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Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the tumblr pagans decided to all go to Denny’s all at the same time? Like a local meetup that involves pancakes.
All the pagans go to the nearest Denny’s, and after ordering, shuffle their tarot decks. If you spot a deck, you approach. If you don’t, you don’t feel awkward approaching someone you don’t know!
This is a real thing that happens occasionally in Phoenix AZ, except the group that gathers at Denny’s aren’t tumblr pagans. It’s pretty neat.
Storm water indicates water fallen, accompanied by thunder and lightning.
- Overwhelming struggle (ex. Having to make a choice.)
- Chaos (ex. Nothing seeming to go right.)
- Unexpressed emotions (ex. Anger, fear, rage, etc.)
- Rapid change (ex. Turning a situation into the…
Peppermint Thyme Inhalation
Steam inhalations are a simple and very effective form of treatment to ease congestion.
Heat a kettle of water on the stove and keep nearby to add extra heat to your inhalation. Fill a clean sink with hot tap water, add 3 drops of thyme oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil, and swish water with hand to disperse the essential oils. Cover head and shoulders with a towel and lean over the basin, making a tent to hold in the steam and volatile oils. Breathe deeply for 5 minutes, inhaling through the nose. Add more hot water from the kettle to raise the temperature as needed.
Lavender is a very easy plant to grow. It adds a beautiful colour to your garden, has a wonderful scent after rain, and attracts bees and butterflies! As well as being a wonderful plant it also harbours many useful medicinal properties.
Calming (anxiety and sleep troubles)
Rub some drops of Lavender essential oil onto cupped palms and inhale all the way into your amygdala gland (emotional warehouses of the brain) and rub oil onto hands and feet and just about anywhere on the body in order to calm the body and mind, (Ashley Turner, 2013). Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your pillow before bed to fall asleep faster.
A small amount of lavender oil can be rubbed onto dogs with anxiety issues in order to calm them, (Nan Martin). This can be done in situations such as car travel anxiety, anxious trips to the vet, fear of storms, separation anxiety, meeting new people or pets, etc.
Add a drop of Lavender to an insect bite of bee sting once a day to reduce itching and swelling, (Valerie Ann Warwood, 1991).
Minor Burns and Cuts
Put 2-3 drops of Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain and to help treat the burn. “Lavender and aloe vera juice both promote new cell growth, reduce inflammation, stop infection, and decrease pain.” (Kathy Keville, Director of the American Herb Association).
Eczema and Dermatitis
"The oil’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties benefit mild cases of eczema (atopic dermatitis), as well as create a sense of stability for balanced skin. Lavender oil has been valued for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for skin conditions, as it brings circulation to skin cells that suffer from irritants and stress. It is especially rich in aromatic molecules called esters, which are antispasmodic, tonic, and pacifying. Its cicatrizant properties, which assist restoration through formation of scar tissue, help heal all kinds of wounds and burns. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin and was even used as an antibacterial in hospitals during World War I." (Nicole Kegan)
Many other uses
Dry skin, Chapped lips, Toothaches, Motion sickness, Cold Sores, Hay Fever, Acne, Aching Muscles, Menstrual Cramps, (http://www.netherfield.co.nz/reasons-use-lavender.php)
Ashley Turner, ‘13 Uses For Lavender Oil: The Only Essential Oil You’ll Need’ 21st February, 2013. Mind Body Green http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html
Nan Martin, LSHC, CRTS. ‘Dog Anxiety - Essential Oils Ease the Day!’ Experience-Essential-Oils.com, http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/dog-anxiety.html
Valerie Ann Warwood, ‘The Fragrant Pharmacy. A complete guide to aromatherapy and essential oils.’ 1990.
Kathi Keville, Director of the American Herb Association, Editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter, author of the book, Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies. ‘How to Treat Burns with Aromatherapy, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/how-to-treat-burns-with-aromatherapy.htm
Nicole Kegan, ‘Simple Lavender Oil Treatments for Eczema’. Wholesome One http://www.wholesomeone.com/article/simple-lavender-oil-treatments-eczema
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Let’s talk about spell-writing. Writing spells is intimidating and scary sometimes, right? But it doesn’t have to be. There are quick and painless ways to plan and write spells and I’m going to share one of them with you.
