My favourite beauty item right now

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So, I talked to a Trad-mate at Beltaine a few weeks ago, and she told me that she washes her hair with baking soda, and “conditions” with apple-cider vinegar (only once or twice a week for the acv). So, I decided I wanted to try it out for myself. I had asked her how long it took for her hair to get used to it, and she told me about a week. When I first used it, it was awesome. The first week was amazing. I didn’t have any “greasy” days at all, except for the one time I didn’t scrub my scalp long enough, and even then, it wasn’t awful. My hair feels amazing, smoother, thicker (which is amazing, because I have super thick hair anyway). I feel like what’s happening is that the baking soda doesn’t take out as much of the moisture and natural oils as shampooing your hair does; when I would leave my hair for two days on the ‘poo, it would be oily by the second day, but on baking soda, it’s absolutely fine the next day if I haven’t been able to find time for a shower.

Then, THEN! I washed my face with it.

ACV works well as a cleanser, but the baking soda is fracking amazing! My skin isn’t producing a ridiculous amount of oil anymore, and it feels soft and healthy! I use it on problem spots on my body as well (on my back and chest), it’s just so gentle feeling, but does an amazing job.

Now, here is where I’m making the “mundane” magical… it’s salt. Salt is the purest form of Earth. When I cleanse with it, I am really purifying myself with it, using this salt to take away the physical and spiritual/emotional/mental impurities with it down the drain.

This is a concept that’s in the front of my mind right now… realizing that everyday things are magical things too. What are some things that you do that are magical to you, but may look like “normal” things to others?

Catnip

Of course, when you have kitties, you have to have Catnip! Our dear kitties love kitty weed ;), and it is also a very useful herb in magic(k) as well!

When growing catnip, as long as there are no bruised leaves and you do not transplant it, your cats will ignore the plant completely;

“If you set it, the cats will eat it,
If you sow it, the cats don’t know it.”

Latin Name:
Nepeta Cataria

Parts Used:
Leaf, flowering tops (spike-like)

Herbal Usages:
It is an excellent herb to use when one has a fever; it induces sleep and perspiration without heating the body further.
It is also used as a carminative (expels gas from the stomach or bowels). It should be made as an infusion instead of boiled with water, as boiling will spoil it. Also, if you drink catnip tea regularly, make sure that you don’t drink too much as it is a natural emetic (will make you vomit).

You can extract the juices of leaves into tablespoon doses (taken three times daily) to relieve nervous headaches.

A poultice of catnip will help with bruises and swellings, and ointments made of the bruised leaves will help relieve hemorrhoids.

Associations:
Feminine; Venus; water; cats; love; happiness.

Magic(k)al Workings:
Cat magic(k), and giving it to your cat for creating a psychic bond goes without saying ;). Warriors used to chew the leaves for fierceness in battle.
It is also used in beauty, happiness and love.


The Empress

The Fool happens upon the Empress. After visiting the High Priestess, he knows which path he wishes to walk, but is impatient and wants to arrive at the destination without taking the journey. The Empress, surrounded by her lush garden and fields of wheat tells the Fool that like anything that grows, in order for his future to become reality, it needs nurturing, patience, attention and love. The Fool realizes she is right, thanks her and moves on his way.
In early versions (before Rider-Waite), the Empress is usually pregnant, which evokes great symbolism to the card’s meaning.

When we pull the Empress in a spread, she tells us that we must be patient and nurture our ideas or projects until they come to fruition. She’s all about creation, whether it’s creating life, business, art or love. The Magician is the inspiration of the idea, the High Priestess the inspiration turned to actual idea, and the Empress the womb in which it is nurtured and grown. It is a time of abundance in the Querent’s life.

Sources:

  1. Aeclectic
  2. Discover the Meaning of Tarot 

Taurus & Happy Birthday to Me!

 

Taurus - Olga Kostenko

Taurus – Olga Kostenko


Well, folks, today is the day that I have completed 23 turns around the sun. I am quite optimistic for the coming year! Not only will I finally be going to school for singing (operatic of course!), the man and I will be moving out to British Columbia for me to do it! It is quite an exciting time indeed! 🙂

Alright, so what I thought I would write about today, is the Zodiac sign of Taurus!

Taurus

Dates: April 20-May 20

Animal: The Bull

Element: Earth

Planet: Venus

Associated Body Parts: The throat, voice, vocal chords

Bull Gods:
Dionysus (Greek), Apis (Egyptian), Tarvos Trigaranus (Celtic/Gaulish), Moloch (Canaan/Modern day Isreal, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories and parts of Jordan, Syria and Northeastern Egypt)

Characteristics of a Taurean:
Steadfast, stubborn, stable, grounded, enjoys the finer things in life, loves the arts and anything of beauty, attraction to material things for their beauty and what they offer the senses.