Crystal of the Week, Unakite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Not surprisingly, Unakite is a form of Jasper. The elements of Red Jasper and Epidote blend stunningly in Unakite and because of its colouration it is a very strong Heart Chakra stone. The green of the Epidote brings abundance whilst the pinkish-red of the red Jasper compassion, love, and kindness. This is a go-to crystal to lift ones’ spirits; it is an all-round emotional healer.

Unakite Jasper is also called Epidote, for its main component deriving its name from the Greek epidosis meaning “growing together.” An amalgamation of Red Jasper, pink Feldspar and green Epidote, Unakite is solidly bound together and is said to symbolise “what comes together belongs together.”

Unakite is a gentle crystal. It is a good one to use to help children open up when having problems with school, bullying, or other things going on in their lives. You can virtually feel the compassion it has radiating from it. If ever you are feeling overly sensitive and overwhelmed, Unakite will support you kindly and help you to re-focus your thoughts on the here and now.

Magickal:

Unakite
My Unakite ~ i.macy

According to authoress Catherine Eason: For lasting love, Unakite is traditionally sprinkled with dried yarrow and placed in a sealed bag as a marriage or commitment symbol. It should be replaced on anniversaries and the old crystal and yarrow cast into running water. To help two become three, place Unakite under the pillow to aid in conception. During pregnancy a piece of Unakite on the womb helps parents-to-be make spiritual connection with their unborn baby; it is marvellous for use during labour to ease the transition. A large
specimen or bowl of Unakite tumblestones in the environment brings a calm, gentle energy and negates the effects of electromagnetic pollution from televisions, computers and other technological devices.

Placed on the Third Eye, Unakite Jasper promotes visualisation and encourages psychic vision. It may also be used as a casting crystal for scrying, signifying where compromise and integration are needed. It is very useful to keep near whilst reading tarot cards, casting runes, and pendulum dowsing.

Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned. Unakite Jasper is a talisman for those who have trouble finding things [like me!]. It is also a good luck charm, especially when taking a risk. It helps one sustain their power in situations where they would more likely be the victim and is also believed to impart confident control to the user in magic spell casting.

Healing:
Unakite supports the physical structure of the heart, but gently gets to the root cause of disease or health issues caused by the emotional heart, particularly deep-seated feelings that have been repressed, such as anger and resentment. Habitual internalisation of these emotions creates standing patterns of energy within the body. Unakite brings these wounds to the surface in a way that avoids any new trauma and ameliorates their release slowly and gently, consistently over time, along with the negative thoughts and toxic behaviours that perpetuate them.

Unakite Jasper helps promote the growth of healthy tissue in general and is particularly useful in support of the heart and lungs, assisting function, circulation, balance of bodily fluids and metabolism. It is also considered highly restorative in cases of tissue deterioration and in treating diseases or cancers of these areas.

Unakite Jasper aids the reproductive system, promoting healthy pregnancy and stimulating weight gain where required. It is believed to be good for breathing irregularities and hyperventilation and helps ease the transition in labour.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Taurus
Element: Water
Chakras: Heart chakra and Third Eye [touch to Third Eye to activate]
Energies: Healing, Love, Fertility, Compassion
Deity: Chirakan-Ixmucane, Callisto, Bona Dea, Persephone, Clota, and Gaia

Many thanks for reading! Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009)
Judy Hall, The Encyclopedia of Crystals, (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2013)
Margaret Lembo, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, & Stones (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2013)

Crystal of the Week, Bloodstone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Bloodstones
Nearest Bloodstone has Quartz mixed in and farthest one has very small flecks of red ~ photo by i.macy

Bloodstone, or Heliotrope, is one of the most gorgeous Jaspers, ever. Of course, it gets its name from the oft-repeated legends where the blood from Jesus’ wound from the spear in His side whilst on the cross fell upon a green Jasper and the other story is of when, during the crucifixion, His blood fell to the Earth and formed the stone that way. Either way, I’m sure perhaps some Christian readers may be annoyed with my surmisel but that was true alchemy, real magick. No matter how Bloodstone came to be born, I’m glad it was. It is regarded as a gem of noble sacrifice and can offer courage and solace to all who are called to give of themselves for the good of others. It elicits the highest, most altruistic character of those who wear or carry it.

Of course, Bloodstone existed much earlier in time than Christ’s death… or even His birth, for that matter. The ancient Mesopotamians used the crystal as a healer for detoxifying the blood and organs some five-thousand years previous. Apparently, it was also used to draw out snake venom, staunch wounds, and to cure tumours. Ever since, Bloodstone has been carried by many as a preventative to disease.

