7th chakra is sometimes viewed as white, and the base chakra can be viewed as red. Red and White combined make pink, the color of Rose Quartz. Our heart chakra is the center of the chakras, and the conduit or fulcrum of spirit and body. There are three “higher chakras” above, and three “earthly chakras” below. But I digress…

On a full moon, place the herbs on a small plate. I am using basil in my example, so I would put four or five large basil leaves on my plate. If it’s a different kind of herb like tarragon (protection) that has tiny leaves on a stem or mustard seeds (prosperity), use enough to make a small bed or mound on which to place your stone. You can also use dried herbs right from your cupboard; simply make a small mound with the dried herbs.

Hold your hand over the herbs, and visualize white light from the heavens moving through the top of your head, through your heart, and down through your arm and hand and saturate the herbs with loving Oneness. Feel gratitude for the herbs working with you and for you. Say a blessing that feels right to you. As an example, “I bless this sacred basil and am filled with gratitude as it lays the groundwork for drawing my intended love close to my heart.”

Hold your stone. Visualize your perfect scenario, more confidence or love or prosperity. What does that look like and feel like to you? Make it real. Very real. What does it feel like? Feeeeeel it. Visualize that energy going into your stone as you hold it. Again, draw divine white light from the heavens through the top of your head, to your heart, through your arms and hands and into the stone.

Place the stone onto the pillow of herbs. Continuing to hold your hands above the stone, say the following or similar words that hold meaning for you, “I bless this sacred Rose Quartz. Your sacred vibration draws my intended love (prosperity, perfect job, etc.) close to my heart.” The words are less important than the intention and what you are feeling. An important note is to be clear about being in the space of already having what you want, and not being in the space of needing what you want! For instance, really be in love while doing this enchantment, and not in the place of wishing you had love.

Leave your stone in the moonlight for a twenty-four hour period. Charged with your intention, it will gain energy and be cleansed in the moonlight while you sleep. If the full moon is during the day (check an ephemeris), leave the stone out during the day as well. If you simply cannot leave your spell work outside, place the plate in a window.

After twenty-four hours, pick up your stone and feel the yummy vibrations it carries. Bless the herbs and either burn them on charcoal and thank them for their work, or scatter them to the winds asking the winds to carry your desires to the Universe, or bury the herbs letting the earth element plant the seeds. It’s nice to match your astrological element with this part. For example, burn if you’re a fire sign, bury if you’re an earth sign, scatter upon water if you’re a water sign. Keep the stone with you during the day, in your pocket, wallet, purse, or desk drawer. Refer to your feelings during your enchantment often, and just watch what wonders you draw!

Blessed be!






Franz Mesmer Healing Session

I just watched a remarkable metaphysical film called “Mesmer” starring Alan Rickman (he didn’t look anything like Professor Snape). It was about the life of Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer , the father of animal magnetism. His name is where we get the word mesmerize. Mesmer was controversial, far ahead of his time, and he taught that we could heal our own bodies, afflictions come from our emotions, and that the planets and especially the moon affect us physically (not to be confused with astrological medicine). Mesmer was all about being in harmony with earth in order to be in harmony with ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. His colleagues didn’t agree and even brought him to trial as a fraud and a charlatan.

My favorite scene is when Mesmer is mirror gazing (scrying!) and has a revelation. We see a flashback to his youth, and it isn’t until he tells a patient about the revelation that we understand its magnitude. He shares that, when he was a little boy, he would climb high on a rocky hill and put his ear to the earth. He could hear the earth spinning, and had the realization that all things on earth–plants, animals, trees, rocks, birds–are in harmony: except Mankind. This was the reason, he believed, that we have sickness of the physical body, the spirit, or mental health issues.

His boyhood revelation took him on a lifelong study of medicine, the discovery of magnetism, and how our health relates to our harmony with the earth and others. Some of the gestures in the film during his healing sessions were very much like Reiki or other kinds of energetic healing, albeit quite a bit more theatrical.

The Wikipedia article says it best, “Mesmer understood health as the free flow of the process of life through thousands of channels in our bodies. Illness was caused by obstacles to this flow. Overcoming these obstacles and restoring flow produced crises, which restored health. When Nature failed to do this spontaneously, contact with a conductor of animal magnetism was a necessary and sufficient remedy. Mesmer aimed to aid or provoke the efforts of Nature. To cure an insane person, for example, involved causing a fit of madness. The advantage of magnetism involved accelerating such crises without danger.” There are several modes of healing that agree with this philosophy.

Mesmer was controversial and ahead of his time, and I wish the film had highlighted more of his many successes. The strongest message that I took away from the film was that we are all Pioneers in one way or another, and that to be unique is to be in harmony with ourselves. Being in harmony with ourselves allows us to find our tribe, to be in harmony with those who support and love us, and that in turn allows us to give our unique gifts and revelations to the world.


Witches: Saving Lives!

Witches: Saving Lives!

Norman Rockwell

I can just hear the guy with the deep voice who announces movies saying, “Witches: Saving Lives!” But it’s true! Kitchen Witchery has a long tradition of herbal healing that goes back hundreds of years. It’s dangerous not to get proper medical attention when you need it. I think it’s just as dangerous not to know how to take care of yourself and others.

I planned to go to a public Samhain this weekend. I was looking forward to it for two months. It sounded like a beautiful and spiritual ritual (notice how the word “ritual” is inside the word “spiritual”). I didn’t go. Instead, I got sick. Very sick. Very fast. I basically went to sleep Friday night and was in a miasma of sleep and weird, feverish, wakeful moments until mid-Sunday morning (in fact, I just looked at the calendar again to make sure it was Monday). I literally couldn’t move or open my eyes, but it felt like a lot of that time I was conscious. So – if my writing today is unclear, I apologize.

