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Weekly Tarot Reading-Three of Swords

Weekly Tarot Reading-Three of Swords, August 1-7, 2022: Communication is an absolute necessity this week. Without it, heartbreak is possible. Try not to jump to hasty conclusions or get upset when rumors swirl around. Do not make any decisions, commitments or contracts without first discussing the idea thoroughly with your partner. Remember communicate! Talk it over, learn all the facts before you proceed. Only after a detailed investigation and time for contemplation will you know that this decision will not cause you or yours any heartache.

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Weekly Tarot Reading-High Priestess

Weekly Tarot Reading-High Priestess, July 25-31, 2022: This week is filled with mystery and intrigue. Look carefully for not all is being revealed. The High Priestess is asking you to open your eyes-both physically and psychically. There are mystical and spiritual signs that will guide you towards a new path or direction if you are willing to allow yourself to see them. Let your logical mind take the backseat and give the reins over to your intuition. The answers are there if you are willing to observe what is around you.

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Weekly Oracle Reading-Freedom

Weekly Oracle Reading-Freedom, July 18-24, 2022: Freedom prompts you to review any areas of limitation in your life that may be holding you back. Perhaps you are feeling victimized by unavoidable circumstances, or overwhelmed by endless choices. Regardless of what the cards of fate have in store for you, you alone have the freedom to choose how you play them. It is this spiritual freedom that cannot be taken away, and that gives life meaning and purpose.

Weekly Oracle Reading-Freedom
Card and Words of Wisdom from: Vintage Wisdom Oracle
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Weekly Tarot Reading-The Empress

Weekly Tarot Reading-The Empress, July 11-17, 2022: The Empress is the manifestation of creation. When she appears by your side there is nothing you cannot create. Break out the paints, the clay, pen and paper and let the juices of your imagination flow. Take a walk in the woods or by the sea and let nature inspire you. Let yourself birth those ideas you have been gestating. Above all, go, have fun and just do it!

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Weekly Tarot Reading-Initiation

Weekly Tarot Reading-Initiation, July 4-10, 2022: What’s behind you? What are you carrying with you?
What do you need to unpack? Life will initiate you, and when that journey begins, you must be ready to confront the emptiness of a socially dictated life and the constraints of family conditioning. You must face your fears and self-doubts, your shadows and your “dark side. You must release what imprisons you. It’s difficult, but it’s joyful. It begins with a single step, a leap of faith that although the old will fall away, something new, true, and beautiful will take its place. Plunge into the Water, into the cave. Plunge into your life. Everything will teach you, once you are open.

Weekly Tarot Reading-Initiation
Card and Words of Wisdom from: The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot
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Herb of the Month-Thyme

With the summer heat now upon us, it’s time – no pun intended- to harvest some of our herbs. Here in the Central Valley of Oregon, things are a bit trickier, gardening wise, so we need to pick hardy perennials. With that in mind, let me introduce you to our Herb of the Month-Thyme.

Herb of the Month-Thyme
Thyme in a raised planter (Photo by Terry Lynn Pellegrini)

Thyme is a member of the mint family. It is generally a low growing perennial, winter hardy to zone five. Leaves are dark, gray green in color and the labiate flowers are tiny and generally pink. Blooms in early to midsummer. There are many tiny oval-shaped leaves on each slender, woody stem.

Thyme comes in over fifty varieties with different fragrances and flavors. Fresh or English thyme are used most often in cooking.

A native of the Mediterranean, Thyme was spread throughout Europe and used frequently by the Romans. Their soldiers added it to their bathwater to increase bravery, strength, and vigor. It enjoyed a long association with bravery. In Medieval England, ladies embroidered sprigs of thyme into their knights’ scarves to increase their bravery. In Scotland, highlanders brewed tea to increase courage and keep away nightmares.

Thyme is also a purificatory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. In spring a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person.

It is said that places where wild thyme grows are blessed by fae, and due to this association thyme is often used in work regarding fae.

Thyme

  • Plant: Thyme
  • Latin Name: Thymus vulgaris
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Folk Names: Garden Thyme, Common Thyme
  • Elements: Water
  • Energy: Feminine
  • Planet: Venus
  • Astrological Signs: Aries, Capricorn, Libra, Taurus
  • Deities: Aphrodite, Aries, Freya, Hecate, Mars, The Fae
Thyme in Bloom- Photo by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Magickal Uses of the Herb of the Month-Thyme

Parts used – Whole Herb

  • Banishing Negativity
  • Cleansing
  • Courage
  • Divination
  • Dream Work
  • Fairy Magick
  • Happiness
  • Healing
  • Health,
  • Heighten Empathy
  • Love
  • Prosperity
  • Psychic Abilities
  • Purification
  • Sleep

Magickal Ways to Use Thyme

  1. A pillow stuffed with thyme dispels nightmares and promotes positive dreams.
  2. Wearing a sprig of thyme in your hair makes you more approachable.
  3. Add thyme to your bathwater to increase courage.
  4. When working hard to achieve a goal that seems un-achievable, thyme can be used in spells to help you keep a positive attitude.

