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The Ancient Whispers Newsletter


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Welcome to the Ancient Whispers Newsletter, a multi-cultural newsletter with a little something for everyone of any creed or religion. Here you will find inspiring quotes, irreverent jokes, crafts, and most importantly, historical and/or religious scholarship. Every Wednesday a new edition should appear on this website with reminder emails sent out the night before to those who have opted to join one of the many forums and mailing lists to which I subscribe. If you wish to share this newsletter with others, please keep it intact with the original authors' names on all the articles. Any articles or sections, to which an author or URL is not affixed, were written by Candace (with the exception of the various jokes found herein).

Questions, comments, and topical requests are encouraged and should be posted to the AskCandace open forum at yahoogroups. I'd like to start a help column for the newsletter, so if you'd like to have your problem featured in a newsletter, let me know when you post.


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Some Sites of Interest

Jupiter Kitty
Mysterious Places
American Indian Heritage Foundation
Sacred Texts: Native American
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This Pagan Week : April
Humor : Natural Selection
Article : The Use of Color in Magic
Quote : Mark Twain

Craft of the Week : Make your own paints
Humor : Confessions
Who's Who in World Mythology : Archons
Quote : Anonymous
The Magi's Garden : Bean
Cartoon
Poem : I Regret Nothing…
Quote : English proverb

The Power of Stones : Analcime
Humor : Oops!
A Dreamer's Guide : Ice to Impudent
Quote : Edward R Murrow

Previous Newsletters

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Some Sites of Interest

Jupiter Kitty
http://jupiterkitty.com/morestories.html
Visit this very cute and very informative little site.


Mysterious Places
http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/index.html
Explore the strange and wondrous world we live in through the Mysterious Places website.


American Indian Heritage Foundation
http://www.indians.org
The American Indian Heritage Foundation was established to provide relief services to Indian people nationwide and to build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.


Sacred Texts: Native American
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam
Though the study of Native Americans has had its share of bad science and ethical problems, the texts found at Sacred Texts were written by 19th and 20th Century ethnographers who were known for their careful and respectful approach to the people they studied. In addition, there are several texts in preparation which are based on written documents by native shamans.
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The Pagan Month of April
can be found in its entirety Here. For more detailed entries, please visit the full calendar.

The name of this month comes from the Latin word aperire, "to open." This is appropriate for a month of blossoming flowers dedicated to Aphrodite.

The Anglo-Saxon name for this month is Eastermonath, the month of Eostre the goddess of Spring and origin of Easter. The Irish word for April is Aibrean or an Giblean. The end of April is known as Seachtain an t-Sionnaich, end of the winds. The Franks called it Ostarmanoth. The Asatru and many other Pagans call it Ostara.

The first Full Moon of this month is called Seed of Planting Moon, Budding Tree Moon, or Growing Moon. It is also referred to as Pink Moon, Green Grass Moon, Planter or Planting Moon, and Hare Moon, names it shares with May’s Moon. It also shares the name, Wind Moon, with March.

On April 20th, the zodiac turns from Aries to Taurus. April’s stone and the birthstone of The sweat pea is the flower for April children. Aries is the diamond, though on some older lists, sapphire is the stone for the month of April. The birthstone for Taurus is the emerald. Aries also lays claim to amethyst, carnelian, garnet, fire agate, pink tourmaline, and topaz, while aquamarine, lapis lazuli, kunzite, rose quartz, and sapphire are associated with Taurus.


Lunar Holy Days

The Christian holiday of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon of the spring equinox. Though one of the most important Christian holidays, it was drawn together from many pagan traditions, and its name came from the goddess of Spring, Eostre. The Easter Bunny is a fertility symbol of Teutonic origin, and the hare was an emblem of Eostre. Eggs, a major part of the celebration, also have their origin as fertility symbols.


16TH

Cerealia

Hiketeria

Margot Adler

begin weeding crops

Holiday of Ra and His Shemsu

17TH

Cerealia

Chariot Festival of the Rain God is

18TH

Cerealia

Rama-Navami

19TH

Cerealia/Thesmophoria

20TH

Palilia or Parilia, Dea Roma or Natalis Urbis Romae, Circensian games

St. George's Day

Feast of Wadjet

22ND

Earth Day

Lyrids

23RD

Vinalia Priora

24TH

the ghosts of all men, women, and children

St. Mark's Eve

Children’s Day

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Humor: Natural Selection

One night, a Delta twin-engine puddle jumper was flying somewhere above New Jersey. There were five people on board: the pilot, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, and a hippie. Suddenly, an illegal oxygen generator exploded loudly in the luggage compartment, and the passenger cabin began to fill with smoke. The cockpit door opened, and the pilot burst into the compartment.

"Gentlemen," he began, "I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that we're about to crash in New Jersey. The good news is that there are four parachutes, and I have one of them!" With that, the pilot threw open the door and jumped from the plane.

Michael Jordan was on his feet in a flash. "Gentlemen," he said, "I am the world's greatest athlete. The world needs great athletes. I think the world's greatest athlete should have a parachute!" With these words, he grabbed one of the remaining parachutes, and hurtled through the door and into the night.

Bill Gates rose and said, "Gentlemen, I am the world's smartest man. The world needs smart men. I think the world's smartest man should have a parachute, too." He grabbed one, and out he jumped. The Dalai Lama and the hippie looked at one another. Finally, the Dalai Lama spoke. "My son," he said, "I have lived a satisfying life and have known the bliss of True Enlightenment. You have your life ahead of you; you take a parachute, and I will go down with the plane."

The hippie smiled slowly and said, "Hey, don't worry, pop. The world's smartest man just jumped out wearing my backpack."
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Article : The Use of Color in Magic
By Candace

Color is one of the languages of the soul, just look at inspired or meditative paintings. They influence our mood and emotions. In magic, colors may represent certain energies, goals, people and non-physical beings, such as deities or spiritual forces. Colors have a symbolic meaning, which is immediately recognized by our subconscious. They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies. For this reason, candles, gemstones, cords and other objects of different colors can be highly effective in rituals.

It must be said that not all colors mean the same to all persons and all cultures. The particular symbolism of any given color can vary widely from source to source. Color use may also vary depending upon whether you are burning a candle, knotting a cord, draping an altar or creating a talisman. Many books offer different suggestions for colors when used in magick. In addition, there are also colors for astrological signs and planetary or elemental magic, which may be relevant to the time at which your ritual is performed.

Some magical systems use complimentary colors together, such as red and green, to create an optical illusion that appears to flash when placed together. Such "flashing colors" are said to have great power in attracting the corresponding magical forces. These can be used in almost any type of ritual or spell work when the visual aspect of the color is important.

Keep in mind that because one color can mean several things, when you are using different colors, you should dedicate or "inform" each color of what it is supposed to be accomplishing. The act of braiding or knotting thread binds the spell in place. If you use beads, concentrate on your purpose with special care each time you change the bead color as you make your pattern. The same should be done with candles when you anoint them, or in any application of color in your ritual.

The following is only a guide. Experiment with magic and ritual and let your feelings about it determine your color choices.

