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Herb of the Month: Garlic

Botanical Name: Allium sativum.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Mars.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Hecate, Cybele.

Folklore: Long used for its medicinal properties. Said to protect against Vampires and other negative entities.

Medicinal uses: Prevents high blood pressure and cholesterol. Reduces risk of cancer, regulates blood sugar and prevents risk of infectious disease.

Culinary uses: Add to breads, sauces, dips, curries, fish, pasta, a highly versatile ingredient.

Magical properties: Protection, exorcism, safe water travel.

Growing: Sunny or partial shade, rich, moist and well drained soil.

Essential oil: Taken internally in capsule form to treat gastrointestinal infections, urinary tract infections, and to fight infectious disease in general.

CAUTION: Do not consume if you are taking blood thinning medication.

Crystal of the Month: Lapis Lazuli

Colours: Royal blue with flecks of golden Pyrite.

Source: Afghanistan.

Energy: Receptive.

Planet: Venus.
Element:  Water.
Deities: Isis, Nuit, Venus.

Folklore: Often used in the cylinder seals of Sumer, favoured in Egyptian amulets, especially scarabs.
Spiritual Uses: Bestows wisdom and honesty, a stone of friendship.
Emotional Uses: Encourages self awareness, dignity and honesty. Helps us convey feelings.
Physical Uses: Heals problems affecting the neck and vocal chords, lowers blood pressure and lengthens the menstruation cycle.
Magical Properties: Courage, healing, love, joy, protection.

Moderation and patience. Control forces you to achieve harmony. Be patient, self controlled and calm. A strong ally or friend is represented by this card. A reconciliation possible. Rest to maintain good health. Be balanced and diplomatic. Exercise moderation in life. Communicate access and feelings. Acquire patience. Financial or emotional economies need to be made. Changes will occur. A good partnership is suggested.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: Temperance

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