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Botanical Name: Juniperus communis.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Sun.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Astarte.

Folklore: One of nine woods added to the Wiccan bale fire.

Medicinal uses: Treats cystitis, gout and rheumatism.

Culinary uses: Add crushed berries to sauces, marinades, stuffing and gin.

Magical properties: A sprig is said to prevent accidents, place in the home to protect against thieves, add to sachets to draw loving vibrations, carry berries to aid weight loss.

Growing: Exposed sunny site, alkaline or neutral soil, harvest berries in late summer.

CAUTION: Do not ingest if pregnant or suffering from a kidney complaint.

Herb of the Month: Juniper

Rune of the Month: Luis

Featured in: Ogham

English letter: L

English translation: Rowan

Meaning: Taking control of your life, protection against control by others.

Generosity and charity. You feel more inclined to offer monetary support to others. Money shared due to divorce or separation is suggested. The card of charity work altruism and kindness. Through giving you will receive, this may need to be mastered. Purchases made now are likely to be good and sound. Business expansions are favourable. Someone you meet may offer financial support  to a new venture. Faith in human nature and yourself will be restored.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month: 6 of coins

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