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Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Mercury.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Hulda.

Folklore: In Bohemian custom, children f seven were sent to dance in fields of Flax to keep them young and beautiful.

Medicinal uses: Use the oil to treat dry skin.

Culinary uses: An excellent source of Omega 3.

Magical properties: Gather the flowers just after mornings dew, then dry them and use as incense to banish negative magic, or bring blessings and good health. Use in charms to attract money and keep peace at home.

Growing: Well drained soil, organic manure, can grow in containers. Sow in Autumn for flowers in Spring. Prefers full sun.

CAUTION: Immature pods are poisonous. Avoid if you suffer inflamatory disease of the intestines, oesophagus or stomach.

Herb of the Month: Flax

Rune of the Month: Berkano

Featured in: Anglo-Saxon, Elder Futhark

English letter: B

English translation: Birch

Gender: Feminine

Deity: Freya, Frigg, Hel, Nerthus, Holda and Berchta, this is the Goddess rune.

Meaning: Birth and rebirth. General fertility, including mental, physical and personal growth, liberation. Regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings, new growth. Arousal of desire. A love affair or new birth. The prospering of an enterprise or venture.

Skills and dignity. Success through hard work and effort. This is the card of the tradesman, artist or builder. DIY or major renovation projects will go well. Success is indicated, though a period of debt may come first. The profitability of a new enterprise, whether artistic, literary or personal is suggested. Hard work is needed but results are promising. Success in exams, projects, business and personal matters. This is the card of good starts.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month:  3 of Coins

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