The Witch in the Valley Podcast - Magic flowers you shouldn’t useIn this episode, I’ll talk about some dangerous flowers, magic flowers you shouldn’t use. You’ll hear about the outcome of one of my Tarot readings. I’ll talk about the uses for Lilac, and I’m going to give you a prompt, something you can do easily and in a short amount of time, to get some magic into your day.

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Show Notes

Magic flowers you shouldn’t use

I thought I’d use an episode to tell you about some plants you should never use internally, and preferably not at all. There are many misconceptions out there. Some people are convinced that for example Foxglove and Mandrake are perfectly safe to use and argue this point until they’re blue in the face. That’s why I feel the need to tell the truth about this group of plants.

Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
It was used to aid escaping unwarranted imprisonment and entrapments. Worn it brings joy and good spirits and is said to cure depression. If you must appear in court, wear Celandine to win the favor of the judge, or as protection. Celandine contains an opium alkaloid, called chelerythrine. Contact with plant juice can cause rashes. Symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, serious mouth infections, stomach catarrh, bleeding ulcers, coma, and death.

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)
Deadly nightshade was used in various brews and particularly in many flying ointment recipes from Germany and France. Contains atropine, hyoscyamine and hyoscine (scopolamine). The effects of an overdose include vomiting and convulsions leading to collapse, heart failure, and death. These are not nice flowers.

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
Henbane was once believed to have aphrodisiac properties and was an ingredient of love potion. It contains hyoscyamine, scopolamine, and atropine alkaloids which cause headaches, nausea, hallucinations, and cardiac stimulation leading to coma and death.

Thorn-apple/Datura (Datura stramonium)
This is also one you should look out for. Gypsies (only using the word because that’s what most people understand) used the plant for scrying and as an aphrodisiac. It was also one of the ingredients of flying ointment. This plant contains hyoscyamine, hyoscine, atropine, and scopolamine. Symptoms include tachycardia, hyper or hypotension, delirium with hallucinations, hyperthermia, coma and respiratory arrest. And you all know what happens when you stop breathing.

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Foxglove was used for working magic, for protection, and communicating with fairies, elves, and woodland spirits. Every part of it contains the cardiac glycosides digitoxin, gitoxin, digoxin and also some saponins. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gross disturbances in heart rhythm. The rhythm slows until it stops if you take a large enough dose.

Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum)
It has been used to invoke various deities and is considered to enhance creativity, psychic awareness and abilities. It’s also an aphrodisiac. The mandrake is used as an amulet, both as it is and carved. It’s said to bring protection, love, aura purity, and money. The Mandrake is also well known as a component in flying ointment. Keeping a whole Mandrake in the home, will give the house protection, fertility, and prosperity. Money placed beside the root is said to multiply. This plant contains hyoscamine, atropine, and scopolamine. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, slowed heartbeat and death.

There are many, many more plants you shouldn’t use. The clue is to check with one or more reliable sources (not Internet) before you even think of using a plant.

The earning trajectory of a business

A female entrepreneur asked me about the earning trajectory of her business and the answer I gave her was that you may have to change something big when it comes to behavior, thinking, or expectations. Do not overreach. It looks like the finances for the business will be improving, providing you don’t waste money. Good choices will bring rewards, but you may have to wait a while to see results. Your investments will pay off, but they don’t have to be related to money. Your investment can be time, effort, energy, or anything else. Either way, you need to be patient.

You have a lot to be thankful for. Do your best with it and share what you can with others. Your efforts are seen, appreciated and respected. Give yourself some credit. You have the right to feel strong and proud.

Right now you need a well-deserved rest. Use the time to recharge. You may need to choose whether to use energy on things and people that are already in your life, or whether to try to bring new things. Choose wisely and remember that when one door closes another opens. You’re being led to a situation that s better for you. Trust yourself.

If you experience anxiety, go to the bottom of why. See if you can control some of what’s bringing this on. The cards show that the problems are being made larger than they actually are. Maybe you’re just pushing your comfort zone.

Herb of the week: Lilac

Waning Gibbous Moon

When the moon begins to visibly go dark on one side it’s called the Waning Gibbous Moon. It’s sometimes also called the Three-Quarter Waning moon or the Disseminating Moon.

The Waning Moon is used to get rid of things, decreasing magic. These are things you want less of for example illness or debt. You can also use it to find ways to get negative people out of your life or end toxic relationships. If it is time to clear out the old and make room for the new, this is the Moon phase to work with, even if it’s old stuff in your house.

As the Moon moves through the waning phases, it becomes more powerful in decreasing energies. The Waning Gibbous Moon is best suitable for rituals associated with letting go, and minor banishing.

It’s a time to review your projects and correct mistakes, to settle disputes ans start working on removing obstacles. Exposing truths and ideas are supported by the energies of this phase. It can also be used for capturing your desires to make a contribution and a difference in the world.

This is a good time to harvest roots and branches.

Today’s prompt: Go outside and see what fruits, berries, and nuts are available in your area. Getting to know your immidiate area is a really good idea when you’re working with magic.

That’s it for me for today. Thanks for listening to the Witch in the Valley Podcast. The next episode will, among other things, be about finding your tarot birth card. If you have any questions, just reach out to me at linda@lindaursin.net. Remember to rate and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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