Healing Versus My Constitutional Rights
Evidently my Second Amendment right to purchase a gun has been sacrificed for my healing. In the eyes of the federal government, a cannabis user, patient or otherwise, is prohibited from purchasing a gun. Oh I can have a gun, I just can’t go and buy one.
All I wanted to do was survive my illness. It was clear that all the prescriptions I was taking did nothing so after exhausting all other choices I became a cannabis patient in 2010. Within three months of making and using concentrates, I was in clinical remission. But apparently I’m also given to violent crime. Potheads. We’re a dangerous bunch. Someone on a terrorist watchlist can buy a gun, but a nice, friendly cannabis user, not so much.
It was awful being as sick as I was. There were no answers or solutions, only more Doctor visits, blood work, and more useless drugs. And all I did was get sicker. When I became a cannabis patient, it was because I thought I was going to die. My C-reactive protein test was 46.5. It’s supposed to be less than 5 so I was a mess and my doctor at the time responded by prescribing Cellcept, a drug for lupus and for preventing the rejection of newly transplanted organs. When I couldn’t take that anymore, he informed me that we were out of options.
So I got my card, grew some cannabis, and upon harvest made my medicine. And six years later I’m off all prescription drugs and I use only cannabis along with some herbal tinctures that I formulate. And the funny thing is, I don’t ever feel compelled to rob a bank or engage in petty crimes. I just healed.
Now, it’s not that I want to run down to my local gun store to buy a weapon. I have plenty. But to take away my constitutional right to do so reflects a level of stupidity that can only be asserted on a governmental level, dumbasses all. All because I’m healing with a plant that my state says I’m legally allowed to use.
As citizens of the greatest country on earth we should be able to choose our own method of healing or recreation without losing our constitutional rights. The laws against cannabis use are based not on truth but on a profit motive. Losing our rights because of a lie has gone on for far too long.
It’s time that common sense matters more that lies based on fear and profit. Remove cannabis from the federal drug register. It does not belong there. Decriminalize instead of legalize and then maybe truth will become more important than the lie.
Witches try to cast spells when energies align. Observing moon phase or planet position can support or detract from a spell’s success. For the most effective use of planetary information, we need to know what planet governs what hour and since sunrise and sunset occur at different times each day, we need to know that information as well. From there, we can create our own table as a diagram to assist in performing a spell at the best time. Yes it involves math. We can use an existing table to determine which hour belongs to which planet or we can figure it out ourselves, but we still need to do the math to know when each hour begins and ends. Sorry.
Also, there’s something called the Chaldeon Order of planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. It repeats, and it’s the order we’ll use when creating our tables. We know from the Day Correspondence table that planetary rulers are also assigned to a particular day of the week and these will begin each day’s column. From there, the column is filled in according to the Chaldeon Order. Sunday’s ruler is the Sun, Monday — the Moon, Tuesday — Mars, Wednesday — Mercury, Thursday — Jupiter, Friday — Venus, and Saturday — Saturn. We can create a table by knowing the day on which the spell will be performed, inserting the exact times from all that exciting math we’ll do to then know what hour to choose that best reflects the planetary influence we want to use.
Determine when the sun rises and sets for the day in question http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.html
Figure out how many daylight minutes between those two times
Divide daylight minutes by 12
Create your daylight hours table from there. If the number from dividing by 12 equals for example, 58, and sunrise is at 6:30am, then we’d begin our first planetary hour at 6:30am and end the hour at 7:28am and so forth
Now for the nighttime hours:
Refer to the information you gathered on the time of sunset, and then look up when the sun rises on the following day
Yep. Do the math again to determine how many minutes between the two
Again, divide that figure by 12
Using the same method above, create your nighttime table
You should as an exercise create your own lookup tables as planetary reference to save time in the future. You can then copy down the day column needed, using the methods described above to calculate the exact times of each hour.