Magickal:
Bloodstone is thought more of as a healer, not most readily thought of for magick. However, it does have many magickal qualities. It is a crystal of protection but most importantly, its protection qualities benefit those whom are being bullied, teased, and victims of both physical and verbal abuse. It is recommended to sew a bloodstone into the lining of a coat or jacket of a child or teenager whom is being bullied. This may partially be because the Bloodstone is amazing for helping give courage to and to soothe anxiety for anyone at the end of their tether.

Bloodstone heightens ones’ intuition and therefore a good crystal to have with you if you read tarot, cast runes, ogham, or do pendulum dowsing. It is an excellent crystal to have with you if you engage in lucid dreaming.

Bloodstone’s magickal properties allow one to draw upon the power of the weather for personal healing, such as tapping into the winds to bring change or the rain to wash away sorrow.

Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magickal masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Bloodstone, Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water, and Red Jasper was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

If you are having a baby, Bloodstone may come in useful to help bond after the baby’s birth, particularly if mother and child can’t be together right after birth. Most amazingly, this crystal also works with all animals this way.

Healing:
Associated with birth and birthing processes, Bloodstone is a great crystal for women during the childbearing years. It stimulates nutrient-rich blood and hormonal balance and is thought to help prevent miscarriages. It assists in easing the birthing process, providing strength during labour and supportive vibrations so the baby travels easily through the birth canal. It is also believed to alleviate symptoms of PMT/PMS and menstrual disorders, and to stabilise hormones through menopause.

Bloodstone dipped in cold water and applied to an afflicted area is highly beneficial in staunching blood flow, particularly nosebleeds. Keep the stone wet and re-dip as necessary.

Carry a Bloodstone to be used to boost the immune system and to purify the blood, spleen, liver, kidneys, bladder, and intestines, neutralising and eliminating toxins from the body. It benefits blood-rich organs, regulates and stimulates blood flow, and aids circulation. It is conducive to healthy bone marrow and may be used in the treatments of blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, tumours, acute infections, and over acidification.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Element: Earth
Natural Birthstone: Taurus
Gender: Masculine
Chakras: Base/Root chakra, and Heart chakra
Energies: Healing, Protection, Longevity, Courage
Deity: Brigit, Dione, Bona Dea, Gaia, Callisto, Clota, and Persephone
Other Names: Sun Stone, Christ’s Stone, Heliotrope

Many thanks for reading our blog today! I hope it was informative to all. Many warm blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible (London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003)
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 (Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009)
Judy Hall, 101 Power Crystals (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011)
George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971)

The Magickal Hackberry Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

I would like to dedicate this blog to my best friend, Liss, who was born under the sign of the Hackberry tree… whether she realises it or not, she has the traits bang on 😊

Hackberry is a tree of the Druids horoscope / Gallic horoscope according to the Druidic calendar. The Hackberry is from 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. I don’t know why… yet. Trees and calendars are all still a work in progress for me. Many of both to learn about! However, do not confuse the Druidic Calendar/horoscope with the Celtic Tree Calendar / Birth tree horoscope I have previously written about.

Hackberry tree

Hackberry Tree ~ courtesy of Google

Hackberry [Celtis occidentalis] is a member of the Elm family. Hackberry is native to North America but is grown all over southern Europe and UK. It, unlike its other Elm cousins, is immune to Dutch Elm Disease and as the Elm population in the UK has dwindled so much due to this horrific tree disease, it is good to know the Hackberry goes unharmed by it. All related species are known to be associated with the Underworld.
Curiously enough, in the UK the Hackberry tree rarely grows beyond around 12 to 15 metres high, making it a fab little tree for gardens, however, in the Americas there are Hackberry trees which grow up to over 50 metres high! They are the same genus – it is just the soil difference, I suppose. But even more curiously, the everyday Elm tree grows to over 50 metres in the UK. Well, it’s a fact – not all brothers and sisters are the same height in a family…there is always one at least whom is shorter!

As mentioned above, the Hackberry tree is the Druidic birth tree for those born between both 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. Traits of those who were born under the sign of Hackberry: impulsiveness, optimism, intelligence, ability to deduction. These people were born under the sign of Hackberry: Galileo Galilei, Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Brecht. It is a tree of nobility, pride, and dedication. A tree sign such as this one will not settle for less than what they obtain to achieve in their lifetime. Their strict dedication and vision is what inevitably makes them feel proud and great. – Druidry.org This, I believe, is a good segue into…

Magickal

Abigail, the Hackberry Tree, Written by Joe H. Slate PhD

“Soon after joining Athens State College (now University) as Professor of Psychology, I introduced into the curriculum an eight-week remediation program called “Summer Start” designed for college applicants whose entrance exams did not qualify them for admission to a regular college program. The specially designed program included instruction in certain core subjects, along with counselling and tutoring.

