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    In times past healing was the province of the village 'wise woman' or 'witch'. (Incidentally, the word witch means 'one with knowledge of plants')
    Such individuals were either born with such knowledge or had it passed down through generations of their families.
    The village witch could diagnose both human and animal ailments and would dispense herbal remedies in the form of powders, potions and ointments.
    Occasionally they prescribed charms or cast spells to rid the body of an illness. Some folk-magic remedies required procedures on the part of the patient, such as boiling an egg and burying it in an anthill; the disease or condition would disappear when the ants had consumed the egg.
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    Akasha……..

    O Great Spirit, Akasha, Ancient One
    Bring Your Powerful Spirit On
    Cast Your Circle of Power
    Bind the Elements, Of Their Towers
    Bring Your Ancient Power Forth
    From East, to South, to West, to North
    You Surround, Protect; Unite and Combine
    For the Guardians are Thyne
    Blessed are We, that We Can Call to You
    May your Strength and Light Shine Through
    Thy Protection You Readily Send
    You Encircle the Pentagram, End to End
    I Honor Thee, as My Circle I Cast
    I Call the Four, the Power you bring Lasts
    You Bring Thy Balance and Harmony
    In Love and Light and Blessed Be

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    "… on the appointed day they arrived of the distribution of the gifts of wisdom, Hermes as the god of wisdom and eloquence and also of rewards, said to him who, as you may well suppose, had made the biggest offering: ‘Here is philosophy for you’; and to him who had made the next handsomest present he said: ‘Do you take your place among the orators’; and to others he said: ‘You shall have the gifts of astronomy or you shall be a musician, or you shall be an epic poet and write in heroic metre, or you shall be a write of iambics." ~ excerpt from Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana
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    How to Hug a Tree:

    You've heard the phrase before, but have you ever taken a moment out of your day to do this? Although some trees, like people, are more huggable than others, they all need a hug now and again.

    Difficulty: Easy
    Time Required: 10 to 30 minutes
    Here's How:

    Find yourself a quiet park, forest, or woodland area.
    Walk among the trees until you feel comfortable in their presence.
    Feel the different bark textures with the palms of your hands.
    Smell the scent of the various woods.
    Absorb their life's energies as you look upwards to the sprawling branches overhead.
    Find the perfect tree that fits your mood. You will know which one is right for you.
    Vertical Tree Hug: Encircle it with your arms while gently pressing your cheek to the trunk being careful not to scratch your face. Squeeze tightly. Sigh deeply. Be one with your tree.
    Full Body Tree Hug: Sit upon the ground wrapping your legs around the base of the tree and at the same time embracing it with your arms.
    Up in the Air Tree Hug: Climb a tree. Sit upon a strong limb and straddle it with your legs. Bend forward and place your belly against it while wrapping your arms about it.
    Tips:

    Feel free to hug more than one tree if the mood strikes. Besides, other trees might get jealous.
    You may like to take home a fallen leaf or nut as a keepsake from your new friend.
    Be sure to return each season to visit your tree. And don't be afraid to talk to it as trees are good listeners.

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    Daily Devotions of the Goddess

    Let us rejoice in the gift of each new day,
    With hearts full of wonderment, happy and gay.
    Let us give song, unto Her presence of light,
    Hearts filled with magick, within Her mystical nights.
    Blessed be.

    Lady Abigail
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    Apollo

    The sun god of brightness, healing and clearness of mind, Apollo is one of the most beloved of the Dodekatheon, the god of medicine and the arts and leader of the Muses as well as being the keeper of the shining sun. He is the creator of poetry and the chief god of prophecy, long ago being worshiped at many shrines and temples where he would gift his priests and priestesses with oracular visions. Like his sister, Artemis, Apollo is an accomplished marksman and athlete, though he prefers the pursuits of leisure games and activities rather than hunting, pastimes that allow him to enjoy and showcase his perfect beauty.

