Forgot?
June 2017
S M T W T F S
« Jan    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930  

Join Me on Facebook!

Join Me on Facebook!

Follow Me on Pinterest

Herbs

Healing with Energy #PaganBlogProjectHealing has been associated with Magickal Practitioners throughout the history of the world. From Ancient Egyptians & Chinese,  to European Cunning-Folk & Wise Women, to Native American Medicine Men & Women, to Modern Day Pagans of a multitude of paths (Along with a whole mess of others, too numerous to list!).

Most of these people had/have a vast knowledge of herbs and tend to also have an understanding of human physiology. However, herbs are not the only manner in which healing can be administered, not by a long shot!

 

Hold it! <Enter squealing breaks sound here>

So, originally I was meaning to post on the various types of healing modalities with brief explanations for each.  It felt like a struggle though, and my mind kept fixating on methods that did not use anything but the practitioner, maybe a little music & mood lighting, and some form of energy that is transferred from the practitioner to the client.

While I am a huge fan of healing by way of herbs, crystals, acupuncture, reflexology, etc.; I am most fascinated by, and most often utilize Energy Healing.

So what is Energy Healing? Well, regardless of what form you use, it is basically the  channeling of  healing energy from the practitioner to the person seeking help. This can be done with hands-on, hands-off, or at a distance. It’s something I believe we are all capable of tapping into, and I’ve always seemed to have quite the aptitude for it myself.

Below are a few types that I am familiar with, and have done myself…I’m sure there are MANY more methods practiced around the world, but this is what the Pixie’s packing in her Healing Med Kit: 😉

Basic Energy Healing: This is a method that needs no special training, and while it may be simple, it is by no means “less than” other modalities. The level of success has more to do with the practitioner than the method itself. I don’t know how others do this, but I’m willing to assume it’s at least similar to the way I do it. When healing energy is requested, I place both feet on the floor and use visualization & intent to summon energy from the Earth. I feel the energy being drawn in through the soles of my feet and move up through my body. If the person in need is with me, I either place my hands on the ailing area or above it (some peeps just don’t wanna be touched…and the area just may be of a, shall we say, sensitive nature). I then direct the energy to and out of my hands and to the person. I have also done this at a distance, I simply face the direction in which the client is located and focus on streaming the energy to them. When I’m done, I have to push that energy back out through my feet and into the Earth…or else I’m all sorts of buzzed up on the excess.

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” ~Paracelsus

Reiki: This is the ancient art of Hand-On healing re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usiu in the mid 1800s after 21 days of intense meditation, fasting and prayer. After he received the information and symbols during his vision he was able to utilize it for healing himself and others. He called the energy used in this healing technique “Reiki” which means “Universal Life Force Energy”.

Reiki works by seeking out the root cause of the ailment, thereby treating its source as well as any symptoms.

Practitioners gain the ability to utilize this Life Force Energy by way of training with and receiving attunements from a Reiki Master (There are 3 levels: Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki Master). Once this has occurred, healing is passed on by the practitioner placing their hands in a variety of positions on or slightly above the clients body (Actual touch is not necessary for the energy to be transferred as Reiki energy is smart energy and it will find its way to the area).  If someone is either a Reiki II practitioner or a Master they are also trained to do Distant Reiki if the client is unable to be physically present for the session.

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.” ~Bobby Fischer

Aura Cleansing (The Pixie Method):  The aura is the electromagnetic field comprised of layers containing physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual energies that surrounds our body and extends out roughly 4-5 feet.  This technique just sort of popped into my head the first time I attempted to cleanse someone’s aura during a coven exercise, and I had much success. The client sits in a chair, closes their eyes, and takes a few deep breathes. Take a moment to hold your hands out and find the ‘edges’ of their aura. Scan the aura with your hands (a similar technique is used in Reiki sessions). Once you’ve done that, focus healing energy into any areas you feel may be problematic. THEN comes the fun part! Place your hands at the boundaries of their aura again, and draw any negative energy to the surface and pluck it out. How do you do this? Visualization! Focus your intent on drawing the negativity out with your hands, rather than sending healing through…you’re basically just reversing the process. Once you see the black/gray/brown bits float to the edge, pluck them out and pinch them into little specks of dust to be returned to the Universe for recycling. Do one more pass over the client to make sure you’ve got all the big bits, then finish up by combing their aura up and out with your fingers (Just to get out all the tiny crumbs and make it all pretty again).