As a part of the program’s counselling component, I introduced what was then an innovative strategy called Tree Power Infusion designed specifically to improve student academic performance. The strategy is based on the premise that our interactions with trees can provide a direct link to totally new sources of untapped potential, both within ourselves and beyond. For use in the procedure, I selected a large hackberry tree situated on campus near the stage entrance of McCandless Auditorium. The tree seemed particularly appropriate for use in the program because of its magnificence as well as the legend associated with it. According to the legend, the tree was planted around the turn of the last century in honour of the talented actress, Abigail Burns, who had performed in McCandless Auditorium and then met with tragic death enroot to her next engagement. Soon after her death, the bright image of Abigail appeared at a third-floor window of the building, where she is still often seen, particularly around midnight on November 12, the anniversary of her death.”

“Here’s the Tree Power Infusion procedure as used by our Summer Start students who named the hackberry tree Abigail:

Formulate your goals, and with your hands resting upon the selected tree, invite it in your own words to be your partner in achieving your stated goals.

Gently stroke the tree as you experience your connection to it and the responsiveness of the tree as your energies interact with it. Sense the vibrations of that interaction as the tree’s powerful energies permeate your total being.

With your hands still resting upon the tree, envision it as a powerful antenna piercing the unlimited powers of the universe. Again, state your goals and express your gratitude to the tree as your partner in achieving them.

Conclude the exercise with the affirmation: The energies of my being are balanced and attuned. I am endowed with limitless growth potential. Mentally, physically, and spiritually, I am fully empowered to achieve my highest goals.

Incredibly, all thirty students enrolled in Summer Start qualified at the end of the term for entrance into the college’s regular four-year degree program. As further testament of Summer Start’s success, all participants successfully completed the baccalaureate degree, with eleven of the thirty students graduating with honours. That initial Summer Start program was so successful that the college continued it for several years, with Tree Power Infusion remaining an essential component.

Although Tree Power Infusion was originally designed to improve student academic performance, it can be used with various trees for a wide range of personal empowerment goals, including losing weight, smoking cessation, building self-esteem, and rejuvenation, to mention but a few.”

As with all Elm-related trees, many of the powers of help can be utilised from one tree to the next. The Hackberry tree is a powerful grounding tree and persuades one to not only be at their personal best but to have strength in doing so. For a tree many have heard little about, it is a tree to be learned much from.

Healing/Medicinal:
Medicinal use of Hackberry: An extract obtained from the wood has been used in the treatment of jaundice. A decoction of the bark has been used in the treatment of sore throats. When combined with powdered shells it has been used to treat VD [Venereal Disease].

hackberry with berries

Hackberry leaves and berries ~ Courtesy of Google

Edible parts of Hackberry: Fruit – raw. Very sweet and pleasant tasting, they can be eaten out of hand or can be used for making jellies, preserves etc. The fruit is often produced abundantly in Britain, it is about the size of a blackcurrant, but there is very little flesh surrounding a large seed and it is therefore a very fiddly crop. The flesh is dry and mealy but with a pleasant sweet taste. The fruit and seed can be ground up finely together and used as a flavouring. The Native Americans ate them with parched corn.
Other uses of the herb: A dye is obtained from the roots. Fairly wind-tolerant, it can be planted as part of a shelterbelt. Wood – rather soft, weak, coarse-grained, heavy. It is sometimes used commercially for cheap furniture, veneer, fencing, fuel etc. It is a valuable tree for both honey bees and butterflies.

Known hazards of Celtis occidentalis: None known

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: Saturn
Element: Water
Powers: Protection, Strength, Courage, Grounding, Personal Empowerment
Deity: Artemis, Saturn, Rhiannon
Other Names: Common Hackberry, Nettletree, Sugarberry, Beaverwood, Northern Hackberry, American Hackberry

Many thanks for reading our blog today! Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Druidry.org
Wikipedia.org
http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/748

Crystal of the Week, Bronzite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Bronzite
My Bronzite ~ photo by i.macy

I chose Bronzite for this week because of my own problems. My biggest problem is fear, believe it or not. I realise that most of my other problems are simply symptoms of my biggest problem, so I finally decided it was what I needed to deal with first then all the other problems would be small potatoes in relationship. I thought that perhaps this is something many of my readers might relate to because if we all look at ourselves honestly, isn’t fear just about the number one peace of mind destroyer for us all? So, how do we get rid of it?

We don’t.

I’m sorry to tell you but we will always have fear. But that isn’t always a terrible thing because a healthy amount of fear keeps us from trying to fly off cliffs and such. But what about the people who literally do fly off cliffs? Ah, those are the ones whom have embraced their fear and use it to their advantage and with safety features, ha ha! Seriously, though, we do need to embrace our fear. Make it a part of us. Look it in the eye and when we can, we accept it and move on. It is a part of us the same as our minds, our arms and legs. Could you learn to rejoice in your fear? Probably. And when you do, you will see miracles.

