Cloves- Witch Magic, Witch Spells and Magic Herbs

Cloves and Their Use in Witch Magic

Cloves have been used for centuries in witch magic to draw friendship and
money towards the intended recipient. They are considered to be an especially
powerful magic herbs.

Cloves are considered masculine, and are associated with the planet Jupiter and
the element of Fire. Used for colds and insomnia, cloves has also been used by
witches for eons, Myrrh was burned on a daily basis. In ancient Greece the
petals and leaves of roses were used to foretell the future, to protect one
against evil witches and for healing the sick.

In witch magic spells cloves are traditionally used to invoke prosperity and
protection. It is especially good as a protection for children. It is also used

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The Raw Food Diet: A Beginner’s Guide and Review by Taylor Jones, RD

The raw food diet has been around since the 1800s, but has surged in popularity in recent years.

Its supporters believe that consuming mostly raw foods is ideal for human health and has many benefits, including weight loss and better overall health.

However, health experts warn that eating a mostly raw diet may lead to negative health consequences.

This article reviews the good and bad of the raw food diet, as well as how it works.

The raw food diet, often called raw foodism or raw veganism, is composed of mostly or completely raw and unprocessed foods.

A food is considered raw if it has never been heated over 104–118°F (40–48°C). It should also not be refined,

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https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/raw-food-diet#section1

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I’m on holiday/vacation. By The Silver Sage Witch

Hello hello! I hope you’re doing well and your week is going well, even though I wasn’t able to do your Angel Guidance this week.

Im on holiday in the Oswestry, England/Wales until th 20th of this month.

I will try to do the Witching Crossroads this Thursday, but please dont be disappointed if i can’t. We are almost non-stop with lots of driving and meeting with some of our English friends.

That being said, I WILL make sure to get the posts up on the Newfound-life.com website though! 😁

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP by Ali

The BEST Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Mmmm, September. ♡

I don’t know about you all, but the moment the calendar flipped over this weekend, all I wanted to do was cozy up with some of my fall faves.  It was gray and rainy here these past few days, which probably provided extra incentive to stay in and snuggle up.  And sure enough, one thing led to another, and before you knew it our little home was in full-on, festive, fall hygge mode.  We’re talkin’ a fireside candle burning, fall playlist on the speaker, inaugural pumpkin roll of the season baking in the oven, a steaming cup of hot cinnamon spice tea in my paws, big cozy throw back on the couch, soft slippers on my feet.  And the quintessential fall first — a big butternut squash ready and waiting on the counter to be turned into my mom’s famous butternut squash soup recipe.

We made a huge batch and shared it with some neighbors and friends who were over throughout the weekend.  And as always, it proved to be the perfect fall comfort food.  It’s incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker, pressure cooker, or on the stovetop.  (I’ve included all three methods below.)  It’s full of good-for-you veggies, and also happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan.  And it’s just the perfect balance of sweet and savory seasonal flavors.

I first shared this recipe back on the blog four years ago, but thought it was worth bumping it back to the top of the blog today in case you’re also craving all of the cozy fall vibes.  It won’t let you down.

Butternut Squash for Butternut Squash Soup

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS:

To make this easy butternut squash soup recipe, you will need:

  • Butternut squash: You can either use 1 medium-sized fresh butternut squash.  (<– Here is my tutorial for how to select, peel and cut fresh butternut squash.)  Or feel free to save a step and purchase your squash pre-cut, either in the fresh or frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
  • Carrot, apple and onion: To add some extra sweet and savory flavors to the soup.
  • Vegetable stock and coconut milk: For your broth.  (We’ll stir the coconut milk in at the very end.)
  • Garlic, sage, salt, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg: My favorite seasoning combo.  If you don’t have fresh sage on hand, feel free to use a pinch of dried.  (And if you do have fresh sage, I also love to fry up a few extra leaves and use them as a garnish on top.)  Also feel free to add more or less cayenne to taste.
  • Your choice of garnishes: I like to drizzle on some extra coconut milk, maybe sprinkle of toasted pepitas, and a sprinkle of extra black pepper and/or smoked paprika.  Mom’s version called for sprinkling cayenne on top.  Or I’ve included lots of other ideas for fun garnishes below.

