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Alright, I know I’m a few days behind on this and it isn’t breaking news. I bided my time, though, because of the uproar over prejudicial and stupid comments made by….wait for it….morons on the Fox News Network from the Fox and Friends people. Hold up…’Fox and Friends’…seriously? How old is the demographic for this show? Or maybe more to the point, what is the mental maturity of the demographic of this show? Anyway, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, and you want to see the ignorance for yourself, go here and here. I don’t even want to embed this trash on my page.

What I’d rather focus on is the fact that the University of Missouri is open minded enough to add Wiccan holidays to its calendar. (If you want to see how I got to that calendar, go here and click ‘Major Religious Holidays’. Just wanted to give proof that that link came from University of Missouri.) How wonderful is it that we live in a world where religious beliefs of all faiths are starting to become respected? One of the things both clips mention is that there must not be many Wiccans because none of the ‘journalists’ (I use that term for these people VERY loosely) know any. Check out this religion census report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Keep in mind that the numbers listed are in the thousands, so 342 for Wiccans is actually 342,000. Also keep in mind (like I need to remind you, anyway) that a lot of Wiccans and Pagans keep their religious beliefs private and may not have reported openly on the survey.

Now, fine, the numbers for Wiccans and Pagans aren’t huge, but they’re large enough not to be ignored. So, I say, bright blessings on the University of Missouri for acknowledging all faiths. If you’re looking for a college, this one may be for you!

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In keeping with the Simon and Garfunkel theme for my magical herbs posts, we come to rosemary. Check out parsley and sage.

 

Rosmarinus_officinalis

 

Rosemary’s scientific name is Rosemarinus officinalis. Common names associated with rosemary are Dew of the Sea, Compass Weed, Guardrobe, Sea Dew, Incensier, Libanotis, Polar Plant, and Elf Leaf.

Its gender is masculine and it is ruled by the sun. Fire is the element associated with it.

Its magical powers are protection, enhancing mental powers, love, lust, purification/exorcism, aiding in sleep, youthfulness, and healing.

Burning or smudging rosemary is used to purify and cleanse a place of negativity and is particularly useful before working magic.

Place rosemary under your pillow to guard against nightmares and to promote a good night’s sleep. Place it under the bed itself to protect the sleeper from all harm.

Hang it from the porch or doorposts to protect against thieves.

Carry it for health and to aid the memory. Bathe with it to purify and to preserve youth.

Burn it to promote love or lust.

Use an infusion of it to wash your hands before healing work.

Because of its powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, rosemary can be used as a substitute for frankincense.

 

Rosemary in bloom

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Temperance - RWS Deck

 

Drawing this card means that which you wish to accomplish can be done through frugality and self control. This card stands for moderation, compromise, and patience. There is compatibility, good influence, and a fortunate omen. Well liked and highly regarded, this is a person who can recognize and make use of material and intellectual manifestations of self. Drawing this card can also mean a person is too temperate or moderate to achieve a goal and may need to be more aggressive.

Reversed, this card stands for hostility, disunion, and a conflict of interest. There is a difficulty in understanding others and frustration.

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