How does Bronzite help?

Bronzite is one of the most self-confidence boosting crystals you’ll ever own! It does dispel negativity but in my personal use it does not necessarily reduce my fear levels… what it does do is teach me how to reduce fear myself! I like this because should I not have it with me and having a scary moment, I will know what to do. So, enough about me, we’ll get on with the Magick!

Magickal:
Used mainly for grounding and protection, and to help one follow their intuition to make the proper decisions. You can find many beautiful pieces of jewellery online made with Bronzite which can be helpful amulets for protection purposes as well as helping you to face fears, real or imagined. Bronzite is especially helpful when planning important physical moves whether that be to another home or another occupation, especially when great distance is involved.

Bronzite is a crystal that will not only dispel the curse someone has placed on you, but it will return to sender. It also seems to completely eradicate the problem caused by the spell or ill-wishing.

Bronzite is also said to be a great comfort and cure for a broken heart.

Meditation with Bronzite can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated and rested. It will help you to discern the real fears from the irrational fears and teaches you how to focus on and accept the real fears. It helps you to acknowledge those fears and create a place of acceptance in your life for them but at the same time, Bronzite helps provide you with the peace of mind to be happy with your decision to do so. You will find yourself learning from your fear and becoming a better person for it. It’s true alchemy!

Healing:
Bronzite is used in healing efforts associated with imbalances in the energy associated with the Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras. The Solar Plexus is the energy distribution centre, the first of the chakras of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel. It controls the immune system and digestive systems. When in balance physically you have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and can use the nutrients you ingest. When the Sacral is out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration and bitterness.

Correspondences:
Energy: Projective
Element: Earth
Zodiac: Leo
Birthstone: Natural birthstone of August
Planet: Venus
Deities: Sjofn [Norse], Vishnu [India]
Powers: Courage, Grounding, Harmony, Power, Protection
Chakras: Root, Sacral, and Heart
Candle Colour: Brown or Gold

Many thanks for reading my little offering today! I truly hope you find something useful from this… fear is an ugly feeling, I know. But I believe we can turn it into a beautiful feeling and if Bronzite is helpful to you in doing so, so much the better. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Experience
The Crystals Bible by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2 by Judy Hall

Happy and blessed Ostara 2022

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

We begin the Sabbat of Ostara with heavy hearts on the one hand, with our friends in Ukraine suffering brutal punishment for something they have not done but we can also find inspiration from these brave people to give us a blueprint for how happiness is so precious and must be honoured. And, it can be found in many ways which have nothing to do with chocolate eggs and bunnies. 

Bouquet of yellow sunflowers in a clay jug on a green background.

Usually, we might place sunflowers on our altars for Litha. Let us do so for Ostara this year.  If you can buy real sunflowers, that would obviously be best, but it is fine to use fake ones if you live where  real ones can’t be found.  You could use sunflower seeds in offering bowls, which is representative of farmers planting seeds. If you are an artist, a painting of a sunflower would be a lovely idea as well. As the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, it is a wonderful way of keeping our focus on sending healing and loving thoughts going their way.

Eostre, the goddess of Ostara and Spring, is the very representation of Spring and new beginnings.  It is also Spring Equinox which of course is a change from the dark half of the year over to the light half of the year.  We always hope that new beginnings will be good, however, it may seem to many that the happy new beginnings are not on the table this year. Do not believe it.  We are all going through things, all over the world.   However, I firmly believe that these things will bring us together in ways that we did not envision throughout the pandemic and political upheavals experienced over the last three or more years.

Remember…it is the light half of the year; a new beginning is afoot.  Things will be alright.

Ways to celebrate Ostara

Let us focus then on how we can be the light in each other’s lives and how we can help each other. We can donate money to those who need it most. We can do spells.  We can visit people who need some human companionship [but still wear your masks if visiting elderly and/or immuno-supressed folks].  We can join soup kitchens to cook and serve the homeless. This is a good way to celebrate the feasting that is part of Ostara.  We can do so many things to reach out to those who may need that little bit of human kindness to get through another day.

By helping others, we help ourselves.  Most of us do not go out to help others simply so we get something out of it for ourselves.  I have known a few people who did use doing for others to make themselves feel better and funnily enough, it drove them to do more because the happiness they felt for the doing of these things only made them addicted to doing more.  I call that a win.

If for your own reasons you can not do any of these things perhaps if you can take the time to put forth healing thoughts for others or just ring up someone you know who might be alone to have a chat. This is just as important, perhaps even more so, as anything else. 

