Chamomile is an ancient herb that was widely used by the early Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and it’s still as popular as ever. There’s evidence that it was also used for its healing properties in Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Celtic societies.. It was viewed as a sacred herb because it was mixed into embalming fluids and used to wash bodies before burial due to its scent and antibacterial properties. When pressed, chamomile releases a strong, fragrant, and unmistakable scent that’s long-lasting. Throughout the Middle Ages, it was gathered in huge bunches and strewn on the floors of homes and public places. Walking over the plants served as an air freshener. It was often stuffed into, or under, mattresses and pillows and other bedding to refresh them. Chamomile was also planted around households for its scent. In addition, it was believed to promote the growth of other plants in the vicinity.
Fire divination or pyromancy is the use of fire to gain insight into a situation or an answer to a question. It’s been around for millennia and was probably one of the earliest forms of divination. We have an innate awe and fear of fire, even today. In the ancient world, fire was both the giver and taker of life. People have always associated fire with the sun. Both flames and the sun bring life-sustaining warmth, new life and comfort. They equally take life and bring destruction.
Litha celebrates the abundant growth, fertility and prosperity of mid-summer. It's also the time of the summer solstice. At Litha, the sun and earth are celebrating in great harmony. In Wiccan tradition, the heavily pregnant goddess basks in the soil's colourful bounty while the god stands tall in his prime. Surrounded by the joyous bustle of new life and the promise of a generous harvest on the horizon, the world is beaming and alive.
In a world of so much insecurity, loss, and confusion, one thing we need more of is love and kindness towards each other. That can be challenging when we’re witnessing pain, stress, and suffering and hearing about so much negativity. Human beings don’t like change! We’re hardwired that way as part of our primitive survival instincts. In ancient times when people survived hand to mouth, even the slightest change in the environment could mean impending death at worst and substantial suffering at best. Instinctively we view change as a threat to our survival.
Yule is a time when new life begins to manifest, but it is still invisible to the naked eye. Deep below the bleak, barren surface new life is developing; warm, protected and coddled in the earth or the womb.That’s in nature, of course, but Yule is a time when you can start planning the manifestation of new beginnings of any kind as well. New beginnings need not be something new; it can be a continuation or expansion too. Maybe you’re looking to manifest financial security, health, and prosperity for yourself and your family, or perhaps you would like to find balance and harmony in life. New beginnings don’t have to be anything big or spectacular.
Also known as aether, the spirit element has been discussed and theorized about since ancient times. From intellectuals like Plato and Aristotle to Vedic philosophers, all acknowledged the existence of the aether or the spirit element. In some traditions, it’s considered the first element and in others the fifth.
There’s an ongoing reciprocal relationship between the mind, soul, and the body. Each impacts and is impacted by the other. When we’re in balance, we tend to be calm, healthy, and happy. If something happens that upsets this balance, we can usually cope because each part backs up the other.
There are over 125 different species of the maple tree that are indigenous to Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the U.S. With the species interacting with so many different cultures over millennia, it’s attracted all kinds of myths, associations, and related magical properties. In this article, we’ll focus on the most common uses, associations, and properties.
Moonstone is a beautiful iridescent stone with a pearly sheen. Witches hold it in high esteem because it's associated with the moon and the full moon in particular. The silvery luster of moonstones change, however, depending on the light, so it also reflects the waxing and waning moon. It's not a rare crystal, but big stones of high quality are not easy to get. For the most part, you'll find smaller stones readily available. Moonstone naturally occurs in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar and India, where the only colored Moonstones occur. The rest yield white stones only. Colored stones from India (where they're highly revered) include blue, grey, peach and a rainbow variety that reflects light like a prism.
She is known for her beauty, the gently peeling white bark, slender trunk, and feathery leaves. She is called many names: The White Goddess, the Ribbon Tree, the Lady of the Woods, the Silver Maiden. Birch is a “pioneer tree” – it is the first to grow after fires or in previously barren lands. It is the state tree of New Hampshire and the national tree of several countries. It is commonly used to manufacture speaker cabinets due to its amazing natural resonance for high and low frequencies, which are hard to reproduce.