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Everyday Magical Things ~ Peyote Cactus

Because of its healing properties, Peyote Cactus has long been recognized by Native Americans as a medicinal plant. Traditionally peyote was often used as an analgesic, treating things including toothaches, rheumatism, asthma, and even cold symptoms. Some tribes, such as the Tarahumara, commonly used masticated peyote as a topical treatment to bites, burns, wounds, and aching muscles.

Of course, one of the common appeals of Peyote Cactus apart from its healing properties is its psychedelic properties. For thousands of years, Peyote has been used in Native and Shamanic circles to induce powerful spiritual insight into the nature of life and reality, as well as facilitate healing in all aspects of life. It is an ancient medicine and shouldn’t be used just for recreational use. If you are looking to create a fundamental shift in your life or undergo a spiritual transformation, this sacred plant can aid in this.

Some of the spiritual effects of consuming Peyote include having...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ The Pineal Gland

The pineal gland is a tiny pine-cone shaped gland located in the center of our brain, between the left and right hemispheres. Our pineal glands synthesize and secrete melatonin, the natural compound released from our brain when we’re going to bed that makes us fall asleep.

The pineal gland has been referenced in countless ancient texts, art, and traditions throughout history. From The Buddha to statues in front of the Vatican itself – this pine-cone shaped gland has been used to represent higher states of consciousness that we are all able to achieve.

It has been referred to as the seat of the soul, as many believe this is the center point of where our inherent psychic ability comes from. Many people report intense pressure on their third eye when experiencing deep meditations, healing modalities, or even just when they’re trying to fall asleep.

Signs of an opened third eye can look like heighten sensitivity to people’s energy, the ability to tap into how...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi Mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for at least 2000 years. The mushrooms were known to the ancients as “the mushrooms of immortality.”

They are a non-toxic mushroom that can be taken daily without any side effects; many people take them in pill form, which you can easily find at health food stores. They can also be eaten as dried mushrooms, which can easily be incorporated into different recipes. Some people also put powdered forms of them in protein shakes or take it as a condensed shot of liquid. Do what feels right for you and your body.

When taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally.
It is a powerful Immune Modulator, regulating and fine-tuning the immune system.

A considerable number of studies in China, Japan, the US and the UK in the past 30 years have shown that the consumption of red reishi has been linked to the treatment of a vast range of diseases, common ailments, and...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Rock Salt and Salt Lamps

Rock salt is among the purest forms of salt, devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components. It contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body, including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper, and so on. A lot of the time, this salt is called Himalayan salt or pink salt. Unlike processed white salt, this salt is incredibly good for you and doesn’t raise your sodium and cholesterol levels in the same way traditional salts do.

The consumption of rock salt is a powerful aid for digestion and is often prescribed for laxatives and digestion disorders. It improves appetite, removes gas, and soothes heartburn.

It facilitates the cellular absorption of minerals and plays an important role in replenishing the body’s electrolytes and maintaining the body’s pH balance.

It also aids in weight loss by equalizing minerals, which inhibit cravings and eliminate dead fat cells. Finally, rock salt stabilizes blood pressure and cures rheumatic...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Runes

Runes, or Old Norse, are letters of a runic alphabet that were used to write Germanic languages before using Latin. The earliest runic inscriptions date back to 150 AD. The first inscriptions found on actual artifacts remain a mystery primarily. The old runes were not only a writing system but magical symbols for spells and charms. The name rune itself means “secret or something hidden.”

Each alphabet has its own set of symbols and meanings.

You can do a reading yourself! Get some runes; they can come carved into crystal or stone, or on ceramic tiles. Make a sacred space, lay down a cloth, and concentrate on asking a question. You can either toss a few of the runes in the air or pull some out of a bag while focusing on your question. Make sure your mind is fully focused and not drawing in different random thoughts. This makes reading much more clear and concise.

Ultimately, you can create your own system for how to read runes, but traditionally you would lay three out....

