Astragalas Root

Astragalus Root
Astragalus Root

 

Astragalas Root has many incredible health benefits and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a very long time.

Today though, we are going to be talking about the magickal workings of this root.

Astragalus assists in increasing the energy needed to bring about the manifestations desired. It will help bridge any gap there might be between the thought and the creation of the reality. This makes it extremely important when you are working on Law of Attraction practices.

This herb is a powerful of protector and can be used to create a stronger aura around oneself, which is very beneficial and necessary when doing any type of casting (spellwork). Always, always, always protect yourself!

Astragalus is often used to help balance the body’s natural energy flows and to provide strength and courage and is often carried or burnt as incense for these purposes.

 

The best and most powerful way I’ve found to use this root is to add it to White Sage and burn it as a smudge. This is best done just before meditations dedicated to manifesting your wishes or before doing any type of spellwork. This combination of Sage and Astragalus will cleanse and clear you and the area you are working in, it will begin pulling in energy from the Universe (this is the extra energy boost that you will get from the root), direct your focus like a laser beam and give you the strength to complete your task.

If you tend to be the spacey type, leave your body often and without warning (this can be mistaken for daydreaming) and/or have a very hard time focusing, this is the herb for you. Add 1 -2 Tbsp to a tea strainer or re-usable cotton teabag add hot water and allow to steep for a few minutes. Add honey if desired and enjoy!

 

Disclaimer:
The information presented on this website is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease, illness or distressing conditions. Individual results may vary. It is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider and/or to fully educate yourself as to the benefits and possible complications of any alternative form of treatment.

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain
Blue Vervain – cut/sifted

Blue Vervain is also known as Enchanters Herb, Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort. This is an absolute must-have herb in any magickal toolbox. It is incredibly powerful and its effects can be felt (or seen when spell casting) almost immediately.

Vervain was one of THE most sacred plants to the Druids and it was used for divination, consecration and ritual cleansing of sacred spaces. Vervain has a long history of use in purification. King Solomon cleansed the Temple with it and Christians believe it was used to stop the blood from flowing from Jesus’ wounds on the cross.

Vervain is used in magick for balance, anointing, centering, banishing, releasing, clearing, prosperity, peace, visions and prophecy.

Vervain combined with any other herbs in magical work is believed by some to enhance the action of these herbs.

Wearing or bathing in Vervain places one under the influence and favor of Diana.

After washing your hands in the infusion, it will be possible to engender love in the one you touch. To dispel fears, light a candle daily and surround it with Vervain. Speak aloud a prayer to the Gods and Goddesses asking for release from your fear. When burned, Vervain is powerful for warding off psychic attacks, but it is also used in spells for love, purification and attracting wealth. It is a powerful attractant to the opposite sex.

This is one of the most important herbs to have on your altar at all times as it is used for anointing tools, as an offering and to purify the area.

You can find this wonderful herb here.

Orpiment with Realgar

The vibration of this incredible stone is ancient and full of wisdom. This is a stone of Alchemy, of purification and of Spiritual Truth. This is a crystal that comes to you when you are ready for it, not before. When you are truly ready for a life changing experience, for true spiritual growth and for the Sacred Fire of purification to help you on your path… then this is the stone for you.

Orpiment works with your mind helping you to reason from a more aware perspective. It is useful in clearing and balancing your Solar Plexus Chakra, helping you to take action and is also a great mineral for use while studying as it brings in the energy of analysis.

Realgar is a stone that is especially potent at drawing energy into the body on all levels. This energy can be used in many ways. As a root chakra stone, it tends to bring energy, related most likely to kundalini, up through the chakras to enable its use on all levels. Realgar is used to go into the subconscious and unlock things we have hidden from ourselves. It can bring them to light where we can use and work with them.

*Caution MUST be taken when handling this mineral, it contains Arsenic. Always wash your hands after holding. DO NOT use in a gem elixer!!

If you are ready for this amazing crystal, you can find it here.

