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SUNDAY ORACLE: Love (Compassion)

What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.

Although this song was recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965, how true those words ring today! Love and compassion between fellow members of the human race seems to have gone extinct.

What is amazing is the feeling of love we have when we show love to others.  It is a most powerful energy.  Given out among other humans, animals, and all living things, love vibrates right back to the giver.

This week, make love a priority.  Give your energy to allowing love to take over your own heart. Send loving vibrations out into the Universe and experience the outpouring back in your own life.  Love is karma at its best.

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones

 

Earth Magic Oracle Cards, by Steven D Farmer, Ph.D

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Rose Elixir

As promised, here is the rose elixir recipe.  This is the simplest one I have.  It is also the one I use the most.  You can make it with fresh rose petals or dried.

Rose elixir is a great addition to your herbal medicinal arsenal; however, you may want it just for the exquisite tasty treat that it is.  Without further ado, here is the recipe:

A pint jar (A canning jar or other jar that you have with a tight fitting lid)

Rose petals (If using fresh rose petals, pack them in the jar all the way to the top, don’t be stingy. If using dried rose petals, fill the jar to about half.)

A pint of brandy. (Fill the jar to about two thirds with the brandy, stirring to make sure all the air bubbles are out.)

Honey (About one third pint or to taste. Preferably local raw honey. Light colored honeys are usually the best as they don’t muffle the taste of the rose. Pour into the jar and stir.)

Seal the jar and give it a good shake.  Put it in a cool dry place.  Allow it to macerate for 4 to 6 weeks.  Once you strain the liquid, save those honey and brandy infused rose petals to toss into a fruit salad, spread on toast, mix in with yogurt for another tasty treat.  You could even use them to top a cake for decoration.  Just don’t throw them out!

As for dosage, use the rose elixir daily, if you like, for a mood booster and cardiac tonic.  One or two tablespoons, two or three times a day will do.

You can also use the rose elixir topically for burns or minor skin wounds. Do not use it on deep wounds.

I hope you enjoy your rose elixir!

Bright Blessings, as always.

 

 

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HERB OF THE WEEK: Rose

Roses…what can be said about roses?  Well, a whole lot! They are one of Mother Nature’s finest creations. A beautiful flower that has been used as a symbol of love and romance for, oh, FOREVER!  Did you know that a rose is not just a pretty face?  A rose is quite the workhorse in the world of herbs. AND it tastes like heaven! Yes, a rose is definitely one of the more pleasant tasting herbs around.

One of the most beautiful sights along the edges of the roadways in summer are the delicate pink flowers that seem to explode overnight and keep blooming for quite some time. These are the very wild Sweetbriar roses.  They are lovely and fragrant and extremely thorny.  However, if you have the desire for a wonderful healing plant and a little bit of tenacity, the wild rose can be yours.  Oh, and, remember to bring gloves.

When I talk about the rose as a healing herb, I’m not just talking about the petals of the flower.  No, ma’am (or sir), I’m talking about the whole plant.  Now, honestly, the petals and hips are the best tasting; however, the leaves also have excellent anti-oxidant properties.

Of course, rose hips can be used as a tea or made into a jelly, just like any berry or fruit and they are loaded with Vitamin C.  There is also Vitamin A, many Vitamin Bs, Vitamins K and E.  Yep, it’s a healthy little fruit, for sure.

The entire rose plant can be used daily as a blood tonic.  Just brew up a cup of tea, or you can use it as a nourishing infusion and drink a whole jar each day!  Rose will loosen up sludge in your vital organs, especially the liver, and move all the toxins out.  There is also this wonderful little drink called Rose Elixir that you can make yourself.  It is made with roses, brandy, and honey.   Now that is some nice herbal remedy right there!  (I will locate my recipe and post it tomorrow for you) Rose Elixir relieves menstrual cramps like a dream.

The rose can relax you and lift your mood. It is used to help circulation and other heart issues, such as, palpitations, and high blood pressure.  For digestive issues like, diarrhea, nausea, IBS, constipation, etc., rose is a go to herb. This romantic flower is also used for many female issues and to increase libido. Rose can be used externally for muscle pain, sunburn, skin irritations, etc. You may simply want to sprinkle some rose petals on your salad for a tasty treat! Just remember to remove the white part at the very bottom of the petal, it is just a bit bitter.

That sweet,delicate rose is a fierce warrior when it comes to your overall health and healing.  This is a must have for any herb cabinet.

The metaphysical aspects of the rose include, of course, love potions! It can also be used in healing spells, sachets, and incense.