I prefer to keep things as simple as possible. Given that a witch is magick, we really don’t need anything to effectively cast a spell, but it is nice to get as much energetic support as possible. That’s why many witches use any number of support tools in ritual or spellcasting. The more aligned energies the better and everything has a vibration. Like or complementary vibrations increase a spell’s intensity, so use what resonates.
Sunrise HoursSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 1SunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturn 2VenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiter 3MercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMars 4MoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSun 5SaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenus 6JupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercury 7MarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoon 8SunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturn 9VenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiter 10MercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMars 11MoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSun 12SaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenus Sunset HoursSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 13JupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercury 14MarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoon 15SunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturn 16VenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiter 17MercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMars 18MoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSun 19SAturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenus 20JupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercury 21MarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoon 22SunMoonMarsMercuryJupiterVenusSaturn 23VenusSaturnSunMoonMarsMercuryJupiter 24MercuryJupiterVenusSaturnSunMoonMars
Where we focus matters. I know that when my focus isn’t through aligned Source vision, my balance is upset until I realign. An empath often has an other-directed focus to her awareness. In other words, my focus moves in an outward direction. Empaths absorb the auras of everyone around them, and we don’t always realize when it’s someone else’s emotions that we’re experiencing.
I’ve been thinking lately about an inner or self-directed focus to my awareness and how that might help me align more easily. If my focus remains inward and about how I’m feeling at any given moment, then I don’t have to figure out whose energy it is. I realize this may seem odd to those who don’t experience life this way, but rest assured, it’s just as odd to an empath. Mostly, we just try to sort through the confusion in an effort to figure out if we’re insane. Eventually, we figure out that we’re just fine, but it may take nearly a lifetime to realize that. In the meantime, many of us experience an emotional rollercoaster that we’re never sure is our own making.
Except that it is.
Source Energy is all that ever is. And each of us is Source Energy. What we see around us is a projection of collective consciousness. It’s not separate from us, yet it’s not actually us. At least, it doesn’t reflect the eternal aspect of us. We are the creator of what we see and experience and then each of those creations merges with all others to form what we experience as the world around us.
This creative process is never-ending. But at times, we are drawn into our creations and stay too long, becoming stuck there. It’s like a traffic accident. The direction we’re going stops and we focus on what just happened. At some point, the exchange of information needs to end and we need to move back into the creative aspect of self. Yet many will relive and relive and relive and relive that singular moment in time until it’s all that’s in their awareness. They become the individual from the automobile accident. Nothing more, nothing less.
Over time, more experiences will happen that we will fixate upon, adding them to the personal story we tell. The story focuses on past happenings instead of present creation and we really go nowhere in the process. We try to tell others about our story and their eyes glaze over. They want creation as well. It’s the direction that we all want to take. It’s the direction of Source Vision over ego vision.
I remember when my RA was out of control and although I never wanted to be a sick person, nevertheless, I was. Visually, people saw someone who was chronically ill, and as much as I didn’t want to, I became that person. It drove me nuts. At some point, I decided that I didn’t want to be ill anymore. I told my body that enough was enough, telling it that our situation was not permanent and to stop behaving as if it was. I then became a cannabis patient and I healed.
I had allowed myself to become so out of balance emotionally that chronic illness took hold. Fear dominated my thoughts instead of a more dispassionate view of my life and my focus stayed there. I forgot that I have complete control over how I see and react to everything around me. Fear wasn’t the only choice I had, but I chose it anyway. And that’s when everything unraveled.
When I allowed myself to make a different choice that was creation-based instead of fear-based, resistance left and health returned. The conflict we experience and feel a victim to is a choice. We can choose to see and experience life in a non-judgmental and non-resistive manner. Conflict is nothing more than resistance. Drop resistance and then see how you feel about what’s occurring. Does it matter as much as you initially thought? Even if the answer is yes, you still have control over your reaction.
