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Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Jupiter.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Any.

Folklore: The Greek “Hyssopus” is said to derive from the Hebrew “Ezob” meaning holy herb- as it was used to purify temples.

Medicinal uses: The infusion can be used to treat coughs, asthma, bronchitis, and indigestion. It can be used externally to treat burns.

Culinary uses: Yes the flowers in green salads. Add a sprig when making sugar syrup.

Magical properties: Add to purification sachets protection sachets and incense.

Growing: Sow late spring, early summer in full well drained soil, near cabbages to protect from cabbage white butterflies.

Essential oils: Bruises, coughs, sore throats.

CAUTION: Do not use if epileptic, pregnant or nursing.

Herb of the Month: Hyssop

Rune of the Month: Ehwaz

Featured in: Anglo-Saxon, Elder Futhark

English letter: E

English translation: Horse

Gender: Neutral

Meaning: Transportation. May represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle. Movement and change for the better. Gradual development and steady progress are indicated. Harmony, team work, trust, loyalty. An ideal marriage or partnership. Confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it.

Anxiety, trouble and loss. A good card for romance and affairs of the heart, but not for money matters. The need to make plans for the future are apparent. Mistakes are more than likely. Don't take risks, failure is suggested. Family and friends offer badly needed emotional support at this time. You may be feeling a sense of loss of faith in your own abilities. Rise to the challenge. Draw on your inner strength.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month: 5 of Coins

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