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Herb of the Month: Benzoin

Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin

Gender: Male

Planet: Sun

Element: Air

Deities: Horned God, Solar Deities

Folklore: Benzoine resin is commonly used in incense making and perfumery because of its aroma and fixative properties.

Magical properties: A herb of purification burned to sanctify an area. The scent is also used to attract business when combined with Basil, Peony or Cinnamon. Dilute the essential oil and rub it into the body to increase personal power. It awakens the conscious mind. Burn to purify, protect, for prosperity, astral projection, or to increase mental powers. As a herb or oil it may be used in spells relating to solar matters (healing, illumination, magical powers, physical energy, protection, success and putting an end to legal matters). As a herb it may be used for spells relating to Mars (Physical energy, protection and success.)

Crystal of the Month: Amethyst

Colours: Purple to lavender

Source: Britain, Brazil, Canada, East Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Siberia, Sri Lanka, USA, Uruguay

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Jupiter, Neptune

Element: Water

Deities: Bacchus, Diana, Dionysus

Spiritual uses: Spiritual awakening, honesty, inner peace

Emotional uses: Aids in coming to terms with loss, stimulates dreaming, inspiration and intuition

Physical uses: Tension headaches, swelling, bruising, nervous complaints and skin blemishes

Folklore: The Ancient Greeks and Romans drank from amethyst drinking vessels as they believed it would protect them from intoxication

Magical properties: Dreams, overcoming Alcoholism, healing, psychic ability, peace, love, protection against thieves, courage and happiness.

Pause and regroup. Fluctuation is likely, delays inevitable. Difficulties are suggested. Expect the unexpected. Inner strength will be called on to see you through. Use delay productively and plan for the future. Don't allow frustrations to beset you. Watch for opportunities. Be certain of facts before acting.

Image from the Fenestra Tarot.

Card of the Month: Nine of Wands

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