Elemental Energy Healing (The Pixie Method): This is very similar to Basic Energy Healing as I call on and direct the energies in a similar manner. This method also popped into my head during a coven healing exercise, and I had very good results. I start out the same as the Basic method: Feet on the floor, client in the room. I then call forth energy from a specific element (again through visualization and intent) Earth energy comes up through the feet and feels cool and dry, when it is projected to the client, it is green. Air energy is absorbed from anywhere on the body, feel it blowing on your skin…it is hot and moist, when projected it is yellow. Fire energy was drawn in through my feet as well, hot and dry, when projected it is red. When calling forth Water energy, I felt it as if rain were falling from the sky (or ceiling, lol) and I absorbed it cold wet energy through my skin, when projected it is blue. I then stream the white light of Spirit to sort of wrap things up. It is quite intense, but works well. Just be sure to ground yourself thoroughly afterward!

In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it’s a way of experiencing the person that you’ve lost again.” ~Alan Alda

Well, there you have it a nice little taste of the types of Energy Healing that one can do. Like I said, there are TONS more out there, so if none of these are your cup of tea, then look around and see if you find a method that suits you. If for some reason you have trouble finding something you like I have one fail-safe healing method that’s bound to make you feel better…even if it’s just for a little while: LAUGHTER! That shit will fix whatever’s ailing you any damn day of the week!

Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” ~Marlo Thomas

 

Garlic

Garlic is an herb that people either love or hate. Those who hate it can’t seem to get passed its…fragrant nature long enough to discover its bountiful deliciousness. 😉 Garlic is without a doubt my favorite herb. I use it every chance I get.

It is quite a handy thing to have around, especially if you’re a Witch! It is widely renowned for its uses in the Culinary, Healing, and Magickal Arts. Garlic has been grown and used in all three aforementioned Arts for roughly 5000 years. It was widely used in ancient Egypt, India, China, and Babylonia. If one were to travel through these ancient lands you would see garlic offered up to Gods, people using it for the swearing of oaths, and also its use as a form of currency.

I’m going to talk a little about the Magickal & Medicinal uses today, so I guess I’d better start off by saying that I am not a medical professional, nor a licensed Herbalist. Anything I say is based on books I have read, as well as my own personal experience. So, don’t take my word for it, do your own research, and be sure to consult a qualified Health Care Provider if you are ill. (Thus ends my “Hey, don’t sue me if this doesn’t work blah-blah-blah” message 😉 ).

This aromatic bulb is sacred to Hecate and is left at crossroads to honor Her. On a personal note, I was thrilled when I discovered garlic’s link to my lovely Patroness. It seemed yet another one of those little clues left by The Universe that She has been with me throughout my life…even when I was not yet aware.

Among garlic’s uses are Exorcism, Protection, Purification, Lust, and Health. Most notable is its use in Vampire Lore to keep the lively blood suckers at bay. Which, thankfully, The Vampire Diaries has not subscribed to…keeping my dreams of a Date with Damon Salvatore alive! lol *ehem* Well, anyway…back to uses.

Some ways to use Garlic in your Magickal Life:

)O( Hang strands of garlic in your pantry to protect food stores from vermin.

)O( Place cloves of garlic above doorways to keep illness and evil from entering your home.

)O( Carry for protection against storms, as well as physical & psychic attacks.

)O( Braid of garlic hung above entryways to your home will keep away thieves and other unwelcome guests.

)O( Burn garlic skins indoors to ensure prosperity and harmony within the home.

)O( Hang a braid of garlic above your bedroom door to draw a Lover to it.

Garlic Correspondences

Botanical Name Allium Sativum
Folk Name(s) Ajo, Poor Man’s Penicillin , Stinkweed, Stinking Rose
Part(s) Used Cloves, Whole Bulbs, Flowers
Gender Masculine
Nature Yin (Active)
Planet Mars
Element Fire
Deities Hecate, Kali Maa, Mars
Magickal Associations Exorcism, Health, Lust, Mental Clarity, Protection, Purification, Vigor (Physical Energy)
Astrological Signs Aries, Scorpio

Medicinally, garlic is truly a healing herb to be reckoned with! It has properties that make it effective as an anti-viral, an anti-fungal, an anti-biotic (even effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria), at reducing cholesterol, as well as boosting immune system functions.

