Some of you would have never guessed...
I am a Witch. A Witch (or Wiccan) is one who tries to be as one with the Universe in general, and Mother Earth and all of her elements specifically. There is no such thing as a Black Witch or a White Witch, as it is generally agreed that there must be balance in a Witch's practice. We don't sacrifice children or juggle puppies with spiked gloves. The basic law of Witchcraft is "Do what ye will, an it harm none." We don't worship Satan, as he is a Christian manifestation, and we don't believe in him or the Christian Hell (rather difficult to worship someone/thing in which you have no faith). Most Witches believe in reincarnation, which is returning to the Earth after death to a different body. I believe we are reincarnated to teach and learn. What we carry with us from a past-life helps us to contribute to mankind, even if it is to one person at a time that those previous lessons get taught. I believe that everything happens for a reason, cliche though it may sound. What has happened in my past has helped me to help others deal with their own past and present experience. And believe me, knowing that has made some issues more bearable.
I am what many would call a kitchen witch. I use common herbs to make magickal remedies, many of which I will be posting in here. I am always looking for more, and anyone who wants to share may 'contact me'.
If you are interested in meeting and chatting with other pagans/Wiccans, please feel free to come visit Wiccan Mist, an MSN Community created and managed by my friend, Myystic, assisted by me. New, 'veteran', and non-pagans are welcome at this site...come join us for a learning experience!
We're adding new stuff to Wiccan Mist all the time. As the holidays approach, we'll be adding guidelines for the various rituals. Myystic has already added several pages relating to colors, planets, and other such magickal information.
I am not a physician, and in no way do I intend to replace your physician...if you are ill, seek professional medical assistance and advice before using any of these remedies!
One of my favorite remedies is as follows:
Remedy for aches and nausea associated with flu:
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. chamomile
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. lavender
Add all ingredients to a small jar (i use a baby food jar) and shake until well-mixed. Add 1 tsp to a sachet and toss in a very warm bath...soak away!
This will sound utterly bizarre, but I tried it and it works beautifully!
Grate a small amount of fresh garlic. Place it on the wrist that is opposite of the side where your toothache is (i.e., if the left side of your mouth is in agony, put the garlic on your right wrist). Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wash off.
Ah, yes, it's 3:00 in the morning; you hear the baby crying. You go pick him up to comfort him and rock him back to sleep when*BLAT!!!*he spews something just about the colour of this text all over your favorite nightshirt. Before you set to the task of trying to remove the toxic waste from your brand new carpet, pop into the kitchen to get this stomach-soothing, sleep-inducing remedy going:
(for each cup)
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon catnip
Fill a 10-12 oz cup with hot tap water. Spoon all ingredients into a fresh coffee filter (I wouldn't recommend a tea-ball, the ginger and cinnamon will pass right through), tie it off with a twist-tie or cord, and cover. Call HazMat (or clean up the baby's mess yourself). When the mess is all cleaned up, the tea should be ready. This is almost a sinfully delicious, spicy tea, and makes a great night-cap (and better for you than brandy). For children, you can add a spoon-full of sugar to make it taste more attractive (don't worry, this does NOT detract from the sedative effect of the catnip). By this time it should also be cool enough to give to a baby, but give it a test first. I don't have a remedy for scalded mouths yet...
As it turns out, the Purple Ribbon is a symbol of religious tolerance. I will continue to wear it proudly!
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