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Sculptures

For thousands of years, Sculptures have filled many roles in human life. The earliest sculptures were most likely made to supply magical help to hunters. After the dawn of civilization, statues began to be used to represent gods.

Ancient Kings, possibly in the hope of making themselves immortal, would have their likeness carved, and thus portrait sculpture was born as an art form. The Greeks were also particularly skilled in their sculptures, and they made statues that perfectly formed men and women down to the phi ratio.

Early Christians and Catholics would decorate churches with demons, gargoyles, and devils, reminders of the presence of evil for the many churchgoers who could neither read nor write. The Japanese would also make magnificent sculptures to honor the gods of nature, called Kami, and both Chinese and Japanese cultures would sculpt statues to banish evil forces from the environment.

One of the most renowned statues in the world today is David, sculpted by Michelangelo...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Tapioca

Tapioca is known usually as being a yummy pudding-like mixture, but did you know it is actually a gluten-free starch extract from the Cassava plant?

The root of the plant is a useful part, which is where the tapioca starch is acquired. This sweet-tasting flesh should only be consumed after proper cooking. If not prepared correctly, it can be highly poisonous. They are a great source of iron and are naturally low in sodium.

Tapioca has many wonderful benefits including Healthy weight gain, Increased Circulation, Increased red blood cell count, Improved digestion, Protects against birth defects, Lowers cholesterol, Prevent diabetes, Improves metabolic activities, Protects bone mineral density, Prevents Alzheimer’s disease, Protects heart health, and maintains fluid balance within the body.

This is because of a unique composition of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include a very low level of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

It is also a...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Wine

Wine has been regarded as a sacred drink for thousands of years. Even before Christianity, it played a huge part in Ancient Egyptian culture through Hathor, the patron god of wine, who was duly honored on a monthly “day of intoxication.”

Equally as such, in Ancient Greece, the Greek God Dionysus was revered as the god of the grape harvest, wine and its making, theater, and ecstasy. In this time, they believed that wine was bestowed upon the human race by Jupiter, the great god of air, light, and heat and that Dionysus would offer ecstasy and spiritual vision to his devotees.

Asian cultures, too, associated Wine with Spirituality, as seen in the large casks of sake located at Japanese Shinto shrines and the placement of it on the altars honoring the gods of prosperity.

Later on, it would be adopted into the Sacrament of the Christian faiths as the eucharist from the story of the Last Supper. Similarly, in Judaism, the wine was regarded as a staple of life itself, drunk...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Yerba Maté

Yerba Mate is a species of plant within the holly family. It contains the highest caffeine content of any plant in the world! It’s said to combine the strength of coffee, the health benefits of herbal tea, and the euphoric state that chocolate can induce. Drinking it will definitely keep you awake! This herb is believed to improve physical health and memory, and increase stamina!

In South American countries, the mate is drunk from a gourd, which is also called a mate. In the united states, it’s available in teabag form, although the healing properties of the mate are said to increase when drinking from a gourd. Drink it to increase concentration, drive away stagnation, and improve general well being. It can be made in a variety of ways, including steeping it like a normal tea, using a french press, or even an espresso maker.

It contains 24 different vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and many different antioxidants. It is an amazing way to ween off coffee,...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a shrub or small tree found around North America. It has long been recognized by Native Americans who used its medicinal properties by boiling parts of the plant to treat skin irritations. Now, the leaves and bark are widely used to create an astringent.

Some native American tribes used the Y shaped branches from witch hazel for an ancient method called ’dowsing’. Dowsing a type of divination that attempts to find underground water, gemstones, or oils in the Earth using the branch as a guide.

Witches of the past would use this magic herb in casting spells and charms. Many still believe consuming it in a tea can help heighten our untapped powers.

It has been known to treat: sores, swelling, blisters, eczema, bug bites, poison ivy, and ingrown nails!

Witch Hazel is especially useful for hemorrhoids as it’s an astringent which soothes and cleans the area at the same time. It can also be used as a toner for your face because it can help tighten pores...

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