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Herb of the Month: Mugwort

Botanical Latin Name: Artemisia vulgaris.

Gender: Cold, Feminine.

Planet: Venus.

Element: Earth.

Deities: Artemis, Diana.

Folklore: Bunches of Mugwort are used by the Ainu of Japan to exorcise spirits of disease.

Medicinal uses: Mugwort has a long history of use in herbal medicine especially for matters connected to the digestive system, menstrual complaints, and treatment of worms. It is slightly toxic and should never be used by pregnant women, especially in their first trimester, as it can cause miscarriage.

Magical properties: Astral projection, Dreams, Healing, Protection, Psychic ability, Strength.

CAUTION: might be poisonous in large doses, and skin contact can cause dermatitis in some people.

Crystal of the Month: Carnelian

Colours: Orange, red.
Source: Britain, Czech Republic, Ireland, India, Peru, Romania, Slovakia.

Energy: Projective.

Planet: Sun.

Element: Fire.
Deity: Murugan.

Folklore: Left as tomb offerings in Egypt. Widely used during Roman times to make signet or seal rings as hot wax does not stick to carnelian.
Spiritual Uses: Promotes steadfastness and courage.
Emotional Uses: Lifts the emotions.
Physical Uses: Stimulates absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Magical Properties: Protection, peace, healing, courage, sexual energy.

Innocence and folly. Expect the unexpected. Things may not go as planned. New opportunities. New Horizons. A change. Discovering something surprising. A journey of self discovery. Possibly nervousness, naivety, lack of willpower and discipline. Can also be confident, fun, idealism. New beginnings and ways to look at old problems. Don't be foolish when making new choices. Move forward, start a new chapter. Tackle something new despite the conscious mind.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: The Fool

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