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Herb of the Month: Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilcum

Gender: Male

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Krishna, Vishnu

Folklore: It was generally believed that a sprig of basil left under a pot would in time turn into a scorpion

Culinary uses: Salads and seasoning, good with tomatoes

Medicinal properties: Colds and flu, constipation, vomiting, headaches and menstrual cramps

Magical properties: Dragon magic, courage, protection, spiritual growth, circle casting, love, happiness, prosperity.

Growing: Will thrive when grown between tomatoes

Caution: Stupefying in excess


Crystal of the Month: Amber

Colours: Golden brown or yellow, green is artificially coloured

Source: Most often Baltic, but also Britain, Dominica, Germany, Italy, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Russia

Energy: Projective

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire, Ether

Deities: Great Mother

Spiritual uses: Self-confidence

Emotional uses: Peace, trust, self-belief

Physical uses: Stomach, spleen and kidney complaints, joint aches, teething pain in small children.

Folklore: In ancient times children were given amber beads to guard against ill health

Magical properties: A potent amulet against negative energy, a large piece of amber placed on an altar is said to boost the power of the spell, wear to attract love.

The number 8 often depicts problems, sometimes of our own making, sometimes problems we are facing. sword cards are cards of action and energy.

Crisis and conflict. The end of a problematic time for us. You may feel restricted. Unable to see how things could improve. Conflict seems a major part of life.

You may be suffering stress related problems. Wrongs will be righted in time. Do not fear the consequences of your actions, sometimes actions are necessary.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: Eight of Swords

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