Witches Gossip Corner ~ January 16, 2017

Appreciate a Dragon Day!
Date When Celebrated: Always January 16

All of us, young and not so young, can appreciate dragons. You’ll find good and bad dragons in legends, folklore, children’s books, songs, and top movies.

According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of this special day, you are encouraged to learn and explore the cultural and historic significance of dragons.

january-dragonThis day is also intended to celebrate literacy. So, reach for a book about dragons, and read it today!

Other ways to celebrate this day:

Draw pictures of dragons.

Write dragon poems or stories.

Have a dragon puppet show.

See a movie with dragons in it.

Take picture of stuffed animal dragons. If you see a real live dragon, make sure to take a picture of him, too!

Libraries should feature books with dragons

Most famous Friendly Dragon: Puff the Magic Dragon.

Origin of Appreciate a Dragon Day:

In 2004, author Donita K. Paul created Appreciate a Dragon Day, to celebrate the release of her book Dragon Spell. Mrs. Paul is a retired school teacher, who went into writing.

Can Any Herb Be Eaten?

Absolutely not! Many magickal herbs can be toxic. It is always important to do your research before using any sort of herb. You should know both the Magickal and the medicinal properties of a herb. They should never be ingested or added to a recipe before verifying if such herb is edible. Always proceed with caution as safety is the most important factor. If you have allergies, you may wish to explore extracts instead.

holly-leaves-drawing-herbalHerbs are one of the most powerful tools in a Witch’s Toolbox—they are simple, easy and the least expensive. Some may even question why, as they are just plants growing wild, however, they are much more than that. Herbs, like all growing things, contain a factual energy; because of this we are able to tap into this Energy and use them in many ways such as, Smudging, cleaning, Ritual baths, home decor, in cooking, in healing, in the Crafting of Amulets and Talismans and of course in our Spellwork.

Basil: There is more to basil than just adding it to a recipe, sprinkle dried basil around the home to ward and shield your sanctuary from negativity. It is used for love, purification, protection and most of all prosperity—to attract and draw money to you.

Chamomile: Commonly known for its medicinal purposes to calm the stomach and mind and to aid in sleep; it is also known for love, protection, purification, and meditation. The Magickal characteristics of chamomile can assist in Curse Reversals, be infused into body lotion and used in tea.

Cinnamon: The Magickal properties of cinnamon are unlike most herbs as its purposes are vast. Commonly known for enticing love and passion, it can also be used for success, protection, and healing. If your Spellwork uses a Magickal Item, sprinkle some cinnamon around it to boost its Magick or on your breakfast in the morning to begin your day with your own kitchen alchemy for success.

Lavender: Burn it as an offering to the Goddess in the Midsummer bonfire, place dried lavender in a sachet under your pillow for a peaceful sleep or in warm water for a calming bath. Lavender is a multipurpose herb used most commonly for sleep and peace, but also love, happiness, and purification.

Peppermint: Is also a multipurpose herb, known for healing and purification, however, prosperity, love, and ridding negativity are also known qualities. It can be used in tea to energize, burned for prosperity and used as a home cleaner for its invigorating scent and healing Energy.

Rosemary: Known for love, to heal and to purify, rosemary’s most powerful use is for protection and mental capability. Add it to your soap to purify your body, use it in your cooking to nourish your mind, or grow your own rosemary bush on your property to ward off danger.

Sage: By far the most popular tool of the Craft. Known for its purifying, cleansing, and healing properties. It can be burned, baked or cooked and grown inside or outside of the home.

As your knowledge base develops you will be able to forage, grow and cultivate your own herbs. Be sure to store your herbs in a dry area, out of the light, to keep their Energies instilled within them and out of easy reach. Always remember to give thanks when taking the herbs from the Earth and give back to the Earth, when you no longer need them.

Chili Pepper

If you feel your mate is looking for greener pastures, buy two large dried chili peppers. Cross them and tie together with a red or pink ribbon. Place this beneath your pillow and this should help keep fidelity in your marriage. If you’ve been cursed, scatter red pepper around your house to break the spell. Red pepper is also used in love powders to enflame the beloved or to ensure that the love you find will be spicy.

Monday, Jan 16th
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and WaxingIncense – Lily, Color – Silver

Tuesday, Jan 17th
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and WaxingIncense – Cinnamon, Color – Maroon

Wednesday, Jan 18th
Moon Phase: Third Quarter and WaxingIncense – Honeysuckle, Color – White

Thursday, Jan 19th
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and Waning, Incense – Myrrh, Color – Turquoise

Friday, Jan 20th
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and WaningIncense – Vanilla, Color – Coral

Saturday, Jan 21st
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and WaningIncense – Ivy, Color – Blue

Sunday, Jan 22nd
Moon Phase: Fourth Quarter and WaningIncense – Marigold, Color – Yellow

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