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Herb of the Month: Borage

Botanical Name: Borago officianalis.

Common names: Beebread, Beeplant, Starflower.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Jupiter.

Element: Air.

Folklore: Borage was said to be the famous Nepenthe of Homer, which when drunk steeped in wine brought absolute forgetfulness.

Medicinal uses: A leaf and flower infusion is an adrenaline tonic taken for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. Reduces fevers dry coughs and dry skin rashes. Pressed seed oil can be used like Evening Primrose Oil for menstrual and irritable bowl problems, eczema, blood pressure, arthritis and hangovers.

Culinary uses: Can be brewed into a tea.

Magical properties: Psychic power, protection, strengthens courage, money and business spells.

Crystal of the Month: Smoky Quartz

Colours: Brownish to blackish hue

Source: Worldwide

Energy: Receptive, masculine, feminine

Planet: Sun, moon

Element: Fire, water

Spiritual uses: Increases our tolerance of stress, aids our coping mechanisms

Emotional uses: Has a relaxing effect

Physical uses: Pain alleviating effect. Helpful in treating back problems and cramps.

Folklore: Considered to be protection against bad luck in Alpine countries.

Magical properties: Grounding, protection, fertility, creativity.

Stability and authority. Ambition. Masculine leadership, logic and power. Wealth. Realisation of goals. Unassailable, stable position. Following convictions. Dominating foes. The father figure. Emotion and passion must not lead you astray. Intelligence and reason must win through. A trustworthy good friend. Knowledge from someone influential. Improvements if you choose to act.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: The Emperor

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