I really think it’s more about how we feel at any given moment, than our response to that moment. Are we creating through Source vision, or the ego’s illusory version of it? Where do we focus? With what are we choosing to align? If it’s not our Source within, then it’s our projection of ego.
Alignment, or the abyss. Choose with Source vision and the answer is clear.
Most of the resins I use are from the trees around my home. Fir, pine, and juniper make wonderful resin for burning in a small cauldron or to mix with other herbs and essential oils. Herbal incenses are burned on censer charcoal and are used for purification, protection, cleansing, astral work, or for any intention.
Copal — purification, protection and may be substituted for frankincense
Pine — from my own trees
Fir — from my own trees
Juniper- from my own trees
Now in my Crone phase of life, my focus in using ritual oils is on my own spiritual alignment. I never perform spells to derive monetary gain or to influence someone else’s outcome other than to help them align. The only real exception might be a binding spell if someone is truly out of control. Spells and rituals are primarily used to keep me aligned in my Source Energy. Anything else is a reflection of ego which is illusion-based. I prefer to stay in my own non-physical essence and proceed from that standpoint and I like my craft to follow that lead.
There are two types of ritual oils that I use: essential and infused. Infused oils I make myself using herbs and carrier oils. I also use essential oils sometimes when making infused oils along with the herbs. But ritual oils are typically essential oils mixed into a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed. For an earthy type oil, I like to use hemp oil, but it needs to be refrigerated after opening, so I typically make only enough for whatever I’m doing. Ritual oils are for a specific purpose such as astral travel or invoking Goddess energies. There are various authors such as the late Scott Cunningham who have written books about making ritual incense and oil and I recommend them highly for correspondences as well as the formulas they include.
Carrier oils can include olive, grapeseed, hemp, almond, apricot, jojoba, and coconut oil. Typically I use grapeseed and almond because they’re lighter. From there I add whatever essential oil(s) I want to use for the spell or ritual I’m involved in. Below are some examples, but you’re only limited by your imagination and creativity.
To enhance a spell or ritual for healing, you could create a ritual oil that included cinnamon and sandalwood for for example. A love ritual might include lavender and rose ritual oil. Use 1/8 cup carrier oil, or more if you’re making a larger batch, and then add the essential oils. The ritual oil can be used for anointing candles or even yourself. Anointing your third eye with an astral travel oil can be helpful for example when hedgeriding. A meditation blend can assist the witch in accessing her Higher Self. The uses for ritual oils are as varied as the reasons for using them.
Oils/herbs I use most frequently by Element:
EarthAirFireWater CypressLavenderBasilChamomile VetivertLemongrassCinnamonEucalyptus HorehoundLemon VerbenaFrankincenseJasmine MugwortYarrowJuniperLemon SagePeppermintMyrrh MarjoramRosemarySpearmint Anise StarRose GeraniumYlang-Ylang Sweet OrangeSandalwood BayMelissa
Oils by Purpose or Intention:
Note: I’m only including the purposes for which I use these oils. There are many, many other magickal purposes a witch may have and is more than capable of using her own vast research library to choose her own.
HedgeridingDivination/IntuitionHealingAlignmentProtectionPurification CinnamonSweet OrangeCinnamonCinnamonBasilChamomile SandalwoodMandarin OrangeEucalyptusLemongrassCinnamonBasil SageJasmineRosemaryYarrowCypressLavender MugwortCinnamonSandalwoodLemonEucalyptusLemon LemongrassSpearmintMyrrhFrankincenseMelissa MugwortPeppermintBayLemon verbena SageRosemaryJuniperCinnamon SandalwoodMyrrhCopal PineFrankincense Sandalwood Dragon’s Blood Copal
From the tables above, I think about my magickal intention and choose the essential oils, herbs and resins that best support my efforts. From there I look at the corresponding Elemental influences to see if there’s anything else I can add such as a crystal or thorn or something else that might bring additional vibrational support. And always remember that these things are just here for support. You are the power and the magick.