White is a balance of all colors. It lends itself to spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, purification, consecration, healing, and truth seeking. Most Native American tribes consider white feminine, though the Arapaho consider it male. It is used in Rituals involving lunar energy, representing the Maiden. In Rome, women wore it as an emblem of virtue and purity. White may be substituted for any color candle.
Personality: Those attracted to white are spiritual, devoted, psychic, protective. They love open spaces and order.
Magical Uses: Always burn at least one white candle to symbolize and reinforce contact with pure spirits. White can be a replacement for any other color your magick requires.
First and foremost, white represents protection, purification and cleansing on all levels. It is the color for consecration. It provides protection against negativity by raising your vibration, breaks curses (especially with black), and is used in exorcism. In Egypt, a white amulet was used as protection from the evil eye and other supernatural perils.
White is also used in divination rituals. It enhances spiritual and psychic powers, allowing better contact with the higher self and spiritual helpers for enlightenment, truth, and strength. White improves meditation, inspiration, and clairvoyance.
Rituals for (aura) healing and (inner) peace also benefit from white. It is useful in maintaining chastity, happiness, and in halting gossip.
Magical tools: Crystal ball, mirror, scrying glass wand, cauldrons
Element: Air
Direction: East (Chippewa, Creek, Hopi, Iseta, Navaho, Zuni, Tibet); South (Apache, Cherokee, Ireland); West (China);
Chakra: Crown
Planet: Moon/Mutable
Day: Monday/Mutable
Number: 0
Scent/Oil: Sandalwood, Wormwood, Myrrh, Lemon Frankincense, Honeysuckle, Anise, Cedar Heliotrope, Betony, Lavender, Parsley, Thyme.
Plant/Herb: Rosemary, Woodruff, Mugwort, Marigold, Moonflower, Mustard, Rue, Sage, Tansy, St. Johns, Betony, Burdock, Mint, Fern, Elder Flower, Heather, Lilac, Lily, Mint, Dahlia, Gladiola
Wood: Birch, Elder, Almond, Hawthorn, Ash, White Heather, Cedar, Coconut Elm, Hazel, and Juniper.
Creatures: Dove, Snowy Owl, Chameleon, Cat, Lizard, Magpie, Whale, Swan, Bear, Hawk (perception), Lizard, Cat, Dog, Whale, Wolf, Praying Mantis, Elemental spirits, Angels.
Stones: Opals, Clear Crystals, Mother-of-Pearl, Quartz, Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Agate Geode Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Abalone.
Gods: Gods of wisdom, divination and prophecy, Fati, Gou, Iah, Llmagah, Mah, Mani
Goddesses: Al-fat, Anumati, Artemis, Ashima, Belili, Castillisto, Diana, Jerah, Levana, Luna, Re, Selene


Silver removes negativity and encourages stability. It dispels evil or negative influences and helps develop psychic abilities. Silver attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess.
Personality: Those attracted to silver want attention. They are clean and trendy, and sharp with soft edges.
Magical Uses: Silver can be replaced by white or gray, depending on your magical goal. It may be used to represent ice, the heavens, stars, the cosmos, and for moon magick.
Silver offers purification, protection, repels spells, and removes or neutralizes negativity. It is excellent for working with female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, and healing of hormonal emotional imbalances. Hidden potential, clairvoyance, divination (scrying), Astral travel, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings are augmented by silver.
Magical Tool: Crystal ball, Glass, Wand, Cauldron, Mirror
Element: Air
Direction: East
Planet: Moon/Mutable
Day: Monday/Mutable
Scent/Oil: Sandalwood, Wormwood, Myrrh, Lemon Frankincense, Honeysuckle, Anise, Cedar Heliotrope, Betony, Lavender, Parsley, Thyme.
Plant/Herb: Rosemary, Woodruff, Mugwort, Marigold, Moon Flower, Mustard, Rue, Sage, Tansy, St. Johns, Betony, Burdock, Mint, Fern, Elder Flower, Heather, Lilac, Lily, Mint, Dahlia, Gladiola.
Wood: Birch, Elder, Almond, Hawthorn, Ash, White Heather, Cedar, Coconut Elm, Hazel, and Juniper.
Creatures: Dove, Snowy Owl, Chameleon, Cat, Lizard, Magpie, Whale, Swan, Bear, Hawk (perception), Lizard, Cat, Dog, Whale, Wolf, Praying Mantis, Dolphin.
Stones: Silver, Opals, Clear Crystals, Mother-of-Pearl, Quartz, Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Agate, Geode, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, and Abalone
Gods: Bannik, Evander, Odin, Shamash, Thoth
Goddesses: Moon-goddesses, Adraste, Ashtoreth, Carmenta, Dione, Egeria, Filia Vocis, Gaia, Gwendydd, Inanna, Kwan Yin, Mari, Namagiri


Gray is a neutral color useful when pondering complex issues during meditation. In magic, this color often sparks confusion, but it also negates or neutralizes negative influences. It represents maturity, penitence, and retrospection.
Personality: Grays are balanced types that stay out of conflict. They are often introverted and loners, liking solitude, peace and quiet.
Magical Uses: Gray represents darkness with light, and Water and Moon Magic. It deals with neutrality and balance. By neutralizing negative influences and situations, it brings calm and peace. It can also be used for cancellations and to cause stalemates, and for vision quests.
Magical Tool: Seashells, Scales, Chalice
Element: Water
Direction: West
Planet: Moon
Day: Monday
Number: 6 and 1
Scent/Oil: Ginseng, Jasmine, Comfrey, Mullein, Sandalwood, Vervain, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood, Heliotrope, Betony, Thyme, Basil, Chamomile, Myrrh, Lotus
Plant/Herb: Clove, Hyssop, Oak Moss, St. John’s Wort, Rosemary, Yew, Cumin, Birch, Blackthorn, Feverfew.
Wood: Oak, Alder
Creatures: Armadillo, Ass, Cat, Dolphin, Opossum, Snow Leopard, Weasel, Wolf, Chameleon, Lizards, Spider, Lion
Stones: Moonstone, Black Pearl, Abalone, Opals, Quartz, Onyx, Malachite and Rock Crystal.
Gods: Terminus
Goddesses: Artemis, Carna, Diana, Liberta, Liberty


Black may be used in rituals to induce a deep meditative state. Black symbolizes dignity, sophistication, and the night. It attracts Saturn energy. Native American tribes consider black a masculine color. It is symbolic of the Underworld, and it represents death among the Cherokee.
Personality: Someone who is attracted to black is someone who often dwells in his own dark recesses. This is the strong silent type but someone you don't want to deal with if crossed. They may be a night person, as the darkness seems to be their safe, quiet place. The black person is a loner, though by choice. Unfortunately, there is also a tendency to dwell on things, and they may suffer more bouts of depression than most others. This person tends to keep a lot of secrets.
Magical Purpose: Black can be used with RED to increase intent.
As the void of all colors, it has the ability to absorb, and this is why it is used for funerals. Though it has had many detractors through the ages, black is very protective. It is most helpful in banishing, binding, or releasing negative or evil thoughts and situations. Use it for breaking free from bad habits or addictions, uncrossing, the removal of curses, and other defensive spells. It will also remove confusion, loss, depression, sickness, sadness, and discord. Black is a quiet power, offering self-control and restriction, but also new changes, rebirth, wisdom, resilience, and discipline. It is a color for deep meditation and contact with spirits, opening up deep unconscious levels.
Magical Tool: Sword, Wand
Element: Air, water, fire, earth
Direction: East (Apache); West (Cherokee, Creek); North (China, Chippewa, Isleta, Navaho, Ireland); South (Sioux)
Planet: Saturn
Day: Saturday
Number: 6
Scent/Oil: Holly, Juniper, Yew, Myrrh, Cypress, Pine, Apple, Yarrow, Rowan, Vervain, Peppermint, Basil.
Plant/Herb: Oak, Yew, Beech, Elm, Comfrey, Holly, Ivy, Horsetail, Reeds, Solomon’s Seal, Mullein, Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Rue, Betony, Elder, Fern, Yarrow, Cayenne, Dragons Blood, Mandrake, Flax.
Wood: Oak, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Hazel, Rowan
Creatures: Bobcat, Dragon, Panther, Raccoon, Rhinoceros, Groundhog, Blackbird, Lynx, Bat, Owl, Jaguar, Praying Mantis.
Stones: Onyx, Jet, Obsidian, Black Quartz, Black Star Sapphire, Agate, Tektite, Pyrite, Diamond, Moonstone, Galena, Pumice.
Gods: Deities of the underworld, Achilles, Amathaon, Atlas, Cernunnos, Ea, Eterna, Janus, Terminus, Odin, Thoth, Untunktahe
Goddesses: Deities of the underworld, Aradia, Ayizan, Carna, Cerridwen, Circa, Dakinis, Demeter, Diana, Gulleig, Habondia, Hecate, Herodias, Hlle, Kwan Yin, Lilith, Mari, Rangda, Syn