I had planned to write about the difference between solitary ritual and group ritual, the feelings and energies each had, but that’s been trashed. I’ll shelve that for another blog. There will be a public Yule ritual. When I knew I couldn’t go to the Samhain ritual, I wanted to write about a terrific movie called “The Adjustment Bureau” where there are unseen forces at work changing our lives in big and small ways to guide us to a different future, because I feel like not going to that public ritual was a major “Adjustment Bureau” escapade! However, I can’t write about that because I don’t know how my life has changed as a result of not attending. But you have to see “The Adjustment Bureau.”

I think the important thing to write about today is Kitchen Witchery. It’s important to know how to take care of yourself naturally with herbs, homeopathy and essential oils. Of course it’s important to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Eat organic, fresh vegetables free of chemicals, coloring, and additives. Walk or do yoga, or start an exercise regime that you like with a friend. Sleep. It purifies and reboots the immune system every night. Reduce stress. These things boost your immune system so you are less prone to illness. I need to do personal work to be better in all of these areas!

There is a place for blending Western medicine with traditional. It has saved my partner’s life on more than one occasion. But we, as a society, have given away what should be a priority in every household: basic knowledge to heal ourselves naturally. Learning how to take care of a few basic things that are likely to come up, such as flu, colds, stomach aches, etc., in a natural way will connect you with your body and give you more knowledge when it is time to talk to medical professionals.

Flu: The problem with this weekend was that it happened so quickly I was unable to take care of myself; I’m never sick. I had been feeling “off” for about two weeks and didn’t read the signs. Like most people, I was too busy. A few simple things could have prevented a really horrible weekend. My partner was unable to read the signs of what was going on, and I don’t blame him. I think that’s true in most households. We have become so “modern” that we now have no knowledge of the most basic care. Our society needs to learn about natural remedies, know to check for signs that things aren’t right such as temperature, or to see “what kind of sleep” someone is having. So many times I wanted to say, “Please fix my head and neck. I feel all twisted.” But I couldn’t even say that! So, on to natural flu care.

In my opinion, natural flu care is easier and healthier, and there are no side effects. It is far more empowering to witness how the body recovers naturally than to take a glossy, chemical-ridden over-the-counter pink or green goo that ruins the liver, masks pain, and makes you sleep until you are well.

Of course drink plenty of water.

Homeopathic medicines for flu are particularly miraculous. Go to any health store and pick up Oscillococcinum made by Boiron and keep it on hand. Take it at the first sign of flu. Homeopathic drugs are not weight dependent, so the same dosage works for children and adults. Take it along with Vitamin C. Please read up on the virtues of Vitamin C and how it works (learn the difference between ascorbic “icky” and ascorbateate is the one you eat”). There’s an excellent article about flu and Vitamin C here. Once you find out how important it is, Vitamin C will immediately be less of a snappy catch-phrase that you’re supposed to remember when you’re sick. It’s not about popping one Vitamin C pill in the morning. It’s a structured, intentional course of Vitamin C in water. Some people believe it can cure cancer if taken in proper dosages!

Use essential oils, true oils (most are synthetic in the United States as there are no standards. And even “lavender” is usually “lavandin”). A blend of essential oils rubbed on the soles of the feet is important to knock the virus out: clove, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon. The soles of the feet have the largest pores, and essential oils work well in the body from there. Sound crazy? Where do you think “medicinal patches” came from? It’s the same idea. The oils mentioned above sound simple, but each has properties that work well for flu (or cold) symptoms. Check out the properties of cinnamon alone, used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine!

My partner wanted to take me to the hospital emergency; part of me thought yes, but part of me thought I just wish he knew what to do. I couldn’t communicate to my partner. I was lucky to get out single syllables. Finally, close to 9pm I realized what was going on and really fought to find the Oscillococcinum – it took everything I had. We’ve moved so many times, it’s hard to remember where I’ve put things away, let alone under a flu-induced mental fog. I looked in the hall bathroom for the Osci. It wasn’t there. I ended up lying down in the hallway until I could move again. My partner went out to get some Osci along with some other natural remedies. While he was gone, I found the Oscillococcinum in the other bathroom. I started a course of therapeutic-level Vitamin C. And then I found the “Thieves” which is an essential oil product I use that combines all of the oils mentioned above.

Once I started on a regular course of these things late Saturday night, I started improving at a fast rate. I could feel myself “returning”. My fever broke at around 11pm.

I really think with the soaring cost of medical care, we can take care of a lot of health problems on our own. Like I said, it’s dangerous not to get proper medical attention when you need it, and the flu can be fierce and fast so don’t delay. But I think it’s just as dangerous not to know how to take care of yourself and others. Each person in your household should learn basic first aid and CPR, and how to make chicken soup (more about that in a minute).

If you have kids who are old enough, teach them the basics when it’s appropriate. Keep index cards like a recipe box for the most common ailments: flu, colds, allergies, cuts and bleeding, sprains, stomach aches, headaches, sinus problems, constipation. And of course teach them to dial 911.

You think I’m kidding about the chicken soup. My partner is a wonderful cook and he made a beautiful pot of homemade, organic chicken soup for me on Sunday — and it’s true. Chicken soup is very healing! I say it is love in a pot that makes you strong, others say it’s cysteine and the fact that it stops the movement of inflammation-causing white blood cells called neutrophils.

Learning the basics of Kitchen Witchery is not hard and it’s so important. Don’t misunderstand — I was sick, but my life wasn’t in danger. But learning the basics above can and has saved lives. And then you can put your hands on your hips and proudly proclaim for your family and friends with the same deep voice of the guy who announces movies, “Witches: Saving Lives!”