Cardamom – The Queen of Spices



Native to certain parts of India, the spice has been popular for 5000 years and is referred to as the “Queen of Spices”. The use of this spice is mentioned in the Vedic texts and the ancient Ayurveda inscriptions of India. Even the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs had used this spice for its aphrodisiac qualities and other health benefits.

5 Health Benefits of Cardamom

-Improves Digestion – Cardamom has carminative properties that help in the digestion process. It reduces flatulence and bloating and helps treat colic and stomach cramping. Plus, it increases bile flow, which in turn improves digestion of fats as well as other nutrients.

-Beats Bad Breath – Packed with antibacterial properties, cardamom can easily fight the germs that cause bad breath. Plus, it has a strong flavor and a pleasant smell that can beat bad breath.

-Body Detox – Being rich in antioxidants, cardamom also aids detoxification by removing…

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Sentient Witch


A lot of people make this far more complicated than it actually is and many people do not fully understand the aims of these so in turn do not really benefit form the power of them.

What are correspondences?

The simple and plain answer is that they are a little bit like an anchor or a trigger used to stimulate a certain emotional state, especially useful for setting the right intention.

They come in many forms and can be:

·        Olfactory (smell)

·        Taste

·        Visual

·        Auditory

·        Tactile as in touch

For example, if I was to say to you think of the colour red, everyone would visualise something red, a phone box, a sheet of red paper, a red stop sign, a heart and so. When the person visualises the colour, it will have a different emotional value presented by life…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for March 22, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for March 22, 2018 — dayā —sympathy, compassion, kindness

Muñca pure, muñca pacchato,
majjhe muñca, bhavassa pāragū.
Sabbattha vimuttamānaso,
na punaṃ jātijaraṃ upehisi.

Let go of the past, let go of the future,
let go of the present, and cross over to the farther shore of existence.
With mind wholly liberated,
you shall come no more to birth and death.

Dhammapada 24.348
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Card of the Day – 9 of Wands – Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

img_3979Mercury begins its second retrograde of 2018 today; you may find yourself calling upon the 9 of Wands to make it through to Mercury Direct Day, which is April 15th. This is a card of stamina, persistence, and determination, of being able to rise up again, even though you have been knocked down more than once.

Change is not always easy, but your resolve to stick with it and make progress, and continue with the changes, one at a time, will see you through this. This is not a bad thing, but sometimes we all tire a bit. Cue a little ‘Eye of the Tiger’ to pump you up and see you through the day. You’ve got this!

See you here tomorrow!

Source: 78 Tarot Mythical

This card was last seen February 2, 2018

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Alan Watts – The COMPLETE One Hour Guided Meditation

A prolific author and speaker, Alan Watts was one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience. Born outside London in 1915, he discovered the nearby Buddhist Lodge at a young age. After moving to the United States in 1938, Alan became an Episcopal priest for a time, and then relocated to Millbrook, New York, where he wrote his pivotal book The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety. In 1951 he moved to San Francisco where he began teaching Buddhist studies, and in 1956 began his popular radio show, “Way Beyond the West.” By the early sixties, Alan’s radio talks aired nationally and the counterculture movement adopted him as a spiritual spokesperson. He wrote and traveled regularly until his passing in 1973.

In 1940, Alan published The Meaning of Happiness, a book based on his talks. Ironically, the book was issued on the eve of the second World War. After a brief time in New York, Alan moved to Chicago and enrolled at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, deepening his interest in mystical theology. Alan was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1944, but by the spring of 1950, Alan’s time as a priest had run its course, and he left the Church and Chicago for upstate New York. There he settled into a small farmhouse outside Millbrook and began writing The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety.

In early 1951 Alan relocated to San Francisco, where, at Dr. Frederic Spiegelberg’s invitation, he began teaching Buddhism at the American Academy of Asian Studies (which later became the California Institute of Integral Studies). Drawing quite a crowd, his classes at the Academy soon blossomed into evening lectures open to the public and spilled over to local coffee houses frequented by Beat poets and writers.

