Epic Pottermore Sorting

Monday, June 18, 2012
Forgive our lateness, but we've only JUST jumped on the Pottermore bandwagon (now that it's open to everyone). WE LOVE IT! If you don't know what Pottermore is:

"... a unique and free-to-use website which builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books"

 You basically get to explore the world of Harry Potter in an interactive setting, as a Hogwarts student yourself! 


Next to receiving your own virtual wand, being sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses is probably one of the most exciting parts of Pottermore. So we decided to document it. Enjoy.


~*Atreya & Amethyst*~


 
 

F.Y.I.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Misunderstood Maleficent

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Check out Part 3 of  the "Misunderstood Disney Witches" series in Atreya's Corner! Highlighting my favorite Disney witch: MALEFICENT!


Herb Of The Month ~ June 2012

Herb of the Month for June 2012 ~ Chamomile

     It's June and time for us to explore another herb.  This month our herb is chamomile.  Chamomile is a common herb that is used all over the world.  From a mundane cup of hot tea to a powerful healing mixture, chamomile is a potent and versatile herb to have in your arsenal.  There are two types of Chamomile, Roman Chamomile (Chameamelum nobile, Anthemis nobilis) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).  Both types of Chamomile can be used the same and work equally well.  Ground apple (because of its apple like scent), whig plant, maythen and heermannchen are some of the folk names for chamomile.  Its a masculine herb that is ruled by the Sun and the element of water. 

And now from my exploding herb cabinet... Chamomile

Fresh Chamomile is Daisy-like in appearance


Dry Chamomile


      Chamomile is widely known for its soothing, calming affects.  Chamomile is a stress reliever and brings happiness.  Teas made with this herb are often used to calm the nerves, relax the body and induce sleep.  If your an insomniac like me, chamomile tea before bed may be exactly what you need to help you find some Zzzzz.  You can also drink a mixture of chamomile, warm milk and honey.  It can also help calm anxiety and panic.  Also a muscle relaxant, chamomile can help reduce muscle cramps, spasms, and menstrual cramps.  Morning sickness, restlessness during pregnancy, upset stomach and digestion are also soothed with chamomile.  There's also a wide range of topical uses for Chamomile.  Cuts, scrapes, burns, blisters, rashes and eczema can be treated using Chamomile ( treat the area with a warm tea bag of add it to a salve).  You can also add the herb to a warm bath. 
      Chamomile isn't just for healing, this herb has a wide variety of magickal uses as well.  Love, peace, money, purification, and protection are among the magickal uses of chamomile.  To increase luck and attract money wash your hands in chamomile infused water.  Put the dried flower in your wallet or change purse to attract money. Take a chamomile bath before performing spell work to cleanse and purify your spiritual energy.  A bath will also attract love and help release feelings of loss and anger.  Chamomile is very powerful herb of protection.  Plant or sprinkle the herb around your property to protect your home and those that live on the property.  It will remove curses and spells cast against you and prevent future harmful spells from taking hold.  If you live in an apartment like myself, use water infused with chamomile to protect your home.  Sprinkle or spray the windows and the entrance to your apartment to prevent anything (and anyone) negative from crossing the threshold. 

Will Chamomile kill me??
Chamomile won't kill you.  This herb has been used for healing dating back to the ancient Egyptians that used it to fight off fevers.  People all over the world drink chamomile tea and it is used for cooking as well.   If your allergic to ragweed you may have an allergic reaction to the herb, but these reactions are pretty uncommon.  As with all things don't go overboard and if your pregnant consult your doctor before consuming chamomile tea.  *** 

Interesting Tidbit: Chamomile has an apple like scent and the word chamomile comes from the Greek meaning 'ground apple'.  To brighten blonde hair, use a chamomile tea rinse.

Chamomile Eye Wash
I have sensitive skin and eyes, especially on my face.  Skin irritation and swollen eyes are a fairly common occurance for me; especially during allergy season.  The eye irritation is probably the worst. No one wants pink eye.  During a pink eye attack a couple of years ago, I decided to take a more natural approach to dealing with this problem and what do you know.... Mother Nature has the best rememdy for it.  The natural stuff works faster then anything else I've ever used.  When I make an eye wash or a compress, I usually use a combination of fennel seed, chamomile and lavender. But using Chamomile on its own is OK too.  

  • Start with two cups of water. Once the water has boiled add two tablespoons of dried Chamomile to the water.
  • Let the Chamomile steep for 10-15 minutes then strain it.
  • Once the liquid has cooled use it to wash the eyes 1-3 times a day.
  • You can also use the liquid as a compress.  Dip a clean cloth into the liquid. Ring out the cloth leaving it damp and hold it over your eyes or the affected area. 

Chamomile will help you track down those illusive Zzzz's and force them to do their job.  Drink a hot cup of chamomile tea to calm the nerves, relieve stress and reduce anxiety (or just because it tastes good).  A cup of this tea can also ease an unhappy stomach and make morning sickness a thing of the past, but talk to your doctor before making it a part of your routine.  Use it for healing but keep in mind the possibility of allergic reaction.  Take a bath with it to attract love and cleanse the spirit.  A few dried flowers in your wallet will attract money and sprinkling it around your property will keep the curses away. There's more information out there so make sure you do some research on your own.


