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Herb of the Month: Wattleseed

Crystal of the Month: Selenite

Botanical name: Acacia victoriae

Common names: Elegant wattle, Prickly wattle, Gundabluey, Bramble wattle, Elegant acacia

Gender: Masculine

Planet: The Sun

Element: Fire

Folklore: The wattle flower is the well known emblem of Australia, and is represented in the green and gold worn by Australian athletes

Medicinal uses: Wattleseed contains fairly high concentrations of potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. With a low glycemic index, they are good for diabetics, providing a steady stream of sugars while avoiding sudden rises in blood glucose levels.

Most vitamins are found except for C, B12 and riboflavin, they are also high in fibre.

Culinary uses: Wattleseed has provided indigenous Australians with a rich source of protein and carbohydrate in times of drought. The seed was milled into flour and baked in cakes and bread. As flour it could also be used to thicken sauces and casseroles, and by dark roasting it, a nutty aroma is achieved which can be added to chocolate and deserts or brewed into a tea. Save grounds after brewing to add to cakes and biscuits. Even the green seeds of some species were eaten after baking in the hot coals.

Growing: Seed pods can lay on the ground for up to 20 years, usually only germinating after  bushfires.

Magical properties: Healing, rejuvenating, antioxidant.

CAUTION: Not all Acacias are suitable for human consumption.

Colours: White, orange, brown, blue, green.
Source: Worldwide.

Energy: Receptive.

Planet: Moon.

Element: Water.
Deities: Selene, Artemis, Diana.

Folklore: The word Selenite comes from the Greek “Selenites” meaning moon stone, or moon rock with the root word Selene.
Spiritual Uses: Brings mental clarity.
Emotional Uses: Quickly unblocks stagnant energy.
Physical Uses: General healing.
Magical Properties: Reconciliation, energy. A wonderful protection stone. Place Selenite spheres in the corners of your home to create a peaceful safe environment that will not be disturbed by outside influences.

Progress and hope. Things start to move quickly. Boundless energy and enthusiasm. Advancement is suggested. Overcoming obstacles. Anxieties will be reduced. Do not be hasty in business or personal dealings. Travel, or news from over seas is likely. Romance looks promising.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: Eight of Wands

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