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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.

Mineral 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.

Folklore: In ancient times children were given amber beads to guard against ill health. The ancient Chinese believed that when a Tiger died it's soul would become Amber.
Spiritual Uses: Self-confidence.
Emotional Uses  Peace, trust, self-belief.

Physical Uses: Amber is a powerful life force cleanser and healer. It imbues the body with vitality and has the power to draw out dis-ease. It absorbs pain and negative energy and allows the body to re-balance and heal. Amber resonates with the throat, treating goitres and other throat problems. It treats the stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder, alleviates joint problems and strengthen the mucus membrane. It is said to be a natural antibiotic, and is often used to help infants during teething. Amber also helps in grounding energies into the body.
Magical Properties: Amber is a tree resin that solidified and became fossilised. As such it has strong connections with the earth and is a grounding stone for higher energies. It cleans the environment and has the ability to absorb negative energies, transmuting them into positive forces which stimulate the body to heal itself. Amber can help counteract suicidal or depressive tendencies and promotes a positive mental state. It encourages peacefulness, develops trust, promotes altruism and brings wisdom. 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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