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What are dreams? Sigmund Freud felt that dreams were the pictures of instinctual forces, both sexual and
aggressive forces, crying to be let out. Carl Jung believed dreams were an expression of a symbolic language.
He proposed that dreams expressed collective racial unconscious memories and instincts shared by all people.
There is a wonderful dream dictionary you can
access here.

Ever hear the phrase "as above so below"? Ever have a day where everything you did was a battle or a day
when it seemed the universe was in your corner and you could do no wrong? Well, maybe it was. When have
days like that I check the stars and usually find my experiences reflected there. My favorite astrological site is
Susan Miller's
Astrology Zone. It's nice to check in and find auspicious energy ready to be tapped.

It often takes me a full day to write an effective spell and sometimes I'm stalled with some elusive ingredient.
One of my favorite sites is
Mountain Rose Herbs for any hard to find herb or essential oil.

Need to know what day it is? Where the moon is? When that special holiday is coming up? Check out
Calendar.  Or just to do a little stargazing check out What's in the sky tonight.

If you need a little help Identifying that hard to ID plant try Plant ID  Or post a photo to this forum at the
National Gardening Association
click here

The complicated world of scent is all around us casting its spell. One way to harness this power is through the
use of Essential oils. Essential oils are oils made from the leaves and flowers of plants. You can buy bath
products or home fragrances containing the oils, or you can purchase the oils on their own. Each oil has its
own, unique healing properties. Essential Lavender oil has been traditionally used in France as a topical
application to heal minor burns and reduce scarring and to counteract insomnia, anxiety, rheumatism,
headaches, pains and as a regenerative and anti-aging treatment.

The scent of essential oils has the power to change your mood, and in fact, affect your entire sense of well-
being. Feeling down? Add a few drops of Lemon oil to a small spray bottle. Fill with spring water and mist
yourself to instantly rejuvenate. Having company? Add a few drops of cinnamon oil to a diffuser and light the
candle, soon the room will be filled with the cozy smell of holiday baking. Need some comfort? It's really hard
to top a soothing bath especially when you've added a handful of sea salt and a few drops of essential oils. Try
making up a jar of your own bath salts. Here are some of
my favorite bath salts recipes.

"There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness." ~Dr.
Edward Bach, 1934. Bach Flower Remedies are another lovely way to use the power of scent to enrich your life.
Just a spritz under the tongue is all it takes. The creation of noted homeopath and bacteriologist  Dr Edward
discovered a complete system of 38 flower remedies, the
Bach Original Flower Remedies, help us rediscover
the positive side of ourselves and help us live emotionally healthy lives. Now sold in over 65 countries
worldwide, the Bach Original Flower Remedies are used by individuals and respected medical and
complementary health practitioners alike.

Incense is also a wonderful way to scent a room. When I'm frazzled and need to lift my mood, one of the first
steps I take is to light a stick of Nag Champa. Nag Champa is a hand-rolled blend of flowers, spices, and
resins, and each stick burns for about 45 minutes. The natural ingredients, herbs, resins and masala are
blended to perfection to create a soothing aroma. Or If I need  something more medicinal I choose Tara
healing incense, an ancient Tibetan incense composed of 31 different pure and natural herbs. It is effective,
non-toxic and non-addictive and has been used for stress, depression and tension.
Candles are one of the most versatile tools of magick. Candles have been used for prayer and meditation in
almost all religions. Across the world you can walk into churches and light a candle in prayer, or see candles lit
to honor ancestors or deities. Candle magick is one of the simplest forms of magick. From the act of blowing
out a birthday candle to lighting the tapers for a candlelight dinner, candles add magick and enrich our life.
Candles are use so often, some of the rituals behind their use have been forgotten but from the Yule tradition
of burning a bayberry candle down to the socket to bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket, to calling up
the elements, candles play an important role in ritual. I have found that
Orleans Candle Company has a
wonderful inventory of candles. The Orleans Candle Company produces high quality candles at a great price as
their local craftsmen hand dip and pour a variety of traditional candles making every candle the old-fashioned
way. Not only do they offer  traditional paraffin candles but also 100% Soy Candles that are hand poured and
scented. Using only pure cotton wicks and non-toxic essential oil blend scents, these candles are tested to
burn clean, with minimal or no smoking and 100% Pure Beeswax Candles that are certified pure. These church
quality beeswax candles burn clean and give off a subtle, natural aroma of honey. This is an excellent place to
stock up for the holidays and don't forget to add a set of Bayberry Candles 10” Stick candles--- perfect for the
holidays, these traditional bayberry scented candles are burnt for good luck and prosperity.

A study in the Neuroscience Journal from 2007 found that exposure to the
bacteria found in dirt boosts
Serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that affects sleep cycles, moods and memory.
Low levels of serotonin are linked to aggression, anxiety and depression. Many gardeners already know that
running their naked finger through the soil not only makes their spirits soar but grounds them in the shifting of
the seasons. There are many sources for seeds but our favorite is
Seed Savers the Non-profit organization
dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seed.

Oh and when you are gardening, avoid using Roundup. A
study published by Pesticide Action Network Asia and
the Pacific, Nov 2009 states that Roundup, or Glyphosate-based herbicides, deplete Serotonin and Dopamine
levels. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter involved in the brain's regulation of emotion and movement. In the
April 2007 American Journal of Psychiatry article,
Can’t Get Enough of That Dopamine, Bruce Cohen MD, PhD
and William Carlezon PhD state, "through their many connections, dopamine neurons participate in the
modulation of expectation, reward, memory, activity, attention, drives, and mood - the very substrates of
psychiatric illness." So what does it mean when our dopamine levels are depleted? Low levels of dopamine
cause us to face life with indifference and life becomes flat and boring.

A diet that includes almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, Lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame
seeds is a natural way to boost dopamine levels. Eating fruits and vegetables and other foods that are rich in
antioxidants, also protect dopamine-using neurons from free radical damage. So change your diet and make the
organic choice!

The time-honored tradition of baking for the holidays goes back to antiquity. When early man settled an area
that allowed plantlife to flourish, agricultural societies prospered allowing for the pursuit of higher ideas. In
areas where grain could thrive, civilizations grew, cultivating religion with man's evolving ability to sense the
changing seasons and note the motions of the celestial bodies. To the ancients, bountiful grain fields were a
sign of health and harmony. A Sumerian tablet from 260 B.C. lists the crops as rice, soy, wheat, barley and
millet and from the cultivation of these five sacred grains, a rich culture was established as deities of local
power sprang up with symbols central to the agricultural cycles. Today there are many grains and types of flour
available for today’s bakers. One of our favorites is
Bob's Red Mill. Bob's RM uses a time-honored technique to
grind their quality grains with a traditional stone mill.

Baking is a time honored tradition that goes back to the beginning of time. On our
Bread and Cakes page we
have included pages of our favorite recipes that are tried and true from members of our community. I hope that
you enjoy them as much as we have.

Magickal books are an important part of our library. Yet there are so many books being published today, it's
laborious to sift through them all. To help narrow your search, here is a link to a list of our
favorite books on
the craft.
Things We Love