Archive for June, 2011
Our thyme plant, last summer.
Latin Name: Thymus Vulgaris
Gardening Needs: as a traditionally Mediterranean herb, this plant needs lots of sunlight and a soil that drains very well with an extra dose of clay and sand. Grows wonderfully near the sea or at any location where humidity and temperature are high. The wood is very hard and must be pruned each six months with pruning scissors (do not pinch by hand), preferably at dusk during the crescent moon. It survives cold very well, as long as it has enough sunlight during the day.
Medicinal Properties: though used mainly as a spice for soups, stews and sauces (try it with grilled chicken or vegetables), thyme has many powerful medicinal properties. Eases fever, phlegm and cough; relieves muscle pain and headaches caused by menstruation and sunstroke; it is also a powerful antiseptic and antibiotic, so it is used for cleaning wounds and as a mouthwash.
Magickal Properties: in Magick, thyme equals courage and luck. A powerful amulet against negativity, evil eye and persistent ghost activity, it is also used for money and prosperity spells. Honestly, there is hardly a spell that doesn’t improve with the use of thyme! It is also a very fragrant herb, so it can be burnt as incense to repel negative energies, specially on businesses.
Related Deities/Spirits: any business and luck related deities and lares, like the Ekeko, Eleggua and Oya; spirits of courage like Black Hawk and Guaicaipuro; and of course, all Spirits related to herbs and medicine, like Osain, Babalu-Aye and Jose Gregorio Hernández.
Just a quick note to let you know that we have listed several new batches of products – Florida Water, our Veve chalks, and the second batch of Saint Michael Water. We have some exciting new products for this week too, so stay tuned!
The birthday party was quite delightful, even more after my cousin made his famous strawbery daiquiri :D , and I got myself some much needed painting supplies as a birthday gift. I’m working on a new angelic painting and hopefully it will be finished this week. As part of the decor, which was day of the dead themed, we made this Santa Muerte doll – now I can’t take it off because my husband and my friend won’t let me hehe!
We made a ouija seance and listened to our favourite EVP archives; my witchy friend gave me brushes for my minis, my aunt got me a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, and my brother gifted me with some extra awesome antique coins from his own collection, including roman coins, a medieval coin from the arab invasion (which I will use for angelic magic), and more that I will show in detail tomorrow as I need him to write down each one’s date and origin.
He also brought me two beautiful books on greek and russian mythology from a collection my father bought to us when we were little – since my brother was born when I was 15, all the children’s books on the house (mine and my sister’s) were given to him, but now that he’s 20 I’m getting my favourite ones back (yay). Those are not exactly children’s books but simply compilations of legends with awesome illustration artists on each volume, so I still read and enjoy the ones I have quite often. They influenced my beginnings as a painter so deeply – here’s an example of the gorgeous images:
I have tons of work ahead this week, so I better stop photographing pretty things :P .
I’m taking a short break until Monday to prepare Saturday’s birthday celebration (mine and my brother’s girlfriend) – the shop will stay open and orders attended as usual. See you back on Monday!
We would like to wish all our readers, customers and friends worldwide the happiest Solstice! No big celebrations here today as we will be celebrating on Saturday, but there will definitely some (very needed) altar cleaning and if time allows, some special offerings.
Also, remember that our raffle to win a free reading and a free vigil candle work ends on Thursday morning (greenwich time), so click on the link or scroll a few posts down to read about it and get your own chance to win!
Have a gorgeous magickal day Witches!!!!
Posted in 1:12 Dollhouse And Miniatures on June 20, 2011 |
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This past week has been so full of readings and spellwork as the previous one, and there are still a few appointments ahead this week! Thankfully I’ll have some rest and enjoyment by the end of the week, as my witchy friend is coming on Wednesday and on Saturday, along with my brother and his lovely girlfriend, we will be celebrating the Solstice, Saint John’s Day, my sister-in-law’s birthday and my birthday, as it was the only day we could all meet our schedules. I will be 35 on July 4, gosh has this been a challenging year!
I noticed I haven’t made many pics this week, so I took the camera and snapped little pieces of magick. Enjoy!
Our lucky dumpster find this week were this trophy parts. They’re huge as salad bowls and, with a bit of tarnishing, they’l make awesome bowls for herbs, offerings, plants…
A customer made a very generous donation in name of our recently deceased dog Orson to the White Muzzle Fund, a shelter that focuses on giving abandoned senior dogs the care and love they deserve. We are so, so grateful for this selfless gift!!! To honour this gesture, Fernando made his absolutely awesome candied popcorn to be offered to Babalu Aye, Orisha of healing, who is represented as Saint Lazarus with two dogs and is his protector. Popcorn, if you didn’t know, is Babalu Aye’s favourite food. Sadly, our camera batteries died and I couldn’t take a picture of the offering before we took it to a very special place for him: a children’s hospital.
A reader requested prayers to Archangel Uriel a couple of days ago – since Uriel is not mentioned in the Bible, but in the book of Enoch and other apocryphal Gospels, there are no traditional Roman Catholic prayers to Him as He is not considered a “proper” Archangel since the eighth century. But who cares what the roman Catholic Church thinks, right?
Dear reader, you must make up your own prayers to Archangel Uriel – but this is no hard task as angels are incredibly forgiving with the shape and form of prayers. Being the angel of intellectual and spiritual understanding (Uriel means “light of God”), you can actually ask him to inspire you the most beautiful and enlightening prayers! For those of you who haven’t worked with him yet, let me tell you that Uriel is a master in bringing peace and harmony into stressing situations, and can also be asked for help for liars to be exposed, for example in court cases. As a bringer of light into obscure mind issues, he is also one of the archangels to work with in case of wanting to release past trauma, guilt and lack of forgiveness.
Magickal items related to Uriel are:
- blue and silver candles;
- spring water;
- Herbs: lemon verbena, lemon balm, Achillea, willow.
- Colours: blue, white, silver, dark green.
- Stones: quartz, peridot.
“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.”
“Dear St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us,
both body and soul from the Evil One,
his followers and anyone who would approach us with malicious intent.
Protect us, our bodies, and our cars, as we travel about in our daily activities.
Protect us, our bodies, our home, our property and possessions during times of storm,
from all dangers of lightning, high winds, hail and flood waters. Amen.”
“St. Michael, intercede for me with God in all my necessities,
especially (name your specific need).
Obtain for me a favorable outcome in the matter I recommend to you.
Mighty prince of the heavenly host, and victor over rebellious spirits,
remember me for I am weak and sinful and so prone to pride and ambition.
Be for me, I pray, my powerful aid in temptation and difficulty,
and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.”