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Rune of the Month: Ruis

Featured in: Ogham

English letter: R

English translation: Elder

Meaning:The end of a cycle or problem.

Wisdom and mystery. Common sense, inherent knowledge and intuition. Psychic or artistic abilities. Secrets. Insight. Dramatic changes are possible. Teaching or helping others. Learning. Trust your instinct.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month: The High Priestess

Botanical Name: Althaea officinalis.
Common Names: Mallow, Mallards, Mortification Koot.
Gender: Feminine.

Planet: Moon.
Element: Water.
Deities: Venus.

Folklore: Althaea comes from the Greek “altho” to cure. An herbal addition to food and medicine used widely used since the ancient times, Marshmallow root has seen use throughout the meditation region which rapidly spread to most of the rest of the world. Varieties were used in food by the Chinese and the Ancient Egyptians, as well as in much of counties near the Balkan region of Europe. The ancients spoke of it often for its healing properties, with Plenty even stating that a small amount would help prevent illness and disease while others of the ancient world would use them to decorate the graves of friends. Today it is even used in cleaning Persian carpets, as many in the Middle East using it as a clearer that does not harm the vegetable dyes within the wool.

Magical Properties: Exorcism, Love, Protection.

Medicinal uses: Demulcent, emollient, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, mucilaginous. Herbalists these days most commonly use the root in gargles to treat sore throats. This began in ancient Egypt and continues to today, with varieties being used in France that included egg whites and rose water flavourings.

Culinary uses: Mallow was a prized vegetable, among the Romans Marshmallow would have been a delicacy The French variety of the gargle mentioned above, evolved into resembling the modern Marshmallow, which actually contains no marshmallow root at all.

CAUTION: Absorption of other medicines may be delayed if taken at the same time as Marshmallow.

Herb of the Month: Marshmallow