2-3 April 2016
High Priestess Training and Community
Welcome to a journey of the shamanistic powers of the female, the Wisewomen. Wisewomen have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each woman is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.
“Part of the ancient vision of the Goddess was as protector of cities and the sustaining fields around them. She was not, in this role, always a matronly and maternal goddess, but was frequently depicted as a lusty, loving, sensual woman. The power she wielded did not make her any less sexually vibrant. Indeed, her power was part of her erotic attraction.”
“The queens and goddesses of myth and legend show us an image of both strength and sensuousness. While today we often equate women’s sexuality with weakness and passivity, our forebears saw such goddesses as Ishtar as especially passionate and sexual because of their power. Ishtar and her sister goddesses are potent images of feminine possibility – a possibility that remains despite the 2,500 years that have passed since she was last worshipped.” (“The Goddess Companion”, Patricia Monaghan)
Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world. The feminine form of the word is not “shamaness” but “shamanka”, however, here we will use the word “Priestess”.
Healing, gathering and growing herbs and food, keeping communities in balance, presiding over ceremonies and rites of passage, maintaining relations with the dead, teaching, ministering to those in need, communing with nature to learn her secrets ,preserving the wisdom traditions, divining the future, and drumming and dancing with Goddesses, these are feminine shamanic arts. This what you will learn or remember in our classes here!
Sisters of The Burning Branch, is our part of the “shaman’s tree”, an image found in several cultures as a symbol for mediation. The tree is seen as a being whose roots belong to the world underneath; its trunk belongs to the middle, human-inhabited world; and its top is related to the upper world.
The curriculum of Sisters of the Burning Branch, is eclectic, borrowed from the teachings of many paths, but rooted in Women’s Spirituality.
Priestess Training takes a year and day to complete, plus 3 months to earn the High Priestess cord. (four levels). We do ask for your commitment when joining. Please do not sign up if you are not committed or able to follow through. There is nothing worse for your self esteem! We try to nurture here, this defeats that purpose.
At GoddessSchool we use song and chants to raise power, using drums, tambourines or just humming along works too! We celebrate the Mother – the Full Moon – Mother Earth – Mother Nature – she is in us all – we are in her – we are one! We will learn some songs, beat the drums, howl at the Moon! We are ever changing as does the Moon – Feel the Moon – let her fill you up! Join us!
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“WITCHY WEDNESDAY with GrannyMoon”
Sticks and Stones, 11037 Lee Highway,Fairfax, VA
When: 6 Apr 2016
Hands on! Bring a notebook!
We All Look At the Same Moon!
The Sabbats 2016
Beltane – Apr. 30/May 1
Summer Solstice – June 20
Lammas – Aug.2
Autumnal Equinox/Mabon – Sept.22
Samhain – Oct. 31
Winter Solstice/Yule – Dec. 21
Imbolc – August 1st
Ostara – September 21st/22nd
Beltane – Oct 31st/Nov 1st
Lithia – Dec 21st/22nd
Lammas – Feb 1st/2nd
Mabon – March 21st
Samhain – April 30th/May 1st
Yule – June 21st
The Year Is Divided Into Four Seasons:
The first season is of a frigid complexion, and this is “Winter”;
The second is of the complexion of Air, and this is “Spring”;
Then follows the third, which is “Summer”, and is of the complexion of Fire;
Lastly, there is the fourth, wherein fruits are matured, which is “Autumn”.
~The Turba Philosophorum, ca. 12 century
The Seasons, 2016
Vernal Equinox (Spring begins) March 19th at 11:29 evening.
Sun on Equator, crosses the line North, enters the sign of Aries.
Summer Solstice (Summer begins) June 20th at 5:34 evening.
Sun Runs High, at Northern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Crabba.
Autumnal Equinox (Fall begins) September 22nd at 9:20 morning.
Sun on Equator, crosses the line South, enters the sign of Libra.
Winter Solstice (Winter begins) December 21st at 5:43 morning.
Sun Rides Low, at Southern tropic (turn), enters the sign of Capricorn.
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Releasing Unhealthy Beliefs about Sex
Spell Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Today, the moon is a slender waning crescent, almost a Crone’s sickle; and, as this is the month of Beltane, it’s a good time to cast off old, archaic beliefs about sex and sexuality. Take some time to meditate on your sexual questions, and then research the answers, using reliable resources such as books and articles on healthy sexuality, rather than relying solely on the Internet, if at all possible.
Take a purple candle—the physical(red) manifestation of emotions(blue)—and carve it with statements of beliefs that no longer apply to you. As you light the candle, say:
“As this candle burns down, as the moon wanes away, so let these old, outmoded beliefs wane and die a timely death. I am free from judgment and fear. So mote it be.”
This post was written by Thuri Calafia on April 03, 2016
Magickal Movie Night
Spell Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Tally’s Electric Theatre, the first motion picture theater in Los Angeles, California, opened on this day in 1902. In honor of both movie magic and Craft magick, it’s time for a magickal movie night! Have a magickal friend or two over tonight, and have a viewing of your favorite movie with magickal themes and characters. Don’t forget the snacks and treats—ask each guest to bring their favorite. Afterward, have a discussion of the lessons to be learned from the movie’s story and how accurate or inaccurate it was to real-life Craft magick. Sometimes movies feature magick that is pleasantly realistic to that which we practice in real life—even if it does take artistic liberties and add a little cinematic sparkle around the edges. Other times the magick featured in movies is nothing like that of real-life Witches. Either way, what is most important tonight is to remember to have fun!
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on April 02, 2016
Spell Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
In ancient Rome, the annual Feast of Luna was held today, celebrating the goddess of the moon and lunar magic. At moonrise, sit quietly in a sacred (and safe) place to invoke Luna. Draw a clockwise circle around you with the index finger of your right hand, calling in the directions:
“I invoke Luna, the divine feminine, she who rules the measurement of time, fertility cycles, calendars, and crops. Bless me with the wisdom of the moon: magic, intuition, and the eternal cycle of dark, wax, full, wane, and void. With the knowledge of the cycles of the universe, I easily ebb, flow, and change. Luna, bless me throughout every stage.”
Breathe deeply. Connect to the moon, to Luna and her eternal, cyclical magic. Know that her cycle of change guides you. Close the circle with your left hand, circling counterclockwise, releasing the directions and closing sacred space.
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on March 31, 2016
Blessing for Electronics
Spell Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
From desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets, electronics are a major part of life for just about everyone these days. Despite their position in our lives, we rarely think to include these vital devices in our magickal protections.
For this spell, you’ll need a no-scratch cleaning cloth (microfiber is best) and some protective incense(sage or dragon’s blood both work well).
First, thoroughly clean the device with the cloth. Wipe away any smudges on the screen, dust from vents, etc. As you do so, envision any negative energy clinging to the device being wiped away with the grime. Then waft the incense smoke over the device and say:
“Blessed be this [name of device]. May it be protected from bugs, viruses, and hackers; from water and power surges; from slips and spills; and from any ill intent. So mote it be.”
This post was written by Emily Carlin on March 30, 2016
A Syllabub Spell
Spell Date: Friday, April 1, 2016
Word or treat, “syllabub” captures the carefree spirit of April Fools’. The world can be a stressful place, and we often forget the importance of play. Prepare a foolish dessert and infuse it (literally!) with a magical charm for fun.
Combine four parts whipped cream and one part crushed fruit(strawberries are good at this time of year). Fold the berries into the cream, being careful not to incorporate them completely. You might also want to include a ribbon of chocolate syrup. As you work, say this spell in limerick form—the most foolish kind of verse:
“Eating this Fool will ensure
A happiness that will endure
Past April the first
And cannot be reversed.
Of this I am certainly sure.”
Eat and share this Fools’ fool to balance stress with peace and work with play—and be merry! Laughter is the best medicine and the best magic.
This post was written by Natalie Zaman on April 01, 2016
The Care and Feeding of Your Magickal Broom
Posted by Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs and Flowers on March 18, 2016
As Witches, we need to be aware of the Ancient Broom Lore that has been passed down to us from those wonderful Crones of the past.
1- Never leave home for long periods of time without telling your broom.
2- Treat your broom as you would any other member of your family, with honor, reverence, and respect.
3- Magickal Brooms are not regular cleaning brooms and should not be used for such mundane tasks.
4- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside your cast circle.
5- Speak with your broom as you would speak to other members of your family or coven.
6- Never leave your Magickal Broom outside in the weather unless you ask the Broom.
7- Oil your broomstick with every turn of the wheel.