Brown is used in rituals of material increase, justice and retribution. It eliminates indecisiveness, improving your power of concentration, study, and telepathy. Brown may also be used to increase financial success.
Personality: Brown people are agreeable, extroverted, excitable, and sociable.
Magical Uses: Brown is a color of balance, stability, grounding, and conservation. It can be applied in rituals to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration, and for creativity and intellect. Ambitious-minded people will benefit from its inclusion, and it has bearing on the career, legal issues, and attracting help in financial crisis. Brown offers protection to your household, family and pets. It may be used in healing for animals, material constructions (buildings etc.), and finding lost objects. Dreams, witchcraft, and divination are also influenced by brown.
Magical Tool: Wand and Censer
Element: Air/Fire/Earth
Direction: East/South; West (Ireland)
Chakra: Spleen Chakra
Planet: Mercury/Mars/Saturn
Day: Tuesday-Physical Action; Wednesday - Mental Action; Sunday - Both
Number: 2
Scent/Oil: Dill, Lily of the Valley, Savory, Honeysuckle, Sweet pea, Jasmine
Plant/Herb: Fern, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram Savory, Valerian, Vervain, Alstonia, Buckwheat, Calamint, Snapdragon, Flax, Senna, Wandering Jew, Mugwort, Rue, the same as the Red and Yellow for enhancements, Fenugreek, Gardenia.
Wood: Hazel, Beech, Lemon Tree Maple, Lime and of course the Orange Tree.
Creatures: All of the RED animals, Swallow, Prairie Dog, Butterfly, Scallop, Bison, Butterfly, Catbird, Crane, Fox (clarity), Hawk, Martin, Prairie Dog and Squirrel.
Stones: Moss Agate, Carnelian, Alexandrite, Orange Sapphire, Quartz, Orange Calcite, Petrified Wood
Gods: Atlas, Janus, Terminus, Pan, Zeus
Goddesses: Athena, Bast, Carna, Diana, Lilith, Kali, Melusine, Minerva, Rhiannon, Syn


Purple represents power, success, and idealism. It is ideal for rituals to reach your ambitions, and find independence and financial rewards. It also strengthens psychic manifestations and helps to make contact with the spiritual other world. Purple increases Neptune energy. For Egyptians, purple is the color of virtue and faith, and in Japan, it is used to symbolize grace and nobility.
Personality: The Purple personality is proud, independent, and mystical or religious nature. This Person will not turn a blind eye, if they feel a cause of action is wrong, no matter the side they take.
Magical Purpose: This color is good to use when you don't have a white candle.
Purple deals with justice and nobility, and can be added to any ritual for extra power. It may be used in issues dealing with idealism, prosperity, success, and ambition, and also for situations requiring compassion and to counter-act depression.
The third eye is strongly influenced by the color purple, increasing spiritual and psychic powers, mysticism and spirit contact. It may be used to help reach a meditative state, to find guidance and inspiration, for divination, and astral projection. Like white, purple is also excellent for protection, breaking of bad luck, and the reversal of curses. It has the ability to drive away evil and may be used in exorcisms.
Healing: Purple is good in healing rituals, especially in areas of psychic healing and when speed is needed in healing an illness. It brings sleep, and soothes mental and emotional stress. This color heals melancholy, hysteria, delusions, and assists in detoxification, especially in the area of alcohol addiction. It slows down an over-active heart, and stimulates the spleen and the white blood cells. Sensitivity to pain and sexual activity are also decreased.
Magical Tool: Wand, Cauldron
Element: Air
Direction: East
Chakra: Brow Chakra
Planet: Jupiter
Day: Thursday
Number: 7
Scent/Oil: Cedar, Carnation, Nutmeg Lotus, Angelica, Bay, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sandalwood, Jasmine.
Plant/Herb: Mimosa, Wisteria, Mugwort Hazel, Eyebright, Rowan, Elder, Rue, Shamrock, Clover, Oak, Dandelion, Betony, Meadowsweet, Begonia, Cactus, Dahlia, Iris, Violet.
Wood: Willow, Lilac, and Mulberry.
Creatures: Angels, Elephant, Unicorn, Rabbit, Jaguar, Chickadee, Cuckoo, Eagle, Elk, Penguin, Vulture, Grasshopper, Chameleon, Lizard.
Stones: Amethyst, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Beryl, Clear Quartz, All Opals.
Gods: Gods of divination and prophecy, Anase, Apollo, Forseti, Ida-ten, Mishara, Mithras, Musku, Tyr, Varuna
Goddesses: Aleitheia, Astraea, Athene, Hecate, Justita, Kali, Ma’at, Mens, Morrigan, Syn


Blue is a primary Spiritual color. It is used in healing and for rituals to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace. Blue represents the sky and the day, but dark blue can symbolize stormy seas and the night. For many Native American tribes, blue is a feminine color. Among the Cherokee however, it is a symbol of difficulty and defeat. In China, the emperor wore blue to worship the sky. The Egyptians considered blue an emblem of virtue, faith, and truth.
Royal Blue promotes laughter and joviality and loyalty. Use it to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever an influence needs to be increased.
Light Blue is helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations, bringing peace and tranquility to the home. It radiates Aquarius energy. Employ in any situation requiring change.
Dark blue is useful in spells for creativity, peace, laughter, and communication. It influences prophetic dreams, and may be used in spells to increase something. It is also useful for deep meditation and karma work.
Personality: Blue folk are full of sensitivity and introspection. This person has the ability of a poet or an artist, as well as a love of family and home. Blues are loyal, conscientious and observant. Anyone attracted to blue may also be a little more psychic than he/she believes themselves to be.
Magical Purpose: Blue represents femininity, the twilight, and water magick. It is a mental and emotional healing color, bringing calm, tranquility, peace, hope, sincerity, and patience. Blue inspires loyalty, devotion, and honor, good will, wisdom, truth and balance, and friendships. It is purifying and protective, bringing justice, good counsel and guidance, inspiration, and understanding. Blue is the color of the Poet or Bard; it enhances communication and written and oral skills. It creates harmony in the home, psychic and spiritual awareness, enhances astral projection and prophetic dreams while offering protection during sleep.
Healing: Blue cools inflammations and fever. It is anti-irritation (physically and emotionally) and anti-stress. It sooths suffering, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, relieves the bursting headaches, and calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria, bringing tranquility instead. It is disinfecting, antiseptic, and anti-itching. Blue thread in Ireland was used to cure the croup.
Symbolism: Chinese: blue on black or white- evil spirits and demons;
Magical Tool: Wand, Cauldron, Chalice
Element: Water/Air
Direction: West (Hopi, Isleta, Zuni); South (Creek, Navaho, Tibet); North (Apache, Cherokee, Omaha, Sioux)
Chakra: Fifth, Throat Chakra
Planet: Neptune/Mercury
Day: Monday/Moon, Light Blues - peace, patience; Wednesday/Mercury, Blues - friendships, creativity, dreams; Thursday/Jupiter, Royal Blue - honor, happiness; Saturday/Saturn, Dark Blues - communication
Number: 3
Scent/Oil: Lily of the Valley, Honeysuckle, Cedar, Basil, Jasmine, Sweet pea, Lotus
Plant/Herb: Carnation, Honeysuckle, Orange, Heather, Cypress, Hazel, Oak, Moss, Mallow, Aloe Vera Buttercup (communication), Daffodil and Baby's Breath
Wood: Cedar
Creatures: Dolphin, Whale, Mermaid, Blue Jay, Gull, Giraffe, Robin, Deer, Ass, Clam, Lizard and the Frog
Stones: Azurite, Turquoise, Coral, Blue, Opal, Tanzanite, Sapphire, Chrysacola, Hematite, Sodalite, Blue Laced Agate, Lapis Lazuli (children) Aguamarine, Sapphire.
Gods: Deities of the sea, truth and wisdom, Apollo, Asclepius, Bannick, Ceadda, Dabog, Dianceht, Esculapius, Forseti, Gucumatz, Hastehogan Lares, Kuan Ti, Penates,Tien Kuan
Goddesses: Deities of the sea, truth and wisdom, Alcyone, Aphrodite, Artemis, Bannick, Brigid, Cardea, Concordia, Dugnia, Eir, Gula, Harmonia, Hestia, Hygenia, Karusepas, Kedesh,Kikimora, Kwan Yin, Liban, Meditrina, Neith, Pax, Rhiannon, Salus, Vesta


