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Diamond

Diamond
Diamond is a stone that bonds relationships and enhances love. It brings longevity, particularly to relationships, balance, clarity and abundance. It can amplify one’s thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses. It gives one who wears or carries it courage and hope. Historically, crushed diamond has been used as a cure for many ailments. Diamond is primarily associated with the crown chakra. Diamonds come in many colors and are also related to other chakras according to color.

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Copper

Copper Copper is a metal. It channels energy. Put copper with any other stone and it increases the energy of the stone. For a very powerful tool wrap copper wire around a crystal wand. The most powerful tool is a copper pipe filled with stones and on each end fit a crystal point.

Botanical Name: Anethum Gravelus
Common Name: Dill
Folk Names: Dill weed, aneton, dilly, garden dill
Habitat & Description: Zones 1-10, Annual or biannual with hollow stems, fern like foliage, umbels of yellow flowers in summer followed by seed
Planetary Ruler: mercury
Gender: male
Elemental Rule: fire
Parts Used: leaf & seeds
Culinary Uses: used to make pickles, soups, fish dishes, dips
Medicinal Uses: digestive disorders, infections, diuretic
Magickal Uses: protection, love, aphrodisiac (seeds)

Botanical Name: Salvia Officianalis
Common Name: Sage
Folk Names: Common sage
Habitat & Description: Zone 4 shrubby evergreen perennial that is woody based, lots of branches, and wrinkly velvety leaves that are bluish green.
Planetary Ruler: Jupiter
Gender: male
Elemental Rule: Air
Parts Used: Leaf
Culinary Uses: used in meat dishes, soups, stuffing
Medicinal Uses: astringent, anti-inflammatory, digestive
Magickal Uses: purification, wisdom, wishes

Sage is also used in lots of incense

Botanical Name: Digitalis purpurea
Common Name: Foxglove
Folk Names: Fox Bell, good folk or fairy bells, foxes glofa, glove of fox, fairy petticoats, witches bells, witches thimbles
Habitat & Description: Perennial grows in well drained rich neutral to acidic soil, partial shade, also grows on hot sunny banks with protection. Seeds grown in spring will bring flowers up a spike, bell shaped on next growing season.   Grows in Well drained soil.
Planetary Ruler: Venus
Gender: Female
Elemental Rule: Air
Parts Used: flower, leaf
Culinary Uses: NONE, DO NOT EAT
Medicinal Uses: used to make heart medication, digoxin
Magickal Uses: to attract fairies, protection from evil

Norwegians’ call it foxbell; Anglo saxtons call it glove of fox,

Grown for its digitalis properties

came from Europe

FORGIVENESS SPELL

Here’s some advice on a spell to gain forgiveness from a friend.  It requires a popsicle stick, sugar, water & a jar with a screw on lid except there is one problem if you don’t trust the tap water in town because it is dirty.  Use things like fruit juice or herbal tea from lavender, chamomile & spearmint (or you can always use bottled water).

& here is the spell

SPELL TO GAIN FORGIVENESS

Write the name of the one offended on one side of a Popsicle stick, and yours on the other side.
Place the stick in a jar, fill the jar half full with sugar. Chant:

“In this sugar we both stand, back to back, but hand to hand,
Change (name of the person’s) sour thoughts of me, to sweet forgiving thought, I plead.”

Add water until three fourth full….and say with this water:

“I wash away all that keeps us now at bay
sugar water, I now pray let forgiveness come my way”

Cap the jar tightly and shake 9 times, saying:

“Sugar sweet do your thing
and bring (name of the person’s) forgiveness to the main,
Quickly bring him/her of thoughts of me so sweet
That his/her forgiveness is complete

Shake the jar 9 times each day while saying the last chant.

Author:  Unknown,  Edited and Enhanced by Aesobol Willowshade

Citrine

Citrine is a “must have” stone. This is a good stone to use in spells asking for prosperity, not only will citrine attract money and success; it will help you keep it. Put a citrine in the back left corner in every room in your home to insure abundance. The back left corner is the corner viewed from the doorway as you enter any room. Citrine colors are from pale yellow to brown.  Good for bringing happiness, joy and optimism into your life.  Never contains or holds negative energy and energizes and improves self esteem, helping to open the mind.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Affirmation: I open myself to the inspiration of my creative imagination, and through the strength of my will, aligned with Divine will, I manifest my dreams.
Chakras: Cleanses and reenergizes all
Number: 6
Zodiac Sign: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire

Beneficial for: Sensitivity to environmental influences; optimism; letting go of the past; self-esteem; self-confidence; concentration; depression; fears; phobias; individuality; motivation; creativity; self-expression; nightmares; Alzheimer’s; itching; male hormones; detoxification; elimination; energizing; recharging; ME; degenerative disease; digestion; spleen; pancreas; kidney and bladder infections; eye problems; blood circulation; thymus; thyroid; nerves; constipation; cellulite.