This method is heavily symbol-based, which means that a lot of the spells it turns out are going to fall into the category of sympathetic magic. (Think ‘like attracts like’.) It focuses on four main parts of the situation:
- The Problem
- The Desired Change
- The Action (or the Release of Change)
- The Desired Outcome
For this method to spell writing, the first thing you do is identify the problem or what you want to change. You use this to determine the symbol that is going to be the base or central theme of the spell. (Sometimes, this is an object that represents the person, or a token from that person.)
- Witch #1 wants to write a love spell that will bring someone they’re interested in closer to them. They decide to base their spell around the King and Queen pieces from a chess set, with tokens (personal objects) to tie the chess pieces to the themselves and their target.
- Witch #2 is writing a healing spell for their cat. They base their spell around a charm bag that represents the part of the body that needs healing, and use a few hairs to strengthen the tie between the bag and the animal.
- Witch #3 needs a curse that will follow their target around and affect them everywhere they go. They choose to center the curse on an item that the target always has with them.
Next, you identify what you what to change about the situation, and how to symbolize that change using the objects you’ve based your spell around. (This covers both the desired change and the action/release of change.) This can be really easy for a lot of spells. Sometimes it can seem like the concept is too simple. But don’t knock it. Don’t over-complicate things.
- For their love spell, Witch #1 knows they want to be brought closer to their target over time (desired change), so they decide to perform their spell over the course of a week, moving their chess pieces closer together every day until they are touching (spell-based action).
- Witch #2 knows that they want to promote healing (desired change) in their cat. They plan to do so by naming the charm bag as the area that needs healing and filling it with mint (spell-based action).
- Witch #3 wants to create a generic curse that will cling to their target (desired change), so they create a powder with herbs that are traditionally used in cursing and dusts one of their target’s belongings with it (spell-based action).
The last thing you should identify is the desired outcome. This is basically just a way of checking that the spell you planned is complete as written. At the end of a spell, the way the focal objects in the spell have changed should be symbolic of the change you want to see in your life. If Witch #1’s chess pieces are side-by-side; Witch #2’s charm bag is full of mint and fur; and Witch #3’s target is unwittingly carrying around curse powder, they’ve all written complete spells. And all that’s left for them to do is perform them and wait for them to work.
If you need to find your inner strength or boost your confidence, this spell can help you out.
What You’ll Need:
- A clear quartz crystal
- A rose quartz
- 3 acorns
- 3 white candles
Set the clear and rose quartz before you, side by side. Place the acorn with them. Place the three white candles in a half moon shape around them, leaving the open side toward you. Focus on your intent. See your intended outcome of embracing your inner power, your confidence rising. Light the white candles, as you do say, “By the brightest of days and the darkest of nights, let my inner power rise by this light.”
Focus on the light reflected in the stones, visualize that light growing larger and brighter into a warm white light. Touch your fingertips to the stone and acorn, feel the warmth there, feel the tree inside the acorn. The acorn is small, but it holds the strength of a forest. Feel the forest inside yourself, know the strength and the potential that you hold inside yourself.
As you touch your fingertips to the stones and acorn, visualize the white light running up your hand and your arm, filling your soul, high lighting the strength within. Three times, chant, ”By the brightest of days and the darkest of nights, let my inner power rise by this light.”
You can continue to chant this as long as you like, in times of stress or anxiety you can also use this chant to help you out.
This is a nice spell for soothing aches, pains, anxiety, and/or stress.
- organza or muslin pouch
- dead sea salt or Epsom salt
- lavender oil
- olive oil
- white candle (cleansing and healing)
- 1 tsp dried lavender buds
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp dried chamomile
Draw a warm bath. Fill the pouch half way with the salt, then add the dried lavender, rosemary and one drop of lavender oil. Tie the pouch closed and add it to the bath water (you can add more than one pouch, if you like). Once the water is scented from the herbs, get in the bath, soak and relax. As you relax, say the following chant.
"Aches and pains in my way,
take their leave of my body today.
No more agony of body or mind,
I leave my troubles and stress behind.
Lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and water,
cleanse my being.
Make me once again healthy and whole.”
After you’ve dried off, carve your name into the candle and anoint it with a dab of olive oil, then burn it until extinguished (don’t leave it burning unattended).
This spell is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical care. Adapted slightly from [source].
I’m very sorry that you are having such trouble. I can recommend a few spells, but of course they are no substitute for therapy and whatever your doctor prescribes.
- Vanilla Anti-Anxiety Spell
- Anxiety Reduction Oil Blends
- Anxiety Relief Spell
- Anxiety Removal Spell
- Water Spell to Soothe Anxiety