May 8, 2013

JuniperBerries-PaganBlogProject2013


Pagan Blog Project - Week 20 - Letter J



Juniper Berries are a very fragrant herb. I love their dark purple/blue/black color. Their magickal properties are many. Did you know that the ancient greeks burned juniper to prevent illnesses, even the black plague. 

When chewed the berries combat bad breath and aid to heal damaged gums. Juniper oil is used for a variety of ailments including digestive problems, kidney and bladder. Those with kidney disease should avoid it though. In aromatherapy juniper is often found in rub blends as juniper detoxifies & relaxes the body.

Juniper - Juniperus Communis
Male
Element - Fire
Planet - Jupiter
Properties - protection, warding off evil, combating hexes, psychic powers, attract good health.

Hang juniper at your door to ward off evil people, spirits, and ill health in your home.
Wear juniper for protection agaisnt animal attacks, & accidents.

Juniper has long been burned to ward off evil. Added to any love charm, spell, incense, amulet increases the male power significantly. 



Sources: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

PBP2013-BroomCloset

Prompt: Pagan "Coming out of the broom closet day"

National Coming out of the Broom Closet day was May 3rd. I am already out to my parents & sister. I didn't make any grand announcement to the rest of my family because my family is very loving and accepting of each other no matter what. A few of my friends know. My biggest shock came though when my neighbor who also used to be a co-worker of mine for 6 years all of a sudden asked me - "So how long have your been into witchcraft" She even told me I should have seen the look on my face! I can not even imagine. Because I remember choking and stumbling on my words. Turns out she is too! I had one friend at work I had been talking to about this before I left. And he kept telling me that I'd be surprised how many people are like me. I just kept saying who, and not believing him.

We live in a small town in Wyoming. A lot of mormons. But witches?? Where?- I would think. And little by little I have see people accepting and thinking along the same lines I do. And that people were not as judgmental as I thought they would be.

Our fear is always much bigger than peoples actual reactions...


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