Brooms have long been known for their magickal ways, probably due to its shape, use in purification rites and kinship with magickal wands and staffs. The common household tool has been known to be so sacred that in many parts of the world there are Broom Deities.
Sao Ching Niang – The lady with the broom who lives in the Broom Star. When there is too much rain and the crops are threatened, it is not uncommon in China to see pictures of Brooms hanging on the front door or fences to bring clear and sunny weather to the field.
As this is invoking the Great Earth Goddess herself, the Broom Star is the fertile womb of our Great Goddess, and thus, she gives us life of the fields that are represented by the Corn Fields. Hence, the broom is brought into our homes from the womb of the Goddess.
In Mexico, the Witch Goddess Tlazoiteotl is depicted riding on a broom. This symbolizes the coming of the night, the dark part of ourselves, the growing darkness of the winter.
The priests in South America have been known to burn offerings of owls and snakes. These were offered at the dark moon. Through these offerings, the people were calling upon the Broom Witch to sweep away their transgressions.
My grandmother was a Broom Witch. Here are some of the old backward things that can be done with a broom. On a hot summers day, I would watch her go out on the front porch and swing the broom over her head. Grandma would just tell me to be quiet, the rain was coming. And if fact she was right. A few hours later we always had rain. So Granny would call the rain with her broom by swinging it clockwise over her head.
In turn, if it was raining too much, she would go out and talk with her broom for a while on the front porch. She would sing “Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day”. Then she would raise her broom and swing it over her head counter-clockwise to stop the rain, and again, a few hours later the rain would stop.
With some practice, I know have mastered this little broom lore spell. I find it handy to tell the broom what I want it to do before I do it, then I say my incantation and swing the broom.
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A MAGICKAL BROOM
When you first get your broom, always greet it by rubbing your hand over the entire staff of the broom. Learn the body of your broom, inspect it’s divets and curves. Use anointing oil to open and activate your broom. A good oil is made from rosemary, thyme, myrrh and lavender in the base oil. Make this oil by the full moon and then open your broom on the first day of the new moon. When getting a new broom, it’s always good to talk with it awhile. I usually carry mine along with me in my car, and I sleep with it by my bed. Talk with your broom, it’s amazing how much these magickal tools have to say to us and how lonely they become when cast to the side. After your broom has been chosen and spoken to, then start using it to call in your circle. I point the broom in the direction that I’m casting and use this to focalize the energy. Once the circle is cast, then I lay the broom to the east to guard the entrance until my magickal work is done. I also sprinkle salt in the east over the broom to strengthen the seal, especially if I find myself doing some intense spell casting. Once I’m done with casting my magickal work, I thank my broom and lift it from east and dismiss the quarters. A broom can also be used to cast a circle in a hurry, much the same way a staff can be used. If I know I need immediate protection, I point my broom to east and cast a circle with my broom pointed to the earth, moving in a clockwise direction. This really works if you are in a hurry and need to have some sacred space like NOW. I also oil my broom handle with my anointing oil 4 times a year during each turn of the wheel. This helps recharge the broom and helps you reconnect with it. It likes to be stroked and caressed. Your broom is a sensuous creature and likes to be part of the Divine Feminine.
The “Come to Me” Broom Spell
On a warm night (or turn the heater up), put on some Goddess clothing (loose and feminine), put on some soothing music that makes you want to dance. Now take your broom as if it were your beloved and dance with the broom until you are flying into the arms of your beloved. Whisper this four times to yourself….
By night’s light we shine bright By sunlight we are right By days end we are together by sacred rite.
Now cast your circle by laying your broom in each quarter. Lay the broom to the east and jump clockwise over it. Lay the broom in the south and jump clockwise over it. Lay the broom in the west and jump clockwise over it. Then lay it in the north and jump over it. Once you have completed your circle, your beloved will come to you within 24 hours. Use this spell to mend fights, or if you don’t have a mate, use this to call a mate to you.
SWEEPING SPELLS AND LORE
If you feel your life is in chaos, take a look around at your front porch and front walkway. If the front walks is cluttered with leaves and dirt, then sweep your walkway and front porch clean with your magickal broom and envision that your life is in order and that all that comes to your will be clean and cleared.
When you move from one house to another, it’s always good to change your workaday broom. Either burn your old one, or make sure that it is buried with honor. Always bring a new broom into the new house, but sweep some dirt from the outside in before you sweep the dirt from the inside out. This is to bring in good luck from the beginning and not push your luck out the door.
Always hang a broom by the front door for protection. Brooms will keep the bad things out and the good things in. I have a broom at every the door of my home. I keep it in the corner. Always stand a broom on end with the brush facing up. This helps the wear and tear on the brush and it’s also said to bring love from the earth through the broomstick and given up to the heavens through the brush.
If your broom falls from your hand while you are sweeping or doing other work, make a wish before you pick it up. It’s also said that if a broom falls from it’s kept place, company is coming and it’s not good news. When you pick up your broom after something like this happens, sweep the energy out the door and bid it adue not to return again.
If you or your kin are having recurrent nightmares or night hauntings, sweep the room clockwise while stating that all that lies between here and the other world be gone and back whence you came. Hither, hither, hither gone. Hither, hither, hither gone Hither, hither, thither gone So Mote It Be.
Now stand the broom outside the bedroom door and place a piece of garlic under the bed.
HANDFASTING AND MARRIAGE BROOM LORE
As a Priestess and Wiccan Minister, I perform several Handfasting Rites per year. One of the main things I encourage Wiccan engaged couples to do is to find a broom together. This is the symbol of hearth and home. Once the broom has been found, then it is anointed as I stated above, then some of the broom brush is pulled from the stem. That brush is then woven together and placed upon the wedding altar. The broom is present during our counseling sessions and then the wife-to-be is usually the keeper of the broom until the wedding. This represents that she is the keeper of the home and keeps peace and harmony while the man goes out to work. It also means that she is the keeper of the Magickal power of the home. As it seems in these modern times that this is wrong to have such sexed roles, this is Celtic lore from more than 600 years ago.
The night before the wedding, the couple will dress the broom by weaving 3 a strand of colored ribbon around the handle. What this represents is the inter-twining of their lives and they themselves are no longer individuals but are part of each other. The broom is then placed either standing by the altar or placed lying under the altar during the ceremony as the vows are said, the promises made, that hands fasted. They are pronounced husband and wife and the broom is then put before them as the final test of love. The couple either steps, or in the old tradition, jumps, over the broom. This is the final end of the ceremony. Then it is recommended that the couple takes the broom home and makes love with the broom under the bed. This seals the marriage.
Your broom can be your best friend and your magickal ally. Treat your broom with honor, reverence and respect and you will have a life-long companion and ritual tool.
And then there is this…….
The traditional companion of the witches was the enchanted broomstick, used for their wild and unholy flights through the night and probably to some distant Witches’ Sabbat. This is one of the first images you get to see as a child and this was doubtlessly believed by the prominent rulers of Europe. The number of actual confessions of witches doing so is remarkably small. Usually confessions state that they went to the Sabbat on foot or on horseback.
Legends of witches flying on brooms go back as far as the beginning of the Common Era. The earliest known confession of a Witch flying on a broom was in 1453, when Guillaume Edelin of St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, stated that he had done so. In 1563, Martin Tulouff of Guernsey said to have seen his aged mother straddle a broomstick and whisk up the chimney and out of the house on it, saying “Go in the name of the Devil and Lucifer over rocks and thorns”. In 1598 Claudine Boban and her mother, witches of the province of Franche-Comte, in eastern France, also spoke of flying up the chimney of a stick. The belief of flying off through the chimney became firmly embedded in popular tradition, although only a few people ever mentioned doing so. It has been suggested that this idea was connected with the old custom of pushing a broom up the chimney to indicate the absence of the housewife. The Germanic Goddess Holda or Holle is also connected with the chimney.
Other indications that lead to the popular belief that witches actually flew on broomsticks can be found in an old custom of dancing with a broom between the legs, leaping high in the air. In Reginald Scot’s book, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, published in 1584, we find a similar description:
“At these magical assemblies, the witches never failed to dance; and in their dance they sing these words, ‘Har, har, dive dive, dance here dance here, play here play here, Sabbath, Sabbath’. And whiles they sing and dance, ever one hath a broom in her hand, and holdeth it up aloft.” Scot quoted these descriptions of Witch rites from a French demonologist, Jean Bodin, who made observations of a kind of jumping dance, riding on staffs. These customs might have contributed to the popular picture of broomstick-riding witches through the air.