You will also need a:

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients in the Crockpot

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup In The Crockpot

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Apple

SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INSTRUCTIONS:

To make crockpot Butternut Squash Soup, simply…

  1. Combine your ingredients (minus the coconut milk) in a slow cooker*.  Roughly diced — don’t spend time perfectly chopping all of your ingredients.  Feel free to use a large (6-quart) slow cooker or a small (3.5- to 4-quart) slow cooker.
  2. Cook until tender.  Generally about 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.  Then remove and discard the sage and add

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How to Make Incense (With 5 Recipes to Try) By: Claire

How to Make Incense

Using dried herbs, barks, spices, flowers, and other ingredients make it easy to create your own loose-incense blends for any occasion. Other than the ingredients themselves, making loose incense requires little in the way of tools or equipment. It’s relatively inexpensive to get started with.

What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh ingredients
  • Mortar and pestle/electric grinder
  • Measuring spoons
  • Containers

Loose incense should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. After making your incense, you will need incense charcoal or an incense stove to heat it and release its fragrance.

Frankincense - A common ingredient in loose incense.
Frankincense – A common ingredient in loose incense. | Source

How to Make Loose Incense

In simple terms, loose incense is a combination of ground, powdered, or chipped natural ingredients such as herbs, flowers, seeds, spices, woods, bark, and resins. Each ingredient has its own fragrance and can be burned for that aspect alone. You can also use other properties these natural items possess such as mood enhancement, relaxation, and meditation.

1. Measure your ingredients into using measuring spoons or if specified by the recipe, digital scales. You can measure them into a bowl or straight into the mortar ready to be ground together. When a recipes states ‘pt’ or ‘parts’, you can adjust the quantity to how much incense you wish to make. For example, if you wish to only make a small amount to test a recipe use a small measure such as ½ or 1 teaspoon as 1 part. For larger quantities, use a tablespoon or even cup measures.

  • For larger ingredients such as barks and resin, it is best to grind those separately first before measuring to get a more accurate amount. You can grind everything into a powder if you wish, but a coarser mix will also work fine. Do not leave large pieces in your mixes, as these can cause measuring the incense to be more difficult. This can then affect the fragrance and properties of the incense.
  • An electric coffee grinder could be used instead of a pestle and mortar to grind ingredients. It is worth remembering that some of the ingredients you may use in incense making are not suitable and/or safe for human consumption so equipment should be thoroughly cleaned or kept purely for the purpose of making incense. Many ingredients can be bought ready ground so for ease and time saving you can buy these if you prefer or ground a large batch of your own at one time for future use.

2. Combine all the ground ingredients.

3. This loose incense is now ready to be burned. Store the finished mix in ziplock bags, jars, or other similar containers and label with names or recipes for future reference.

  • You may also wish to make notes of any adjustments that you would like to make in future batches.
  • Store incense in a cool, dry, and dark place such as a cupboard or drawer. Small containers or ziplock bags can also be kept in a larger container such as a tin or wooden box.
Loose incense blend - Relaxing, made using Sandalwood, Lavender and Marjoram
Loose incense blend – Relaxing, made using Sandalwood, Lavender and Marjoram | Source

Incense Recipes

1. Business Promoting Incense

  • 2pt Benzion
  • 1pt Cinnamon
  • 1pt Basil

2. Samhain Incense

  • 3 pt Frankincense
  • 2 pt Myrrh
  • 1 pt Rosemary
  • 1 pt Cedar
  • 1 pt Juniper

