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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Let's Not Forget our WWII POW'S

My husband came home the other day from work and was telling me about a man he met who had been a POW in the Japanese POW Camp during WWII. It's amazing because out of 20,000 prisoners only 200 were left at the end of the war. The following is a link to their stories.

WWII Japanese POW Camp Fukuoka #17- Omuta


Monday, February 18, 2013

Monas Hieroglyphica



Monas Hieroglyphica (or Hieroglyphic Monad)is an esoteric symbol designed by John Dee, who was the court magician to Elizabeth I of England. The word monad itself was used early on to mean "one" or "ultimate". As a philosophy, and this is a very simplistic explanation as the philosophy itself is much more complex, it is an indivisible or impenetrable substance that is the basis for all reality. (And yes, that is my very simplistic view of it which I state up front).

What led me on this search was a symbol I saw in the advertisements for a new movie coming out in which the symbol looks remarkably similar to Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica. From what I have read for myself Dee's symbol is a combination of the cross, moon, sun, and Aries. Interestingly when the numerology is done for this particular symbol, according to Catherine Beyer, you get the number 7 the number of God or favored by God. Though as we know there are 72 names for God.

It is for me something I am still studying but it is an interesting symbol none the less. For my ceremonial magicians I know this description is very short and does not due justice to the work of Dee.

Anora xx

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Golden Seal

It can be daunting when standing in the market looking at rows and rows of herbal supplements. For certain, I've had my share of dazed moments where I was so overwhelmed, taking a supplement seemed like too much work. The more I began to research online the more confident I became in approaching the lifestyle of using herbal supplements to help with ailments. Golden Seal is a must have for anyone's cabinet. It's mother nature's antibiotic. My first exposure to Golden Seal was when my six year old came down with pink eye and we were without insurance. I did a quick check online to see if there was anything we could do though I was skeptical because as a teacher I knew just how quickly this spreads from child to child at the elementary age. I came across a description of how to make a Golden Seal eye wash. Well, when you are without insurance and need a child well enough to attend school it was worth a shot. The worst that could happen was that it would not do a thing other than maybe take away some of the discharge. We followed the instructions for making the eye wash which amounted to boiled distilled water mixed with two capsules (emptying the capsules into the water to dissolve), letting the water cool to room temperature, and washing out the eye with three drops in each eye. The excess could be kept in a sterile container in the refrigerator for follow up washes. Four to perhaps six doses later the eye was completely cured in two days. He has not had an issue with pink eye since then.

As for using it for other ailments when the winter flu was going around I took Golden Seal using the recommended dose and kept away from the flu bug this year. I am allergic to the flu vaccine so I will say that this helped me a great deal.

As with any herbal routine always check with your physician first or consult with an herbalist or herb certified page.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Attract Money-Bay Leaves

A very simple way to attract monies is to simply carry a charged Bay leaf in your wallet where you keep your money.

Blessed Valentine's Day

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Blessed Valentines Day my loves. Do not forget to let your special someone know that you love them. Flowers hold a great many messages and each has their own special message. Of course, my favorite are Orchids which symbolize death but death is not often a bad thing. In the tarot it symbolizes a rebirth, an opportunity for change. Be love today and always my dears.

Anora

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Welcome to 2013 & Happy Year of the Snake

Blessings my dear readers! We are now in the Year of the Snake and prosperity is abundant as we are also in the influence of Venus. It has been a busy year already in this witch's hearth. In the last months my transformation into yet another facet of my life has come to fruition and the magickal workings in this hearth are many. I'll be sharing spells, rituals, and motivational tid bits over the next few months, though as always you my readers are first and foremost with your questions so do not hesitate to write in with questions and I will do my best to find the answers to them, or at least point you in the right direction!

Blessings,

Anora

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

I'm not a huge fan of New Year's Resolutions. This time of year we always see people stating "I’m going to give up this" or "I'm going to do more of this", and then as the month of January passes those goals slowly are forgotten and eventually the end of the year arrives with yet another list of goals. Perhaps it is because the goals set are always so large that they cannot possibly be dealt with, or perhaps it is that people do not know how to break a goal down into tasks, and perhaps it is because the goals are not truly believed in, they were just made because "That's what you do".

If you are going to set a goal and are new to goal setting my advice is to set one you can break into manageable tasks. Have a plan of attack as to how you're going to meet the goal, but also how you're going to track your progress. Write check in dates on your calendar so that you know when to check in. Keep a daily or weekly log of your progress toward the goal, including changes you make along the way toward your goal. You’ll want to map out all of your steps before you begin to ensure success. So making a goal, in short, is more than just saying you are going to do something, it is making a plan to do so.

Now, as it comes, not all goals stay the same and sometimes they simply take longer to achieve. By keeping a daily journal or weekly journal you’ll be able to decide which the case is. If a goal changes mid-stream that is ok, this occurs in teaching all of the time. It simply means that the first goal was perhaps not the best fit at that moment in time. If the goal takes longer than expected it simply means that at this time in your life this is the pace you are able to progress. Do not be hard on yourself and allow the goal to progress at the pace it is meant to progress.

My final advice is that you need to be patient. You need to allow the goal to blossom in its own time. Many of us are stuck in that fast foods get it now mindset and we forget that the best things come to those who wait. It doesn’t mean you are not working. The farmer works daily and yet waits patiently as his crops blossom. Your hard work will pay off in its own time.