In 1665, from the confession of Julian Cox, one of the Somerset coven, mentioned “that one evening she walks out about a Mile from her own House and there came riding towards her three persons upon three Broom-staves, born up about a years and a half from the ground. Two of them she formerly knew, which was a Witch and a Wizard”.
Some authors claim that the oldest known source of witches flying on broomsticks is a manuscript called Le Champion des Dames by Martin Lefranc, 1440. This might be one of the oldest images representing a hag on a broomstick, but it is certainly not the first. A wall painting from the 12th century in Schleswig Cathedral (Germany) shows the Norse deity Frigg riding her staff.
If we really dig a bit deeper into history, we’ll find that from the Roman world there are reports that mention witches flying on broomsticks as well as having used ointments, as early as the first century. They were called Straight (Barn owl) and the Lamiae from Greek culture had similar characteristics. Later in Roman history, the goddess Diana was the leader of the Wild Hunt:
“It is also not to be omitted that some wicked women, perverted by the Devil, seduced by illusions and phantasm of demons, believe and profess themselves in the hours of the night to ride upon certain beasts with Diana, the goddess of pagans, and an innumerable multitude of women, and in the silence of the dead of the night to traverse great spaces of earth, and to obey her commands as of their mistress, and to be summoned to her service on certain nights”. (See: Canon Episcopi).
Similar beliefs existed in many parts of Europe. From Norse mythology, we know that the army of women, lead by Odin (Wodan), called the Valkyries, was said to ride through the skies on horses, collecting the souls of the dead. In continental Germanic areas, the goddess Holda or Holle was also said to lead the Wild Hunt and is connected to chimneys and witchcraft. Berchta or Perchta, another Germanic goddess, which can be identified with Holda, has similar characteristics.
Again in Celtic Traditions, the Horned God Cernunnos, and/or Herne the Hunter was leader of the Wild Hunt and the Scottish Witch Goddess Nicneven was also said to fly through the night with her followers. Eastern Europe sources also have a wealth of folklore about witches flying through the air. So flying through the air, evidently, was a deeply rooted mythological theme, associated with the free roaming of the spirit, the separation of soul and body.
The broomstick is a female and male symbol, “the rod which penetrated the bush”. Its symbolism and interpretation is therefore purely sexual.
There are hints of its use as an artificial penis or dildo. In a curious old book, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant, by Albert BarrSre and Charles Godfrey Leland (1897-1899), we are told that the slang term in those days for a dildo or artificial penis was “a broom-handle”, and the female genitals were known vulgarly as “the broom”. To “have a brush” was to have sexual intercourse. Noteworthy is the evidence from Witch trials mentioning the “cold hard member of the Devil himself”. In 1662, Isabel Gowdie, accused of witchcraft, made a confession which could suggest that some sort of artificial phallus of horn or leather may have been used:
“His members are exceeding great and long; no man’s members are so long and big as they are….(he is) a meikle, black, rough man, very cold, and I found his nature as cold within me as spring-well water…He is abler for us that way than any man can be, only he is heavy like a malt-sack, a huge nature, very cold, as ice.
Besom, besom long and lithe
made from ash and willow withe
Tied with thongs of willow bark
in running stream at moonset dark.
With a pentagram insight
as the ritual fire is lighted
Sweep ye circle, deosil,
Sweep out evil, sweep out ill,
Make the round of the ground
Where we do the Lady’s will.
Besom, besom, Lady’s broom
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom
Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground
Of demons, imps and Hell’s red hound;
Then set ye down on Her green earth
By running stream or Mistress’ hearth,
‘Till called once more on Sabbath night
To cleans once more the dancing site.
The Broomstick Or Besom
The broomstick has come to be the traditional companion to the witch, and the enchanted steed for her wild and unholy night-flights through the air. Even Walt Disney paid tribute to its legendary magical character, in his film “Fantasia”, when he drew Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, with a bewitched broomstick that did its work only too well.
However, the broomstick was only one of the means witches were supposed to use for the purpose of flight. Its frequent occurrence in folklore points to the fact that it possessed some special significance.
This significance is in fact a phallic one. In Yorkshire folk-belief, it was unlucky for an unmarried girl to step over a broomstick, because it meant that she would be a mother before she was a wife. Is Sussex, the May-Pole, which was itself a phallic symbol, used to be topped with a large birch broom. A ‘besom’ is a dialect term for a shameless, immoral female.
‘To marry over the broomstick’. ‘jump the besom’, was an old-time form of irregular marriage, in which both parties jumped over a broomstick, to signify that they were joined in common-law union. At gypsy wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom jump backwards and forwards over a broomstick; further evidence of the broom’s connection with sex and fertility.
In a curious and interesting old book, “A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon, and Chant”, by Albert Barrere and Charles Godfrey Leland (London, 1899 and 1897, also Gale Research, Detroit, 1889), we are told that a slang term in those days for a ‘dildo’ or artificial penis was ‘a broom handle’; and the female genitals were known vulgarly as ‘the broom’. To ‘have a brush’ was to have sexual intercourse. This throws considerable light on the real significance of the broomstick in witch rituals, and in old folk-dances, in which it often plays a part.
The original household broom was a bunch of the actual broom plant,”Planta genista”, tied round a stick. “Broom! Green broom!” was old street cry, used by vendors of broom-bunches for this purpose. The “Planta genista” was the badge of the “Plantagenet” family, who derived their name from it. They were rumored to favor the Old Religion.
At one time of the year, the broom plant was unlucky. The old saying goes: “If you sweep he house with blossomed broom in May, you will sweep the head of the house away.” This could perhaps have some connection with old sacrificial rites at the commencement of summer.
Sometimes the broomstick was regarded as having power to repel witches; perhaps with the idea of turning their own magic against them. At any rate, a broomstick placed across the threshold of a house was supposed to keep witches out.
A broomstick could also be a luck symbol. When alterations were being made to an old house at Blandford in Dorset in 1930, a broomstick was found walled up in the structure. It was recognized as having been put there for luck, and it was allowed to remain in its hiding-place.
These additional meanings of the broomstick are in accord with its phallic significance. Things which are sex symbols are life symbols, and hence luck bringers and protectors against the Evil Eye.
In Reginald Scot’s “Discovery of Witchcraft” (London, 1584, and edited by Hugh Ross Williamson, Centaur, Southern Illinois University Press, 1964), he says of the witches’ Sabbats:” At these magical assemblies, the witches never faile to dance; and in their danse they sing these words, Har, har, dive divell, danse here dance here, plaoe here plaie here, Sabbath, sabbath. And whiles they sing and danse, everie one hath a broom in hir hand, and holdeth it up aloft.” He was quoting from the descriptions of witch rites given by a French demonologist, Jean Bodin. It appears from the other old description that witches also performed a kind of jumping dance, riding on staffs; and if broomsticks were used for this purpose, too, it is easy to see how this dance, combined with the witches’ experience of wild visions and dreams of flying while in a stage of magical trance, gave rise to the popular picture of broomstick-rising witches in flight through the air.
When broomsticks or besoms began to be made of more durable materials than the broom plant, the usual combination of woods for them was birch twigs for the brush, and ashen stake for the handle, and osier willow for the binding. However, in the Wyre Forest area of Worcestershire, the traditional woods are oak twigs for the sprays, which is the makers’ term for the broom part; hazel for the staff; and birch for the binding. All of these trees are full of magical meanings of their own, and feature in the old Druidic tree alphabets of Ancient Britain. The ash is a sacred and magical tree; the oak is the king of the woods; the hazel is the tree of wisdom; the willow is a tree of moon-magic; and the birch is a symbol of purification.
More Broom Lore
There are many beliefs based on the Broom as it made its genesis from medicine staff to symbol of Rebirth. The wedding broom represents a joining of souls working together as they jump over the Broom into their new life together. When a bride and groom moved into a new house, a new broom was be used to sweep a little dust into the door. Then this swept dust was placed onto the hearthstone to retain blessings.
Here is some of the folklore surrounding the Broom:
1) Never step over a broom laying on the floor, if you do & are unmarried you will stay that way.
2) When moving into a new home, a loaf of bread & a new broom should be sent in first for good luck.
3) It is bad luck to take a broom across the water.
4) Never lean a broom against a bed.
5) To keep a ghost out, lean a broom against the door jam.
6) To drop a broom means the company is coming.
7) To give away a used broom is bad luck.
8) A broom should never be used to sweep dust out of the front door because it sweeps the luck out with it.
9) Never sweep a house at night. It is an insult to the faeries & the spirits of the dead.
