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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

August 11, 2010
Define "wicked".....

 

Some Important Stuff

This coming Sunday, August 15, we will be at Purrs and Paws in the Park . This event is put on by The Country Cat and City Kitty Rescue and will feature animal shelters in the area. The idea is to have as many animal rescues and shelters as possible in one place so those looking for a new pet can come to one place and have a large choice of animals. There will be kittens and cats, puppies and dogs, birds including parrots, lizards, and even chinchillas!

There will also be several vendors, like us, at this event. Even if you are not looking for a new pet, come on out and help us support the shelters. Many of the vendors will donate a percent of their profits to the shelters. We will be donating a percent of our profits to The Country Cat and City Kitty Rescue. Because of the forecasted heat on Sunday, we will not have our candles at this event (but if you are coming and want to purchase some candles, drop me an email and I can bring your order to the show). As far as my glycerin soaps, I will not have them at this event either (again if you want to order some for pick up, email me ). I will have jewelry, pendulums, incense, stones and crystals. Alicia will have her jewelry, art, and various hand-crafted items including gem trees. She also makes cat toys and beds. Sandy has a pile of store bought cat toys that she ignores, preferring to play with the catnip toy Alicia made for her!

Purrs and Paws in the Park will be at Claude Allison Park in Redford. It is on Beech Daily between 6 and 7 Mile Roads. The event is from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine.

Thank you to everyone who braved the heat to come out to the Purrs & Paws event. Several animals were adopted.

I am changing email addresses as I am going to cancel CompuServe (the ‘cs’ in @cs.com) at the end of this month. This newsletter comes to you from the email tarottemptress@cs.com. My new email will be tarottemptress@gmail.com. If your email system has any type of spam blocker, then you may have to add the new gmail address to your accepted list to continue receiving this newsletter . After this newsletter is sent, I will change the email in the newsletter account. I will send a test email, this same newsletter, on friday. If you do not get the newsletter again on friday, then check your spam and allow this new gmail address.

The new email for Infinite Flame is magickalshoppe@infiniteflame.com.

Keweenaw Vacation

My vacation in the UP was great. The weather was good and Lake Superior was way warmer than it was two years ago. I really enjoyed the two chances we had to visit the shore while searching for agates. My favorite thing was the Cliff Mine rock piles. We went there on the last day. I found some awesome copper pieces and crystals in the pile. From the top of the rock pile was a terrific view and the wind was blowing to keep it cool. I could have spent a whole day at that site. We heard from some locals that the state wants to bulldoze the pile flat and cover it with dirt. Something about harmful runoff going into a river. The thing that doesn’t make sense is that there has been runoff for over 80 years and whatever is in the rock in the piles is also in the rock all over the UP, including where any wells are dug. I hope this does not occur as I really would love to visit these rock piles again.

We spent a day in Calumet, visiting the Coppertown USA Mining Museum and a store called Copper World . If you go up to this area, be sure to visit both. We found out about a new-to-us rock pile, Laurium, which once we found it turned out to be one of the best. Again I found some copper pieces and a piece of hemitized quartz. When hemitite occurs with quartz, it turns the quartz a dark reddish color. I have seen specimens of this before and really wanted to have a piece, and now I do.

Hemitized Quartz click to enlarge

We re-visited the Delaware Mine . My sister Val and Alicia wanted to do the tour again and took our other friend, Karen, with them. Karen had never been in a mine before and was game to try it out. She pretty much summed it up when I asked her afterwards what she thought. Karen said "after a little while, its just a hole in the ground". Now I don’t want to deter anyone from experiencing this, especially if you are really into geology and/or mining history. The Delaware Mine is a great tour, self guided so you go at your own pace. The owners are great people too, very friendly and happy to answer any questions about mining or the area. They have two pet skunks and two dogs. They allow your dog to go into the mine with you too, great on a hot day when the mine stays a cool 48 degrees. AND at the Delaware Mine they allow you to rock hunt at the nearby pile (not in the mine). Not like the Adventure Mine, where there are signs posted all over the place telling you no rock hunting anywhere. At the Adventure Mine , Val and Alicia went on the tour. Alicia did the longest tour where you actually rappel down into the lower shafts. While they were down there, Karen and I took a walk along one of their hiking trails.

We spent a day in Copper Harbor, where you can visit the beginning (or end, depending on your view) of Highway 41. We checked out the little tourist shops, many had hand-crafted items from locals. While at a book store we ran into one of the owners of the Delaware Mine. He was delivering plants to the owner and after we helped him unload, he opened up their newest venture, Lore of the Lakes, for us. Still a work in progress, this will be a museum with a couple of attractions, like the big pond in front where you can play with remote controlled boats. He let us have some fun with the boats while Karen watered his flowers. On our last trip two years ago while at the Delaware Mine, he was loading a boat and needed help so we volunteered. For some reason, whenever we are up in the Keweenaw, we end up helping this guy with something!