 

Orpiment with Realgar
Orpiment (orange) with Realgar (red)

Make your own Rose Water

Rose water is an essential in our home. We spray it on our linens and add it to our energetic cleansing mop water to bring Love into our home. We add it to our food dishes (it’s amazing in kefir!) and I spray it on my face every morning. It keeps my skin glowing, youthful and looking young. I also spray it in my hair and and on my body instead of using perfumes that are full of chemicals.

We have rose buds available here so you can make your own beautiful Rose Water.

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Solomon’s Seal Root

Solomon’s Seal Root is also known as Lady’s Seals, St. Mary’s Seal, Sigillum Sanctae Mariae, Scean de Solomon and Polygonatum biflorum.

 

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Physical benefits ~

Solomon’s Seal Root is best known for “sealing” wounds and when this root is used as a poultice, it helps open wounds, cuts, burns and bruises heal very quickly. For issues related to tissues, it addresses sprains, strains, inflamed tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.

Solomon’s Seal Root used as a tea can clear up lungs, lower blood pressure and  increase mental clarity and concentration. It soothes nervousness, distress, excitement, and irritation. It can also ease pain or discomfort associated with joint, muscle and connective tissue injuries, bursae, menstrual cramps, bruises, etc.).

Consuming a moderate amount of Solomon’s seal tea regularly is believed to help aid in digestion, improve overall health, increase one’s libido and detoxify the liver. Solomon’s Seal is a perfect general tonic for those that suffer from minor cardiac problems, as it has a long-standing reputation in both Western and Eastern alternative medicine as being among the best cardiac tonics available.

* Recipe for tea – To 1 tsp. dried herb add 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 min. sweeten to taste

Magical benefits ~

Solomon’s Seal Root is used in magick for  protection and cleansing.  It is often used in offertory incense. It is commonly used to bind magickal workings and keep sacred oaths & promises forever binding.  Carry Solomon’s Seal Root in an amulet or sachet for all-purpose protection.  Use it in protection magick to exorcise spirits and ward off negative influences and demons. Keep some on the altar to promote success in all rituals.  Sprinkle an infusion of the root to drive away evil. This magickal root has also been used as a means of calling the Elementals and is associated with the planet Saturn and the element Water.

This is one incredible plant and we have it available here.

Solomon's Seal Root
Solomon’s Seal Root

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:
The information presented on this website is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease, illness or distressing conditions. Individual results may vary. It is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider and/or to fully educate yourself as to the benefits and possible complications of any alternative form of treatment.

The Middle Way

When most people think of the Buddha, images of the fat or laughing Buddha tend to come to mind. This in fact though, is not Buddha at all, but most likely Budai, a Chinese monk.

One of the Buddha images that you will seldom find in the West is the skinny, emaciated image below. This is the Buddha that while searching for enlightenment exclaimed “Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.” This is the Buddha that had unrelenting determination, self-sacrifice and an unwavering resolute mind.

After this self-imposed hardship though, the Buddha realized that this was not the way to enlightenment. What is regarded by Buddhist tradition as the first teaching after his awakening is known as the ‘Middle Way’, that the extremes of self-mortification can be equally as detrimental as the extremes of self-indulgence. The Buddha describes the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’ as the way of moderation. The elements that make up the Eightfold Path are as follows;  right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. Following this path is said to lead to the liberation of suffering through three essential elements of the Buddhas teachings – moral conduct, mental discipline and wisdom.

To see the picture of the emaciated Buddha can be uncomfortable to be sure, just as looking inward and self reflecting can be uncomfortable. While severe austerity will not necessarily lead to enlightenment, it is also important to remember growth of any kind seldom comes without some discomfort.

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What’s with all the Bliss?

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One need not look too far in the metaphysical and spiritual circles these days to come across an abundance of articles, sayings and inspirational quotes on “bliss”,  – finding your bliss, walking in your bliss, etc., etc.  Wiktionary defines bliss as ‘perfect happiness’ and even several of the great Masters such as Rumi, Buddha and others have also written about bliss. However, the bliss that they speak of is very different from the Western view and meaning. I think most of us would agree that ‘perfect happiness’ is a rather temporary state at best.