Alan’s career took to the airwaves in 1953, when he accepted a Saturday evening slot on Berkeley’s KPFA radio station. That year he began a broadcast series titled “The Great Books of Asia” followed in 1956 by “Way Beyond the West” — which proved to be quite popular with Bay Area audiences. Re-broadcast on Sunday mornings, the show later aired on KPFK in Los Angeles as well, beginning the longest-running public radio series — nearly 60 years at this writing.

By the mid-fifties a “Zen Boom” was underway as Beat intellectuals in San Francisco and New York began celebrating and assimilating the esoteric qualities of Eastern religion into an emerging worldview that was later dubbed “the counterculture” of the 1960’s. Following the 1966 publication of The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, which sold very well, requests for appearances poured in. Alan lectured at colleges throughout the U.S. and conducted seminars at fledging “growth centers” across the country, such as the world-renowned Esalen Institute of Big Sur, California. Broadcasts of his talks continued at KPFA and KPFK, and spread east to WBAI in New York and WBUR in Boston. The weekly shows attracted a wide audience and Alan became an important figure in the counterculture movement.

As the movement gathered steam, the San Francisco Bay Area became a hotbed for radical politics, and a focal point of interest in Far Eastern ideas of enlightenment and liberation. The growing movement united civil rights activists, antiwar protesters, and members of the Free Speech movement, drawing thousands of young people to the Bay Area in 1967. After his stirring performance at a “Zenefit” for the San Francisco Zen Center, and a celebrated article on “Changes” in the Oracle alternative newspaper, Alan soon became recognized as a spiritual figurehead of the revolutionary movement. (Recorded at the Avalon Ballroom on April 6, 1967, Alan’s Zenefit lecture is titled Zen Bones.)

By the late-sixties Alan was living on a ferryboat in Sausalito in a waterfront community of bohemians, artists, and other cultural renegades. Alan’s ferryboat soon became such a popular destination that to maintain his focus on writing, he moved into a cabin on the nearby slopes of Mount Tamalpais. There he became part of the Druid Heights artist community in the late sixties. Continuing to travel on lecture tours into the early seventies, Alan was increasingly drawn to life on the mountain, where he wrote his mountain journals (later published as Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown), penned his monograph The Art of Contemplation, worked on his autobiography In My Own Way, and wrote his final book, Tao: The Watercourse Way. However, soon after returning from a whirlwind lecture tour that took him through the U.S., Canada, and European, Alan passed away in his sleep on November 16, 1973, on the mountain he loved.

Magdalena Tarot Forecast 3/19/18 – 3/25/18: The Minutes Feel Like Hours

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It’s the 12th week of the year and the card of the week is the 9 of Wands. This week is the Spring Equinox and Mercury stations Retrograde in Aries. Not only that, but we will have The Sun, the Moon, Uranus, Mercury and Venus all in Aries this week but the Moon will exit before the Sun enters the sign of the Messenger.  A message seems to have missed you but the lesson of this Mercury Retrograde is wait. The number of the week is 3, reminding us that things will all come together soon enough. Take time to slow down and really pay attention to details. It will be the best way to get rid of what you don’t need this Mercury Retrograde.
Mantra: Come closer…

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Sun and Moon exalted today

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

MOON is in TAURUS makes a yummy earth trine with PLUTO early in the a.m.

The early bulls will get the worms.

The SUN is exalted in ARIES and the Moon is Exalted in TAURUS
Double Exultation today March 21- enjoy.

TAurus VEnus art Napoleon BrousseauPainting by Napoleon Brousseau 1991 India Sketchbook Watercolor

Speaking of ARIES  I am the Astrology consulted for Bite Beauty of Toronto an amazing organic lipstick company for their Astrology Lipstick line. Starting with AQUARIUS in January the company releases a limited selection of each sign when the sign begins. Aquarius and PISCES have been released ARIES- a fiery red of course comes out today and sold only online at SEPHORA.


expansion of FIXES locked horns in sexuality money finance stubborn power plays- FAcebook anyone? Trump? Putin?