3. Relaxing Incense

  • 3 pt Sandalwood
  • ½ pt Lavender
  • ½ pt Marjoram

4. Prosperity Incense

  • 1 pt Cloves
  • 1 pt Nutmeg
  • 1 pt Lemon Balm
  • 1 pt Poppy Seeds
  • 1 pt Cedar

5. Citrus Incense

  • 1 tsp Lemon Peel
  • ½ tsp Calamus Root
  • ½ tsp Juniper Berries
  • ½ tsp Frankincense
Burning incense pellet in a cone shape.
Burning incense pellet in a cone shape. Source

How to Make Incense Pellets

Ground loose incense can be made into pellets. They can be heated in an incense stove or by using charcoal. These are simple to make but they do require some drying time. You can’t use them

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The Iris Flower, its Meanings and Symbolism

 

Beautiful fresh iris flowers with water drops

The iris is often associated with royalty and it’s no wonder. This regal flower puts on quite a show in the garden in early to mid-summer. It’s stately blooms range in color from traditional shades of purple and blue to yellow, white, pink, red, chartreuse, brown and nearly black. There is an iris to fit any occasion.

What Does the Iris Flower Mean?

The iris means different things to different people and cultures. Some of its most common meanings are

  • Royalty
  • Faith
  • Wisdom
  • Hope
  • Valor

Etymological Meaning of the Iris Flower

The iris earned its name from the ancient Greek Goddess Iris, a messenger to the gods who was thought to use the rainbow as a bridge between heaven and earth. By some accounts, the ancient Greeks believed the rainbow was actually the flowing, multi-colored robes of Iris. Others believed the beautiful multi-colored flowers were also part of her robe or the flowing veil from her dress. Thus, these flowers were named to honor the Rainbow Goddess and bring favor upon the earth.

Symbolism of the Iris Flower 

The ancient Greeks soon began the practice of planting purple iris flowers on the graves of women, believing they would entice the Goddess Iris to lead their loved ones in their journey to heaven.

These stately flowers, as evidenced by their depiction in Egyptian palaces, also enamored Egyptian Kings. The Egyptians were likely influenced by Greek mythology and used the iris to symbolize their connections to heaven.

By the middle ages, France took up the gauntlet and began to use iris flowers to symbolize royalty and power. In fact, it is the iris that inspired the fleur-de-lis, the National symbol for France.

In the United States, the iris is the birth flower for February, the flower for the 25th wedding anniversary and the state flower for Tennessee.

The Iris Flower Facts

Iris is both the common and scientific  name for these impressive flowers. There are 325 species and 50,000 registered varieties of irises.  These flowers are typically divided into two groups, bearded iris and beardless irises, which include Japanese and Siberian irises. They range from towering flowers of five feet or more to tiny dwarfs less than eight inches tall.

The bearded iris looks like it has a tiny beard, as the “falls” (the lower petals that droop down) are fuzzy. Beardless irises lack the fuzzy appearance. Irises reproduce via swollen roots. While the bearded iris produces a plump tuber, called a rhizome that looks like an oblong potato, others produce small bulbs.

Wild irises, typically blue or purple, grow throughout the United States and are often referred to as blue flag. These irises resemble the Siberian Iris. Florist irises are typically blue or purple and are used as accents in floral bouquets.

Hummingbird in flight near orange iris flower.

Iris Flower Color Meanings

While any iris symbolizes royalty, wisdom and valor, the color of the bloom also affects the message the flower carries.

  • Purple – The traditional meaning of purple irises is royalty, but that isn’t its only meaning. Purple can also represent wisdom, respect and compliments.
  • Blue – Blue irises are symbolic of hope and faith.
  • Yellow – Yellow irises symbolize passion.
  • White – White irises expresses purity and innocence.

Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Iris Flower

The roots of the iris plant have been used medicinally to treat skin infections, syphilis, stomach problems and dropsy. Today the roots are still used to purge the liver. Some alternative medicine uses include using yellow iris to treat dandruff and white iris to treat asthma and bronchitis, as well as use as a diuretic.

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