As an elixir: menstrual problems, menopause, hot flushes, balancing hormones, alleviating fatigue

Much of our experience on the Earth plane is gained from our attempts to transform our dreams and wishes into physical tangibility. This is the process of manifestation, creating form or experience from the energetic blueprints of our thoughts, beliefs, and desires. Citrine is our foremost ally in the process of manifestation.

Imagination, as Einstein said, is more important than knowledge. Knowledge refers to facts, conditions or principles already known and is thus rooted in the past. Through knowledge alone there can be repetition only, no creativity. The creative powers of human beings, and all beings, are rooted in imagination. Before someone could create the laser beam, the sonnet or the soufflé, it had to be imagined. Imagination is the means by which one turns toward the time stream from the future, opening the self beyond what has been, into the realm of what can be. Citrine stimulates imagination through three portals – the third eye, sacral, and solar plexus chakras. The vibratory resonance of Citrine activates and harmonizes these three energy centers, all of which are necessary to the process of creative imagination.

Through the third eye, Citrine activates the thinking process and enhances mental clarity, as well as the visionary function through which inner images appear. After all, imagination is in essence the process of image-making. Until one has the image, one cannot build the invention. Through the sacral chakra, Citrine stimulates the creative function, the wellspring from which new potentials are born. It is fitting that this chakra is also the sexual energy center, the source of both types of ‘conceptions,’ imaginal and biological. Through the solar plexus, Citrine generates the human dynamo of personal will. The energy that sustains one through the grunt work of manifesting one’s creative ideas is that of the will. Without this third component ideas can fizzle out before they come to fruition. Citrine strengthens this chakra, and through that, one can more readily dig down and find the persistence to ‘make it happen.’

In addition, it enables us to open more fully to the energy of Divine Will and the path of love. By resonating with Citrine, we are reminded that we are loved and supported by the Universe in our efforts towards manifestation. When one chooses the path of love and joy, opening to the power of Divine Will, Citrine supports us in bringing forth what is truly beautiful. It carries the power of the sun, and cleanses and transmutes any negative energies or thought patterns that may be blocking the flow from imagination into manifestation. Citrine very rarely needs cleaned of energy.

Note: Wear in contact with skin.

Chrysoprase is a stone to use when creativity is needed. Chrysoprase stimulates fidelity in personal relationships and business. It is a very positive stone, as it looks for the best in all situations. Chrysoprase works with the higher conscious and brings the unconscious to the conscious mind. Chrysoprase is apple green to lemon yellow with streaks of brown. Chrysoprase is powerful stone. It is said to bring good fortune and prosperity, as well as business success. It facilitates self-expression and courage and the ability to use them wisely. It can bring happiness, which is partly because it helps its wearer get rid of negative thoughts and irritability. It also enhances and strengthens friendships. Chrysoprase is a stone of balance that equalize yin/yang energies and allows deep meditation. It can mend broken hearts and remove inferiority or superiority complexes. It is a powerful healing stone that aids failing eyesight or other eye problems, immune system response, fertility issues, gout, mental illness, relieves fevers and excess body heat, and can help guard against sexually transmitted diseases. Chrysoprase is related primarily to the heart chakra, which it activates, opens and energizes. It also aligns all the chakras.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Affirmation: I see myself and others through the lens of the heart’s compassion, and I grow in the paths that serve the good of all.
Chakras: Sacral, solar plexus, heart
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Planet: Venus
Element: Water

Beneficial for: Fluent speech; judgmentalism; forgiveness; compassion; mental dexterity; codependence; detoxifying; stanching blood; pain; arthritis; rheumatism; influenza; eyes; mobilizing heavy metals out of the body; liver function; relaxation; fertility; infertility caused by infection; sexually transmitted diseases; gout; eye problems; mental illness; skin diseases; heart problems; goiter; balancing hormones; digestive system; infirmity; absorption of vitamin C; fungal infections; claustrophobia; nightmares

Chrysoprase is a lovely stone of the pure Green Ray and as such it is a stone of the heart. The frequency of Chrysoprase reminds one of sunlight falling through fresh, new spring leaves. It carries an energy of growth and ripening promise. Chrysoprase brings hope even into the darkest regions of one’s shadow self. It reminds us of our constant connection to the source of All-That-Is. Its energy expands the heart chakra and allows one to receive the infinite Line and Abundance of the Universe. It helps one accept one’s birthrights of prosperity, joy, and health. It helps one to understand one’s interconnectedness with all of creation and to heal feelings of separation and isolation.