Green is foremost a color of nature and Mother Earth. It represents the life of the field, immortality, youth, and freshness. Native American tribes consider green a feminine color. Egyptians considered it a color for rain and strength as well as fertility and vegetation.
Dark Green is the color of ambition, greed, and jealousy. Use it to counteract these influences in a ritual.
Personality: Greens are extroverted, happy, and optimistic. They are often concerned about status and may be possessive.
Magical Uses: It is a symbol of growth and fertility, and all aspects of the natural world- plants and animals, healing, and Faerie. Though it brings changes, it also causes balance. Green has power over rejuvenation, youth, and beauty. Prosperity, luck, money, harvest and abundance are all aspects of green. It may be used to find and keep employment, for harmony, peace, hope, and for all areas of the home.
Healing: Green brings psychological and emotional harmony and balance. It works to calm the heart and heal the kidneys, cures hormonal imbalances, and stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Green cleans and purifies the body of germs, bacteria and rotting material, while increasing immunity and strengthening the digestive organs. It builds up muscles, bones and tissues, and fortifies the nervous system.
Magical Tools: Wand, Cauldron
Element: Earth (dark green), water (blue-green)
Direction: North; East (China); South (Chippewa)
Chakra: Fourth, Heart Chakra
Planet: Venus, Jupiter, Mars
Day: Friday/Venus - love, friendship; Wednesday/Mercury - business transactions; Thursday/Jupiter- Luck, prosperity
Number: 4
Scent/Oil: Elder, Mint, Musk, Sage, Vanilla, Pine, Sweet pea, Mugwort, Patchouli, Vervain, Cinnamon, Marjoram.
Plant/Herb: Birch, Catnip, Blackberry, Coltsfoot, Foxglove, Thyme, Yarrow, Feverfew, Burdock, Pennyroyal, Plantain, Briar, Verbena, Elder, Basil, Cedarwood, Sage, Dill, Clove and Mugwort.
Wood: Birch, Elder, Almond, Hawthorn, Fig, Oak, Palm, Pine
Creatures: Gnomes, Dwarves, Fishes, Bee, Bull, Rabbit, Rat, Alligator, Turtle, Grasshopper, Bison, Frog.
Stones: Emerald, Peridot, Jade, Malachite, Coral, Green Tourmaline, Aventurine, Green Quartz, Gold, Silver, Rock Crystal, Onyx, Azurite.
Gods: Nature- and fertility-deities, Agathadaimon, Bonus, Daikoku, Eventus, Buddha, Diakoku, Gansea, Inari, Jambhala, Jupiter, Pluto, Tamon, Janus
Goddesses: Nature- and fertility-deities, Mother-goddesses, Anna Koun, Anna Perenna, Benten, Brighid, Buddhi, Carna, Chala, Felicitas, Fortuna, Kichijo-Ten, Lakshmi, Ops, The Muses, Vasudhara, Syn, Venus


Yellow carries the power of the sun. It has special influence over the life-force, vitality, and progress. It assists in repelling negative energy. For most Native American tribes, yellow is masculine, but the Arapaho considered it feminine. In China, only the Emperor could were yellow and he wore it when worshipping the sky and earth.
Personality: Those attracted to yellow are intellectual, but also light-hearted and introverted. They enjoy learning, creative activities.
Magical Uses: is ideal for students and those in sales. All aspects of the intellect -thought, analysis, memory, creativity, concentration, and clarity- are strengthened by Yellow. It assists in the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom, understanding new concepts, and in all aspects of communication. For students, it is especially beneficial during test-time.
For those who find adaptability is a part of their work criteria, yellow is indispensable. It helps in all areas of travel, contact, trade and commerce. Yellow allows you to be charming and persuade others with confidence, joy, and cheerfulness. In Egypt, yellow was a color of happiness and prosperity, and in Japan it is a color for childishness and fun.
Yellow is also beneficial to psychic ability. It assists in visions and visualization, astral projection, telepathy, and divination.
Healing: Yellow stimulates brain and nervous activity. It energizes the muscles and speeds up digestion and assimilation. Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains), and provides a lust for life. In England, yellow spiders, rolled in butter were eaten for jaundice, and in Germany, turnips, gold coins, and saffron were combined in a charm for jaundice.
Symbolism: Chinese: black on yellow- religion; blue on yellow- old mourning; gold on yellow- old happiness; white and yellow- holiness; yellow on black- death of an old man; yellow on blue- the divine
Magical Tool: Wand, Sword
Element: Air
Direction: East; West (Apache, Navaho, Omaha, Sioux); North (Creek, Hopi, Zuni, Tibet)
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Planet: Sun
Day: Sunday- Mental Action; Wednesday - Physical Action
Number: 3
Scent/Oil: Lemon, Frankincense, Bay, Patchouli, Marigold, Lavender, Laurel, Cinnamon Orange Blossoms, Musk, Vanilla, Cloves.
Plant/Herb: Laurel, Vine, Ash, Rue Marigold, St. Johns Wort, Centaury, Chamomile, Mistletoe, Saffron, Begonia, Geranium, Morning Glory, Snapdragon, Daffodil, Rosemary, Sunflower and Daisy.
Wood: Birch, Oak, Rubber
Creatures: Phoenix, Snake, Beetle, Dragonfly, Meadowlark, Chameleon, Antelope, Snake, Crow, Bobcat, Goat, Lion, Mouse, Gull, Sea Lion, Parrot and Oriole.
Stones: Topaz, Yellow Diamond, Pyrite Yellow Jacinth, Rutilated Quartz, Clear Quartz, Chrysolite, Goldstone, Citrine, some Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Amber.
Gods: Deities for trade, travel, knowledge and magic, Sun-deities. Apollo, Janus
Goddesses: Deities for trade, travel, knowledge and magick, Sun-deities. Anu, Brighid, Carna, Diana. Fortuna, Syn,