My favorite herbs to use for smudges are sage and mugwort. Cedar is nice, but I rarely have any. Mugwort is particularly useful in hedgeriding and it goes crazy in the garden if I let it, so I typically have a lot of mugwort on hand. I’ve seen flowers used, but I don’t use them. Occasionally I add a sprig of rosemary to the smudge when I want something pungent.
Sometimes I use thread to wrap the herbs into a bundle, other times I use thin hemp cord. Embroidery floss works in a pinch and there are lots of great colors to use. I find my smudges either burn or they don’t. It’s probably how I pack them together, either too tight or too loose. Sometimes I just burn sage in a small cauldron on charcoal. I’ve also made some incense disks that burn nicely on charcoal. Or, you can simply throw some herbs on charcoal. Select herbs based on your intention and appropriate correspondences (day, element, planetary hour, etc), grind them together in your mortar with intention, chanting aloud if you like, and then burn some in the cauldron and either cast the rest to the wind, bury it in the ground, or cast it out over water to release your intention to the collective consciousness. So you get a little spell work in with your smudging. Witches multitask better than anyone.
Ogham runes, or staves as they’re also called, are another language from my Druid ancestors used for communication or divination.
BeithBBirchDecember 24 to January 20adaptability, stability, express creativity, explore new directions, good fortune
LuisLRowanJanuary 21 to February 17Value intuition when making decisions. Look beyond the surface. Magickal protection and healing rune.
FearnF/WAlderFebruary 18 to March 17Stand in your own power, have courage of convictions. This rune embodies strength and wisdom.
SailleSWillowMarch 18 to April 14Psychic ability, intuition, and imagination are facilitated by this rune. The rune of Seidhr, of the Volur.
Nuinn/NionNAshApril 15 to May 12Renewal and rebirth; finding your place, spiritual ascent and transformation
Huathe/UathH/YHawthornMay 13 to June 9Growth through trial, balance and breakthrough, stay centered to remain on your path
Duir/DairDOakJune 10 to July 7Strength, power, understanding, liberation and finding new avenues
TinneTHollyJuly 8 to August 4Balance and strength during difficult times, staying the course, rely on internal balance
CollC/KHazelAugust 5 to September 1Express creativity born from inspiration, divination, convey knowledge and widsom
Quert/CeirtQ/KwAppleSeptember 2 to September 29Beauty, love, abundance, difficult choices, new perspective, healing
MuinnMVineSeptember 30 to October 27balanced life, inner purpose and development, protection, trancework
GortGIvyOctober 28 to November 24Tenacity, strength, perseverance in difficult situations, self-transformation, resistance
NgetalNg/GwReed/BroomNovember 25 to December 23Approach change with flexibility, stay centered in chaotic situations, cleansing, healing
StraifZ/Sw/TsBlackthornUnexpected challenge, turning difficulty into advantage, rebirth, awakening
RuisRElderCycles of renewal, the Wheel, moving from one phase to another
AilmASilver/White Fir/PineThe future is clear, new projects, purification, clarity of purpose and self
Ohn/OnnOGorseStay on your path, harmony, share knowledge, stay centered and focused, prosperity and positive results
UrUHeatherLove, wealth, passion, creative expression
EadhadhEPoplarFaith, self-determination, steadfastness through difficulty, self-transformation
IodhadhIYewTransition, renewal, transformation, passage, new beginnings, past life awareness and connection
OrOiSpindle Treeright thinking, fulfilling responsibilities
UilleannUiHoneysuckleLive life to the fullest, honor your needs
IfinIaPineSelf-transformation and personal responsibility, honor and respect for others
EamhanchollAeWitch Hazelunknown as of this printing
I love herbal oils. They’re simple to make. I use the Simpler’s method, by adding about 2/3 herb to a jar and cover up to the top with my oil of choice. If I’m using fresh herb, then I wilt them a little to get some of the water content out of them before pouring oil over them. Water content of fresh plants can dilute the strength of the infused oil. It can do the same with alcohol tinctures so I use Clear Springs when tincturing fresh herbs to offset any water content they might still have. I can always dilute with water or glycerin later to reduce the alcohol to a more manageable level. If I’m using dried herb, I tincture with 100 proof vodka. I should probably put that on the tincture page when I make one.
