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Kitchen Witch: Ginger

Now that the weather is cooling we might as well prevent those pesky colds that are beyond annoying.

Therefore, I would like to suggest this wonderful natural product called Ginger.

Ginger is great for several situations:

  • If you happen to have lost your appetite, fear not! Ginger will help you find it. Eat a piece of fresh ginger before lunch to stimulate your appetite.
  • Should you be feeling nauseated, chew on a little bit of ginger, preferently with a bit of honey on it.
  • If you suffer from flatulence, ginger will help with that as well.
  • If you have colic symptoms, chew on some ginger dipped in warm olive oil.
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and might help with joint pain. Mix a few drops of ginger essential oil in your bath water and relax in there for a few minutes.
  • Ginger will also assist you in getting rid of that annoying sore throat and nasal congestion. Chop some ginger and leave it to steep in a bit of water (in order to cover the ginger) for about 30 minutes. After that, add more water and let it boil for 30 minutes. I suggest adding cinnamon, lemon juice and honey to your tea.
Ginger. Image taken from here.
Ginger. Image taken from here.
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Tonight’s special…

Hello beautiful people out there!

Just a quick reminder for Lady Moon’s show, tonight: Full Moon, Moon Eclipse, and Blood Moon!

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Taken with a cellphone, through a window, by yours truly.
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Found this on Facebook, and don't recall where.

Don’t miss it! It’ll be magical!

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Mabon Blessings! Happy Autumnal Equinox!

And so, today, with the turning of the wheel of the year, another season begins, another cycle commences.

I love all the seasons, each season has its special thing about it.

I love Autumn for its colours, its scents, and what I associate it with.

Soon the first rains will fall from the sky (and the emanating petrichor), as will the orange, red, brown and gold tree leaves falling to the ground.

And I cannot think of nothing better than getting home, changing to comfy clothes, preparing some hot tea, grabbing a book or a good movie, a blanket, and going for a lovely “couching” session, while listening to the rain outside. Soooo relaxing!

As you know, the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn is associated with harvesting, of ripping what you’ve sown. Something usually done as a community (or, at least, with the help of family and friends) – at least in Góis (Portugal) it is a bit like that.

How can you celebrate such an event?
Think of growth, maturity, change, and how magical that is. Think of apples, pears, corn, grapes, and so on.
You may want to celebrate (by yourself or even over dinner, even if you’re the only one in the know) by adding cornbread, apple pie, pear cake, wine or grape juice… You get the point.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun while doing it. Otherwise, you won’t be celebrating at all.

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When the outside world seems overwhelming…

…how do I cope, stay grounded and on my path?

I confess, sometimes it feels a task hard to accomplish, especially after a long day, filled with stuff bad enough to get me worked up for the rest of the day.

But I try to meditate on a daily basis… Night, actually, as I do it when I go to bed and before falling asleep.
In fact, one thing tends to lead to another, with me, as meditation helps me to relax enough to fall asleep.

And I try to keep a positive attitude and mindset. It’s like ripples in the water: if you start your day in a bad mood, it will only get worse. And the opposite is equally applicable.

Also, it is all in the little things: a candle or an incense stick just begging for you to light it up, home decor that won’t let you forget that daily hardships are not the only thing in life, and that there is something else waiting for you, in and outside of you, to bring your mind home, to your happy place, to your inner Goddess (and God – after all, we are dualities: there is light and dark within us, comprised within ourselves  we’ll find the stormy sea and the peaceful forest).

It is possible to keep our path even when the world seems to crush us. Be mindful in whatever you do, listen to your inner voice and trust yourself, inhale and exhale deeply as it’ll help you to calm down, and look at the beauty around you – the world is a beautiful place, and we do not notice it enough.

Try to meditate and rest often, have fun and be kind to yourself, through thoughts and actions. And keep in mind that life is a cycle, and tomorrow a brand new day.

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Liboreiro’s Fountain Spring (detail). Góis, Portugal. Photograph taken by yours truly.
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Loreena McKennitt – All Souls Night

Right now I am sharing a song that speaks to me in so many ways, in such deep levels, that takes me to a different place and time, and that wakes up my Pagan side. It makes me happy, makes me feel like dancing under the Moon, fills me with energy.

This song makes me feel at peace.

Heather. Photograph taken by yours truly
Heather. Photograph taken by yours truly.

Loreena McKennitt – All Souls Night 

Bonfires dot the rolling hills
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
Moving to the pagan sound.

Somewhere in a hidden memory
Images float before my eyes
Of fragrant nights of straw and of bonfires
And dancing till the next sunrise.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Figures of cornstalks bend in the shadows
Held up tall as the flames leap high
The green knight holds the holly bush
To mark where the old year passes by.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
And moving to the pagan sound.

Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me.

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Path to self-discovery…

This is where I’ll be sharing my path to self-discovery, how I find balance between my professional life, my social life (family and friends and people wanting to drag me out of my little bubble, as my sister would put it), and my pagan path while still being a city girl (that spent all her vacations in the country).

Well, the cat’s out of the bag, now!
Yes, I am a Pagan. I’ve been treading this path for a while now… years, actually.

I come from a Catholic background, but I didn’t fit in. I read as much as I could about other religions and spiritual paths, and I bumped into Paganism.
And it all made sense then.

Of course, Paganism is a huge universe, with multiple paths. That is what’s so good about this: I’m an eclectic witch – I choose to use what makes sense to me, and discard what does not.

Also, you’ll have to endure my rants (especially, social criticism) from time to time (sorry about that!), but I’ll treat you with music and poems (mine or from other authors), music, movie and book reviews, and so on. Oh! And Photography! I love photography and I am an amateur photographer! There! Not so bad, I hope! ^_^

Also, I am a newbie with Worpress (I am used to other types of blogs: blogger, mostly), so I’m bound to mess up terribly most times, until I get the hang of it.

Feel free to write to me or comment whenever you feel like it!

Be happy! ^_^

Photograph taken in Góis Municipality (Coimbra District, Portugal) by yours truly.
Photograph taken in Góis Municipality (Coimbra District, Portugal), by yours truly.