Chrysoprase helps one remain centered in the heart at all times, providing the courage to face difficult or threatening situations with steadfast resolve and truth-centered compassion. Through the compassionate lens of Chrysoprase, one is able to look back at relationships which ended unpleasantly and to resolve them inwardly with a profound sense of forgiveness, both for the other person and for oneself. It can aid in identifying patterns and habits in relationships and their karmic bases, and helps us release attachment to these fear-based emotions, belief systems and actions (as well as bitterness and past disappointments). It teaches us that anything that isn’t love, isn’t love! These stones truly give strength to the emotional heart so that relationships of all kinds can be approached with the curious heart of youth.

Chrysoprase also activates the solar plexus chakra, seat of the will. It works to blend one’s personal will with the urgings of the heart, thus uniting our individual desires with the heart’s higher longing for the good of all. Meditation with two Chrysoprase stones – one placed at the heart and the other at the solar plexus – will facilitate the linkage of these two energy centers, coordinating their energies and reforming them into a powerful unified vibrational force. The awakened heart, fueled by the undivided will, can do much to awaken the hearts of others and to bring the heart’s desires to fruition.

Chrysoprase’s color speaks of its strong healing energy and of its connection to the domain of Nature spirits. Wearing or meditating with these stones can facilitate a deep heart connection with the spirit of the Earth Mother, as well as devas and other Earth-spirit entities.

Chrysoberyl (Natural Cat’s Eye)
Natural Cat’s Eye(chrysoberyl) is a stone of good fortune and good luck. It is said to bring serenity and happiness, along with optimism and generosity. It is used in emotional crystal healing to bring forgiveness, balanced emtions, and self-esteem. Cat’s eye can enhance creativity and kindness. It is also a stone of protection. Physically, cat’s eye is used in crystal healing for kidneys, pancreas, liver, lymph nodes, spleen, and leukemia issues.

Chrysocolla is a stone of many attributes. It is calming, a bringer of wisdom, stabilizes relationships and helps bring about inner balance. To bring a new love into your life put a chrysocolla in a pink vase or cup half filled with water. Put 5 red roses in the vase, as soon as the roses fade, throw them out and keep the stone under your pillow. Chrysocolla is shades of blue and green. Chrysocolla (chrysacolla) is a stone of harmony, both on a universal level and a very specific level. It can be used to purify a place or remove negativity from a person. It is a very gentle stone and its energy works in a gentle, harmonious way. It can help ease fear, anxiety, and guilt. It is also used to communicate with the spiritual forces of the Earth. Physically, it is good for treating asthma, emphysema, TB, pneumonia, muscle cramps, spasms, arthritis, headaches, particularly tension headaches, and is used for protection during pregnancy and childbirth. Chrysocolla is primarily related to the throat chakra, although it can be used on the heart and solar plexus chakras.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Chakras: Cleanses and activates all, aligning with divine
Number: 5
Zodiac Sign: Gemini, Virgo, Taurus
Planet: Venus
Element: Water

Beneficial for: Personal power; creativity; self-awareness; confidence; motivation; letting go; phobias; guilt; mental tension; miasms; grief; lungs; breathing capacity; pain; regulating insulin; reoxygenating blood; blood pressure; cellular structure; Alzheimer’s; arthritis; bone disease; muscle spasm; digestive tract; ulcers; blood disorders; liver; kidneys; intestines; pancreas; blood; muscles; infections; throat and tonsils; burns; thyroid; metabolism; PMS; menstrual cramps

An excellent auric cleanser and powerful energy conduit, this is a useful stone for meditation and communication. Accepting with serenity situations that are constantly changing, it helps you remain impartial and speak your truth. Beneficial to relationships, it draws off negative energies, stabilizing the home. Drawing out negative emotions, it reverses destructive programming, heals heartache, and increases the capacity to love. Assisting communication yet aiding in keeping silent when appropriate, it attunes you to the song lines of the earth.

