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Hindu Red Thread Evil Eye Protection Stunning Bracelet Luck Talisman A –


“What's with the yarn?”

(Gandalf: that's the name of the buck-goat whose wool I'm wearing around my wrist: hand-sheared, hand-spun, hand-dyed.)

I've stopped to get ice on my way home from the Grand Sabbat of the Midwest Tribe of Witches. One's first time back in non-pagan space after a sojourn in Witchdom is invariably a little disorienting.

(“I'm cowaning out,” I'd joked earlier that afternoon, putting on a shirt for the first time in days. Folks laughed and assured me that I could pass or, at least, probably wouldn't get arrested.)

I tie this knot in Old Hornie's name: aye 'til he fetch thee home again. That's what they say as the thread is tied on. Then you don't take it off again until you get home safely. Leave it on until it falls off of its own accord, they say, and the God of Witches himself will grant you a favor.

People of the Red Thread, we're called. All of us have the Blood that goes back to old times—His blood—witch and non-witch alike. Some of us know it, though, and some of us don't.

Oh, the Sabbat and its weird glories. (That's “weird” in both senses.) Some day we'll die and rejoin that never-ending dance on the Sabbat-Field of the Buck. To some—his beloved children—he gives the unutterable gift of tasting this ecstasy, this state of simultaneous Being/Not-Being, while in life.

How do you explain all that to someone asking what is, after all, nothing but an idle question? As usual, I take the easy way out.

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The voice to text fail inviting me to the new Thor movie called it Girls Sore. Before seeing the movie today, as I was having my morning coffee, which is my usual time to raise coffee toasts and listen internally for anything the gods might want to say, I was thinking about this movie. I was hoping it would be good of course, but also thinking about what I knew of the plot which from trailers and social media sounded is a little silly. I was also thinking about how much it has rained this summer, much needed and welcome rain just like when the other Thor movies came out in the theaters. When I raised a coffee toast to Thor I could hear him in my mind. (This is Gnosis Diary so yes, there is personal gnosis! )  It doesn't matter if it's silly. What matters is people are thinking about him. Some people might decide to learn more and find the real Thor. It's better if people come to Thor having to unlearn a few things than never come to him at all. 


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  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    You're welcome! It's fun, definitely watch it when it comes on TV.
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Thank you for your review. I still don't think I'll go to the theater for this one, but it sounds like one I can record later in
St. John’s Wort: Magical Faery Horses

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is also known as Penny-John, rosin rose, and hexenkraut “witches’ herb.” It’s a small, shrubby plant with bright yellow star-shaped flowers. The flowers and buds ooze a red liquid when squeezed or bruised.
        In Ireland, St. John’s wort ranked as one of the seven magical herbs that nothing natural or supernatural could injure. Throughout Europe, it was used to drive away evil spirits and demons. In Scotland, St. John’s wort was used as a charm to ward off witches, enchantment, and second sight. However, to gain second sight, the juice of St. John’s wort, dill, and vervain were combined in an ointment and applied to the eyelids for three days. Although the plant was used as an amulet against faeries, it was also believed to be a plant protected by them.
According to legend, faeries held a great feast on Midsummer’s Eve during which they danced around St. John’s wort plants and splashed them with cowslip wine. The reason for this practice is unknown.
Like ragwort, faery horses were said to use St. John’s wort as a daytime disguise. Stepping on the plant after sunset reputedly caused the horse to rear up and gallop off with the unsuspecting human on its back. At dawn a person would be left far from home with a sprig of leaves in their hands.
Grow St. John’s wort at the front of your house or hang a sprig of leaves on your front door to repel negativity and to invite abundance into your home. Of course, it will also be an invitation for faeries.


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What To Do With the Ashes? Creative Post-Cremation Memorial Options

Something that I love about cremation, aside from its relative low cost, is the variety of memorial options that are available. In the past, the living just had a few options: burying the cremated remains, keeping the urn at home or in a niche in a columbarium, or scattering the remains. But now, there are a number of creative and heartfelt options for those who want a deeper, more tangible connection with their loved ones' cremated remains.

Cremation Stones

This is a product we offer at the pet funeral home and crematory where I work. While we don't make the stones ourselves, we can send them off for our customers, or they can choose to do it themselves. When the company who creates the stones receives the cremains, they refine the granule remains into a super-fine powder and then add a binding agent that transforms the remains into a clay-like material. The clay is then worked into smooth pebble shapes that fit comfortably into the palm of the hand and heated in a kiln. How many pebbles are created is based on the volume of cremains, which varies from person to person (or animal to animal). One company, Parting Stone, estimates 6-10 stones for cats; anywhere from 5-35 for dogs; and around 40-60 stones for humans.

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In meditation class this morning,

I got lost behind my eyes,

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Sacred Stone Shapes
  • Ankh-shaped stones represent the key to life. Use this ancient Egyptian symbol to develop creativity, wisdom, and fertility. 
  • Clusters are among the most common natural crystal forms and bring balance and harmony into your life. 
  • Diamond-shaped stones bring the energy of wealth and abundance and are said to attract riches. 
  • Egg-shaped stones denote creativity and give new ideas to anyone wearing them. 
  • Heart-shaped stones are love energy. They promote self-love and romance. 
  • Holes that form naturally in stones are very auspicious and magical. If you look through the holes by the light of the moon, you should see visions and spirits. 
  • Human body-shaped stones bring good energy to the body parts being depicted and strengthen those areas. 
  • Obelisks are four-sided, pyramid-topped shapes and are wonderful energy activators, or manifesters. Write our wish down on paper and place it beneath an obelisk to bring that hope into reality. 
  • Octahedrons, eight-sided stones, bring order to chaos and are great for analysis and organization. They are also terrific for healing. Carry an octahedron crystal in your pocket if you are unwell, so you can feel better soon.
  • Pyramid-shaped stones carry energy upward, toward their pointed tips. I have a beautiful little malachite pyramid that I keep on my computer simply because I love to look at it. When the need arises, however, I can place a dollar bill underneath it and visualize positive money energy flowing up out of the stone. 
  • Rectangular rocks and crystals represent the energy of God. In addition to symbolizing male energy and the phallus, this shape is symbolic of energy itself and electrical current. It also denotes protection. Rectangular stones are great for love and sex spells. 
  • Round stones represent the universe and the Goddess. They are symbols of spirituality, connection to the universe, femininity, and, of course, pregnancy. Round crystals can be used in all love spells to cause attraction. 
  • Square stones represent the earth and are harbingers of plenty and prosperity.
  • Triangular stones are guardian stones and protect the wearers.
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 Stewart Farrar - Wikipedia

A Tale of Stewart Farrar


Forget those other claimants (Alex and Simon come to mind): in the mid- to late nineties, the real King of the Witches was Stewart Farrar.

(FAHRer, he pronounced it, with the first A as in arrow. His namesake ancestor was a farrier, he used to say: a blacksmith who specializes in shoeing horses.)

A novelist and Fleet Street journalist by trade, he become, late in life, an occult celebrity whose books nourished the worldwide burgeoning interest in modern witchery. Along with his wife Janet and brother-husband Gavin—that I have never heard so much as even one arch comment about this arrangement makes me proud of my sometimes-snarky community—he toured the pagan communities of the English-speaking world, and never once failed to charm.

As per this story.


Stewart and the Cigar


In the middle of the ritual, Janet fainted.

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