Probably the oldest written record of garlic’s healing abilities is the ancient Egyptian text Codex Elsers, dated around 1500 BCE. Within this ancient medical guide are instructions for 22 remedies that facilitate garlic as a cure for heart disease, worms, and even tumors. Garlic continued to be used for these ailments even once the herb was brought to The Americas. I find it astounding that the Native tribes of the New World came to use the herb for the same ailments as the Egyptians did centuries before.

So how does it work? Its bulbs contain compounds that can form allicin by way of an enzymatic reaction that is activated by crushing or chopping it. Allicin reduces cholesterol and reduces stiffness of blood vessels, making it integral in treating and preventing Heart Disease. Garlic is also jam packed with anti-oxidants (compounds that protect cells from damage that can lead to ailments such as cancer, atherosclerosis, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkison’s & Alzheimer’s). Some of these power-house bits of nutrients are beta carotene, zea-xanthin, and Vitamin C, just to name a few. 

Here’s some Dosage Info via WebMD:

For High Blood Pressure –  Fresh garlic 4 grams (approximately one clove) once daily, by mouth. (Fresh garlic typically contains 1% alliin)

For prevention of Colon, Rectal, and Stomach cancer – Fresh or cooked garlic 3.5-29 grams weekly, by mouth.

Here’s a little chart of Vitamin & Mineral Info I compiled. As you can see, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this bulbous beauty!

Garlic Nutritional Information

Amount of Nutrient per 136g

% of RDA per 136g

Calcium 246 mg 25%
Copper .4 mg 20%
Iron 2.3 mg 13%
Magnesium 34 mg 8%
Manganese 2.3 mg 114%
Phosphorus 208 mg 21%
Potassium 545 mg 16%
Selenium 19.3 mcg 28%
Sodium 23.1 mg 1%
Zinc 1.6 mg 11%
Vitamin A 12.2 IU 0%
Vitamin C 42.4 mg 71%
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) .1 mg 1%
Vitamin K 2.3 mcg 3%
Thiamin .3 mg 18%
Riboflavin .1 mg 9%
Niacin 1 mg 5%
Vitamin B6 1.7 mg 84%
Folate 4.1 mcg 1%
Pantothenic Acid .8 mg 8%
Choline 31.6 mg N/A
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 27.2 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 311 mg

Source: Nutrient data for this listing was compiled from USDA SR-21. Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

Personally, I use raw garlic to cure pretty much whatever ails me. If I feel that I’m getting a cold, or other viral nasty (particularly one involving a sore throat), I start chopping garlic to put in my eggs & mashed potatoes.

With Mashed Potatoes, I prepare the potatoes, then mix in a few cloves of chopped raw garlic. It makes the potatoes taste fabulous, but more importantly, the potatoes make the raw garlic more palatable and less harsh on the stomach.

With scrambled eggs I use 1-2 cloves chopped and thrown in with 2 eggs. The eggs cook so quickly, that the garlic is merely warmed. Once again, the eggs taste great, and the eggs help protect the stomach from being overwhelmed by the garlic.

A little additional info for nursing Moms. While using garlic for medicinal purposes while nursing isn’t harmful to your baby, it will likely change the taste of breast milk, which could have an adverse effect on your babies nursing habits. So I advise using much caution. (Don’t want the wee ones to stop eating!)

Alrighty! Now, if you’re looking for more info. I recommend:

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen

Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Cherokee Herbal by J.T. Garrett

Now go forth and nom on some Garlic!

Brighid2This week I’m going to expand on last week’s Brighid post by sharing a bit of my own experiences with her. Brighid, while not my Patron Goddess, has been with me for a while. She is the one who sparks my creative fires, fans the flames of my desires, and helps me to remain compassionate even when facing adversity.