10) A broom standing outside the front door says that the lady of the house is away & the men of the house are at liberty to entertain guests.
Even MORE Broom Lore……
A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over.
Always pick up, for luck, a broom that is lying on the floor or ground.
Always sweep dirt out the back door or you will sweep away your best friend.
Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year’s Day.
Burn up the rubbish when you sweep on New Year’s Day and you will have money throughout the new year.
Carry a broom under your arm for luck.
Carrying a broom over your shoulder will give you bad luck.
Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck.
Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet.
Hitting someone with a broom means that he will go to jail before a week has passed.
If a broom falls as you are passing it, you will have bad luck.
If a broom falls in front of you and you step on it before picking it up, you will have a “bed of sickness.”
If dirt is swept out a door before sunrise, you may expect bad luck.
If dirt is swept out of the house on Friday, the house will burn.
If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home.
If you go to someone’s house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper.
If you hand a broom through a window to someone, you may expect bad luck.
If you hit a person with a broom just before he starts “uptown,” he will have trouble before returning.
If you let a broom fall and do not step back over it immediately, someone dirtier than you will come.
If you must borrow a broom, take it without the owner’s knowledge, and you will not have bad luck.
If you must sweep on New Year’s Day, you can avert bad luck by not taking up the dirt and leaving it in a pile on the floor.
If you must sweep your kitchen after sunset, you can avert bad luck by burning the dirt.
If you step over a broom you will be arrested.
If you sweep after dark/ You will bring sorrow to your heart.
If you sweep after dark, you will sweep out the money made that day.
If you sweep in front of someone, you are sweeping them off the earth.
If you sweep under someone while he is sitting on a chair, you are giving him bad luck.
It causes bad luck to sweep a porch after dark.
It is a sign of good luck to have a broom drop in front of you.
It is a sign of misfortune, to lay a broom on the bed.
It is unlucky to borrow a broom.
It is unlucky to sweep dirt out a door at any time. Pick up the dirt and carry it outdoors for luck.
It is unlucky to sweep on Monday.
It means bad luck when a broom falls across the derail
It signifies bad luck, if you sweep under a bed on which someone is lying.
It signifies bad luck, to carry a broom through the house from the front door to the back door.
Keep the corners of your broom square or even for luck.
Lean a broom against a bed and you will be unlucky.
Lending a broom will cause you bad luck.
Let the broom rest with the straws up and you will be lucky.
Letting the sweeping edge of a broom wear off at the two corners will bring you bad luck.
Never burn up a broom; it will bring you bad luck.
Never sweep dirt out the front door; it will bring you bad luck.
Never sweep the kitchen after supper, whether daylight or dark, or you will sweep out all your money.
Never sweep your kitchen early in the morning before sunrise, or you will be unlucky.
Stand a broom on its handle and you will always be poor.
Step over a broom and you will break your mother’s back.
Stepping over a broom is a sign of slovenliness.
Stepping over a broom will bring sorrow to your heart.
Stumbling over a brook handle will bring you good luck.
Sweep after dark and you will never be rich.
Sweep dirt out of the house on Friday and it will cause you bad luck.
Sweep on the third day after Easter and you will have bugs in the house.
Sweep the top of a bed and you will have bad luck.
Sweep under a person’s feet while he is sitting in a chair and he will not grow any more.
Sweeping after dark means you will lose a friend.
Sweeping dirt over a doorstep after six o’clock in the evening will bring bad luck.
Sweeping on New Year’s Day means that you will sweep out the money made during the coming year.
Sweeping under chair upon which someone is sitting will make you unlucky.
The child who steps over a broom will get a whipping.
The one who is hit by a broom will soon be arrested.
The person under whose feet you sweep will always be poor.
The person who is hit on the top of the head with a broom will be arrested.
To avert bad luck after you have walked over a fallen broom, step backward across the broom.
To brush your boot with the broom while your are sweeping will give you bad luck for a week.
To have good luck, place the broom on its handle in a corner.
To set a broom in the corner with the brush up shows that you are an untidy housekeeper.
To step over a broom will start a quarrel in the house.
To sweep after dark will bring trouble to the house.
To sweep dirt out the door is a sign of a slovenly housekeeper.
Touching anyone with a broom while you are sweeping causes bad luck.
Walking over a fallen broom will cause you bad luck.
When a broom falls across the door, it indicates that you will walk on the strange ground.
When a small child takes a broom and begins to sweep, the company is coming.
When someone is hit with a broom, he should spit on the broom and take ten steps backwards so he will neither have bad luck or be arrested.
When you sweep after dark, you sweep away your friends and let enemies in.
You sweep away your best friend by sweeping after dark.
You will be unlucky if you do not pick up a fallen broom at once.
Your luck will be swept away, if you sweep your kitchen after sunset.
Stimulating Mental Capacity and Pyrite
Properties: One of the most grounding stones in use today, pyrite is a conducting, energizing stone that sparks when hit against metal or another stone. It has been used for centuries to increase wealth. It is effective in attracting money to its owner. Used for focus, practicality, logic, memory, clearing fuzzy thinking and scattered thoughts. This grounding stone is associated with the Root, the Spleen/Sacral and the Solar Plexus Chakras. It is useful in helping one to understand (and see) illusions/lack of clarity about situations/people. Great for grounding the Third Eye after meditation/psychic readings/astral travel. The most important gift of Pyrite, though, is its ability to assist in mental capacity. The stimulation of the mind can be enhanced by using Pyrite in conjunction with Fluorite and Calcite. Helps to balance creative and intuitive impulses with scientific and practical ones. Opens communication skills. Strongly suggested for people who tackle large conceptual ideas in business, the arts, or education. Pyrite relieves frustration and anxiety by boosting self worth, confidence and trust. It is a stone of recognition. Helping us to realize just who we are by encouraging self worth. This stone represents the sun’s golden energy, therefore, bringing positive energy. This extremely positive stone ignites our potential, improves our inertia and feelings of inferiority.
Folk Remedies: Beneficial to the respiratory and circulatory systems. Connected to the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. Helps the skin protect itself from the elements, and also aids the digestive tract, lessening irritation by ingested toxins. Stomach, intestines, ulcers; sulfur and mineral assimilation, circulation, body acidity imbalances, depression.
Feng Shui: This stone can be used in the Southeast for resources and prosperity, in the Center for health and balance and any room that needs earth or fire elements.
Crystal Cleansing: No water near this stone. Cleanse this stone in dry sea salt and charge with method 8
History: Pyrite, also called iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide (FeS2). This mineral’s metallic luster and pale brass yellow color give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold. This glittering stone was notoriously mistaken by naive prospectors as real gold. Found in most of North America as well as in Chile and Peru. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle, and Brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coal. Pyrite remains in commercial use for the production of sulfur dioxide, for use in such applications as the paper industry, and in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. A commercial use for pyrite is seen in the cathode material in Energizer brand non-rechargeable lithium batteries. Pyrite usually forms cuboid crystals, but, under certain circumstances, it can form T shaped crystals. Pyrite can also form dodecahedral crystals. It also forms flat, radial disks called “sun disks” or “sun dollars”. It is distinguishable from native gold by its hardness, brittleness and crystal form. Natural gold tends to be irregularly shaped, whereas pyrite comes as either cubes or multifaceted.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Monthly Horoscope For: April 2016
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If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from both houses of those signs.
Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible details of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac.
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Aries: March 21 — April 19
Personal theme: I am!!
Epigram: The Aries New Moon, on 7 April, alters your perspective on existing arrangements and introduces new ideas and offers. While you`re superb at dealing with last minute events, take it slowly. Make it clear what interests you but with yet more intriguing ideas appearing all month, sidestep commitments. As important, de-clutter your diary and life of once-worthwhile goals which you realise are increasingly outdated. This soon makes it clear who and what means most and, equally, what it`s time to say farewell to.
Outline: Trying to have any original thoughts is challenging on the 1st and 2nd since all you want to do is play follow the leader. The more often you`re able to come to your own conclusions, though, the better. You feel like you have a true purpose on the 7th and 8th, and your only job is to follow your destiny, wherever it takes you. Everywhere you look there are signs pointing you in the right direction; you just have to pay attention to them. Important females cross your path on the 13th and 14th, and if you need any advice about family or close relationships, sisters, moms, grandmas, and trusted women friends are the best people to go to. You`re very sure of yourself and your abilities on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, which makes these perfect dates to ask for a raise, start a new project, or just brag in general about your accomplishments. The 25th and 26th are great days to start new traditions, especially if you`ve been looking to make a fresh start. It takes a while to form a new habit, so don`t be too hard on yourself if you can`t change an unwanted behaviour right away. Keep the long-term in focus.
