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Botanical Name: Compositae.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Venus.

Element: Water.

Folklore: Believed to treat arthritis, strengthen the womb, and be effectual on all pains in the head.

Medicinal uses: Eat three to five fresh leaves daily to reduce migraines, infuse as a mild sedative tonic to the appetite, relieves muscle spasms.

Culinary uses: Add small amounts to food to “cut” grease; bitter flavour.

Magical properties: Protection, health.

CAUTION: Should not be used with anti coagulants, during pregnancy or by nursing mothers. Chewing the whole leaf can cause mouth ulcers.

Herb of the Month: Feverfew

Rune of the Month: Hagalaz

Featured in: Anglo-Saxon, Elder Futhark

English letter: H

English translation: Hail

Gender: Feminine

Deity: Freyja, Tyr

Meaning: Wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing trial. Controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony.

Strength and initiative. A good card for business despite feelings of instability. Enterprise and contractual progress. Astute business sense. Fortunate connections. Partnerships prove sound. Worries are lessened and sorrows left behind. Career connected travel is suggested. Everything looks promising. Feelings of happiness and optimism. Signs say everything will turn out well. Aims can be realised.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month:  3 of Wands

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