I cannot remember what year it was that I first became aware of her, but I do remember the circumstance.  I was trying to think of something to paint for a friend whose son was in need of healing, and was at a complete loss of ideas. I started looking through my books, magazines and the internet for inspiration. I came across the same image of Brighid (Brighid of the Hearth By Artist Mickie Mueller) a few times, and was drawn to it. It led me to start looking into info about Brighid, and when I discovered she ruled creativity, inspiration & healing, I asked her for her help. The next day, I knew what I would paint, and I began to work. I infused each stroke of my brush with healing energy. I worked on it for weeks, pausing to thank her every day.

When I was done, I was quite pleased with my results. Mainly because I had never painted with Healing Dragon Paintingacrylics before…and hadn’t painted anything AT ALL in about 15+ years, but also because the image on the canvas matched the image that I had had in my head (I was kind of amazed by this, lol). I then took a picture of it, so that I could concentrate the energy on the photo and “recharge” the painting when necessary.

When I began working on that painting, I felt an instant kinship with Brighid. Perhaps because of my Irish Ancestry, but I think more so because I see her as the prime example of womanhood…at least a prime example for me. She is a Healer, a Diviner, at One with the Animals and she is Creativity. She exudes an heir of femininity, and yet, she is fierce and strong. Her association with Smith Craft reminds us that if we can endure and survive our ‘Trials by Fire’ we will come out the other side much stronger than we were before.

Now that I’m reflecting, I think she has been with me far longer than I have been aware of her. I’ve always been the creative type…with a slight fascination with fire <Insert Beavis excitedly repeating “Fire! Eheheheh Fire! Fire! Fire!” here 😉 >. I have been forged stronger through the flames of multiple trials, and have been called to be a Healer as well. Every time I have had an inexplicable drive to write something…every time I have had the fire within my belly rage into an inferno so that I may become fierce and defend myself in a dangerous situation…every time I tap into the waters of emotion and compassion for the purpose of healing myself or someone else, She is with me.

Below is a chart of correspondences that I’ve been compiling for a while, and have now finally put into a referable format. I’m sure it is by no means a complete list, but it should be enough to help you along if you’re new to working with Brighid.

Brighid Correspondences

Meaning of Name

The Exalted One, The Bright One, Fiery Arrow, The Powerful One, The High One

Area(s) of Influence

Creativity, Smith Craft, Healing, Divination, Wisdom, Fertility, Childbirth, Animal Husbandry

Name Variations

Brigid, Brigit, Brid, Brìghde, Brìde, Brigantia, Briginda, Brigdu, and Ffraid – Also the Christianized St. Bridget

Aspect

Threefold Goddess

Attributes

Goddess of the Sacred Flame (Flame of Inspiration, the Forge & the Hearth),  Lady of the Healing Waters, Goddess of the Fertile Earth, The Mistress of the Mantle

Culture of Origin

Celtic/Gaelic

Temples, Important Cities

Kildare (Ireland), Shrine at Faughart Hill (Ireland), Bride’s Mound (South West of Glastonbury, England), St. Bride’s Ring (Forfar, Scotland), Bae Sain Ffraid (South Wales)

Festivals, Sabbats

& Holy Days

Imbolc (Feb. 1/2), ST. Bridget’s Feast Day (Feb. 1)

Crystals & Gemstones

Amethyst, Azurite, Garnet, Peridot

Herbs & Flowers

Angelica, Bay, Cinnamon, Cypress, Daffodil , Dandelion, Fennel, Lavender, Mugwort, Myrrh, Rosemary, Snowdrop

Tree(s)

Apple, Oak, Rowan

Metals

Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel

Animals

Serpents/Snakes, Cows, Sheep, Goats, Bees

Symbols

Fire, Forge, Candles, Bell, Brigid’s Cross, Brìde’s Bed, Wells, Springs, Corn Dollies, Cloaks, The Number 19

Foods

Blackberries, Dairy, Honey, Seeded Breads, Dried Fruits

Colors

Red, White, Green, Gold, Blue

Special Offerings

Fresh Baked Bread  with Butter, Honey, and/or  Blackberry Jam, Oat Cakes, Milk, Blackberries, White Flowers, Shamrock

Element(s)

Fire, Water

Planet

Sun

Best Day to Work With

Sunday

Best Time to Work With

Sunrise

Tarot Card

The Empress