An opportunity to get an advanced degree, travel overseas or publish some written work could arrive in early April. Your charisma will be at an all time high, making it easy to attract romance. A jealous authority figure may try to block your path to success. Resist the temptation to get drawn into a power struggle on the 7th, when the New Moon ignites your rebellious side. You`ll be able to strike out on your own towards mid-month. Launching your own business or taking a freelance assignment is a strong possibility. Don`t hesitate to negotiate a higher salary than you are offered. Your ability to wheel and deal will be very strong during the second half of the month. Resist the urge to overindulge or you could become tired and listless. It`s important to look your best at work. The Full Moon on the 22nd marks an exciting turning point in an intimate relationship.
As of April 6, Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus and doesn`t leave that sign until mid-June. The Taurus area of your solar chart describes attitudes to finance and talent. Given that through April, Venus is travelling through your own sign, it seems reasonable to suggest that you will be focused on the things you positively love doing and which you feel should be valued more. Crunch time is likely a few days ahead of the Full Moon on April 22. With both Mars, your ruling planet, and Pluto apparently changing direction, and just as the Moon arrives at significant phases in two cycles, it seems probable that a review of your financial situation will result in you standing your ground and determining how best to both earn and spend money. Though it could be a couple of weeks after your birthday before others realise just how much you mean business it`s entirely possible that in the last week of April, and having negotiated difficult discussions, that you will begin the process of rebalancing and improving your financial base.
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Taurus: April 20 — May 20
Personal theme: I have!!
Epigram: While eclipses in March shook up elements of your life, and were unsettling at the time, looking back you`re grateful they took place. They triggered changes in everything from relations with friends, family and loved ones to certain ongoing duties or obligations. The short-term disarray forced you to rethink, if not eliminate, burdensome arrangements. Savour the resulting freedom but don`t be in a rush to replace what`s gone. There`s lots exciting waiting for to be discovered, mostly during the months of May and June.
Outline: Your eccentricity is on display on the 3rd and 4th, and although most of your friends know you as the conventional (or conservative) one, their eyes will get wide and they`ll scratch their heads when they see some of the cool stuff you come up with! You`re able to focus your energy on getting all the things you really want on the 9th and 10th, but make sure you leave room for spontaneity. Those improvised moments can`t be replaced. Your ego is a big reason for personal clashes on the 15th and 16th, and the worst words you can mutter midmonth are `I don`t care.` Replace self-indulgent behaviour with selflessness and humanitarianism whenever and wherever possible. You get the love and support you need from unexpected sources on the 17th, 18th, and 19th, but few people will do you any favours without expecting something in return. Keep track of acts of kindness that others do for you and others so that you can pay them back in the future. You can try to ignore the bumps in the road on the 25th and 26th, but chances are that you can`t just drive over them. `Where there`s a will, there`s a way` should be your personal motto.
An intense relationship will make you excited about the future. You may decide to make a serious commitment in the early days of April. Keep this union a secret for the first half of the month. This will allow you and your amour to get used to the new arrangement. The New Moon on the 7th could cause some pangs of anxiety. It will be harder than you expect to relinquish your independence. Going on a solitary holiday may ease your fears. Don`t be afraid to have a heart to heart talk about finances with your partner in April. You may decide to have three bank accounts: Yours, Mine and Ours. On the 22nd, the Full Moon will help you and your partner form a united front. If you`re single, you could meet your soul mate in a club, a nightclub, an environmental group or even an antique shop. Splash out on some new clothes or a makeover as May approaches.
The little planet Mercury is associated with commerce. This year, it enters Taurus on Wednesday, April 6 and doesn`t leave until June 12. During that time there is a retrograde period. Through those weeks between April 29th and May 23rd, there may well be more funds flowing out than flowing in. Of course, it`s entirely possible that you will be investing for your long-term future. Note though that prices may well rise midmonth. This could be a tricky period as both Mars and Pluto appear to change direction. Coming just a couple of days ahead of the Full Moon in your opposite sign, it may be that a close financial partner raises questions as to how money is being spent. One possibility is that you both agree an item should be sold. This could be achieved before Mercury turns retrograde at the end of the month and would surely provide some extra and useful funding. One thing seems sure, that money spent this month will be earmarked for quality essential items.
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Gemini: May 21 — June 20
Personal theme: I think!!
Epigram: This year, 2016, is a year of change, for you, others and the world. Remember this and, while some of what arises will be unsettling, you`ll recognise that most events will lead exciting, if not unimagined, opportunities. Should others seek advice, be vague. Similarly, if anybody insists you commit to plans, for the present or future, express interest but make no promises. It`s the same with emotional alliances. The more open-hearted your attitude, about existing or future relationships, the happier you`ll be.
Outline: Hmm, is there a good reason you`re being so stubborn on the 1st and 2nd? Your way might be the best way or it might not be; at least give other people`s opinions and suggestions a chance. Your dreams have special meaning on the 5th and 6th, and if you`re interested in lucid dreaming, these are perfect days to try it out or work on perfecting your method. You know those interesting designs, concepts, or procedures that have been swirling around in your head? The 11th and 12th are perfect to see if they have any real value. Talk to a friend or professional who has experience in the same field as your idea. You take a lot of pleasure in learning on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and your favourite pastimes on these days are probably reading, doing online research, or taking a class. Memorization is the key to studying and retaining new info. You can be kind of condescending when a friend comes to you with a dilemma on the 24th and 26th, but the truth is you could be in their very same position if you`d made just one or two different decisions. Try to be helpful instead of throwing stones.
Your best friend, romantic partner or a colleague will be extremely supportive. Accept their help while pursuing a cherished dream. You could reach heights you never dreamed possible in early April. Jealous friends could fall by the wayside near the 7th, when the New Moon puts strain on weak relationships. You`re about to learn an important lesson about loyalty. During the second half of the year, you could receive an inheritance, tax refund or legal settlement that will put you in a more secure financial footing. Take this opportunity to launch your own business or change careers. Pursuing work in a creative field will be exciting, but you`ll have to be frugal in the early stages. Don`t hesitate to accept an entry level position around the 22nd, when the Full Moon will send some intriguing work your way. You might be serving as an assistant to an important artist, producer or gallery owner.
As of Wednesday 6th, Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus for an extended stay. The Taurus area of your solar chart, is the one that is studied closely for long-term investments and pension arrangements. Meanwhile, on April 18th, Mars, which is now moving through your opposite sign, appears to stand still. It may be that what you learn midmonth and through a close financial partner warrants close review of those long-term arrangements. It may be that investments will not pay out as had been hoped. It might even be necessary to go into battle to ensure you receive what is rightfully yours. Even so, it might not be possible to avoid the chill financial winds that could be experienced in the last three days of the month. For these reasons, it would be wise to be as careful and prudent as possible much earlier in the month. The temptation to be wildly extravagant could be great on Friday 8th when the Moon passes through your sign just as key aspects form. It is of course possible that you will be offered a unique opportunity. Before jumping into this however, it would be as well to go back and review those long-term investments and certainly not count on these producing the revenue you might have hoped for.
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Cancer: June 21 — July 22
Personal theme: I feel!!
Epigram: Ordinarily, you try to minimize potentially unsettling changes; but you`re eager break free of tedious or restrictive arrangements at home, in your daily routine or at work. Between shakeups in March and the powerful New Moon on 7 April, you`re already seeing the huge promise in potential changes. True, there`ll be moments when you must think and perhaps commit swiftly. Waste no time debating facts. Your intuition will tell you everything. Trust it, even if it mean making a leap of faith.
Outline: You feel safely tucked away in your comfortable shell on the 1st and 2nd, and there`s very little you want to step outside of it for. There are days you don`t mind taking a walk on the wild side, but these aren`t them! You do your best to stay calm on the 7th and 8th, but when people say things that seem like they`re designed to upset you, it`s really hard to keep your cool. If it`s impossible to hold your tongue at the moment, be sure you apologize afterward. You`re tempted to do something totally out of character on the 15th and 16th, but at the same time you don`t want to blow a chance at something you`ve been working toward for a while now. Is it worth it? Maybe. You`re really proud of the way you maintain the long-term relationships in your life, but on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd something threatens to break up one of those important bonds. If you aren`t ready for it to be over, there`s only one thing you can do: fight. You don`t feel like yourself on the 25th and 26th, but the end of the month is a good time to embrace change instead of running from it. Investing in a new personal style does wonders for your self-esteem.
