Juniper Berries – An A to Z Blogging Challenge Post

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I am a little behind on the challenge this week, so I will post two times today, once more in the afternoon to get caught up. My daughter is getting ready for an out-of-state prom, and I am sending her half way across the US today. Lots of stuff had to be done. (Who thought it could be so tough to find matching shoes, to fit her designer dress?)

But let’s get back to herbs and spices:

J is for Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries are actually not berries but part of a specific pine cone, that take up to two years to mature. Used widely in cooking, this spice has to be removed from the finished meal, similar to the Bay Leaf.

An essential ingredient in the creation of gin.

Matches well with: game, rabbit and hare. Use sparingly

Healing Properties: One compound of the spice contains terpinen-4-ol which stimulates kidneys and works as a diuretic. Because of its antiseptic properties, juniper aids in healing urinary tract infections, and bladders tones. It also lowers blood sugar.

Magical Properties: burn for magical protection. Juniper oil works well in workings that supposed to increase money and prosperity

Enjoy!

A Lonely, Silent Night

A Lonely, Silent Night - A Flash Fiction

With desperation in her heart, she summoned him without hesitation.
The darkness of the last few weeks had been so overwhelming, that the warnings of the old woman had not found its way into her thoughts, never even considering that who she was calling for, was not the same person he had once been.
It did not matter, anyway. Her life did no longer matter to her, a life without him, more terrifying than any potential entity finding its way into her space.
One more moment, one more glance into his beautiful blue eyes, is all she asked for, and exactly what she received, as he took her life, as quickly as she had taken his before.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014

The Kitchen Witches Creed

In this pot, I stir to the sun

an’ follow the rule of harming none

Banishment of bane when going widdershin’s

And with water and salt negativity is cleansed

Household duties are more then chores

Magick abounds when mopping floors

With this broom I do sweep

To clean my house an’ safety keep

Marigold, Basil, Thyme and Yarrow

My spell is cast for a better tomorrow

Lemons for joy and apples for health

The pow’r within brings great wealth

An’ in this kitchen, I do pray

To truly walk the Witches Way

(Author Unknown)

 

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For clarity: 

 

widdershins – counterclockwise – used for banishing

bane – negativity 

Magick is not misspelled, it is how practicing Witches separate the magic that is show from the magick that is actual a tool and a power of change. 

 

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