    Apollo and Python
    After Apollo and Artemis had been born, Hera, still seeking revenge for Zeus' affair with Leto, sent the dragon Python after her, ordering it to chase her to the ends of the earth and kill her. Apollo, determined to defend his mother, grew to adulthood as he chased the monster, finally cornering it at Delphi, where it lived, and killing it with the bow and arrows that Hephaestus had made for him. He remade Delphi as his own sacred temple and oracle, but Python had been a child of Gaia and a great-uncle to Apollo, so Zeus was forced to punish him for killing his kin; Apollo had to undergo a lengthy purifying ritual and to institute the Pythian Games in its honor, over which he eternally presides as judge.

    Apollo and Asclepius
    Apollo's first son, Asclepius, was a gifted god of healing, surpassing even his father in skill; when Artemis' disciple Hippolytus was killed, Asclepius healed him so skilfully that he rose from the dead. Zeus immediately struck them both down for trespassing against the natural order of things and stealing one of Hades' subjects. Furious and maddened with grief at the death of his son, Apollo in revenge killed Zeus's sons, the Cyclopes, who had created the thunderbolt Zeus had used to kill Asclepius; Zeus was filled with wrath and would have thrown Apollo into Tartarus, but Leto begged for her son's life and he was instead merely banished from Olympus for a year, forced to work as a shepherd in Thessaly.

    Apollo and Achilles
    Apollo's son, Troilus, was one of the most beautiful of young men ever to walk the earth; it was prophesied that if he lived to be twenty years old, Troy could never fall. On the eve of his twentieth birthday, Achilles spied him and was overcome with lust for him, but when Troilus refused to become his lover, Achilles killed him on Apollo's altar. Troy was thus doomed to fall, but Apollo gained his revenge by guiding Paris' arrow to Achilles' heel, killing the nigh-invulnerable murderer of his son.

    Apollo and the Niobids
    Niobe, a beautiful queen of Thebes, boasted that she was a better woman than Leto, because she had fourteen children while Leto had only Apollo and Artemis. In revenge for her pride, Apollo and Artemis killed all of her fourteen children; Artemis killed the seven daughters with poisoned arrows, while Apollo murdered the sons as they were at play in athletic games. Niobe was so devastated that she turned to stone.

    Apollo and Daphne
    Apollo once mocked his nephew Eros, making fun of his bow and arrow, which he said were a man's weapons being wielded by a boy. Eros shot him with an arrow of passion for the nymph Daphne, but he also shot Daphne with a leaden arrow, causing her to be violently repulsed by the idea of Apollo's love. No matter how he tried to woo her, Apollo could not change Daphne's mind, and finally she turned herself into the laurel tree as he chased her one day. Apollo, mourning, took some of the tree's leaves and fashioned from them his laurel crown.

    Apollo and Hyacinthus
    Apollo fell in love with the beautiful Spartan prince Hyacinthus, and the two became constant companions. The wind god Zephyrus, however, was jealous and wanted Apollo to love him instead, so when the two were throwing a discus one day he caused the wind to gust and drive Apollo's discus into Hyacinthus' head, killing him. Apollo was so filled with grief that he created the hyacinth flower from Hyacinthus' blood; he refused to ever speak to Zephyrus again for his deed.

    Apollo and Leucothea
    Apollo fell in love with Leucothea, a mortal princess; he regularly disguised himself as her mother to visit her chambers for clandestine trysts. Her sister Clytia, however, was intensely jealous and had fallen in love with Apollo as well, and wanted him for herself. In order to remove her sister, Clytia revealed the affair to their father, who had Leucothea buried alive for her transgressions. Clytia begged Apollo to love her in her sister's place, but he scorned her for killing his lover and refused to touch her, causing her to wither and die until he turned her into a sunflower, whose face followed the sun with longing every day.

    Apollo and Midas
    When the satyr god, Pan, claimed that his music was equal to Apollo's, the sun god agreed to a contest. While Pan's pipe music was very pleasing, it took only a second of Apollo putting his hands to his lyre for him to be ruled the winner. All the gods and mortals who had heard the competition agreed except for Midas, who was a follower of Pan; Apollo was so offended by his lack of musical taste that he turned his ears into those of a donkey to punish them for their lack of discernment.