What we do not want to do is dwell.  We can not sit and dwell on the bad, we must dwell on the good.  If we focus on the positive outcomes that we wish to see, we will get at least part of it…maybe much more.  Remember the Universe? It listens. 

For the children…

Plush bunnies and chocolate eggs, yes please!   I am not in favour of sugary treats much for young ones [or older ones, either!] but it is Ostara, after all.  As most Wiccan or Pagan families already raise their children with knowledge of Sabbats and the ways of their beliefs and culture, new families of the Pagan community may struggle to help their young ones to understand some aspects of what they believe.  This may be helpful – Ostara Worksheets.  There are 21 pages and look to be easily used by ages 10 and up, some younger depending on the child.  You can find these here – Ostara Facts & Worksheets: https://kidskonnect.com – KidsKonnect, January 3, 2019

Taking a walk in the countryside with your children is a good way to celebrate. No countryside? Parks are good places to make nature discoveries as well. Even your garden is place of natural discovery. I have no less than thirty naturally growing “weeds” aka worts or herbs, whichever you call them including Chamomile, Nettle, Dandelion, Feverfew and loads of others which I use in my practise, growing in my back garden,. It is how I taught my daughters which ones are useable and which are not.

Whatever you do today to celebrate Ostara, I hope you find joy and peace from the doing of it.  Keep the love going all year round!

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet, Feverfew

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

feverfew rhs org uk
Feverfew ~ rhs.org.uk

Feverfew [Tanacetum parthenium], to the untrained eye, looks a lot like Chamomile, except its flowers are not conical but rather flat-topped and its leaves resemble those of Coriander. They have a peculiar, strongly aromatic but not exactly pleasant smell, which is why bees avoid it and it is generally very useful as an insect repellent. It was thought to improve upon many ills suffered by all, particularly women. It was used to put off the pains and maladies of PMT/PMS and up til recently was believed to ward off migraines. There is no factual evidence that Feverfew can do this, however, if it works for some, it will still be used as such.

Magickal and Folklore
Together with Red Nettle and Waybroad [Plantain], Feverfew was a traditional remedy for elf-shot in late Anglo-Saxon culture.

It is considered to be invaluable for general protection work, especially when magical attack is involved.

Feverfew is excellent for warding off binding love magick and for healing those suffering from dejection due to love problems.

Some witches make a decoction of Feverfew and after straining, spray magical tools with it to purify them.

Feverfew is planted around the house for purification and protection.

In ancient folklore Feverfew was believed to grow from leftovers that had been ritually set aside at the Christmas dinner table and had been thrown out into the garden a few days later.

An amulet of feverfew can be worn to prevent all afflictions to the head and to keep one’s bearings straight.

Healing

feverfew dried

My dried Feverfew ~ photo by i.macy

Apart from preventing migraines [for which fresh feverfew leaves are better], the ancients also recommend it for melancholy and depression. It can help in cases of dizziness and vertigo, and may allay nerve pain, offering cooling, analgesic relief to affected areas. The ancients also praise it highly as a woman’s herb, effective to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods, expel the afterbirth, and cure inward and outward inflammations of the female reproductive organs, especially a hardened or prolapsed uterus. It also used to be used for coughs and fevers. Externally it was applied as a cosmetic agent to remove spots. Do not use during pregnancy.

Correspondences:
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Planet: Venus
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection and Banishing
Deities: Danu
Other Names: Midsummer daisy, featherfoil, featherfowl, and parthenium

Thank you for reading and sorry it’s a bit short, however, it’s a bit busy round here this week. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

I know the Russians love their children, too

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria

Conditioned to respond to all the threats

In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets

Mister Khrushchev said, “We will bury you”

I don’t subscribe to this point of view

It’d be such an ignorant thing to do

If the Russians love their children too

How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?

There is no monopoly on common sense

On either side of the political fence

We share the same biology, regardless of ideology

Believe me when I say to you

I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent

To put the words in the mouth of the president?

There’s no such thing as a winnable war

It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore

Mister Reagan says, “We will protect you”

I don’t subscribe to this point of view

Believe me when I say to you

I hope the Russians love their children too

We share the same biology, regardless of ideology

But what might save us, me and you

Is if the Russians love their children, too.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gordon Sumner / Serge Prokofieff

Russians lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Sting, Russians album 1985

I hope most of my lovely readers remember Sting or real name, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was the frontman, songwriter, and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984.  He went on afterwards to dabble in many genres of music, including reggae and ska. 

