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Herb of the Month: Bay Laurel

Botanical Name: Nobilis

Gender: Male

Planet: Sun

Element: Fire

Deities: Aesculapius, Apollo, Ceres, Cerridwen

Folklore: Protection against lightning

Culinary uses: Use to season

Magical properties: Burn the leaves to induce visions, wear as an amulet to ward off negativity, place under the pillow for prophetic dreams

Growing: Good general companion herb.

Mineral of the Month: Jet

Colours: Black.

Source: Worldwide.

Energy: Receptive.

Planet: Saturn.
Element:  Earth, Ether.
Deities: Cybele, Mars.

Folklore: During the Middle Ages, jet was carved into images of beetles and worn for protection. The stone itself has been worn since the Stone age to protect from “entities of darkness”.
Spiritual Uses: Used to open psychic experiences and assist the quest for spiritual enlightenment.
Emotional Uses: Jet balances mood swings and alleviates depression. It draws off negative energy and alleviates fear.
Physical Uses: Treats migraine, epilepsy, and colds. It may be helpful in diminishing glandular and lymphatic swellings and healing stomach pain. It was traditionally used for menstrual cramps.
Magical Properties:  Jet is actually formed from fossilised wood which looks like coal. It is a stone of protection when worn around the neck. Those attracted to Jet are said to be "old souls". It can also be used to open to psychic experiences and to assist in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Jet jewellery was said to become part of the body of the wearer. suggesting that jet retains the memories of its owners life. Jet is said to stabilise finances and protect businesses particularly when placed in the cash drawer or a safe. Jet promotes taking control of life, balances mood swings and alleviates depression. It stimulates the rise of life force through the body. It can help stop nightmares, bring luck, and assist in clear divination.

Competence and artistry. A kind hearted man. Responsible and wise. A professional person. Interest in art or the arts. A religious person, healer, counsellor, or teacher. A tolerant person generous with both time and emotions. Good with people of all ages. Possibly help from someone with these qualities. Aim for these qualities yourself. Listen to this man's advice, he is reliable and well meaning. Favourable outcomes will be achieved.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: King of Cups

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