Samhain, All Hallows eve, All Souls, Halloween, takes place on October 31 and is the most important festival in the Witches’ calendar. It is both the beginning and end of the Witches’ year, in a similar way to New Year’s Eve. It is the time when the Goddess takes on her robes of Crone and the God rides out on the Wild Hunt to collect the souls of the dead. In times past it would be the same time when the harvest ended, or nearly so, and thus marks the start of the resting season for the lad. It is a time when the veil between the worlds of life and death is at its thinnest, a time for remembering the dead, and a time for scrying.
Practice

There are three main themes for this Sabbat. The Goddess takes on the role of Wise One, so we practice divination and scrying to seek wisdom. The God leads out the Wild Hunt, so we face challenge and make a personal sacrifice if we fail. It is the end of the old year, the beginning of the new and a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, so we light a candle and set a place at the feast to welcome those we have loved who have gone before.
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Set aside some quiet time when you will be undisturbed, after Sunset on 31 October. Have ready a black candle and a white candle, and some food and drink if you do wish to do some divination you will need to have ready your tools of divination, whether tarot cards, runes or whatever. If you have undertaken a small challenge, you may wish to include some small reminder of it, whether you succeeded or failed.

When you are ready, settle down and call upon each of the four elements  Air, Earth, Fire and Water, asking each to be with you.

Next visualize the Goddess as Crone and the God as Hunter and ask them to join you.

Now light the black candle, which represents the passing year, and spend a short while thinking about what has happened in your life and the lives around you in the last twelve months. Give thanks to the Lord and Lady for the good things and successes. And consider what you may have learned from the failures and problems. Also remember anyone dear to you, whether human or pet, who has passed from this world in the past year.

Next light the white candle, which represents the New Year, and spend a short while thinking about the things you hope to achieve and see happen, and ask the Lord and Lady to give their blessings on these hopes.

If you wish to perform a divination, this is the time to do so, when both candles of the old and new are lit. Make sure you have a pencil (or pen) and paper at  hand to record any thought you have and any image you receive.

If you have undertaken a challenge, give thanks to the Lord and Lady for your success or state what your offering to the Lord of the Hunt will be.

Now you can put out the black candle and say a final farewell to the old year.

Give the food and drink to the Lord and Lady as an offering as thanks for being present at your ritual.

Thank the elements individually in the same sequence in which you invited them, for their presence. Then thank the Lord and Lady for their guidance.

Your ritual is over and all that remains is to enjoy your feast.

Feasting

To Eat

Seasonal foods at this time include many types of game – pheasant, partridge, pigeon, hare, and so on – also seafood such as oysters and scallops. Whilst these things were wild and therefore inexpensive for most of our ancestors, today they are somewhat expensive. However, seasonal vegetables include the cheap and widely available Brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsnips, peas and winter potatoes. Also, the last of the autumn harvest should be available, apples and pears in particular. Some feasting suggestions for this season are:

Potatoes cooked in their jackets, either plain or stuffed. Try scooping the insides out of the cooled potato, mash them and add beaten egg, lightly cooked vegetables, cheese, herbs and spices to make a variety of combinations.

Sausages. These would have been traditional and as they were intended, as a way of preserving meat through the winter would have been full of herbs and spices. Find a good-quality butcher’s where they make their own sausages and get a selection of the more interesting ones. Vegetarian sausages can also be found in many supermarkets and health stores.

Spare ribs, or pork belly strips grilled until really quite dark and served with traditional-style chutneys, those that include plums or are heavy on the onions.

Marrow stuffed with cheese(s), herbs, breadcrumbs and vegetables, served with spicy tomato sauce.

If you’re having a Jack o’Lantern, use the insides to make pumpkin soup or a pumpkin pie heavily laced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Baked apples stuffed with sweet mincemeat, wrapped in pastry and baked in the oven.

Fortune cookies – whilst not Wiccan in origin, these allow adults an uncomplicated look at what the future might bring.

Think of foods which can be dressed up to fit the Halloween theme.

Cut courgettes (zucchini) lengthways with zigzag cuts and paint with tomato purée, roast and you have crocodile mouths.

Make mini pizzas and decorate with olive eyes, anchovy hair and sweet-corn teeth to make ghastly faces.

Look out for black pasta (made from squid ink) and other commercially prepared items for the season.