I made this oil by researching neuralgia. I sort of have it in my feet because of constant swelling over the course of thirteen years from RA. St. John’s Wort and Vervain as nervines, act on the nervous system to control pain. Mullein flower deals with pain and inflammation. So, I put equal parts in a jar and covered them with grapeseed oil. Grapeseed is delicate and light and it absorbs into the skin well. I put the jar out in my sand bucket that I use in the summer for my infusions.
Some folks say to put it in a dark cupboard, but I like the solar infusion method instead. I try to remember to shake the jar every day. I typically have several infusions going at once so with them all in the same sand bucket, there’s a better than average chance that I’ll remember to shake them.
Anyway, the oil should sit there for a month or so, then strain it. Now, for the salve:
Neuralgia Oil Salve
Salves are ridiculously simple to make. Heat a cup of herbal oil. Add 1/4 cup beeswax. I use beeswax pearls instead of the slabs. I don’t like grating the slabs or even trying to cut the smaller ones. Eventually, my bees will let me have some of their beeswax, but we’re not there yet. Until then, I buy and use the pearls. They melt easily and it’s simple to measure them out.
When the beeswax is melted, do a spoon test. Dip a spoon into the mixture, taking out a small amount on the spoon. Put it in the refrigerator and if in 1–2 minutes it’s the consistency you like, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, either add a little oil, or add more beeswax. While you’re waiting, add a few drops of essential oil if you like.
When you’re happy with the consistency of the spoon test, then pour your oil mixture into containers. I like small round tins, but small jars work too. I get some of my jars in the canning section of the grocery store, and my tins and amber dropper bottles from Specialty Bottle. They have really cool stuff and it’s reasonably priced. And, where I live, it’s only a day away with ground shipping.
St. John’s Wort/Arnica Oil
Another oil for my RA..it’s great for pain and inflammation. St. John’s Wort and Arnica are wonderful infused into grapeseed oil. Almond oil is another oil that can be used. Apricot is another light feeling oil which absorbs into the skin well. I don’t like greasy oils that don’t absorb in. It’s one reason I don’t care for olive oil as well as grapeseed, although medicinally, it’s probably the best oil to use.
I blended equal amounts of St. John’s Wort and Arnica and filled 2/3 of the jar, covering it with grapeseed oil up to the top. Again, I shook it daily (okay, not daily) and set it out in the sand bucket for a month. It’s lovely, and the oil seems to help the pain I have in my elbow, but I haven’t made any salve yet, which I should definitely do.
General Herbal Oil for Salve
So this is what happens when I walk around my property. I begin gathering herbs. I can’t help myself. And then I bring them back and I infuse or tincture them into something. One afternoon, this is what I gathered:
- calendula flower — good for rashes, promotes cell repair/growth, and heals wounds
- comfrey leaf — heals tissue
- mullein leaf/flower — bruising and pain
- dandelion leaf/root — joint pain
- plantain — draws toxicity, sooths inflamed tissue
I used almond oil for the menstruum, again fresh wilting the herbs to reduce their water content, then put them in a jar two-thirds full, and then covered the herbs with almond oil up to the top. I put it in the sand bucket with the other oils so that they can all wait together for me to remember to shake them. A month or so later I strained and bottled it. I haven’t made the salve yet.
So that’s enough for now..I’ll post some more later..
The thing about teas..
Some herbs are infused, some are decocted. Roots are decocted. There are several ways to do this, but I put them in a quart of cold water and then bring to boil on low heat. Yes, it takes a while, but you should watch it anyway so it doesn’t get carried away on its way to boiling. When it starts to boil, drop the temp down so that it simmers for typically 20 minutes or so, but don’t worry if it goes longer. Longer is stronger, so there’s that.
