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Botanical Name: Piper nigrum.

Element: Fire.

Folklore: In Medieval Europe, peppercorns were so valued that they were accepted as payment for dowries, taxes and rents. Homoeopaths traditionally use black pepper to aid concentration and banish apprehension.

Medicinal uses: Energizes stiff, aching muscles, detoxifying, aids digestion.

Culinary uses: add to season any dish.

Magical properties: Mental clarity, warming, restoring vitality.

Growing: Grows best in rich alluvial soils in bright filtered sunlight. It may take several years for corns to appear. For black pepper, harvest green corns as they appear, then dry.

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Herb of the Month: Black Pepper

Rune of the Month: Eihwaz

Featured in: Younger Futharc, Elder Futhark

English letter: El

English translation: Yew tree

Gender: Masculine

Deity: Lucifer

Meaning: Strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness. Enlightenment, endurance. Defence, protection, The driving force to acquire, providing motivation and a sense of purpose. Indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. An honest man who can be relied upon.

Abundance and perfection. The true card of love. Happiness, fulfilment and peace. Development of intuition and psychic abilities or potential are suggested. Anything undertaken will be productive and favourable. Happiness is all around you. Birth of a child, and engagement or marriage are all suggested. Things look promising for a new relationship.

Image used is from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month:  Ace of Cups

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