Gold promotes understanding. It is used in rituals to enhance energy, power, and vitality, and to bring success and luck or in rituals needing solar energy.
Personality: Gold people are intellectual, learned, introverted, creative, and imaginative.
Magical Uses: In addition to the powers listed under yellow, gold can provide a feeling of absolute authority, self-confidence, and perfection. It has influence over financial richness, investments, luxury, and winnings. Gold is protective and provides worldly and magical power. It can be invaluable in overcoming bad habits or addictions.
Copper or Bronze is for love and passion, for positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, and negotiations.
Magical Tool: Wand, Sword
Element: Air
Direction: East
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Planet: Sun
Day: Sunday- Mental Action; Wednesday - Physical Action
Number: 2
Scent/Oil: Lemon, Frankincense, Bay, Patchouli, Marigold, Lavender, Laurel, Cinnamon Orange Blossoms, Musk, Vanilla, Cloves.
Plant/Oil: Laurel, Vine, Ash, Rue Marigold, St. John’s Wort, Centaury, Chamomile, Mistletoe, Saffron, Begonia, Geranium, Morning Glory, Snapdragon, Daffodil, Rosemary, Sunflower and Daisy.
Wood: Ash, Willow
Creatures: Phoenix, Snake, Beetle, Dragonfly, Meadowlark, Chameleon, Antelope, Snake, Crow, Bobcat, Goat, Lion, Mouse, Gull, Sea Lion, Parrot and Oriole.
Stones: Topaz, Yellow Diamond, Pyrite Yellow Jacinth, Rutilated Quartz, Clear Quartz, Chrysolite, Goldstone, Citrine, some Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Amber.
Gods: Sun-deities, Amun Ra, Apollo, Baldur, Bochica, Bragi, Da-bog, Dyaus, Helios, Hyperion, Maui, Mithras, Odin, Ogmios, Ptah, Surya, Tvashtri, Veveteotl, Wayland
Goddesses: Sun-deities, Love-goddesses, Amaterasu, Artemis Calliste, Athena, Aya, Asva, Bast, Brighid, Eos, Hsi-Ho, Igaehindvo, llmater, Maya, Minerva, Muses, Namagiri, Phoebe, Sul, Sunna, Sunniva, Surya,


Orange has influence over ambition, mental ability, business, and legal/judicial problems. It is the color of pride and benevolence.
Personality: The orange person is agreeable, extroverted, excitable, and sociable.
Magical Uses: Orange is ideal for students, governing energy, encouragement, stimulation, optimism, and concentration. It shows new possibilities and other options in life, stimulating creative thinking and enthusiasm. It also deals with attraction, charm, and kindness. Career minded individuals and those engaged in legal matters will also find orange useful. It holds sway over business and legal issues, helping you to achieve business goals, and get good returns on investments. Orange is a very strong color in matters of abundance, prosperity, and success. It is also a color of feasting and celebration, and courage.
Healing: Orange stimulates the lungs, aiding respiration and digestion. Activity in the thyroid is increased. It relieves muscle cramps and spasms, and increases the amount of mother milk.
Magical Tool: Wand and Censer
Element: Air/Fire
Direction: East/South
Chakra: Spleen Chakra
Planet: Mercury/Mars
Day: Tuesday-Physical Action Wednesday - Mental Action Sunday - Both Actions
Number: 2
Scent/Oil: Dill, Lily of the Valley, Savory, Honeysuckle, Sweetpea, Jasmine
Plant/Herb: Fern, Lily of the Valley, Marjoram Savory, Valerian, Vervain, Alstonia, Buckwheat, Calamint, Snapdragon, Flax, Senna, Wandering Jew, Mugwort, Rue, the same as the Red and Yellow for enhancements, Fenugreek, Gardenia.
Wood: Hazel, Beech, Lemon Tree Maple, Lime and of course the Orange Tree.
Creatures: All of the RED & YELLOW animals, Swallow, Prairie Dog, Butterfly, Scallop, Bison, Butterfly, Catbird, Crane, Fox (clarity), Hawk, Martin, Prairie Dog and Squirrel.
Stones: Moss Agate, Carnelian, Alexandrite, Orange Sapphire, Quartz, Orange Calcite, Petrified Wood
Gods: Deities of good luck and fortune
Goddesses: Deities of good luck and fortune


Pink is the color of flesh and sensuality. It is a standard color for rituals to draw affections. Pink is also a color of femininity, honor, and service. It brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner table.
Personality: This person is a romantic at heart. Pink people like candlelight dinners and movies. They are very friendly and will always try to find the good in everything and everybody.
Magical Uses: Pink may be used when the influence you want is kinder and gentler than red. It deals with all matters of the heart: emotions-especially love, romance, and compassion, partnerships- marriage, friendship, relationships, children and femininity, beauty and attraction, softness and tenderness. It favors all acts of caring, nurturing, emotional love, and emotional healing. Pink strengthens fidelity, peace, hope, rest and relief from stress. Pink has power over youth, entertainment, creativity, morality, and conquering evil.
Healing: Pink brings you in contact with your feelings, and heals grief and sadness. It restores youthfulness.
Symbolism: Japan: pink is for happiness
Magical Tool: Wand, Cauldron
Element: Fire
Direction: South
Chakra: Heart Chakra
Planet: Venus
Day: Friday
Number: 1, 0
Scent/Oil: Sandalwood, Rose, Apple Blossom, Gardenia, Jasmine, Lavender, Ginger Sweetpea, Tuberose, Strawberry, Apricot.
Plant/Herb: Aztec Lily, Beans, Bishops Weed, Violets, Winter Cherry, Dropwort, Feverfew, Cotton Rose, Basil, Coriander, Crocus, Avocado, Ginseng, Kava-Kava, Ladies Mantle, Yarrow, Yerba Santa, Maidenhair, Allspice, Pennyroyal.
Wood: Orange, Olive, Peach, Sycamore, Pink Dogwood
Creatures: Cat, Dove, Sparrow, Deer, Conch, Clam and Oysters.
Stones: Pink Sapphire, Kunzite, Pink Tourmaline, Pink or Rose Quartz, Pink Diamonds, Pink Spinel, Pink Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper, Emerald, Peridot, Aventurine.
Gods: Amun Ra, Angus, Cupid, Kama
Goddesses: Love-goddesses, Anat, Aphrodite, Astarte, Belili, Belit-llanit, Benten, Cybele, Erzulie, Hathor, Ishtar, Isis, Venus