You can make good progress on the fitness front in the opening days of the month. Take this opportunity to launch an exercise regime. Eating well and sleeping more are also strongly advised. The New Moon on the 7th will tempt you to accept a job offer, but beware. It may be advisable to wait for a better situation. You don`t want to work for an oppressive tyrant. Launching your own business is definitely worth considering in April. A relative or neighbour who believes in you might be prepared to offer you some start up capital. A creative project will come to fruition on the 22nd, courtesy of the Full Moon. This impressive performance will pave the way for more lucrative opportunities. Getting paid for your artwork will be the answer to a prayer. You might decide to get involved with an artists` collective as a means to showcase your work. As May approaches, there will be power in numbers.
It might be as well to be prepared for a financial switchback ride this month. Both Mars and Pluto change direction in the week beginning Monday 18th. That week also contains a Full Moon in another of the Water signs. Until then, and especially around Friday 8th, financial excitement could come through possible career developments that put you very much in the driving seat. It may be that something which up until now has been a hobby, provides a useful extra revenue stream. Another possibility is being asked to help someone setting up a venture and again experiencing a short financial lift as a result. You might need to apply the brakes very quickly from Monday 18th. It`s then that a series of financial hurdles could be placed before you. Though true, echoes of those past and quick gains may be heard, it seems likely that there will be a need to slam on the financial breaks or at least to behave as prudently as is possible. Working on a much tighter budget may well be necessary. Note that Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th and doesn`t turn direct until May 23. Through this period, paying great attention to daily expenses will surely be necessary.
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Leo: July 23 — August 22
Personal theme: I will!!
Epigram: You`ve good reason to battle those who`re being ridiculous or certain unfair demands. Instead, state your opinion, then busy yourself elsewhere. By midmonth these and several other unworkable arrangements will have changed, and without you wasting time on them. April is a month of transition, in the world around you but even more in your own priorities. For this reason, be firm about letting go of the past. This is clearing the way for exciting, and often completely unexpected, events yet to come.
Outline: You`re hot about the latest fad on the 1st and 2nd, and you want everyone else to jump on the same bandwagon. Problem is, your friends and family might be just a little tired of hearing about all of the latest and greatest from you. So find some new recruits to join you in your latest passion. You bend without breaking on the 7th and 8th, and your pals are mighty glad to see you so flexible. Is it possible that you`ll change your mind about something you`ve been super-adamant about recently? Only time will tell but it`s looking good from here! You get to rub elbows with the beautiful people on the 15th and 16th, and it really comes as no surprise how well you fit in to the jet set crowd. You knew all along that all you needed was that one big break so you could show the world what you`re capable of. You go against character when you play shy and coy on the 23rd and 24th, but someone new has you so captivated you really just don`t know what to say. Mark this one down in the books as a first!
You`ll have a chance to do some business related to the arts in early April. If you`re looking for work, you could land a steady job in a creative field. Serving as an apprentice or an assistant to a prominent figure in the painting, publishing or design world is a distinct possibility. You might have to ask for additional training near the 9th, when the New Moon reveals some gaps in your knowledge. Don`t be afraid to admit your lack of experience; it`s the fastest way to acquire marketable skills. Adopting a humble attitude isn`t easy for you, but it is very likely to lead to career success in April. The Full Moon on the 22nd will mark an improvement to your home life. You could move to a nicer place or add a relative or roommate to your household. This base of operations will make it easier to improve your job prospects during the closing days of the month.
Between April 6 and early June, expenses are likely to be either career or property related. There are usually a few weeks in any year when these require attention. 2016 is different in that Mercury spends an exceptionally long time crossing the apex of your solar chart. This could bring with it many benefits. Between 8th and 14th financial buoyancy could be at a high. Tempting as it might be to commit to a large expenditure midmonth, be careful as Mars, traveling through another of the Fire signs, then turns retrograde. The potential for making an expensive mistake could increase. Of course, it`s possible that by being coy, and negotiating as though you weren`t at all interested, that you could then make excellent financial progress around the Full Moon on April 22. If you are making a purchase then, it might be as well to try and take delivery before Mercury turns retrograde on Thursday 28th. (Though it might also be as well to double check guarantees and insurance). At a different level entirely, the last few days of the month could find you evaluating the cost of continuing to own something that is well past its sell by date.
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Virgo: August 23 — September 22
Personal theme: I analyze!!
Epigram: Even the simplest of plans are unlikely to last long. Recognise that and you`ll stop worrying about details being perfect. Instead, organise things loosely, then focus on venturing into unfamiliar territory. Risky as this seems, ongoing changes enable you to dip into ideas, pursuits and encounters you`d otherwise avoid for fear of wasting time. On the contrary, what doesn`t work will prove as informative as what does. Knowing that, take chances; and the necessary long term decisions? You`ll make them in late May.
Outline: You always strive for quality over quantity, but on the 1st and 2nd it`s possible to have it all. Just don`t neglect the people who made it all possible for you to be where you are right now. Get out and explore your own town or city on the 8th and 9th, because no matter how long you`ve lived there, there are still a lot of places you`ve never been. If you don`t go, you might miss something. You`re really feeling yourself on the 13th and 14th, and why not?! Your talents are obvious, so why not show them off? You deserve all of the applause that the audience gives you. Do you have your crown handy on the 17th, 18th, and 19th? Because you are the king or queen of your very own kingdom. It feels so good to be triumphant after so many recent defeats. The rest of the world seems like it`s in fast-forward on the 25th and 26th, but you`re content to stay in the slow lane and move at your own pace. How much do you care that other people are passing you by? Not at all. You`ve got this.
A legal settlement, dividend or inheritance will arrive in the early days of the month, relieving some of your financial problems. Resist the urge to splash out on some luxuries with this windfall. It`s better to conserve your resources. The New Moon on the 7th will require you to pay a big bill or satisfy an old debt. The longer you put off this obligation, the more expensive it will become. A temporary job assignment could become available at a religious, cultural or educational organisation at mid-April. You might have to postpone a home improvement project until you build up your savings. Good news about a loved one`s job will arrive on the 22nd. Go out and celebrate this marvellous turn of events. Try not to be resentful of their success. Their progress is the result of a team effort. Taking pleasure in their happiness will make you more attractive to positive energy.
On Wednesday 6th, both Mercury and Venus change signs. This suggests significant change in commercial direction that will surely affect all signs. It`s possible that someone who wanted to do a deal with you, will come back with new terms but ask if this can all be completed before midmonth. That might well be wise. Mars turns retrograde on Monday 18th and at the very base of your solar chart. Negotiations that are prolonged post this date, could yet prove expensive. It may be that the costs of communicating, of legal fees and of insurance are greater than you imagined. Note that both Mercury and Mars are retrograde through until the Sun moves into Gemini next month (May 21st). One of the benefits of this is being able to reappraise and double check the fine print of any agreement. In short, though there may be some constructive and excellent deals to be had in the first half of April, it would be wise to keep receipts just in case things go wrong later. Deals which are of the moment and not intended to be quality, long-lasting purchases, could work out very well however.
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Libra: September 23 — October 22
Personal theme: I balance!!
Epigram: As April begins, you`ll still be wrestling with the changes triggered by the Libra eclipsed Full Moon on 23 March. Tempting as it is to seek a quick solution, you`d regret it. Actually, initially, you should focus on what must go. Only once you`ve de-cluttered your mind and life, by mid-April, will potential decisions be clear. Don`t worry about changes being unsettling for others. They, too, are rethinking their lives, activities and priorities. Discussing even disruptive plans together will bring you closer.
Outline: Feeling a little disheartened on the 1st and 2nd? Disappointed that things aren`t working out the way you planned? It`s hard to get over an unfulfilled wish, but don`t lose hope just yet. A new flirtation takes your mind off the heavy stuff on the 3rd and 4th, and wow – this new person is really amazing! Sometimes the very best things in life happen when you aren`t expecting them. There`s a lot going on underneath the surface on the 9th and 10th, but you`re skimming along the top of the water just fine. So what you need to figure out is whether or not you need to stop and take a closer look, or are you cool with not knowing the teeny tiny details? There are lots of people willing to help you out with a great idea on the 15th and 16th, but you might not want to mix business with close relationships. Trying to find a loan via a crowd funding site is probably a better solution than asking parents or friends for cash. You rationalize things easily on the 30th, but the heart still wants what it wants. Very few people can have their cake and it eat too. How full is your plate?