One big part of metaphysics that seems to get overlooked is the physics portion, however, it is equally important as these are Universal Laws that all of us abide by whether we know it or not. In this case Newtons third law of motion comes into play “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. You can think of it as a kind of emotional pendulum in this case, for the most part, however happy you are at one point, the pendulum will swing equally the other way. This is a Universal truth pure and simple, and while it is not necessarily an immediate tit-for-tat on the smaller scale, it most certainly does balance things on the grand scale.

The Masters understood this very clearly, to them bliss was not a state of heightened happiness or a state of euphoria, but rather a state of simple contentment. This is a state of balance, a state that can be maintained while invoking the Universal Laws slightly in your favor by avoiding the highs and the inevitable lows that will follow. The bliss that we wish to seek is a state of contentment, a state of simple inner joy no matter the situation as this is truly the perfect happiness. May you find yours.

 

 

 

Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle
Blessed Thistle cut and sifted

Blessed Thistle is also know as Holy Thistle or by its scientific name, Cnicus Benedictus. This wonderful plant is a member of the asteraceae family and is related to artichokes and Milk Thistle.

Blessed Thistle offers excellent support for digestive health and can help treat a wide range of common stomach complaints. Many people drink it in the form of a tea before eating a meal to help prevent indigestion, gas and bloating. It has been used since ancient times to trigger the appetite, which is very useful for people who may have just had surgery or have had an illness.

This bitter herb has cholagogue properies meaning that it can help stimulate the body’s production of bile, making food digestion easier and more effective.

Blessed Thistle is wonderful for cleansing the liver and is found in many herbal liver cleanses on the market.

Spiritually, Blessed Thistle is associated with purification and is used in purification baths and rituals. It is also believed that wearing a bit of it would protect one from evil. It is associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aries and the element fire. It works very well with Rosemary, Angelica, Basil or Yerba Santa.

Blessed Thistle is also known as Holy Thistle or St. Benedict’s Thistle and was grown in the gardens of monks. The monks would harvest the Holy Thistle and use it to make bitter tonics and liqueurs.

Blessed Thistle is also a part of the secret recipe used to make the Benedictine liqueur. As the story goes, in 1510, a Benedictine monk, Don Bernardo Vincelli, created the recipe for this liqueur that contained 27 different herbs, including Blessed Thistle, Angelica, Hyssop, and Lemon Balm. It is said that only three people on earth (at a time) know the complete recipe for making it.

If you would like to add this beautiful herb to your healthy lifestyle, you can find it here.

 

*As with all herbs, we suggest consulting a doctor before using. Some herbs may no work well prescription medications, may be harmful to pregnant or nursing women and may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions.

Elite Shungite – The Stone of Life

 

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Noble Shungite, Elite Shungite, Silver Shungite

“Shungite cures, rescues, purifies, heals, protects, normalizes, restores and even stimulates growth. It kills and devours anything that harms people and other living beings, and concentrates and restores all that is good. The scholars who have studied Shungite in one voice declare, it is a miracle! ” From the book by A. Doronina “Shungite – the Stone-Savior”

Also known as Noble Shungite, Silver Shungite and Elite Shungite, it differs from regular Shungite  in that it contains about 98% carbon, whereas regular Shungite contains between 50%-70%. You can immediately tell Elite Shungite by its metallic silver surface. It is extremely rare and quite powerful.

Elite Shungite has a strong mystical energy. It will help anyone involved with magical and mystical practices. It’s deep primordial energy embodies energies of ancient spirits, which come into play in a protective role during magical work. Shungite a great protector, a guardian and a body guard. It infuses the auric field with light, which shields the holder with a coat of black permitting only positive and beneficial rays to come through.

Place Elite Shungite in water to purify and charge the water with cleansing energy (Russians have been doing this for centuries). Shungite water has an antihistamine effect, as it helps cure burns, cuts, arthritis and more. Simple mouthwash with Shungite water will cure sore throat, stomach aches, colds and tonsillitis.

We have heard it said that Elite Shungite is so important that one day it might well be worth more than gold and we truly believe this.  Called the “Miracle Stone” and the “Stone of Life” this is such a powerful stone.

If you have never worked with this amazing stone, we suggest getting a piece and see for yourself! We have some great pieces in stock here