So, this spring, when you see the wild roses flourishing on the sides of creeks and rivers, help yourself to some healing.  Make sure you have permission when you are on someone else’s property. Remember do not harvest everything…leave some for next year!  Of course, you can always get your roses at your local health food store or from a few reputable online suppliers like Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store.

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones

 

 

 

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SUNDAY ORACLE: Milky Way (Perspective)

The Milky Way is only one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe. It is said that the Milky Way is one hundred thousand light years in diameter.  The more we let that sink in, the smaller we become.  If we allow it, we will begin to feel helpless and hopeless in the vastness of our world, our galaxy, and our universe.  Another perspective is to take in the awesomeness of the universe and understand that we are connected to it. We are made up of parts of the stars, we belong in the grandness of all that we can see and beyond to things we cannot see.

It may be that you have lost your perspective in a situation that you are in. Time now for you to gain that perspective back.  Step back from the situation, detach yourself.  This does not mean that you are unconcerned or  that you have turned your back on those you love.  It means, you know that you have to detach in order to gain knowledge and be an instrument of help in that situation.

Take time to see things as an observer, not as one that is related to it or to its outcome.  See this thing from all sides. Don’t judge yourself or others. Just see it for what it is.

Once you gain that new perspective, you will be able to handle the circumstances that are before you with wisdom and grace.  It may even be that the thing that threatened to overwhelm you, was not as big of a concern as you once thought.

May you be blessed this week with the fearlessness that comes from detaching and gaining a new perspective.

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones

 

From EARTH MAGIC Oracle Cards by Steven D Farmer, Ph.D.

 

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ELDERFLOWER

Herb of the Week: Elderflower

When you are driving down the road in the Spring and you notice a delicate white flower waving from bright green shrubs, you will know that you have encountered the incomparable elderflower! If you slow down and the moon is just right, you may even see the fae folk (fairies) dancing beneath the shelter of the elder branches.

Maybe you have seen these a thousand times and just never really gave them much thought. Well, today is the day to give them much thought. Elderflower, along with Elderberries, are a must have for any herb cabinet. This is especially true as Winter arrives and the sniffles and sneezes begin. These inconspicuous little gems are so very good for you!

Elderflower tea is an excellent Winter tonic. Almost everything about this herb is delicate, the way it looks, the way it tastes, and the way it works. It is a great choice for children and the elderly because of its gentleness. Now, just because I used the words ‘delicate’ and ‘gentle’ doesn’t mean it is less effective. This herb packs a punch against Winter illnesses. The flavor is mild and can be manipulated for even the pickiest of palettes. All though Elderflower is nice alone, it can be mixed with other herbs, such as, mint or rose or ginger or cinnamon, etc. to make an extra soothing cold reliever. Personally, I like to use a bit of honey also, just to sweeten it up a little.

For healing the Elderflower is the right choice for fevers, colds, flu, sinusitis, and bronchitis. It is an effective expectorant to help clear bronchial phlegm. You may even use it topically to relieve minor burns, insect bites, cuts, and scrapes.

The metaphysical aspects of Elderflower are especially potent as the Elder is known, in some circles, as the witches tree. The flowers can be kept on your altar, if you have one, to keep evil from your home. Elderflower is an excellent addition to wish fulfillment spells, also. Oh, and, most important of all, NEVER EVER burn Elder. The shrub/tree is sacred to the goddess Hecate and burning can bring some bad mojo into your life.

Now that Winter is upon us, it is time to stock up on the cold and flu season herbs. I do hope you add Elderflower to the list!

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones

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SUNDAY ORACLE: Music

Music

MUSIC

As long as there has been time, there has been music. There is music all around us, all we have to do is listen. The wind carries music all around the Earth, at times it is subtle, sometimes not so much. Who doesn’t love the sound of the rain? It is relaxing and calming.

When we humans showed up on Earth and began evolving, we began to create instruments and using music as a part of every day life. As we have grown, our instruments have changed and so has our music. There are so many different genres, anyone can find one that they have an affinity for.

Take time to listen to music this week, really listen. Spend some time in nature and listen to the music of the Earth. Also, try listening to a different type of music than you normally would. Try picking out the different instruments, hear their individual sounds, hear how they come together in harmony.

Let music be your mantra as you go about life this week. Let the harmony of the music soothe and calm your spirit. Breathe harmony back into the world around you.

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones.

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CRYSTAL MEDITATIONS: Healing Your Past

The Enchanted Leaf

Ready to move past your past? Crystal energy can help you transform into the person you were meant to be.  Crystals can help you dump the baggage of your past hurts and glide freely into your future. Want to know more? CRYSTAL MEDITATIONS: Healing Your Past can help! Pick up a copy here for your ereader:

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