To Drink

Strong red wine is suitable to honor the Goddess and the God at this season. You can even dress it up a bit by adding a small amount of brandy and some sugar.

Apples are very appropriate at several of the Sabbats and if you cut one across the core you will see a pentacle revealed in the middle.

If this is a family event, make non-alcoholic ‘cocktails’ or fruit juice and fizzy drinks. Adding some bright food coloring will make these into devilish enough drinks to suit even the most ghoulish child (watch out for these allergic to food colorings, though!) Food coloring can also be added to milk drinks, so try milk blended with a banana an a scoop of ice cream, colored vivid red, as the vampire’s drink of blood.

Harvest Moonshine

This is a rich heady blend of fruit and honey and is served at many of the Sabbats. It is well worth following the traditional recipe, as it has a much better flavor than the quick method. You can either make it in bulk or start off several batches throughout the course of the year. The quick version is tasty but lacks the well-rounded flavor of the original and is quite expensive.

Harvest Moonshine: Traditional Method

3 large oranges
2 lemons
3 large apples
3 cinnamon sticks
3 cardamoms
12 cloves
3 nutmegs
8 pints (20 cups) water
4-6 lb honey
1 oz fresh or wine yeast blended in ¼ pint tepid water

Take the rind, flesh and juice of the oranges and lemons, coarsely chop and discard the white pith. Chop the apples. Add, together with the cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, cloves and nutmegs, to 4 pints (10 cups) of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain* and add a further 4 pints of cold water. Then stir in the honey. Next add the yeast solution.

When it is thoroughly dissolved, place the fluid in a sterilized demi-john with a fermentation lock. Demi-johns can usually be found in second-hand shops and after thorough washing can be sterilized using the tablets sold to sterilize baby feeding bottles. If you haven’t got a fermentation lock, you can improvise by tying a plastic bag over the neck in such a way as to leave room for gas to expand but no air to enter.

Place in a warm dark place and leave for at least six months. After about six weeks you should see small bubbles rising to the surface; after about six months this activity should have ceased. If it has not stopped, wait a little longer.

When you are absolutely sure it has stopped fermenting, decant into sterile bottles with cork tops – the kinds sold with port or sherry in are usually ideal. Leave a further week to be sure no further fermentation starts. You’ll know if it does because the corks will lift or even pop!

Harvest Moonshine: Quick Method

At the point marked * in the traditional recipe, omit the extra water, add the honey, cool the liquid and add 2 bottles of vodka. Decant into cork-topped bottles and leave for one month, just to check no fermentation has started.

To Make Merry

Samhain is definitely party time for old and young alike. There are celebrations, both religious and secular around the world at this time; we celebrate Halloween, Guy Fawkes’ Night and All Hallows’ Eve, but you will find similar celebrations almost everywhere, reflecting the continuity of this feast of the dead.

One very contentious subject at this time of the year is trick or treating. A  simpler treat for children and the young at heart is bobbing for apples, either in water (cover the floor with plastic) or on the strings suspended in the doorway. A variant on this is to place wrapped sweets on the surface of a shallow bowl of flour and watch the whitened faces emerge. Encourage the participants to keep their hands behind their backs, but never tie them in case they need to free themselves in a hurry.

This is also a traditional time for scrying or divination of all kind, so if no one in your group is going to be offended, perhaps someone can read the Tarot or you can use another form of looking into the future.

Teenagers can try seeing if they can find the initial of their future partner by peeling an apple in one go and throwing the peel over their shoulder to see what shape it lands in.

Fancy dress is an excellent way of breaking the ice. Even the most self-conscious seem to be relaxed about dressing up as a vampire for Halloween. Younger guests love having their faces painted and can also be encouraged to make masks (use paper plates as your starting point) and other props.

For a really messy children’s party, play Guess the Body Parts. In a poorly lit room, with plenty of plastic or paper on the floor, all the guests close their eyes and take it in turns to dip their fingers into intestines (cold spaghetti), eyeballs (lychees (litches) or peeled grapes), teeth (dried corn or confectionery ‘dentures’), and brains (jelly (Jell-O)). Use your imagination and make sure there are plenty of damp cloths and towels around.

Older children and adults love horror stories, so try getting everyone to bring their own short story to the session. It’s quite often a good idea to do this in a gloomy room with a lighter area where anyone who becomes nervous can take refuge.

(*Aesobol’s note:  You can also use the actual cross quarter to celebrate Samhain, which this year, falls on November 7th)