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Botanical Name: Capsicum frutescens.
Folklore: Shamans included cayenne with their vision herbs to speed up contact with astral realms. Native Americans in Mexico use it as an internal disinfectant against impure food.
Medicinal uses: Improves circulation, treats chilblains, eases cluster headaches, painkiller, digestive aid.
Culinary uses: Best used sparingly, in one pot dishes.
Magical properties: Heightens spiritual awareness, aids in astral travel, vision.
CAUTION: Remove seeds to reduce heat.
Herb of the Month: Cayenne
Rune of the Month: Sowilo
Featured in: Younger Futharc, Elder Futhark
English letter: S
English translation: Sun
Meaning: Success, goals achieved, honour. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, eternal force, sword of flame, cleansing fire.
Force and triumph. Determination resulting in victory. Willpower and justice. The need to meet a situation head on. Change is inevitable. Act with integrity and firmness. You need all your powers of concentration. You may be acting with a passion and determination seldom encountered before.
Image used is from the Fenestra Tarot.
Card of the Month: Ace of Swords