    Illus.: http://ceruleanvii.deviantart.com/art/invictus-163092783

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    SPELL TO WIN COURT CASES

    When the moon is in the astrological sign of Libra or Sagittarius, brew a magical tea from Lovage root.
    Strain the liquid into a glass container.
    Seal it tightly with a lid after the tea has cooled; bless it in the divine name of the Goddess;
    and then store it in the refrigerator until the night before you are scheduled to appear in court.
    When the time is ready, light a new black candle and add your lovage root tea to your bathwater.
    As you bathe in it and visualize yourself winning the court case, your body and spirit will
    absorb beneficial occult vibrations. After bathing, place the Justice card from a Tarot deck under your pillow.
    Go to bed and recite the following magical rhyme over and over until you fall asleep:
    SCALES OF JUSTICE,
    HARKEN AND QUAVER;
    LET THE JUDGE RULE IN MY FAVOR.
    To make the power of the spell even more potent, also brew a magical tea from some dried
    Californian buckthorn bark and sprinkle it around the courthouse premises at midnight on the night
    prior to your court appearance. Be sure to do this without anyone seeing you.

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    A SPELL FOR SUCCESS IN COURT

    If you are facing a judgment in court, write down all possible verdicts on a piece of paper.
    With scissors or a knife, cut out only the desired conclusion while focusing your mind on
    a positive outcome. Carefully burn the unwanted portion, until nothing but ash remains.
    Release or bury this ash so it is symbolically "lost" to you.
    Carry the other piece of paper into court, wrapped in gold cloth, as a protective amulet.
    Usage: Equity, fairness, truth, and legal matters.
    Timing: When the sun is brightest. Moon in Libra. Months of July and December. Tuesday.

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    The witch bottle is / was used for protection against hexes and curses they where made using small flasks �aprox 3 inches� although their where larger one which where known as Greybeards which where made from large grey or brown stoneware glazed in salt and decorated bearded faces know as Bartmann or Bellarmine jugs.

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    Cuchulainn – Irish Story and Legend of Cú Chulainn – Baby Names of Ireland
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    Long ago, a king called Conor MacNessa had warriors called the Red Branch Knights. He trained them to be strong men. King Conor also had a nephew called Setanta who wanted to be a Red Branch Knight. From a very early age he showed superhuman qualities of wisdom, warfare, magic and poetry.
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    Cú Chulainn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Cú Chulainn, also spelt Cú Chulaind or Cúchulainn ([kuːˈxʊlˠɪnʲ] (listen); Irish for "Culann's Hound") and sometimes known in English as Cuhullin (pron.:/kəˈhʊlɨn/),[1] is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore.[2] The son…
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    We…

    There are many different variations to the myths surrounding this deity.
    We know for certain that she is part of the Tuatha Dé Danann, or the race of gods that inhabited Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann means the "people of the goddess Danu," because this race of gods traveled from islands of the west on a cloud to Ireland. We also know for certain that this is the goddess of war, death, destruction, and battle in Pan-Celtic mythology.
    Some call the Mórrígan a single goddess, and others a triple goddess sometimes called the Mórrígu. In her triple goddess myths, she is sometimes Mórrígan, Macha, and Badb, with Nemain being an alternative name for Macha. In others, the Mórrígan are Macha, Badb, and Nemain.
    Her names sometimes is said to mean "great queen" and in others, "phantom queen." …

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    The Morrígan ("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen"), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in…
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    Bragi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Bragi is generally associated with bragr, the Norse word for poetry. The name of the god may have been derived from bragr, or the term bragr may have been formed to describe 'what Bragi does'. A connection between the name Bragi and English brego 'chieftain' has been suggested but is generally now d…
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    Hurstwic Norse Mythology: Idun
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    Iðunn is the goddess of eternal youth and is the wife of Bragi, the god of poetry. Idun keeps the golden apples that maintain the eternal youthfulness of the gods. Since the gods are not immortal, the apples are considered very precious.
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    In Norse mythology, Iðunn is a goddess associated with apples and youth. Iðunn is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In both sources, she is described as the wife of the skal…
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    Her name means she who renews and has several alternative spellings including: Indun, Iduna and Idhunna.

    She was one of the lesser known Aesir Goddesses who lived in Asgard.

    She is the keeper of the magical apples that give the Gods immortality

    Idunn The Norse Goddess
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    Uncover the myths, symbolism and archetype of Idunn the Norse Goddess of youth.

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