He first sang this song in 1985.  He rarely sang it since as he felt it would never be relevant again.  In his own words from his @theofficialsting Instagram account…

“I’ve only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written, because I never thought it would be relevant again. But, in the light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbour, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. For the brave Ukrainians fighting against this brutal tyranny and the many Russians who are protesting this outrage despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment – We, all of us, love our children. Stop the war”

Of course, the Russians love their children; I don’t doubt it in the least.  And many are brave souls who have protested – and have been arrested – in contempt of this war waged upon Ukraine.   We must not paint all Russians with the same brush.  I have read accounts in my news feed of how many citizens have fled Russia since the beginning of this conflict so as not to be stuck in Russia when things went pear shaped.  They find they are treated with contempt in other countries.  I beg of you, please, wherever you live… do not allow yourself to be the people who hate everyone just because their president is being a complete <insert word of choice>.  Remember – We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.

It shows in the battlefield.  Many Russians thought the point of going  to Ukraine was to practise manoeuvres and keep the peace.  Five Russian soldiers, captured by Ukraine forces were interviewed and had this to say – “Frankly speaking, they [Russian government]  tricked us,” the officer replied, referring to his military superiors sitting in Moscow. “Everything we were told was a fake. I would tell my guys to leave Ukrainian territory. We’ve got families and children. I think 90% of us would agree to go home.” Yes, the Russians love their children, too.

There has been much in the news that back the feelings of the Russian soldiers.  Thousands of Russian people have been arrested for protesting their president and the war on Ukraine.  Can you imagine this in your country? Maybe America can as I have read that some states in the US have made laws that makes it easy to arrest or run over with a car anyone protesting.  In Russia you are given up to 15 years in prison for protesting. You are arrested for calling the war, a war. 

The people of Russia are becoming weary of this sort of treatment. 

“There is no monopoly on common sense

On either side of the political fence”

Despite the removal of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in Russia, the outside news gets back to Russian citizens,  anyway. Of course, there will always be presidential supporters in Russia. These are mostly, but not limited to, the older generation who are most likely to watch Russian State TV.  The young ones of Russia, however, are not afraid to stand up to the government and we must be proud of them.  They will be the ones, if encouraged, to bring about the right kind of change to the future of Russia. 

“When Marina Ovsyannikova burst into Russian living rooms on Monday’s nightly news, denouncing the war in Ukraine and propaganda around it, her protest highlighted a quiet but steady stream of resignations from Russia’s tightly controlled state-run TV.” ~ from BBC News, 13 March 2022

I am quite sure any of you who are keeping up with the news of what is happening between Ukraine and Russia have seen this.  One very brave Russian news presenter on Russia State TV News’ Channel 1 decided the truth needed telling and with her very large handmade “No War” poster came onto the screen like a small avenging angel. For her “sins”, she pays a £280 fine and spends 10 days in jail. She is lucky. Many of the thousands of Russian protesters picked up over the last three weeks may spend up to 15 years in prison. What is even more telling are the resignations by other news presenters on Channel 1. My, the times are a-changing.

Meanwhile, the president of Russia’s credibility is sinking faster than a rock and President Zelenksyy’s [Ukraine if you’re only just joining] fanbase has exploded all over the world.  The young ex-comedian and actor only took over the role of President in 2019.  His honesty and goodness and love of his country and people has shone brightly though the darkest days of this terrible war foisted upon him by a small man who feels like chucking his toys out of the pram. If there were more Volodmyr Zelenkskyy’s in this world, democracy would never be in question again – at least not until the next one who learnt nothing of history came along and figured they could make dictatorship really work.  But you and I know the meaning of madness already – trying the same thing repeatedly expecting a different outcome each time.  It did not work in 1945 and it will not work in 2022, either.

There are good people in Russia…good people who fled Russia…good young Russian men sent to Ukraine to fight who did not want to fight and who gave themselves up.  Please do not paint them all with the same brush, hec, not even the old ones who believe whatever they are told.  They are not bad.  We know who is. I will now leave you with this – Tired of It by Leonard Wolf Very much worth the watch and listen. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Many thanks for reading and liking and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Crystal of the Week, Emerald

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

As Emerald is the birthstone for May babies, of which I am one, I thought it might be nice to talk about them. For much of my younger life I only regarded Emerald the same as I would Diamond or Sapphire – it was an expensive stone and only for engagement rings or a small chip to wear in a solitaire setting as your birthstone ring. But, back in those days I had not really started digging into why certain “rocks” and stones could make a person feel a certain way.

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My rough Emeralds ~ photo by i.macy

Emerald is called the “Stone of Eternal Love”. It is one of the reasons Prince Albert chose this stone as his engagement ring to Queen Victoria, and the other was that it was her birthstone. In fact, the Emerald was also set in a ring resembling a snake, another representation of eternal love. As with everything the young Victoria wore, jewellery included, it was snapped up as the fashion of the day and birthstone engagement rings became the Victorian standard, not to mention that they now existed full stop because of Albert’s loving gesture to his bride-to-be. Up until 1840, engagement rings were not a “thing”.