Infusions are for more fragile herbs and some roots with high volatile oil content such as valerian and goldenseal. I pour boiling water over the herbs in a mason jar and then put the lid on tight, letting it steep for 15 minutes or so. Again, if it’s longer that’s fine.
Now, some of my teas are a combination of herbs as with the first tea listed. I decoct first, then remove the mixture from heat to infuse the remainder.
Teas can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but mine never last that long.
~Blessings to all!
Menopause Support Tea
Might as well put this one first..I made it into a tincture as well.
- 2 T black cohosh root emmenagogue, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, alterative, nervine
- 2 T licorice root expectorant, demulcent, emollient
- 2 T dong quai root uterine tonic, antispasmodic, alterative
- 2 T St. John’s Wort aromatic, nervine, astringent, resolvent, sedative, diuretic, vulnerary
Roots are decocted, not infused (except for valerian and goldenseal). So, add the root herbs to a quart of cold water in a covered pan on low. Bring to a boil slowly, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and infuse the St. John’s Wort by adding it to the hot decocted mixture. Re-cover the pan, leaving it off the element, and let infuse for 15 minutes or more. Strain and drink.
This helped my hot flashes somewhat. And it tastes wonderful!
Lemon Balm Tea
- 2 T lemon balm diaphoretic, calmative, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenaogue, stomachic
- 1 T chamomile tonic, stomachic. anodyne, antispasmodic, stimulant, bitter, aromatic
- 1 T spearmint stimulant, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, aromatic, carminative, nervine, anti-emetic
- stevia sweetener
Infuse into 1 quart of boiling water, steeping for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain and drink
Crone Tonic Tea
- 1 T oatstraw
- 1 T horsetail
- 1 T nettle leaf
- 1 T red clover
- 1.5 T motherwort
I made this on my 58th birthday..
Infuse into a quart of boiling water, steeping for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain and drink.
- 1 T spearmint healing
- 1 T lemon balm healing, Feminine Divine
- 1 T holy basil Spirit, Fire, purification, Feminine Divine
- 1 T chamomile purification, healing, Water, Feminine Divine
- 1/2 T dandelion leaf divination
- 1/2 T mugwort strength, protection, psychic powers, astral travel, hedgeriding
I love this tea. I make it in bulk, so feel free to adjust the amounts any way you want.
Infuse herbs together into a quart of boiling water, letting steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain and drink. If making it ahead, add about a tablespoon of herb to a cup of boiling water. It’s wonderful!
I wanted to create a page for some herbal teas and salves I’ve created. Then I decided to nest some pages beneath this one. That way, it will be easier to organize everything. I’ll have a pages for teas, oils, salves, tinctures, and some cannabis preparations. I’ll add recipes and formulas from time to time. I tend to free-wheel things a bit when I’m creating a tea or an oil. I keep track of what I use, and then if I like it, I write it down for posterity. I’ll include magickal properties if I know or can find them, as well as medicinal properties of the herbs.
I think the best teas are created by walking around my property, gathering various herbs that I see, and bringing them back to brew a cup to sip and enjoy. I might gather a little spearmint, followed by some chamomile, a little holy basil added in, along with a pinch of lemon balm. I might add a stevia leaf for natural sweetness, gathering everything to take back to my kitchen where my favorite cup awaits. I steep the herbs, and when done, I sit back and enjoy a lovely cup of tea. It’s the interaction with the herbs that brings the magick. It’s gathering with love and respect these wonderful life-affirming herbs and drinking in their essence that heals and nourishes our body and our spirit.
So check back from time to time. I’m going to figure out a way to list the pages on the widget side of the blog. I’ll be adding more recipes and formulas as I create them. If I find something I like from another herbalist, I’ll include that too, with a link back to their blog or website, or wherever I find it.
Originally published at www.imsteppingaside.com on September 1, 2016.