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Happy Samhain!

 

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There’s a song for every season on her album Circle of the Seasons.

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Finishing off the Simon and Garfunkel song, we come to thyme. Parsley, sage, and rosemary can be found at these links.

Scientifically, thyme is known as Thymus vulgaris. Commonly, it has been called Common Thyme or Garden Thyme.

Thyme is a feminine plant ruled by Venus. The element associated with it is Water.

 

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Healing/health, love, courage, purification, psychic powers, and sleep are its magical uses.

Wear or burn thyme for good health. Use it in any healing spell.

Put it under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. It is said to keep nightmares away, as well.

Thyme can also be burned to magically cleanse an area. A bath of thyme and marjoram is said to cleanse a person of past ailments and grief.

A woman who wears a sprig of thyme in her hair is said to be irresistible. If you carry it and smell it, it will give you courage and energy. Wearing it will allow you to see fairies.

 

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Tuppence a bag, tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag. ‘Virtual street cred’ if you know the movie that’s from. I love the sound of that song.

Well, it’s that time of year that birds are migrating and the lean months are coming. I thought I would share again with you my video for how to make bird seed ornaments. Enjoy!

 

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Samhain is quickly approaching in my part of the world. This is one of my favorite songs for this time of year.

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The ancient Greek god Hermes is depicted in a mosaic as the conductor of souls to the afterlife. Archaeologists digging through an ancient grave at Amphipolis, northern Greece, uncovered the 3-by-4.5 meter (10-by-15 ft.) mosaic in what is likely the antechamber to the main burial room.

With this find in the news recently, I thought we’d talk about Hermes.

Most of us know that Hermes is god of traveling/roads, heralds, and even thieves, but he also rules over diplomacy, hospitality, animal husbandry, language, writing, cunning/persuasion, astronomy/astrology, and athletic contests/gymnasiums. Quite diversified!

He is the personal herald of Zeus and is usually shown as a young man, handsome, athletic, and beardless or as an older man with a beard. He carries a caduceus, wears winged boots, a winged traveler’s cap, and a chlamys cloak.

He is the son of Zeus and Maia (daughter of Atlas) and immediately gained his reputation as a wily thief by stealing some of Apollo’s oxen at only a few hours after his birth. He is considered the inventor of divine worship as he killed two of the oxen and sacrificed them to the gods. In this same day, he also invented the lyre and plectrum. After going round with Apollo denying he had stolen his oxen, he finally admitted it and returned the oxen to him. It’s a show of his charm that right after that, he and Apollo became fast friends. Apollo gifted him not only with a golden shepherd’s staff but also taught him how to prophesy with dice. Zeus then made him his personal herald and also herald to the gods of the lower world. He is also charioteer and cupbearer.

Hermes is a deity to turn to when you need to have eloquent and persuasive speech. As Herald of Zeus, he is especially keen not only with words, but with social conventions. He knows when prudence in a situation is best. He is also cunning in word and deed when it comes to stealing, fraud, or perjury.

With his nimble mind, he is also the inventor of the alphabet, astronomy, numbers, music, the art of fighting, gymnastics, measures, weights, the cultivation of the olive tree, and many other things. Look to him when you need help in devising something new or improving on an existing design.

Look to him if you are having trouble sleeping. He is considered to be the god who could bring refreshing sleep or take it away.

In the article referenced above about the discovery of the Macedonian tomb, we also see Hermes in yet another of his aspects: that of guide to the shades of the dead from the upper to the lower world.

The tortoise, the palm tree, several kinds of fish, and the number four are sacred to him.

Sacrifices offered to him in ancient times typically consisted of incense, honey, cakes, pigs, and especially lambs and young goats.

His Roman counterpart is Mercury.

To those he favors, Hermes bestows the powers he possesses and his special protection.

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