The Novice’s Grimoire: Rose Quartz

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Novices, I come to you at a crossroads in my life. I will be stepping away from the world of writing and journalism, at least for a time, and venturing out into other worlds, known and unknown. With that being said, this will be my last NG for the time being. May we greet the […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Lavender

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Good morning, evening, or wherever the day and this post find you. This week we are discussing the many abilities of the lavender plant, flower and—to a lesser degree—oil. By some estimates there are about 25 different lavender plants in existence today, though one can easily imagine a scenario where we—in our infinite wisdom of all […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Scrying

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Today, Novices, we are exploring the art of divination, specifically the wonders of scrying. Divination, whether that be through use of the tarot, astrology, or other means, is a method for predicting the future, unveiling pertinent secrets, or clarifying the past, present, or future. Some would say that divination can only show what will or […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Citrine

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  This week, Novices, we are tackling another quartz crystal, citrine. This crystal, ranging in color from a light yellow to a deep gold, has often been confused for its crystal-cousins, beryl, zirocon, gold topaz, Madeira and Spanish topaz. In fact, until the year 1546, the word “citrine” was used to refer interchangeably to all of […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Saffron

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  Welcome back Novices! The topic of our discussion today is saffron; yes, that mystic, magic, exceedingly pricey herb. Saffron, deep yellow in color and pleasantly sweet in flavor, is actually made from the dried stigmas of the Crocus flower. The Crocus flower originates in Southwest Asia, and can be found in some parts of Europe. […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: The Symbolism of Baphomet

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Baphomet, or the Goat of Mendes, is a symbol that throughout history has played a mysterious and often misunderstood role. And though symbols and their meanings alter with time and society, it would seem Baphomet’s roots are not something society has held fast to, instead allowing it to become a catch-all image for any line […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Amethyst

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Amethyst, a purple, often transparent stone with short and softly angled spikes is the focus of our studies this week, Novices. The name, amethyst, is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning “non-inebriated.” The stone received its name from a belief that by simply holding the stone, having it about your person or drinking from a cup […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: Anise

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  Anise, not to be confused with the similar tasting star anise, is a member of the carrot family. With winding roots, the grooved stems and leather-like leaves can, at their greatest heights, reach nearly three feet tall. In July and August the plant displays small yellow and white flowers, complete with an alluringly sweet […]

The Novice’s Grimoire: A Little about Ouija* Boards

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  Often used by Hollywood as an impetus for catastrophic and horrific events, the Ouija board has become as much feared as misunderstood. In 1973’s The Exorcist, a young girl named Regan uses an Ouija board to speak with Captain Howdy, a seemingly benevolent spirit, to disastrous effects. Throughout the course of the movie we […]

 
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