Red represents blood and fire. It is a symbol of patriotism and liberty, but it is also an emblem of revolution, anarchy, and danger. To the Native American, red is a sign of masculinity and the day. For the Cherokee, it means success and triumph, while the Hopi used it to represent the Sun god. In China, red was also worn by the emperor to worship the sun.
Personality: Reds are bold, assertive, impulsive, and extroverted. They are passionate and aggressive. There is no in-between for this person. They go from one extreme to the other, but it can be a fun ride for anyone who joins them.
Magical Uses: Red’s use in magick must be cautiously guarded, as it can be very wild and unpredictable. As a candle color, it should be used with caution. It may be combined with black candles.
Red is the color of masculine vigor, fertility, passion, lust, sexuality and sexual potency. It is an obvious choice for power over blood, and as such it influences life, health and healing, and birth. Fetes of physical strength, sports, conflicts, and competition, and situations requiring energy, power, will power, determination, speed, assertiveness, and aggression are controlled by the color red.
Red is stimulating, intense, and highly charged. Though it helps in areas of hidden potential, transformation, loyalty, courage, independence, protection, and the ego, it also has the potential to cause anger, aggression, war, and fear.
In China, red and yellow paper could ward off demons. Red amulets in Egypt were used against disease and lightning. In many cultures, a red hand painted in a harm would protect the inhabitants from harm.
Healing: Never treat cancer with red, because this color will stimulate cell growth! Red brings warmth, energy and stimulation, and is therefore good for energy, fatigue, colds, chills, and passive people. Red energizes heart and blood circulation, building up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. All organs and the senses are strengthened by red. It increases sexual desire and activity, and though considered a masculine color, it stimulates ovulation and menstruation.
In China, a red ribbon symbolized long life, and in Japan it could ward off nightmares and smallpox. In England, red was also considered a protection against smallpox, and a red string was used for teething. Red wool was used for sore throat in Ireland and sprains in Scotland, and red flannel could ward off scarlet fever in Ireland and Russia. A red and white cake was eaten in Egypt for constipation. Red yarn was used in Macedonia to assist in childbirth.
Symbolism: China: black on red or red on green- happiness; gold on red- special happiness; red on blue- old mourning; red on white- important notice; red on yellow- royalty; white on red- good luck
Magical Tool: Sword, Cauldron, Incense Burner, Candle
Element: Fire
Direction: South (China, Hopi, Isleta, Zuni) ; East (Cherokee, Chippewa, Omaha, Sioux); West (Tibet); North (Creek)
Chakra: Root Chakra
Planet: Mars
Day: Tuesday
Number: 5
Scent/Oil: Dragons Blood, Basil, Pine, Cinnamon, Mullein, Musk
Plant/Herb: Sunflower, Nettles, Holy Thistle, Crowfoot, Hops, Wormwood, Cranesbill, Chili Pepper, Chives, Spikenard, Onion, Cornflower, Rose, Mustard, Garlic, Rosemary, Dill, Hibiscus, Woodruff, Tobacco, Pepperwort, Heather and Yew .
Wood: redwood, cherry
Creatures: Bear, Horse, Wolf, Ram, marsupials and night creatures, Tigers, Lions, Badger, Alligator, Ants, Beetle, Cardinal, Porcupine, Chicken, and Peacock.
Stones: Ruby, Garnet, Bloodstone, Spinel, Red Tourmaline, Red Topaz, Agate, Rubelite Rhodochrosite, Quartz Crystals, Tigers Eye, Pyrite, Tektite, Diamond, Red Jasper.
Gods: Deities of love, passion, sexuality and war, Achilles, Ares, Atlas, Hercules, Mars, Thor, Zeus
Goddesses: Deities of love, passion, sexuality and war, Athena, Athenam, Eris, Kali, Minerva

Quote : Mark Twain
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Craft of the Week : Make your own paints

Salt and Flour Finger Paints

2 cup flour
2 tsp. salt
3 cup cold water
2 cup hot water
Food coloring

Add the salt to the flour in a saucepan. Pour in cold water gradually and beat the mixture with an eggbeater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil the mixture until it becomes glossy. Beat it until it is smooth. Mix in food coloring.

Homemade Finger Paints Ingredients

1/4 cup warm water
1 envelope gelatin
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. Sugar
2 cups cold water
food coloring
dishwashing liquid

Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup warm water and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch and sugar. Gradually add water and cook slowly over low heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat and add softened gelatin. Divide mixture into separate containers for each color. For each color, first add a drop or two of dishwashing detergent and then add food coloring a drop at a time until you have the shade you want. Store up to six weeks in the refrigerator.

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Humor : Confession

An elderly European man asked the local priest to hear his confession: “Father, during WW2 a beautiful woman knocked on my door and asked me to hide her from the Germans. I hid her in my attic.”

The priest replied, “That was a wonderful thing you did and you have no need to confess.”

“It's gets worse, Father. I was weak and told her that I would hide her but, she must repay me with her sexual favors.”

“You were both in great danger and would have suffered terribly if the Germans had found her. God, in his wisdom and mercy, will balance the good and the evil and judge you kindly. For your penance; say 3 'Our Father's' and 3 'Hail Mary's' and Go In Peace, my son - your sins are forgiven.”

“Thank you, Father, That's a great load off my mind. I have only one more question.”

“And what is that?” asked the priest.

The old man replied, “Should I tell her the war is over?”
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Who's Who in World Mythology : Archons
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Who's Who Archive.

Manicheism is an extreme form of dualistic Gnosticism named for its Persian founder Mani (215-276 AD). It is gnostic because it promises salvation through the attainment of special knowledge of spiritual truths. It is dualistic because it argues that the foundation of the universe is the opposition of two principles, good and evil, each equal in relative power. It is not uncommon for extreme dualism in fundamentalist Christianity to be labeled as a form of modern Manicheism.

According to Manicheism, in the beginning there were two realities, in perfect and complete balance with one another, entirely separate but forming the same cosmos. The first realm was a realm of matter and chaos. It lay toward the south, extending infinitely from east to west. Here there was constant war under a shroud of darkness. Within this darkness grew five trees representing five worlds and the five kinds of demons that lived there. These worlds were made of smoke, fire, storm, mud, and darkness. Over each world ruled a powerful demon known as an Archon. Over the entire realm of darkness there sat one ruler and overlord, known as the Prince of Darkness.

To the north of the realm of darkness lay the second kingdom, the realm of light and spirit. Just as the realm of darkness was a realm of war, so the realm of light was a realm of peace. Over this reality ruled the Father of light who had five special attributes opposite to the five worlds in the realm of darkness. Throughout the realm of light, there were angels and heavenly creatures known as Aions. There are twelve Aions of importance who rule over the four partitions of the realm.

During a battle in the realm of darkness, the Prince of Darkness one day approached the border of the realm of light. Glimpsing its splendor and beauty, the Prince was determined to take it for his own. He gathered his forces for war and invaded the neighboring realm. The Father of Majesty turned himself into a trinity: Spirit, Mother, and First-man. First-man, with his five sons (Clear Air, Refreshing Wind, Bright Light, Life-Giving Waters, and Warming Fire) who comprised his soul and armor, hurled himself into the demonic horde. Though he fought valiantly, he was overcome. His armor of light was devoured by the demons, and he was left without reason or sanity on the battlefield. After a while, the armor affected the demons of matter, and they became dependent on the light.

Eventually the First-Man recovered his reason and prayed seven times to the Father of Majesty. A second creation was made, the Friend of the Light, and this Friend of the Light formed the Great Ban. The Great Ban in turn emanated the Spirit of Life. Thus a second trinity came into existence. As in the first trinity, it is the third person that does the actual work, the Spirit of Life. Like the First-Man he emanated five personalities: from his intelligence the Ornament of Splendour (Sefath Ziva, Splenditenens, or Phegotatochos in Greek and Latin), from his reason the Great King of Honor, from his thought Adamas, Light, from his self reflection the King of Glory, and from his will the Supporter (Sabhla, Atlas, or Omothoros in Greek and Latin).

These five descended to the realm of Darkness, found the First-Man in his degradation, and rescued him by the word of their power. The Spirit then attacked the demons, killing many of them. The light of the armor of the First man was still trapped in their lifeless bodies however. So, the Spirit set about creating what we know as the world from the bodies of the demons. Some of the Archons were flayed and brought to the Mother of Life who spread out their skins to form twelve heavens. Their corpses were flung over the realm of Darkness and eight worlds were created, their bones forming the mountain ranges. The Spirit of Life forced the sons of Darkness to surrender some of the light, which they had absorbed from the five elements, and from this he created the sun and the moon and the stars. This creation would allow the light to be removed and returned to the realm of light.

