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Dreams are one of the most common yet surreal experiences of life. Dreams are an unwinding of our unconscious thoughts. They help us understand our fears, inspirations and what lays hidden in our subconscious mind.
It is believed almost everyone dreams every night, but many are not remembered upon waking.
The cycle of sleeping happens in 4 stages.
Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it’s easy to wake up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops.
Stages 3: The deep sleep stage. During this stage, the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle and strengthens the immune system.
Stage 4: REM or rapid eye movement happens 90 minutes after you fall asleep. This is when you can have intense dreams because your brain is much more active in this phase.
Many people practice lucid dreaming as a way to dive into the infinite universe of mental thought. This is the process of becoming...
Epsom Salts named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom, Surrey, England, is not actually a salt but a naturally occurring Magnesium Sulfate.
Most of us are deficient in Magnesium due to dietary and agricultural changes over the last century, and thus, Epsom Salts are a powerful way of revitalizing the Magnesium levels in the body. Bathing in Epsom Salts is the most common way in which the benefits of the Salt is received.
There is a long list of benefits from Epsom Salts, here are some to name a few:
Aromatic herbs and oils, especially essential oils, have been an integral part of spiritual practices and cultures throughout history. Any Herb or Flower prepared in the form of oil will have strong emotional effects on the user. Rub the oils into pulse points on the body for muscle relaxation.
There are so many kinds of essential oils out there, each of which has its own healing properties and uses. Tea tree oil is great for soothing skin, acne and even helping with yeast infections in women. Clove and peppermint oil can greatly soothe irritated skin or bug bites. Eucalyptus is great for clearing sinuses and opening up our airways. Calmer scents like lavender are perfect for calming stressful situations.
Essential Oils are best but sometimes difficult to obtain. Oil can be used on its own or combined with other oils to layer magical results. You can also drop Essential Oils into a Cool Mist Humidifier to anoint your entire room with a delicious fragrance that calms the mind and...
Eye of Newt became a popular ingredient in witches' spells from the Shakespearean play “Macbeth.”
There are only a few different theories on these Shakespearean ingredients. Only a small number of people are convinced it represents a real eye of a salamander or small fish, most people today believe that it is, in fact, an herb. In fact, most of these items in the incantation are herbs.
Most Herbalists believe that Eye of Newt actually refers to a Mustard Seed. This is the most common understanding of Shakespeare’s words. However, there are those who believe it is actually the red berries of the belladonna plant. It is a plant in the same Solanaceae family as tomatoes and has a long history of being both a poisonous narcotic and very useful medication.
But what about the rest of them? The rest of the incantation is as follows.
“Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and...
Fasting is the purposeful skipping of meals and starving of your body for short (or long) periods of time. Even though it is often seen as taboo to many people, the scientific evidence of it’s healing properties are amazing. When you don’t eat food, your body has more energy to spend on healing itself, rather than digesting the food and pushing it through your intestines.
When you spend this time resting and healing your body, incredible things can happen. People have been cured of their cancer from going on extended fasts. There is also a deeper level of fasting called a dry fast, which is no water entering the system. Eventually, this sends your body into a state of ketosis which is essentially a state of rapid healing. However, it’s very important to be careful when doing this, do your research first and listen to your body. It knows when to keep the fast going, and when to stop.
If you are feeling exceptionally weak and low on energy for extended periods of...
For thousands of years, Native Americans have used feathers in their smudging rituals and ceremonies. Smudging is a ritual to cleanse or clear a person, place, or object of negative energies, spirits, or influences. They are the tool you use to move the smoke around with ease and used to honor the mental element of Air.
Carry any feather for swift communications. Turkey’s feather is common and said to bring luck and protection. Most shamans keep a feather or two for healing and ceremonial work. There are many different feathers on birds that hold various functions for flight. Some are much thicker and shaped in a way that easily pushes air around. Others are smaller and softer, usually used for something like down pillows.
Be wary, feathers from wild birds often get eaten by mites with time. Simply passing them through the smoke of a sage smudge stick will kill off mites and preserve the feathers. There is also cedar smoke, lavender, palo santo and different types of sage...
Flax, also known as linseed, is an extremely versatile plant. The earliest evidence of humans using flax was as a textile comes from spun, dyed, and knotted flax fibers found in Paleolithic caves, 30,000 years ago.
This plant holds a wide variety of uses – from textiles to oil, and a large number of health benefits.
Flax seeds are packed with Omega-3’s – healthy fatty acids that boost your brain functions, mood and heart health. They also contain high levels of mucilage gum, which keeps food in your stomach longer and helps you absorb more nutrients.
Flax seeds are the richest known source of lignans, a group of chemical compounds found in plant-based foods. Lignans are known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the possible benefit of reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering cholesterol levels. These are also vital for helping with bowel movements and unclogging our digestive tract. If you are feeling constipated, flax seeds are...
Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family and is closely related to Turmeric, Cardamom, and Galangal. It can grow up to 3 feet high and produce 2-5 individual “sections” which can be harvested at any time of year. It is the roots of the plant which is commonly used as a spice.
This plant has a very long history of use in various forms both as traditional, and alternative medicine alike, in fact, it is one of the oldest medicinal foods.
Ancient Chinese and Indian healers have made ginger a part of their healing toolkit for thousands of years. Ayurvedic texts credit it as a “Universal great medicine”, old Indian proverbs say that “everything good is found in Ginger” and traditional Chinese medicine holds that it “restores devastated yang energy”.
This isn’t just ancient superstition though. Modern Western Science has confirmed its usefulness for treating a wide variety of conditions.
Ginger can treat Nausea, especially...
Henna, also known as the mignonette tree, is a flowering plant that is the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. Originally stemming from Persia, it comes from the Arabic word henna, which is the name for a small, thorny tree.
Henna refers to the dye that is created from the plant and the art of skin staining. This practice has been used to decorate women’s bodies for celebrations since the late Bronze Age, in the eastern Mediterranean. Ancient wall paintings discovered at Akrotiri, Greece show women with henna markings on their nails, palms, and soles.
It is now used commercially as a temporary skin stain and natural hair dye.
It is created by mashing whole leaves from the plant into a paste. This releases the lawsone molecules which are responsible for the staining of the skin. The powder is mixed with different liquids, including water, lemon juice, and strong tea.
Let it sit for an hour or two, and you’re good to go! The longer you leave it on, the darker it will get...
Hoods are considered sacred in many religions and belief systems. The use of hoods for spiritual practices span way back beyond recorded time. They have been practically used for shading our heads from the sun, but also hold different spiritual purposes as well. Wiccans would use the hood for cloaking and concealment. In medieval times, the hooded robe was used to conceal one’s identity when traveling to and from a sacred meeting.
If you were seen, you might be burned at the stake. Hoods have been a staple in many different sacred rituals throughout time. Dressing the same as your peers create a sense of unity for those involved. This is especially important with secret societies that needed to keep their identity hidden from the public eye.
In modern Wicca, the hood helps the witch filter out the mundane and go deep within to discover his or her magical powers. If you do not have a hooded robe, you can use a shawl or a black soft fabric to cover the head during the ritual.