Growing Thyme

Thyme can grow in the ground or in a container. Either is left outside in wintertime. New leaves will emerge within the early spring. Thyme thrives in full sun and loves heat. Thyme likes well-drained soil as it doesn’t like “wet feet.” In the garden, plant with other drought-tolerant perennials.

It’s hard to grow thyme from seeds as they are slow to germinate and easily “drowned”. It is much simpler, and more satisfying, to buy the plants from a garden center or take some cuttings from a friend. Over time, you can propagate from your own cuttings.

Plant cuttings or young thyme plants any time after the ground temperature reaches 70°F. This is usually 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost in well-drained soil about 9 inches apart. 

Space young plants 12 to 24 inches apart, depending upon the specific variety. They will spread out quite a bit so they need plenty of room.

Thyme does well in greenhouses and even indoors with proper grow lights and moisture levels. This is important in Central Oregon as are many micro-climates can make growing any herbs a challenge.

Culinary Uses

Thyme is used most often to flavor soups, stews, meats and veggies. I use it in my pasta sauce, beans and sprinkle it into chicken soup. It’s great on roasted potatoes, and even in fresh bread.

Thyme can be used either fresh or dried. Dried has a more powerful flavor so use less than you would fresh, roughly one third of the dried herb compared to fresh. When using fresh you can use the entire stem (remove the stem before serving) or remove the leaves from the stems and sprinkle into your dish.

Thyme infused vinegar is a wonderful way to add flavor to salads and veggies. Fill a jar with fresh thyme (dried can be used in a pinch but it is harder to strain) and then cover with white wine vinegar. Let the jar sit for several days to a week. You will know when it is ready when the vinegar has a strong thyme taste. Strain the vinegar and discard the thyme. Place back in the jar or a fancy serving decanter.

Medicinal Uses of Thyme

The information provided below is for educational purposes only and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Before using any herb medicinally, always consult with your physician.

  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antitussive
  • Carminative
  • Disinfectant
  • Expectorant

Thyme is often used for acute respiratory infections including coughs and colds. It can sooth gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, gas, and indigestion.

Thyme is a powerful disinfectant and antiseptic when used both externally – as a wash – and internally in a tea or tincture.

Some benefits of using Thyme are:

  • fighting acne
  • lowering blood pressure
  • helping to alleviate cough
  • boosting immunity
  • disinfecting
  • repelling pests
  • aromatherapy
  • boosting mood
  • preventing bacterial infections
  • helping to treat yeast infections
  • possibly helping against certain types of cancer

Our Herb of the Month-Thyme, is an amazing plant. It is hardy, easy to grow, great for cooking and packed with medicinal benefits. May this humble yet amazing plant grace your garden and bring you joy.

Blessings!

Sources: Gladstar, Rosemary, Medicinal Herbs, a Beginner’s Guide, Storey Publishing 2012; Tierra, Michael, The Way of Herbs, Pocket Books, 1988

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Weekly Reading-Four of Pentacles

Weekly Reading-Four of Pentacles, June 27 – July 3, 2022: You’ve worked hard for your money-this is apparent. But are you foregoing happiness and fulfillment in life because you are playing it “safe” with your finances? Remember that the accumulation of wealth and things, while perhaps bringing security, can in fact foster a scarcity mindset. Have fun, and spread some of that money around. The Universe will make certain you have all you need, and when you share, it returns to you threefold.

Weekly Reading-Four of Pentacles
Card from: Witches Tarot
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Weekly Tarot Reading-Death

Weekly Tarot Reading-Death, June 20-26, 2022: A swift and sudden change is about to occur. This event may cause great upheaval and feelings of loss. However, the death of ideas and situations can be exactly what is needed to make room for you to experience something new. While it may be difficult to let go, doing so can bring you the freedom you so crave. Let these things go, mourn their loss, and prepare for the future.

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Weekly Reading-King of Keys

Weekly Reading-King of Keys, June 13-19, 2022: Be on the lookout for a major promotion, a heightening of income, or a furthering of career achievements. Careers in finance, real estate, and business are typical for the King of Keys. However, management in any industry can be forthcoming. This may also be a good time for self-employment and business expansion for you or a man in your life.

Weekly Reading-King of Keys
Card and Words of Wisdom from: The Akashic Tarot
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Weekly Reading-Five of Wands Reversed

Weekly Reading-Five of Wands Reversed, June 6-12, 2022: Stop worrying about whether or not you will be victorious in your endeavors. You cannot come out on top all of the time. Your insecurities are keeping you from moving forward. Don’t let your fear stop you. Work hard, do your best, and all will be well. But remember, sometimes not getting what you desire can lead to something even better. So forge ahead and trust in the Universe to guide you.