The Prince of Darkness was not about to lose the light after he had obtained it however, and he corrupted the Spirit’s creation by causing the cycle of reincarnation. Naimrael, a female, and Ashaklun, a male devil, brought forth two children, Adam and Eve. As long as the humans lived, their light particles could not be recovered, as they would be continuously trapped in the human bodies.

In some of the earliest Gnostic texts (the Nag Hammadi codices- 3rd or 4th century AD), the Archons were primordial celestial deities, predating the Judeo-Christian god. Matter and the physical body are considered intrinsically evil as they derive from the bodies of the dead forces of evil (the Archons). As a result of its captivity in the prison or matter, the soul is overwhelmed by ignorance and forgets its true origin. Reincarnation occurs until the soul is released from its earthly sufferings. Under the censorship of the early Christian fathers, such variations of faith were banned from the general public.

According to the Papyri Graecae Magicae, there are five archons: Uriel, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Shamuil. It is interesting to note that the majority of these are also named as Arch-angels in other texts. In the Ophitic Gnostic system, there are seven: Jaldabaoth, Jao, Sabaoth, Adonaios, Astanphaios, Ailoaios, and Oraios. In other lists, Katspiel, Erathaol, Domiel, and others are mentioned.

Quote : Anonymous
A sharp tongue does not indicate a keen mind.

The Magi's Garden: Bean
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Bean (Phaseolus spp, P. vulgaris)


Folk Names: Common Bean, Green Bean, Kidney Bean, Navy Bean, Pinto Bean, Poor Man's Meat, Snap Bean, String Bean, Wax Bean; P vulgare Haricot

Description: The bean plant is an annual, twining vine with alternate leaves. Each leaf has three broad-ovate to rhombic-ovate entire pointed leaflets. The flowers are white, yellow, or purplish depending upon the species. These grow in sparse, axillary clusters. The fruit is a green or yellow pod filled with large, edible seeds. The pod is also often edible.

Effects: strong
Planet: Mercury, Venus; P vulgare Moon, Jupiter
Element: Air
Associated Deities: Demeter, Cardea; Haricot Ukemochi

Traditions:
Beans have been cultivated since time immemorial. Just as with many other ancient food crops, long years of cultivation have led to wide variation in the bean family. Offerings of beans and pork were given as offerings to Cardea in Rome on June 1st. They are also associated with the underworld and the dead, distributed and eaten during Roman funerals. On three days of the year, the Roman head of the household went through a ritual ceremony of spitting beans out of his mouth to rid his home of evil spirits. In Italy, beans were distributed among the poor on the anniversary of a death. Beans have even been found in the ancient tombs of Peru.

The Haricot bean is sacred in the Shinto religion. It rose from the blood of the benevolent goddess Ukemochi who provided food, especially boiled rice, to people. It is also sacred to the Fali tribe of North Africa who consider it one of twelve sacred foods.

Beans are considered sacred to the goddesses of Europe due to their white flowers. In Scotland, only highest ranking priestess could plant or cook the plant.

Kidney beans were a forbidden food in Egypt as it corresponded to the male testicle and represented virility and male potency. They were also forbidden to Jewish high priests on the day of Atonement.

The philosopher/mathematician Pythagoras believed that some souls, when leaving their bodies, became beans, so he refused to eat them. According to legend, when there were enemies pursuing him, believing him to be a magician who needed to be put to death, he ran until he came to a bean field. Believing the vines had souls hanging upon them which he did not wish to trample, he stood still and allowed himself to be killed.

Phaseolus vulgaris, the Kidney bean, is indigenous to the Americas, being unknown to the rest of the world prior to Columbus’ invasion. These beans were used as trade goods by Native American tribes from Canada to South America, with each tribe having its own names and folklore for the beans.

Magic:
Beans may be used as charms against evil sorcerers. Place it in your mouth and spit it in his/her direction. Carried, the dried beans are talismans against negativity and evil magic. They are used in rattles to scare away spirits, especially any which may be making someone sick. Broad beans were said to possess the souls of the dead, and when in flower, it was thought that accidents were more likely to happen. Scattering some beans around the outside of the house would stave of such attentions for a year. Scattering bean flowers is also thought to placate demons in many countries particularly in the Far East. If one bean in a row should come up white instead of green, an English tradition associates this occurrence with death.

Broad beans have also been associated with forecasting the future. A European custom involved the careful preparation of three beans, one left whole, one partially pealed, and one completely peeled. Hidden on Midsummer Eve, the future was revealed by which bean was found first. The untouched bean indicated wealth, the half-peeled bean indicated a comfortable life, while the third fully peeled bean indicated poverty if found.

Since 200 BCE, tofu (bean curd) has been cooked into a soup to treat colds. Beans may be used in cures for warts. Rub a dried bean on each wart during a waning moon and say: “As this bean decays, So Wart, fall away!” To avert evil spirits, say quickly three times: “Three blue beans in a blue bladder. Rattle, bladder, rattle.”

If a couple is quarreling, the woman should carry three lima beans strung on a silk thread for two days. Their difficulties should smooth over. To become attractive to a certain man, a woman can place seven beans of any kind in a circle on the ground. She should then have the man step into the circle or over it. Men may carry or eat beans to cure impotence or infertility.

Known Combinations:
none noted

Medical Indications: Warning: eaten raw, beans can cause severe frontal headaches, soreness and itching of the eyes, and abdominal pain… the roots are dangerously narcotic.
Parts Used: pods, beans
The pods are now thought lower blood sugar (most effective if unripe and fresh), and teas featuring bean pods may now be purchased in most health stores to this purpose. They are especially good with Bilberry (or blueberry), Yarrow, Dandelion, and Juniper. The pod tea is also useful for dropsy, sciatica, chronic rheumatism, kidney and bladder problems, uric acid accumulation, and loss of albumen in urine during pregnancy. For acne, eat and also spread meal on face for eczema, eruptions, and itching. When bruised and boiled with garlic, beans have cured otherwise incurable coughs. My special vegetarian bean soup is one of my favorite foods when I have a bad cold.

Nutrition:
Beans are one of nature’s perfect foods. They are a significant source of carbohydrates and protein, iron, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, niacin, B2, and B1. As legumes, they are also a significant source of nitrogen, the number one cause of bean-related gas. Suggestions on remedying this side effect include de-farting the beans (skimming the bubbly scum from the top as they cook), lots of basil, and beano.

Mercantile Uses:
Aside from being a significant food crop for people, the whole plant is often included in livestock feed.

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Poem : I Regret Nothing...
Sergey Yesenin (1895-1925)

I regret nothing, neither do I complain nor weep.
All will pass, like mist from white apple trees.
The gold of fading tightens its grip –
I shall never be young again.

My heart grows chill within.
It will never beat as before.
The birch print of the countryside
Will tempt me out barefoot no more.

Vagrant spirit, less and less
Do you stir the flame of my lips.
Oh, the lost freshness of my youth,
Storminess of eye, passion welling up.

Oh my life, do my desires grow narrower,
Or was it all a dream?
It’s as though, in the vibrant spring early hours,
I had passed by on my rose-colored steed.

We are all, all of us, mortal.
The copper drains silently from maple leaves.
May you be blessed for evermore
That you put forth buds, then died.

Quote : English proverb
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.

The Power of Stones : Analcime
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Power of Stones Archive.

Analcime, or analcite as it is sometimes known, forms trapezohedral crystals in white, gray, yellow, green, white, and colorless variations. Reddish tints are possible.