Travelling on business could put you on the path to love in early April. If you already have a romantic partner, this would be a good time to sign a long term contract with a vendor or investor. Turn a deaf ear to a manipulative relative who is always criticising your best friend. On the 7th, the New Moon will force you to make a choice between friends and family. Take this opportunity to draw healthier boundaries with your kin. Don`t allow them to dictate the terms of your romantic and social lives. An intense flirtation will fill you with excitement during the second half of the month. It`s fun to banter with someone who is as witty and intelligent as you. The Full Moon on the 22nd will draw some extra money into your bank account. Take this opportunity to splash out on clothes, jewellery and toiletries. Luxury products are as essential as food and water to you.
It`s important that you pay attention to financial matters particularly around Wednesday 6th when the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Uranus are all in Fire signs. Tempting as it may be to make purchases, you could get carried away. Indeed, before Sunday 10th, monies could flow out at speed. Over the weekend of April 17th, and as both Mars and Pluto reach stations, the need to put on breaks becomes important. It may be that you hit a financial rut in the road at precisely this point. There`s every likelihood, that in the last fortnight of April you will need to dig deep into reserves. Costs are likely to rise and, between 17th and 22nd, seriously destabilise your scales. A major rethink may be necessary around Thursday, April 28. Though much can probably be retrieved next month, before the end of April it would be wholly understandable if you needed to rein in expenses hugely, and, perhaps, discuss with your financial adviser how best to re-support your financial foundations.
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Scorpio: October 23 — November 21
Personal theme: I desire!!
Epigram: While you can`t plan ahead for the unexpected, you can ensure that what you organise is flexible enough that you`re able to respond easily to surprise developments. True, you`ll already have faced the sudden changes triggered by March`s two eclipses. However, these influence everybody and, equally, mean rethinking several longstanding arrangements, personal and professional. More important, they`re preparing you for the pivotal events triggered by the emotionally intense Scorpio Full Moon on 22 April. What come your way will free you for new adventures.
Outline: Something`s not feeling quite right on the 3rd and 4th, but nothing is specifically wrong. Try not to take your frustrations out on oblivious friends and bystanders; you`ll get through this rough time and maybe even come out stronger on the other side. You have a problem with motivation on the 11th and 12th, but once you find something that drives you, you move full speed ahead. You`re good at coming to other people`s rescue on the 13th and 14th — there are few signs better in a pinch than true and loyal Scorpio — but that doesn`t mean you should let your own needs fall totally by the wayside. If you don`t have someone in your life who pampers and spoils you, you should. You are always a fabulous secret-keeper, but you`ll probably feel an even stronger urge to keep other people`s confessions locked inside your vault on the 17th, 18th, and 19th. You put a whole new spin on the phrase `your secret`s safe with me!` There are hazards in the road ahead on the 25th and 26th but you`re ready to throw caution to the wind when it comes to pursuing your dreams. What are you waiting for? Do it now.
A steady job with plenty of growth opportunity will arrive in early April. Be sure to accept this offer, even if it means starting at the bottom of an impressive organisation. You`ll quickly rise up the ladder to success. Resist the urge to get into a war of words with a pushy colleague on the 7th. That`s when the New Moon will implore you to establish yourself as a team player. Your love life will show signs excitement during the second half of the month. This is a great time to embark on a romance, plan to get engaged or think about exchanging wedding vows. The Full Moon on the 22nd invites you to spoil yourself. Splash out on some luxuries and give yourself a treat or two. Propose an idea for a new product or service as May approaches. Originality will set you apart from the crowd. Buy your best friend or romantic partner a beautiful token of your appreciation.
With Mars transiting one of the financial sectors of your solar chart and Mercury in your opposite sign from April 6 through to early June, discussions about joint financial matters are likely to increase in number. A possibility, is that a certain person may feel you can afford more than is actually the case. Appraising them of your real circumstances and convincing them of what you can and cannot pay will surely take much energy. Indeed, it`s possible that a final arrangement won`t be reached for some months yet. Whilst it may be important to you to feel that your needs and circumstances are being given maximum attention especially in the last days of the month, you might also need to accept that someone whom you feel could give support has responsibilities that need to come first. April then could prove a challenging month financially and could, quite possibly, have a difficult end.
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Sagittarius: November 22 — December 21
Personal theme: I see!!
Epigram: Exciting ideas and offers are thrilled but, obviously, you want to decide how to respond. Yet, during April, in many situations, things won`t be up to you. While this will be annoying, if not upsetting, it`s for the best. Those making decisions or, perhaps, destiny itself will take you into new, unfamiliar but ultimately worthwhile territory, in everything from your own life to close alliances or career. Out of character as going with the flow is, it`s the best option, as you`ll soon realise.
Outline: Listening to other people talk about `the good old days` puts you in a sentimental mood on the 5th and 6th. Do you really miss the way things used to be, or are you just unhappy with the way things are now? Revisiting the past could be exactly the catalyst you need to make some positive life changes. You talk a great game on the 11th and 12th, but you might as well admit (to yourself if no one else) that you aren`t actually ready to make your move. Yet. Talk over all of your different options until you find the one that`s going to work the best, and then proceed with caution. People may come to you for advice on what you consider some pretty absurd or silly problems on the 20th and 21st, but resist the urge to smirk or make fun. Take them seriously just in case they aren`t joking! The conventional way looks like your best choice on the 27th, 28th, and 29th, but that doesn`t mean you can`t still be yourself. Find a way to add your own unique twist while still colouring within the lines. If anyone can do it, you can.
The opportunity to travel for business will arrive in the opening days of April. This is a great time to sign some new business or extend an existing contract. If you`re unfamiliar with certain customs, ask to be enlightened. It`s better to admit your ignorance than pretend to possess expert knowledge on the 7th. That`s when the New Moon invites you to adopt a humble attitude for the sake of acquiring new information. Your health will undergo a dramatic improvement in the second half of April, thanks to a new fitness regime. Resist the urge to adopt a rigorous exercise routine. Slow and steady wins the race. On the 22nd, the Full Moon will prompt you to get some rest and relaxation. Even a social butterfly like you needs to recharge your batteries from time to time. Finding a steady job is a strong possibility in the closing days of April.
Though Mars is now moving through your sign, mid April it appears to standstill before turning retrograde. It will leave your sign again at the end of May but make re-entry in August. All this suggests a topsy-turvy time. The first half of April could find you feeling positive about developments and, between 7th and 9th likely pleased with developments. It might be as well to prepare for a few difficulties to surface from midmonth and particularly after the Sun moves into Taurus on Wednesday 20th. It`s then that awareness of practicalities and the various hurdles that will have to be conquered in order to see a project realised will surely surface. You might even wonder, by the time Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, if you`ve made a horrendous financial mistake. That`s unlikely to be the case especially if you`re working in partnership with someone born under one of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Those of this group, could come up with sound suggestions as to how obstacles can be negotiated. Indeed, by the very last day of the month, the advantages of working in such a cooperative manner could be clear and not just in the financial sense.
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Capricorn: December 22 — January 19
Personal theme: I use!!
Epigram: Being an organiser, you tend to shoulder the responsibility for personal decisions, those that influence the lives and careers of others, and to everybody`s profit; but during March, April and May, with forthright Mars in the most strategic portion of your chart, you must back off. While uncomfortable, this introduces you to new people and unfamiliar ideas, all of which broaden your perspective and options. While often the benefits will obvious, some will require patience. Still, the results will be worth waiting for.
Outline: You love it when a good plan comes to fruition, like one does on the 1st and 2nd. Now that all of your strategies are in place and your ideas are holding their own, you`re on your way to ruling the world! You dabble in the arts quite successfully on the 5th and 6th, and the people who know you best might be surprised to see what you`re able to create. You might even go as far as to say that music and art are the best part of your world on these days (gasp)! You hear about some really cool ideas, concepts and theories through the grapevine on the 13th and 14th, but without being able to verify them from their source, it`s best not to act on any of them. If you can track down their roots, however, take the ball and run with it `cuz you`ll get a lot of the credit without having to do a lot of the work! When you get the outcome you`ve been hoping for on the 27th, 28th and 29th, people will finally see how valuable you are. How does it feel to accomplish something this fantastic?!
Home life will be very satisfying in the opening days of April. This is a great time to scale back your social life for the sake of some down time. The New Moon on the 7th warns against making radical changes to your surroundings. It`s better to maintain the status quo right now. Around the middle of April you`ll have a chance to study or travel. Expanding your horizons could put you on the path to love. If you`re already in a relationship, take a relaxing holiday with your amour. Resist the urge to push a relative into making a hasty decision during the second half of the month. A strategic retreat will yield better results with this family member. On the 22nd, you should attend a party. Your magnetism will turn heads and attract admirers. Prepare to make some powerful friends. You will find someone with a foreign accent particularly charming. The two of you will make a great team.