Taurus are good to lean on. Do Cry on a strong Taurus’ shoulders. Healing is sexy.

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Spring Equinox Ritual – The Burning & Drowning of Winter

The Witch & Walnut

spring equinox ritualWishing you all a happy and prosperous Spring. May all your dreams become a reality, nurture them, love them, give them attention. Don’t just stand back and hope for the best, this is the time to make your life what you want it to be and make it grow. Time to shed the darkness off and shake off sleepiness, walk on the warming earth and lose yourself in the sounds of nature.

During the Autumn Equinox I prepare a doll that represents the dark half of the year, this doll stays close by and it is fed, nurtured, talked to, symbolic of and accepting of “death” my dark side and the winter season. Allowing the dark half the year to settle in and work in tandem with it. When she sits on my altar its on a bed of garlic skins and bay leaves that have been written upon and…

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Resistance = Persistance

The Ghetto Allegory


We all know it is the truth – that which we resist, persists…

I am watching it happen all around me, this thing called resistance. 

In electrical terms, I suppose it is the thing that makes things push or pull. I could be wrong. I think you get what I am saying.

I suppose, too, and since it is that I am no one who can be considered an expert on things electrical OTHER than the way our thoughts magnetically draw what we focus most on, then I can honestly say that I could be wrong. The one thing that I am NOT wrong about is the truth that whatever we place focus on, even the things that we do not want more of, will come into our lives.

Reread that.

Indeed, you are the reason why things happen they way that they do. If I did not just…

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Card of the Day – Justice – Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

This may very well be the most gorgeous Justice card I have ever seen. Destined to become a classic! Do you take note of the frequency of the appearance of the Card of the Day? If so, then you know that we have not seen Justice show up since last July!

In the very sense of the word itself, whether it plays out globally in front of you, or on a personal level, I would definitely expect to see some form of justice at work today. While this card can pertain to legal matters, it is certainly not limited to them. Observe the world around you today; you will see cause and effect present everywhere. Actions have consequences, and, today the Universe may very well be looking to balance the scales.

See you here tomorrow!

Source:  78 Tarot Mythical

This card was last seen July 9, 2017

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Foodstyles:  50 Amazing Vegan Asian Recipes

These 50 vegan Asian recipes will definitely make you drool! They’re packed with flavor and healthy and fresh ingredients! Take a culinary trip to Asia with us! I’ve always liked Asian recipes! And as a vegan or vegetarian it’s incredibly easy to eat at Asian restaurants. Many Asian dishes are traditionally plant-based as Asian diets often heavily rely on vegetables and grains. Soy and coconut milk also play a huge role in many Asian cuisines, which makes it so easy for vegans to enjoy Asian dishes. During several trips to Thailand and Bali, I really fell in love with Asian  […]

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Sun in Aries

Rubys Readings


The Sun is changing signs from emotional, sensitive Pisces to faster-moving, fiery Aries on March 20th where it stays through April 19th. In Aries, the energy is more enthusiastic and spontaneous. There’s a strong desire to conquer in this energy, as we tend to bounce back much more quickly and can be brave, pioneering, and even somewhat innocent. With the Sun in Aries, we can be quite impulsive and act without consideration of the details, as we want to initiate something. Our personal goals become very important and there’s a strong urge to move forward and get things done during this cycle.

When it comes to getting what we want we can be quite direct and blunt! So things aren’t always as complicated as long as you don’t let your feelings get hurt. Even though we are more strategic if need be, we aren’t necessarily in the mood to plan…

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Pluto new degree Capricorn info

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Pluto and the Underworld Tara Greene“Tomb of the Leopards ” is an Etruscan Necropolis of Monterozzi located near Tarquinia in Italy.