We also spent a day at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse. This was very interesting, the tour guide in the lighthouse was very informative. I highly recommend visiting this site. There is a small gift shop at the entrance, Carriage House Gifts . It is run by an elderly lady who I found out used to live in Northville. She is an artist, her daughter is an artist, and her granddaughter is showing signs of talent. Most of the items in her shop feature either her art or her daughter’s. We all purchased something from her.

We visited some more rock piles and shops. Saw some touristy things. Saw only a couple of deer the entire week and on our trip up we saw a coyote cross the road. On the trip back, right after we stopped at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, we saw a bear sitting on the side of the road. Well, Karen and I saw it, my sister was driving too fast to stop even after I said "hey, what’s that black thing on the side of the road?" Truly I see more deer around my house down here in Novi than I see in the Keweenaw area.

The Keweenaw Peninsula a great area for a vacation. The towns are old and full of history. The shops feature local crafters and you can find unique and beautiful items that you won’t find anywhere else. There is something for everyone; lighthouses, mines, museums, historical churches, Fort Wilkins, cemeteries, Lake Superior beaches, boating & fishing, hiking, bike trails, waterfalls, parks, bird watching, and even golf courses. In the winter they are known for cross country trails and snowmobile trails. The people are nice and helpful. Everywhere you drive there are terrific views. And its only 9 or 10 hours away!

Citronella......I mean, Lemongrass

I spent the day trying to decide what herb/oil to write about. Actually, I should say thinking about what herb/oil, I was doing computer work and jewelry for the upcoming show. I decided to write about citronella , my thought being that it is in use during the warm weather to keep away bugs and I was sure it has other uses. So I checked my books to look up some facts. One book does not even have citronella in it, the other has it mentioned in the section about lemongrass. They both belong to the genus cymbopogon. Since this newsletter is already past the dark moon and I have a busy few days ahead, I’ll write about lemongrass and do some more research on citronella for a future newsletter.

As I have stated before, the Latin name is very important to be sure you are getting the right oil. Lemongrass is cymbopogon citratus , that is the oil I look for when purchasing. It comes mainly from India and Guatemala but can also be from Brazil, China or the USA. This plant is used for aromatherapy, perfumery and food flavoring. Cymbopogon flexuosus is East Indian/Cochin lemongrass and is used mainly for food flavoring. Cymbopogon martini is called palmarosa , rosha, or geranium grass and is from India. This is the source of Turkish geranium oil and is used to adulterate rose oil, in perfumes, soaps and insect repellents. Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia is called ginger grass and has a cruder scent. Cymbopogon nardus is citronella, grown mostly in Sir Lanka and Java for citronella oil. One book says c. nardus is "similar in fragrance and properties to melissa officinallis. " The other books cautions about an adulterated version of lemongrass being sold as lemon verbena. There is a true lemon verbena with the latin name of lippia citriodora. ( Interesting about the palmarosa, I did not know they were related and grabbed my bottle to check the latin name, it is c. martini.)

Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall aromatic red grass, growing in clumps of cane-like stems and arching leaves. Oil is produced by steam distillation of finely chopped leaves. It is antidepressant, antiseptic, invigorating, stimulating, toning, deodorant, fungicide and insecticide. It can irritate sensitive skin so use in a carrier oil if applying to the skin.

We know it mainly for repelling insects but it has other uses. It is a traditional remedy in Indian medicine, sometimes known as Indian verbena and Indian melissa oil. It is used for bringing down a fever, slowing down the development of tumors, heal skin complaints, kill germs and stop the spread of infectious diseases, for varicose veins and for chilblains. It can tone the skin and help tighten up loose skin after weight loss. It balances oily skin and excessive perspiration.

Lemongrass is a common ingredient in soaps, detergents, perfumes, and cosmetics. It is a popular food flavoring especially in Thai cuisine. It lifts the spirit and gets things moving. It is stimulating, reviving and energizing.

Lemongrass is associated with air and Mercury. Metaphysically it helps with fidelity, honesty, passion, psychic development and growth, refreshing, and uplifting.

Love, Luck and Rocks!
~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Moon Phases
& Sign

Dark Moon in Leo:
August 9 - 11:08pm

August 13 is the Festival of Hecate (Ancient Greece) and also my birthday : )

1st Quarter in Scorpio:
August 16 - 2:14pm

August 20 to September 12 - Mercury Retrograde

Full in Pisces:
August 24 - 1:05pm

Last Quarter in Gemini:
September 1 - 1:22pm


Credit and
Butt-Kissing

Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

The Herb Society of America New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses -Deni Brown

Aromatherapy, An Illustrated Guide -Clare Walters

Magical Oils by Moonlight -Maya Heath

 

 

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