Bright Blessings,

~Amethyst~



***I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. Do your research before you consume any herbs via potions etc.





Sources: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by: Scott Cunningham
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients by: Lexa Rosean
http://www.witchipedia.com



Stone of the Month ~ June 2012

Stone of the Month for June 2012 ~ Carnelian 

      I decided to go with Carnelian this month because it's a warm and energetic stone that is perfect for the month of June.  I was also inspired to pick Carnelian because of a surprise birthday trip last month. My wonderful witchy friend and co-blogger, Atreya, took me to a gem show for my birthday.  I ALMOST LOST MY MIND!!  This was my first gem show and it was a site to behold.  One giant room filled with crystals was almost too much for my senses and I'm pretty sure I jumped up and down like a child at the circus for about five minutes.  Atreya basically had to put me on a leash and force me to focus on one thing at a time.  There were so many shiny, pretty and huge crystals to look at, I had trouble focusing on one thing for longer than 10 seconds. (Side Note: Do not attend a gem show without a reasonably responsible companion/adult supervision. Had Atreya not been with me, I could have easily blown my paycheck buying every crystal that made me say 'oohhhh pretty'.) I did zero in on a few things though and Carnelian was one of them.  There was a ton of it at this gem show.  So obviously a few pieces had to come home with me.  
     Carnelian is a proud member of the agate family and is easily obtained.  It is made of silicon dioxide and gets it color from varying levels of iron impurities. The impurities cause the orange, red (sometimes pink) and brown banding, stripes and specks.  Carnelian is a beautiful, warm stone that feels silky and smooth when polished. 

Carnelian I purchased at the gem show

Second view of Carnelian from the gem show

Polished Carnelian


     Carnelian has been used in jewelry since ancient times.  Romans used it as small beads set in earrings and larger pieces were used in rings and necklaces and were usually set in gold.  The stone was also carved into cameos and signet rings with images of Gods and personal emblems and was a sign of importance (kings, emperors etc).  Ancient Egyptians also used Carnelian in necklaces and collars, usually in concert with lapis lazuli and onyx.


     Carnelian is a high energy stone that grounds and stabilizes.  It has restorative powers that invigorate creativity, motivation, drive and mental stamina.  Carnelian is helpful with intense and stressful pursuits that require a high level of focus.  Starting a business? Writing an epic novel? Carnelian can help you stay motivated and focused on your target.  It sharpens the mind, improves concentration and keeps your thoughts moving forward.  Carnelian will help to anchor you in the present reality by clarifying perceptions, improving critical thinking and helping you to be in the moment.  This stone is great for daydreamers that have trouble focusing, especially during meditation. 
     A power stone, Carnelian promotes self confidence, personal power, drive and ambition.  Carnelian helps banish sorrow, depression and grief.  It will also protect the wearer from rage, anger, resentment and bad tempers from others and from self.   Use it when you need to make tough decisions regarding your career. 
     Carnelian has been a popular stone for healing since the Middle Ages.  In the Middle Ages it was believed that Carnelian promoted courage, protected the wearer against negativity, promoted courage and dissolved rage/anger.  Ancient Egyptians believed the stone protected the newly deceased on their journey into the afterlife.  Carnelian removes fear of death and helps attain acceptance of the cycles of life. 
    
This stone has a long list of healing attributes.  Use Carnelian to:
  • stimulate your metabolism
  • overcome impotence
  • overcome depression
  • lower back problems
  • increase fertility and stimulate female reproductive organs
  • improve vitamin absorption
  • activate base/root chakra
  • increase energy

A great and different way to experience the properties of crystals is with water, specifically using energized water or a crystal remedy. For this stone let's make some energized water.


  • Place a cleansed stone into a clear glass bottle that is filled with clean, drinkable water. (You can use a tall drinking glass and cover it with a coaster. If you want to make more than just one glass you can use a glass jug.)
  • After combining the crystal and the water leave them in direct sunlight for at least one hour (you can leave it out for a full day).
  • Once the hour has passed REMOVE THE CRYSTAL and drink the water. This will internalize the properties of the crystal.

Know someone with anger issues or a bad temper? Give them the gift of Carnelian and help them mellow out.  If you've lost track of your personal power Carnelian will help you find it.  Use it to help maintain focus and clear thinking especially when in a stressful situation that requires prolonged mental stamina.  If your a daydreamer that needs help staying grounded in the present moment carry a piece of Carnelian.  The ancient Egyptians and Romans knew what they were doing when they started putting Carnelian in jewelry.  It's powerful, it's a protector, it will help your spirit to the other side and, as with most crystals, it's pretty to look at.  I gave a few points on Carnelian but there is more information out there so do some research on your own.



Bright Blessings,
~Amethyst~



Source: Crystals by: Jennie Harding
The Crystal Bible by: Judy Hall