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Listening now to music on the longest day of the year. Praise the Greenman. Praise the Goddess of the Earth. Welcome the dark!
I always found it amazing that on the longest day of the year we begin to see the dark again. As soon as this day is past the days grow shorter. We don’t usually notice for a while in the Northern Hemisphere until Fall. It is Winter Solstice today below the Equator. The shortest day.
I had a short conversation today with one of my neighbors. I take it as the voice of the Goddess coming through a common woman, very not pagan! She stopped to watch me pick off dead leaves and flowers from my lovely stoop garden here in Brooklyn. She said that it so lovely to see such growth this year and how it’s so close to the end of summer even though it’s all just begun! She went to say before we know it we will be getting ready for Christmas again. She didn’t realize that she’s actually seeing the world between the dark and light sides of the year just like our ancestors did. Of course, this woman is a gardener so she’s right on track in understanding growth, death and rebirth.
I was quite happy to have heard the Goddess’ voice in my ears…through her voice today.
I had almost forgotten that today is Summer Solstice or Litha. How could I have? Silly me!
I have been in a very rapid growth phase, just the same as my plants are. Now I know its time to prepare for harvest coming up. August 1st Lughnasadh is right around the corner…and my work is too. An end to a very rapid period of work ending as I settle in to look over what I have done since Winter Solstice.
My sweet Goddess has blessed me in so many ways.
Today I pause to say thank you to her and to her wonderful consort the Greenman. To nature itself. To this amazing Earth, we live upon. To my loves…my sweet husband, a wonderful son and my kitties as well as all of those I have taught, shared with and worked with this year. I am very blessed to have all these amazing souls in my life.
You too dear reader. May your growth be abundant. May the Goddess surround you with growth and power.
One of my favorite…sexy holidays! I love this day. Full of flowers and love and sex.
So much to be grateful as well…even though the winter wanted to keep destroying us it did not make it to this day! We are in Spring. The God has returned in his green and the Goddess is apparent everywhere. Many blessings to you as well. May you be fruitful.
Day 1 Magic and Medicinals. What our Ancestors Knew. By The Magic Apothecary.
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Today marks day, one in our daily series of Magic and Medicinals. Lot of people, I know are sick right now, because it’s cold and it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, and a lot of people have been all together for the holidays here, and there’s been a nasty chest cold going around, especially in the United States. Did you know that Echinacea has been used for centuries for both treating colds, flu viruses, skin eruptions, infections and also was used for centuries to rebuke the devil and demons and to cleanse a home or body of anything evil. People used to believe that when they were sick it wasn’t necessarily something they caught from someone else, but actually some evil force which inhabited their body, and they knew that if they took echinacea root, from the purple cone flower that grew above it, they would feel better and get the devil out of their chest,! So if you’re not feeling really good right now, it might be a good time to explore this wonderful herb and find out what other people have known for quite a long time. Look for information every day coming up this year, 365 days of herbal information.