Mental clarity, individuality, and creativity are enhanced by this stone, especially if you are in a period of change. It dispels weakness, producing energy toward stabilization. All aspects of teamwork and group activities are augmented. Analcime occasionally occurs in rubies, which adds physical vitality, communication skills, and strength to all activities.

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Humor : Oops!

An insurance salesman in Dallas woke up one morning and heard a little voice in his head. The voice said “Quit your job, sell your house, take all your money, and head to Vegas.”

The salesman ignored the voice, but unfortunately, he kept hearing it all day long, “Quit your job, sell your house, take all your money, and head to Vegas.”

By about 3:00, the voice was constant. He couldn’t concentrate; he couldn’t hear anything else, just the voice; the voice saying, “Quit your job, sell your house, take all your money, and head to Vegas.”

By 5:00, he couldn’t stand it. The salesman said what the hell, he'd never done anything spontaneous in his life, and this might be some sort of sign. So, he did what the voice had been telling him to do. He quit his job, he sold his house, and he hopped on a plane to Vegas.

As he got off the plane, he heard the voice again, but this time the voice said, “Go to Caesar's Palace.” So the guy jumped in a cab to Caesar's Palace.

As he arrived, the voice said, “Go to the Roulette Table.” The guy headed over to the Roulette Table, and the voice said, “Put everything you have on Black 17.” So, the guy put everything he had on Black 17.

The girl spun the marble and when it stopped announced, “Red 8.”

The voice said, “Ooooops!”
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A Dreamer's Guide : Ice to Impudent

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Dreamer's Guide Archive.

Prosperity in business approaches if you dreamt of a great deal of Ice, but if you slipped on the ice, disaster is on the way. If you broke through ice, you will feel anxious, but there is no cause for alarm. Do not be too daring if you walked with other over ice, and running on ice is a warning of deceptions in love. Ice floating along a stream of clear water means your happiness will be interrupted by jealous and ill-tempered friends. Happiness in love is foretold if there was ice in your refrigerator however. For a farmer, a dream of good harvest, and for the working class, ice is a harbinger of moneymaking. Merchants will experience an improvement also, but businesspeople will find obstacles. For those in the military, ice is an omen of promotion. Young people will soon find love. An unforeseen event will interrupt anticipated pleasures if you bathed in ice water. Putting ice in drinks is a warning to stop wasting time, money, or energy on meaningless temporary pleasures.

An Iceberg indicates a court trial, while an icebreaker ship is a sign of luck. If you actually saw one breaking up an iceberg, your efforts will be rewarded with triumph.

Success in all undertakings is augured if you ate Ice Cream, and making it indicates financial gains. Children eating ice cream is a promise of long life, and if your enemies ate it, they will experience a period of deprivation. There is danger through a secret however if you bought ice cream. Sour ice cream denotes some kind of trouble interfering with your pleasure, and melting ice cream means some anticipated pleasure will stagnate before it is fully realized.

Many Icicles are a symbol of poverty. If they hung from the eaves of a house, they presage misery, and icicles on a fence indicate physical suffering. Despondent hope will grow gloomier if they hung from trees, and hanging from evergreens, they indicate a bright future overshadowed with worries of doubtful honor. If the icicles fell from the trees however, some misfortune or trouble will soon vanish. You will lose someone you love if you saw them dripping and melting.

Ice Skating alone signifies recognition for work well done, but skating with a partner is a warning against indiscrete behavior or sexual relationships.

Accept changes calmly if you saw an Icon in your dream. You are much loved if it was the image of a saint.

Unless you managed to retain it when you woke, dreaming of a great Idea is a forerunner to frustration. If you did remember the idea, even if it was nonsensical, you are entering a period of unusual luck.

A season of uninterrupted pleasure and contentment is augured if you met your Ideal.

Some unexpected good fortune approaches after a dream of Idiots. You will have a vigorous mind if there were many, and you may receive a government appointment if you thought you were an idiot. (heh, I’m just retyping what my books say here people!)

You will have to work hard if you dreamt of being Idle, but it is a good sign if anyone else was idle in your dream. Important and beneficial events are underway if your employees were inactive.

You intend to commit an injustice against someone if you saw an Idol in your dream. If you broke idols, you have a strong master over yourself which will allow your rise to positions of honor. Your business will cause you apprehension if you were idolized, and if you idolized your children, you must learn to hide your emotions better.

You will be rewarded with success if you dreamt you were Ignorant, and if you were forced to deal with ignorant people, you will recover from an illness. Abundance will be yours after a dream of ignorant children.

An Iguana is an augury of an unusual social event or interesting new friend.

To dream of being Ill-bred means you should not let others scare you. You will have an accident caused by others if you saw ill-bred people, but I being among ill-bred people foretells success. You must control your temper if your friends were ill-bred.

Illiteracy, unless it was your own, indicates a satisfying increase of your responsibilities.

Misfortune in love is indicated by Illness. Someone you know may go to prison if a stranger was ill. Sick children are a sign of consolation and happiness, but relatives represent unhappiness. If your enemies were ill, a great temptation will not prove to be profitable if you give in. Visiting will ill folk means success in reaching your goals, and many sick people in a hospital is a promise of joy and profit. A brain illness or an unknown illness indicates fortune, while a sickness of the stomach means you waste money.

Strange Illuminations predict disappointment and failure at every turn. Misery and afflictions are indicated by illuminated rooms, but illumination in halls is a sign of great, good fortune. Be on the lookout for treachery if an enemy’s house was lit up. Shining faces indicate unsettled business and private affairs. Distress of the worst kind is presaged by oddly illuminated heavens.

To be aware of Illusion or that your dream is only illusion means you will presently come into possession of some valuable information. Use it judiciously.

A dream of an Image means you are very diligent in your work. The death of a relative is foretold by the image of a dead person, and the image of a saint is an augury of failure in business or love. Misfortune in love is foretold by an image of your children, and the image of a dead relative is a warning to postpone any important decisions. Pleasure and friendship is promised by several beautiful images, but ugly images are signs of trouble in your home.

Imitations of something mean that someone is working to deceive you. If someone imitated you or your loved one, you will be imposed upon and suffer for the faults of others. If you impersonated someone, you can expect to be brought to account for some past act or lack of action. If you were fooled by an impersonation, you will soon meet a very interesting new friend.

Immodesty, whether your own or someone else’s, is a warning to guard your temper.

Immorality is a warning not to criticize unless you wish to come under attack yourself. We all make mistakes.

Enemies will threaten you if you were Impaled on a railing, and trouble is ahead if other were impaled. If you escaped from being impaled, you will have happiness, and if you were being impaled as a torture or punishment, your success is assured.

A dream of Impatience is a promise that you will surely reach your goals, however slowly. You will receive a letter with money if you were impatient with children, and impatience with businesspeople indicates happiness. Gossip is foretold by impatience with friends. If others were impatient, you will receive divine punishment.

Your means will be unsatisfactory for accomplishing some work if you dreamt of Implements. If they were broken, death or serious illness threatens your relatives or friends or failure looms in business.

If you were an Importer, be diligent in your work. If you were an importer of general merchandise, you will have cause to be ashamed of some action, while others importing such items means you will have security in your enterprises. You will enjoy wealth if you imported animals.

You will soon be ill if you were Impotent to act. Sexual impotence means unforeseen wealth.

Imps are omens of trouble from what seemed a passing pleasure. Folly and vice will bring you low if you were an imp in your dream.

Impudence indicates a lack of modesty. If others were impudent, friends will cheat you, but if they were rude to you, you will be rescued in some business transaction.

Impurities signify happiness in your personal or domestic life.

Quote : Edward R. Murrow
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

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