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Magickal uses for Agrimony

What is Agrimony good for anyways?

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Other Names for this herb include the following:  Cockleburr, Cocklebur, Church Steeples, Stickwort, Sticklewort, Philanthropos, Ackerkraut, Agrimonia, Funffing, Herbe de Saint-Guillaume, Liverwort, Acrimony, Harvest lice, Aigremoine, Odermennig, Agrimonia, Herba agrimoniae, Agrimoniae herba, Burr Marigold, Garclive, Fairy’s Wand

 

Magical Attributes

Is masculine in nature and according to Nicholas Culpeper is associated with the planet Jupiter and the sign Cancer [2] It is also associated with the element of air.

Agrimony is useful for spellwork for those who who need to explore their true feelings and to help balance the emotions applied to a situation.

The plant is also used in protection spells, to help build a psychic shield, to reduce the influence of another’s negativity and to banish negative energies and spirits. It is said to reverse harmful spells cast on you, causing them to rebound on the sender. Use in all protective sachets, spells and medicine bags. It can also be burned in banishing rituals or as a wash to cleanse the aura.

Agrimony is especially useful in healing magic as it enhances the strength of all healing spells, especially at a distance. You could use it in a ritual bath before beginning, as a wash for your tools, burn it as an offering or fumigant or simply decorate your alter with it.

Agrimony can be added to pillows, or placed under the pillow to ensure a deep, dreamless sleep. This is especially useful for those who are too troubled to sleep properly. This is an old traditional use for this herb, as stated in a traditional Old English rhyme:

If it be leyd under mann’s heed,
He shal sleepyn as he were deed;
He shal never drede ne wakyn
Till fro under his heed it be takyn.[5]

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The Necessity of Natural Living

What is natural living to you?

Natural Living at its finest!

So many times, I look around and I see someone wanting to do better, and something more natural with their lives, but they either don’t know how to start, or maybe they feel trapped in this mad rush of a live we now live in. Too much is focused on trying to put another hour in a day, or trying to do things faster and better. There is nothing wrong with that, except we do it to the detriment of not only ourselves, and our health, but to the environment around us too. It is easy to forget our connection to being natural beings, connected to nature, especially when our daily lives are surrounded by artificial things at every turn.

The fear is that the ship has long sailed for the opportunity to go back to the “good old days” when things were slower and simpler. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t make personal choices so that we not only live better and healthier, but to also leave as little impact as possible during our daily lives. One of the best ways we can start to do this is to make purposeful decisions on how we shop, and what we use in our household. Maybe choosing not to buy disposable cups and plates, or if we do, how about making sure that what we buy is recycled and compost-able?

Another thing to think about, is do you know what is put into the stuff we use every day? Take the closest thing available (especially food) that you bought at the grocery store.. Yes, now go get it, and look at it. Now, take a look at the ingredient list. I don’t know about you, but in my mind, if I look at the ingredients for a loaf of bread for instance, I should be able to recognize each and every ingredient and know what it is. Ever made a loaf of home made bread?

Ingredients are pretty simple, straight forward, and easy to understand right? Now take that same product that you went to get just now. How many ingredients do you recognize on that list? Does it look like ingredients for a piece of food? Or does it look more like a chemistry experiment gone wrong? Just what are you putting in your body? Lets take it one step further…. For your other stuff, do you know what is in those? Wouldn’t you rather use something better instead? I took the pledge to use stuff as naturally as I can 22 years ago, and that’s why I share those things with you.

The question is, what would you rather spend your money on: Something that is natural and good for you? Or something created in a lab which will eventually cause issues and cannot possibly be good for you? Make the choice right now, today. What are you waiting for? Your body, and those you love are counting on you!

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The Importance of Standing Up For What You Believe In

How important is what you believe?

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As we were sitting here talking about the company and how far it has come, it occurred to me how important it is to speak up for what you think, and what is important to you as an individual. Too many times in this day and age are people willing to allow their convictions to slide in the name of convenience. Are our ethics less? Do we believe the same as we used to? Why is this so important?

This has been one heck of a journey, and never did I think that it would have made it this far. The biggest hurdle so far is trying to figure out what to make that would make others happy and give myself satisfaction in return. One of the hardest things is trying to anticipate what others would like to happen, and even harder yet is to try and read another person’s mind. I have since realized that not only is this task something which is insanely difficult, but it is nearly impossible to please everyone at the same time. Alas, we are all only human, each with different needs, wants and desires.

The biggest thing I’ve realized over the years, is that is what I believe makes this world so fascinating. If we were all the same, there wouldn’t be much to look forward to, and creativity would disappear all together. This would be a very sad thing indeed. As always I always welcome ideas, imput, thoughts and feelings. Good with the bad. If all I hear is the good stuff, then there is no opportunity for change. I desire to make things better all of the time. For you, me, for everyone. Lets make this world a better place! Speak up, speak out, and let your voice and your thoughts be heard! Stand up for what you believe in, and encourage others to do the same! Want to see change? Be the change you wish to see!

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Self Care is Important!

Never forget to do self care for yourself, and once you’re ok, then help others!

As we grieve for the loss of our furry family member, we are reminded just how important that self care is to the healing process. Almost a week ago, our dog’s health declined to the point of having to make some very hard choices. Though we are very much an advocate for living, and feel that life is something that should be celebrated, we also realize that sometimes that quality of life declines to the point where the bad days far out number the good, and misery overcomes joy. It was through the contemplation over several weeks that the decision was finally reached to assist her with the inevitable, and make the transition a smooth one. Though we are grateful to see her out of pain, it is difficult to adjust and that is where this process comes in.

Self care is like a good idea
Like a light bulb, we are fragile beings with a need to care for others. In order to do the most good, we need to make sure we preserve ourselves first.

Some of you may be wondering what self care is. It is simply the process of taking care of yourself during times of stress, sorrow, and loss. It is way too easy to lose sight of ourselves when the world seems to be coming down around us, or when others seem to need help more. This is part of the reason why self care is so important to the grieving process, and also in the process of helping others. Although we are not doctors, it doesn’t take one to realize that if we don’t take care of ourselves, eventually it will take its toll on our mind and body.