Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Month of Pumpkin & Luibh and Seoid

Monday 10/10:

      Spend Columbus Day at a pumpkin patch. Bring kitchen shears or garden clippers so you can snip thick stems!

Tuesday 10/11:

      Turn yesterday's harvest into pumpkin bread pudding.

   And of course, the monthly Luibh and Seoid. A little late but I promise I'm getting back on schedule!


          As a kitchen herb, it has a slight peppery taste to it and is one of the major herbs used in traditional Thanksgiving stuffing in the United States.

          The Greeks and Romans wrote that the smoke imparted wisdom and mental acuity. The leaves have long been burned to purify and cleanse a space; use in a smudge stick or burn in an incense bowl and brush the smoke around the room. They can also be burned to increase wisdom or gain guidance.

 Regular green sage can be used in rituals for protection, prosperity, fertility, money attraction, healing and business.

          In the middle ages, hematite was known as ‘blood stone’ because during the cutting process the stone would turn the water used red. In greek, it’s name even means “bloodlike”. Native American folklore states that war paint made from it makes on invincible in battle.  
          The stone has a low magnetic property which is believed to interact with the iron in our blood creating better circulation. It normalizes blood pressure and body weight and increases resistance to stress, boosts energy, optimistic mood and will power. It also helps with anemia and bleeding (it is a principle blood purifier for stone healers) and enhances lucidity, concentration and clears the mind from negative patterns and thoughts.
           Color may vary from steel-gray to black and from brown to reddish-brown.

          Hematite can be used in workings involving protection, particularly of home or property. It has long been associated with psychic awareness. Can be placed anywhere on the body for healing or worn as a ring, necklace or pendant for continued healing.

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