The Emerald has been around since forever. It was found to be sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4000 BCE. The early Chaldeans believed Emeralds contained a Goddess. Cleopatra favoured the Emerald above all and the Emerald mines in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago, are some of the oldest in the world and were called Cleopatra’s mines for her love of the stone. Emeralds were considered a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt and carried as talismans.

Magickal
As Emerald is a “month of love” stone, being Venus as the ruler of all Taureans, it is a stone which can help re-ignite passions. It is said that to call back an estranged love, speak the words you wish to say holding the stone close to your lips and seal it in an envelope. Emerald likewise helps with the break-up of a relationship. Worn near the heart, it is optimal for attracting love to you.

It was once believed that Emerald talismans could calm storms, prevent miscarriages, bring good luck, and when placed under the tongue, allow one to prophesy, useful in past life recall. Protects from domestic violence. Banishes nightmares. Protects from psychic attack.

Healing
Emerald aids eyesight, a strong healer of the heart. It also may be useful in healing the lungs, thymus, pancreas, and the lymphatic system. Helps ease transitions in menopause and can help in healing from an infectious illness.

Emerald shields social workers and counsellors from being worn down. It is also a very good stone for helping young people feel better about themselves from being bullied and teased and restores their positive self-esteem. You don’t need an expensive Emerald ring for this purpose as you can purchase turmblestone Emeralds. Opaque stones should not be used for meditation or working with emotions. The Emerald is a stone of regeneration when it comes to mental healing – it encourages love and compassion for one’s self as well as for others.

Correspondences
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Taurus
Element: Earth
Powers: Love
Chakra: Heart
Deity: Venus, Annapurna, Astarte, Thoth, Ceres, Isis, Surdurjaya, Vishnu, Banbha, Eriu, and Fodla
Tarot: The High Priestess*

*Not trying to be funny but The High Priestess card has always spoken to me and I never knew why til I did further research on this stunning stone and found the High Priestess was a correspondence of the Emerald.  Read my blog about this.

Many thanks for reading and we hope you’ve enjoyed it and can take a little useful information from here. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
http://www.langantiques.com/university/Queen_Victoria
The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2, by Judy Hall
The New Crystal Bible, by Catherine Eason
Experience

From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet, Bergamot

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

Bergamot rhs dot co dot uk

Bergamot ~ rhs.co.uk

Bergamot is originally native to Morocco and tropical Asia it is grown commercially in the Ivory Coast and is extensively cultivated in Southern Italy. It was first cultivated around Bergamo, from where it takes its name. It would seem it took a fair number of years before it immigrated to other countries. During my research into Bergamot I delved into my Culpeper’s English Physician and Complete Herbal which has no mention of Bergamot, nor any of its other names. As this was written in the 17th century it would seem that Bergamot had not made it to England yet, however, it apparently had arrived in North America – possibly due to the bringing of slaves from Africa where it was grown – and I found this from another site [Bee Balm is one of Bergamot’s American names]: “Bee Balm was used as a medicinal plant extensively by Native Americans who recognized four varieties that had different odors. Wild Bergamot was used also as an active diaphoretic (sweat inducer) for ceremonial sweat lodges. A decoction of the herb was made into hair pomade.

In a bit more American folklore and history about Bergamot: “The red variety [of Bergamot] is commonly known as Oswego Tea. It was used by colonists in place of English Tea after the Boston Tea Party, when they threw the English tea in the harbour to protest the high taxes imposed on it by the British.”

Magickal:

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Dried Bergamot ~ photo by i.macy

Bergamot, whether used as the herb itself or as an oil, is one of the most-used herbs when trying to draw wealth and abundance to ones’ self. There are many ways in which to use it to that end. You can sprinkle a bit of the herb into your wallet amongst your folding money or in your coin purse. In money attraction or luck spells you can make a loose incense with Bergamot and other wealth-drawing herbs and woods with a small drop or two of Bergamot oil [or Patchouli oil] and burn it on a charcoal disc during your spell work. For gambling luck or money luck in general, carry a small sachet full of Bergamot and other money/luck drawing herbs is very effective. Bergamot is one of our nine herbs/woods/flowers that we put into our Wealth Witch Bottle that we sell in our shop. We use an abundance of Bergamot as we have always had wonderful results from it.

Bergamot is not only for wealth. You can use it in all of the same ways above for protection, hex breaking, courage, and mood-lifting. You may also sprinkle it into your bath water for hex-breaking. For general good spirits, mood-lifting, balance, and confidence, mix Bergamot into a potpourri with other mood enhancing herbs then place bowls full of the potpourri around your home.

