AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) You will be in the doghouse if you are being. Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have a good understanding of the dilemma. Your desire for excitement and adventure may be expensive.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Control your temper by getting immersed in your work. You may not be too pleased with the actions of those you live with. Consider making pleasure trips or participating in entertainment that will require energy.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Your efforts will be rewarded handsomely. Be careful that you aren't saddled with the responsibilities of others. Take care of matters involving institutions or government agencies.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Too much work and no play will not only result in fatigue and frustration but also loneliness, too. Your added discipline will help you complete the impossible at work. You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) You can make money if you're willing to push your ideas on those in a position to support your efforts. Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Your emotional reaction will be dependent upon your partner's responsiveness.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Emotional deception is evident. Involvement in fitness clubs will be conducive to engaging romantic connections. You will be able to close any deals successfully.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Travel should be on your agenda. You will gain a lot if you listen. Keep the promises you've made or you can expect to be in the doghouse.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) Your mate may want to pick a fight but if you're persistent with your affections their anger should dissipate. You must use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an option. Put your energy into self-improvement programs that promise to make you into a better you.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Go to the top if you're being harassed or held back. If you can't trust someone, question the connection. Put your efforts into making constructive improvements to your environment and to your state of mind.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Be sure not to burn any bridges. Your fight for those less fortunate is not likely to end in sweet victory. Your ability to charm others will put you in the limelight at social functions.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Take time to talk things over. Travel for business or pleasure. Make sure any presentation you have is ready. You can set your goals and make a beeline for your target.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Don't blow situations out of proportion. If you can mix business with pleasure much can be accomplished. Curb any jealous fits if your partner has been flirting with someone else.
I have been interested in herbalism for quite some time now, and though I don't have many means of getting herbs other than growing them myself. I think now is a heck of a good time to study up on them. I have limited knowledge on herbs though I know a few such as sage is good for protection and things like that. But it would be great to have a few pointers at where to start or maybe some literature or links to good sites because all I can do right now is jump into it. When I get my book of shadows going I am going to dedicate a section to herbalism, but doing some research beforehand can't hurt either. So if anyone has any basics, or anything that they think they could help me, it would be greatly appreciated. Blessed be.
Re: Starting Herbalism By: The_Doctor Jan 03, 2014
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I mainly stick with Native Americanherbalism, for personal and practical reasons. but these are the books that i know of:
Scott Cunningham's book on herbalism/ plants. This book (although i do not own it, i have looked through it and might buy it soon) has medical and magical use for the plant.
The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity by E. Barrie Kavasch, This book i do own. Although, it is Native American based this book shows you how to make and take care of a garden, make teas and tinctures, and has a section on herbs.
and last but not least: Indian Herbalogy of North America by Alma R. Hutchens. This book is a good book if you are going to use herbs for medical purposes. This book teaches: The common names of the plant, features,medicinal parts, solvent, bodily influences, uses, Dose, externally, a picture and much more.
I hope that helps. I really only have two books on herbalism for now, but they are useful.
A few good books to start with for magical herbalism are:
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
Compendium of Herbal Magick by Paul Bereyl
Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows by Aoumiel
I know that for many people acquiring herbs is a difficult thing especially for those that are younger or hiding in the broom closet but I have to say since I have been practicing herbalism for quite a while that many herbs can be found in the kitchen as many common kitchen herbs and spices have a wide array of magical properties that can be used for most of everything. All the exotic and harder to find herbs work just as well but no more so than what is readily available to most people.
You will learn from books, mentors, and other people about the magical properties and effects of many herbs, but what amazes me is that as you learn and practice herbalism you will form your own formulas and properties from the herbs you use regularly. Another great thing about many of the kitchen herbs is that many things can be used to substitute one thing for another and the result isn't affected the least bit, remembering that along with the herbs you set forth your own magical intentions into the brews, mixes, and powders you create. Good luck and have fun with it.
Re: Starting Herbalism By: LeonaRegulus / Novice Jan 03, 2014
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A good place to start is with what you already have! Go through all your spices and your pantry and research online what each item is used for. This website has a large section of herbs under the articles tab. Starting a small herb garden is also a great start and this is a great time to sow indoors! Seed packets can be very cheap to get, under $1 at most discount stores. If you get creative and up-cycle some old tin cans or plastic food containers you won't have to buy any pots for the herbs. Just make sure you keep them in a sunny window and keep the soil moist. Oh, and as a side note, there is a difference between culinary sage, and the sage used in wands for smudging. They are different plants, but people mix them up a lot. For myself, I only use sagebrush for smudging and I use culinary sage for just about anything else that calls for sage.
Re: Starting Herbalism By: CatPhoenix Jan 03, 2014
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Thank you all very much, and I will make sure to do this. I had been thinking about starting a small indoors herb garden, but I think my mind is set on it now. I will get started as soon as possible. :)
Herbalism is for more than just your magical practice. I highly recommend going to your local library and looking up all the herbals you can find there. You will notice that the older ones will say things like it is used to "banish evil spirits from the body" and other similar things. This is because that is the way they looked at illness and disease back then. You will find that such herbs that are used for illness, are also used for banishing and protection magically. There is a lot of information you can find by cross referencing the different herbals. For my healing work with herbs, I have found 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak to be one of my favorites. If you can find the book Herbal Remedies: A Practical Beginner's Guide to Making Effective Remedies in the Kitchen (The Practical Health Series) by Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw I highly recommend snapping it up. It has step by step pictures on making the various remedies and it also has recipes and in the back is a chart that makes it easy to find what you want for which ailment and how it can be used. It was one of my first herbals and is still one of my favorites. Herbal Remedies does list the herbs in alphabetical order by official name not common name though. I have a whole collection of herbals, books on alternative medicine, and field guides on edible and medicinal plants that I have used to cross-reference various herbs. In all the time I have been making healing teas I have only made a couple that tasted nasty. Teas are also a very versatile and inexpensive way to start learning about herbs. If you have any questions let me know, I would be happy to help.