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Herb of the Month: Patchouli

Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin

Common names: Graveyard dirt

Gender: Feminine

Element: Earth

Folklore: Patchouli was known as Graveyard dirt due to its pungent fragrance and appearance. It was often carried at funerals to keep the smell of death away.

Medicinal uses: Anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, a cell stimulant that speeds up the healing process of scars and blemishes, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, insecticide, sedative.

Culinary uses: Patchouli can be brewed into a tea, or the leaves can be eaten in salads or used as a seasoning.

Magical properties: Money, fertility, sexuality, psychic power, protection, mother and crone goddess energy

Crystal of the Month: Turquoise

Colours: Green or blue.

Source: Afghanistan, Arabia, China, Egypt, France, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Tibet, USA.

Energy: Projective.
Element: Air.

Deities: Isis.

Folklore: A strengthening stone which dissolves a martyred attitude and stops self-sabotage.
Spiritual Uses: Aligns all the chakras and attunes the physical body to the spiritual one.
Emotional Uses: Stabilises mood swings and brings inner calm.
Physical Uses: Excellent for aiding in cases of exhaustion, depression and panic attacks.
Magical Properties: Used as an amulet for centuries, Very good for connecting the physical body to the spiritual body.

Conclusion and healing. The end of a difficult situation. Problems will be resolved. Physical emotional and spiritual healing surrounds you. After an illness you should now feel better. Have faith that things will turn out well in the end. Possibility of meeting someone you feel attracted or drawn to. The start of something good. Weddings, family gatherings and parties are likely. Emotions are deep at this time, watch for rejection.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: Three of Cups

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