Keep in mind that as a multi-purpose herb you must enchant the herb to do whichever of its powers you require most from it for each spell or other use.

Healing:
Bergamot’s leaves, flowers, and stems are used in holistic medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, and stimulant. An infusion is medicinally used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, and gastric disorders; to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, and to relieve flatulence, nausea, menstrual pain, and insomnia. Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh [inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus]. Externally, it is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections. Tea brewed of Bergamot is a wonderful way to settle a dicky tummy.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mercury
Zodiac: Gemini and Libra
Gender: Masculine
Element: Air
Powers: Draws wealth and abundance, protection, health
Deity: Osiris, Sobek, Nephthys
Other Names: Orange Mint, Bee Balm, Horsemint, Monardo

Many thanks for reading our blog and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Wikipedia.com
Experience

Crystal of the Week, Black Kyanite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

As, ever, before writing, I like to hold the crystal I’m blogging about for a bit… to renew my friendship with it and to feel the vibrations; what they are telling me. How do I describe the feeling of being switched round and put back together at warp speed? I suppose if any of you know that description then I don’t need to elaborate. It was very moving, no pun intended. And at the same time, I felt perfectly rooted to my seat. Not a hair out of place… but oh! What a ride! That is Black Kyanite for you!

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My Black Kyanite ~ photo by i.macy

My opinion of what just happened is, whilst having me perfectly grounded, my Black Kyanite “fixed” my yin yang, finished healing my Root Chakra [forgot to mention I have been on a chakra clearing/repairing … lately after finding myself very blocked up] and then stripped of the stifling aura which has clung round me for too long and freshened me right up. Yes, I do feel rather amazing right now!

To be honest, I don’t always get hardcore feelings from crystals. Not in the earth-shattering way that I just did. Yes, I do always get vibrations, however, most of the time they are more “attuned” to me and what I’m using them for. It just occurred to me that this is what happens to a low vibration person. Normally my vibration is relatively medium to high. When I’m not well or have been remiss about taking care of myself, etc, my vibrational level sinks. What Black Kyanite does to low vibration people could be a little scary at first. I must say that I’m glad I have been working with my chakras up til this writing because that has most likely saved me a real comeuppance! So, my suggestion to all who read this is, please have your chakras in check before working with Black Kyanite or expect a wild ride whilst it repairs you!

Magickal
Black Kyanite is a good talisman stone. It is protective of its bearer. It is a perfect grounding stone before rituals. Black Kyanite helps you to remember so it will be good to use when you’ve spent time memorising a lengthy spell chant. Keep close by when doing any divination works. Cassandra Eason says in The New Crystal Bible, “You will have cause to speak your mind, but do not waste words on those who will not listen.” I think it means, don’t waste your gift upon those whom only want good fortunes told and are dismissive of the words foretold that may not suit them. Still, as an all-chakra stone, it is an excellent partner to have near when reading tarot or any other divination work as it helps keep your Third Eye Chakra balanced. Black Kyanite is excellent against psychic attack. Additionally, Black Kyanite is self-cleansing so no need to clean but can be recharged in the full moon, if desired. Please be sure never to soak in water.

Meditation
Brilliant crystal for past-life regression work, is Black Kyanite. A lot of people are doing future life progressions, something I honestly see no point of. Still, the Black Kyanite is there for you if that is what you wish to do. It strengthens the tether between Spirit and the Otherworld and can be used successfully in astral protection and hedge witchery. You can cleanse, clear, and re-build/repair all your chakras in meditation with Black Kyanite, however, its speciality is the Root/Base Chakra. And, as a special bonus, you can use your Black Kyanite to get in touch with your Spirit Guide/Guardian Angel for the very first time. If you have never attempted yet to meet your Guardian, Black Kyanite will be a stellar help in doing so. One thing to remember is that Black Kyanite will rapidly place you into a deep meditative state more so than many crystals will. It is also very useful for reading lucid dreaming messages.

Healing
Black Kyanite treats muscular disorders, fevers, thyroid, adrenal glands, throat and brain; a natural pain reliever; lowers blood pressure; heals infections; releases excess weight, supports the cerebellum. This crystal is, of course, a very useful one to Pranic Healers, and my personal opinion is that it would be best to see one for any healing work with Black Kyanite.

Correspondences
Planet: Jupiter, Moon
Zodiac: Sagittarius, Cancer
Element: Water
Powers: Healing, Grounding, Protection, Manifestation
Chakra(s): All, particularly the Root/Base Chakra
Deity: Ganesh

Many thanks for reading my blog and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Experience
The New Crystal Bible, by Cassandra Eason
The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2, by Judy Hall