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The Novice’s Grimoire: Rose Quartz

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 …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Lavender

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 …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Scrying

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 m …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Frankincense Oil

  Welcome back Novices to the great Grimoire. This week we are diving into the stuff of kings, an oil/herb steeped in millennia worth of lore, use and medicinal value; I am, o …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Citrine

  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 cryst …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Saffron

  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 f …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: The Symbolism of Baphomet

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 …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Amethyst

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 Gree …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Anise

  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 …

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

  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 …

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