It would be wholly understandable if you felt you`d hit a financial brick wall at the end of April. As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, financial turbulence is likely to hit all signs but perhaps yours more than most. It may be that lending criteria is changed or interest rates moved and not to your advantage. All this should be borne in mind in the first fortnight of April even when things appear to be going exceptionally well. Indeed, developments between the 4th and 14th look most encouraging. It may be that a valuation is better than you had imagined. Even so, be aware that around the 17th, when both Mars and Pluto arrive at stations, you could hit the first bout of financial turbulence. From then until the end of the month, containing costs could prove challenging. True, between 22nd and 24th, there may be an opportunity to make gain through a surprising source. Even this though might not be enough to smooth passage in the last days of April. Better news awaits in May but, before then, you may be faced with hard choices.
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Aquarius: January 20 — February 18
Personal theme: I know!!
Epigram: Once you understand that no matter how carefully you think plans through, they`re unlikely to proceed as you intend, you`ll stop worrying about sudden changes. The primary cause will be dramatic developments in the world around you but, as you learn more, you`ll focus on what`s new and begin saying farewell to the past, even certain longstanding arrangements. Although life might be in considerable disarray now, have faith. Before the end of April, the picture will be clearer, and it will all make sense.
Outline: You aren`t really one to follow guidelines or rules, but you seem to know which boundaries are and aren`t okay to cross on the 3rd and 4th. Call it a sixth sense or whatever, but when you have a choice between two things, you tend to choose correctly. Wacky inventions and far-out theories are part of your charm on the 9th and 10th, and not only will they possibly connect you with a new love interest, they could also land you your dream job. Good thing you`ve been keeping your options open when it comes to employment and romance, because you definitely don`t want to be tied down when `the one` crosses your path. Negotiations and compromise are just part of the deal on the 15th and 16th, and although you happen to love a good bargaining session, you aren`t really in the mood to give up too much of what you consider to be yours. So just don`t sign on the dotted line until you feel the deal is 100 percent fair. You`re overtaken with the profoundness of the moment when something miraculous happens on the 23rd and 24th, but when you look around to see if anyone else saw what you saw, there`s no one there. Don`t second-guess yourself. Yes, it really happened.
You`ll meet some influential people in the opening days of the month. This would be a great time to attend parties and professional conferences. Try to listen more than you speak at these gatherings. The New Moon on the 7th warns against blurting out embarrassing remarks. You should also double check the address field on e-mails before clicking the `send` button. The middle of April brings you a chance to improve your living situation. This will be a great time to move to a nicer place, buy a piece of land or make some home improvements. An exciting career opportunity will arrive on the 22nd. Working for a focused executive will be a welcome change of pace. You`re tired of taking orders from disorganised people who lack vision. You`ll have a chance to buy some beautiful furniture and artwork as April turns to May. Don`t hesitate to splash out on quality items.
As of April 6 and through to early June, Mercury, the planet associated with commercial activity, transits the base of your solar chart. This may prompt you to focus on home improvement and general nesting. Before the Full Moon on April 22, you could find bargains and do much to improve your surroundings. You might also choose this period to invest in those companies specialising in craftsmanship. Note however that over the weekend of April 18-19 both Mars and Pluto station. From this date and through to the end of the month repairs and general maintenance might require you dip into savings. You won`t of course be the only sign to experience financial difficulties in the latter days of April. As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday 29th, there could be difficult global financial news to absorb. Though this might not affect you immediately, (and maybe more closely related to long-term financial planning), it could still be deeply unsettling. Tempting as it may be to make some frivolous purchases earlier in the month, it might also be as well to bear in mind that preservation of reserves is important – particularly around the Last Quarter Moon in your sign on April 30.
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Pisces: February 19 — March 20
Personal theme: I believe!!
Epigram: Because the Pisces eclipsed Full Moon, in early March, will have triggered shakeups in your personal and relationship life, as April begins, you`ll still be exploring your options. While, obviously, being unsure what`s next is unsettling, this also gives you time to explore both ideas and ventures that are intriguing but would take you into unfamiliar territory. Ignore pressure to settle on plans. Put yourself first and do things at your own pace. Investing time in what you`re learning now will pay off handsomely later.
Outline: There are so many people around you offering up their opinions on the 3rd and 4th that it`s really hard to know which direction to turn. Do you run the risk of offending someone when you don`t take their advice, or listen to your own intuition? Step out of your comfort zone long enough to entertain out-of-the-box ideas and suggestions. You`re awestruck if you get to meet a personal hero or celebrity on the 9th or 10th, but once you get past the amazement, you`ll realize that they really are just like you. With more fame. Oh, and more money; but other than that, you could probably become BFFs! The 20th, 21st, and 22nd are great days to embrace something new, and while totally changing your routine can be frightening, eating at a new restaurant or seeing a movie of a different genre than normal is well within your comfort zone. Your relationships are front and centre on the 23rd and 24th, and you`ll do just about anything for your best friend or close family member. Feeling taken advantage of might be a side effect, but that possibility doesn`t change your helpful actions.
A career opportunity will arrive in early April. This is the best time of the entire year to land a terrific job. Don`t hesitate to ask former employers, teachers and coaches to write some referrals for you. Steer clear of discussing money matters on the 7th, when the New Moon will undermine your earning power. Your job description could change around the middle of April. Stay calm. These adjustments could ultimately work in your favour. If you can`t get the salary you want, you`ll be able to negotiate some good fringe benefits near the 22nd. That`s when the Full Moon can attract impressive perks. When given a choice between taking a flat salary and earning a commission, choose the latter. You`ll easily outperform the competition. Advertising and social media will be key components to your success. A captivating blend of words and images will drive new business to your door. Be relentless about getting the word out.
With Mars now transiting the apex of your solar chart a transit that starts now, stops for a few weeks at the end of next month and begins again in August and lasts through to the end of September, the coming months should find you focused on your profile. Indeed, many expenses may be related to its improvement. From updating your wardrobe, to creating business cards or travelling to meet those who could assist you in developing your career, related expenses are likely to be high. Indeed, by the end of April when the books don`t balance quite as they should, you may need to take steps to improve your financial well-being by focusing on an essential safety net. Yet even so each of these investments might well be deemed wise. Particularly between April 4 and 10th, and with the assistance of a friend, you could navigate financial waters in such a way as to improve their general flow. It might even be that in the days leading into the Full Moon on 22nd, that a rare partnership opportunity opens up. This looks as though it`s a new business proposal entirely. It could be the very vehicle to assist you in moving into an improved financial position.
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Become a Certified Practitioner of The Healing Arts!
Welcome to a journey to learn about the hidden powers of herbs and our Mother Earth. Wise women and men have existed for thousands of years and still exist throughout the world. They know Mother Earth as the ultimate healer, and have learned to utilize the gifts of of nature. Inside each person is a being of wisdom, deeply connected to the Earth, to the phases of the moon and the tides of the sea. All we need to do is trust our innate wisdom.
In Herbalism 101, we cover 21 herbs, and start our Materia Medica, that we will build throughout the next two levels. We will cover the basic aspects of herbs. From culinary to magickal, medicinal to ornamental. As well as the many modalities of herbs!
Herbalism 202 – We focus on herbs and terminology having to do with health and health care, making herbal medicines, classifying herbs, the Doctrine of Signatures, and much much more!
Herbalism 303 – This last series of classes teaches about the entire body, one system at a time. You’ll learn about how the body functions and what health problems are related to which body system. You’ll also learn about natural health remedies for many health problems.
Free with Reiki Masters certification an attunement with purchase of Herbalism 1,2,and 3. I am attuned to Usui Ryoho, but I also ask that my students read the Diane Stein book, Essential Reiki. We cover the three Reiki levels and you will receive a Master’s attunement and certificate.
Each course (3 in all) is ten weeks in length.
Each course is 50.00 taken separately and earns a certificate in Healing Arts.
Earn a Priest or Priestess certification in Healing Arts by taking these four courses.
Buy three at once, get Reiki Master certification free.
The Healing Arts certificate four part series will earn a Priest or Priestess Certification from The Order of the Burning Branch
No text books required unless otherwise noted.
Herbalism 101 (The Universe of Herbs, begin your own Materia Medica)
Herbalism 202 (My Herbalism 101 course is required)
Herbalism 303 (My Herbalism 101 and 202 courses are required)
Reiki I, II, and III
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