Pluto advanced to 21 degrees CAPRICORN March 19, 2018. This is the degree that Pluto will RETROGRADE from on April 22nd. 

And the degree where PLUTO is on SPRING EQUINOX.

When a major outer planet which moves slowly moves to a new degree there is a new information download. Let’s find out what Pluto’s World soul symbol is revealing to us through John Sandbach’s Omega Chandra symbols

“Capricorn 22. Sugar falling slowly through a giant hourglass. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Sensitive

(Degree Angel: SITAEL (SIT-ah-EL) Eliminating Negative Thoughts, Construction of Universe/Worlds)

This degree has a great ability for not wasting time – for realizing that each moment holds possibilities and promises and has something of value to offer. This knowledge is a powerful antidote against focusing to much on the promises of the future, or the…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for March 20, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for March 20, 2018 — nissanga — unattached, unobstructed, disinterested, unselfish

Attā hi attano nātho,
attā hi attano gati.
Tasmā saṃyamamattānaṃ
assaṃ bhadraṃva vāṇijo.

One is one’s own protector,
one is one’s own refuge.
Therefore, one should control oneself,
even as a trader controls a noble steed.

Dhammapada 25.380
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Card of the Day – 6 of Swords – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

It is possible there has been a little turbulence as of late, and you just wish to reach your destination. This is a transitional period of sorts, not the big transition to which I have been alluding recently, but think of it as the ferry boat which will soon drop you off there. Things can begin to smooth out for you, but do be cognizant of the fact that Mercury will retrograde in two days, and there could indeed be the occasional bump in the road. Just like the figures depicted, sit tight, and put your faith in the Universe to guide you.

Sometimes when we see this card, there can be a bit of sadness, even depression, associated with it. This is where it is important to put your faith and trust in the Universe to guide you to exactly where you need to be, and to know…

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Rainbow Moonstone or  The Intuition Stone

Anima Mundi Crystals

Rainbow Moonstone or  The Intuition Stone, it is a white labradorite in fact, with flashes of blue when cut, it is a feldspar with silicate structure. It was used in Near East as well in Europe as a good luck stone and in love  spells.

il_fullxfull.1291605844_ddgnEmotionally  it is the stone of sensibility, stimulating empathy. It deflects negativity and eases emotional trauma.
Subconsciously helps regulate sleep cycles and better remembrance of the dreams you have had, refines the intuition and aids in lucid dreaming and having a calm sleep.

AAA-Natural-Rainbow-Moonstone-Fancy-Cabochon-StoneMentally brings an upgrade in ones attention to things and the capacity of observation in life. It opens the door to irrational impulse , stimulating on one side the “good luck” and on the other side leaving us to free fall  in the deception of our own illusions.
Physically the Moonstone stimulates the activity of the pineal gland. Women are more…

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Ostara Equinox time of balance

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Spring Arcimboldo Astrology by Tara Greene Giuseppe Arcimboldo-La Primavera

Spring Equinox/ Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and International Astrology Day arrives March 20 @ 9:15 am PDT/ 12:15 pm EDT and 4:15 pm GMT and March 21 further east. The one of two days of balance between the Light and Dark in the year. 

Spring Equinox is the beginning of the Natural New Year in the Northern Hemisphere which our ancient Anglo-Saxon pagans ancestors called OSTARA which was the origin of the word Easter.

The festival of Spring is a fertility festival celebrating the turn of the Wheel of Time and the promise of new life and growth celebrating the masculine Horned God {Pan} and the spring maiden the Goddess. Eggs and rabbits are main symbols of fertility and eternal life which are still used today. 

The Mayans of the Mexico and Central America celebrated Spring’s arrival on the  Equinox by the pyramid of El Castillo…

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Filipino Foodstyles:  Pandan Macapuno Cake

This year I decided to make my husband a pandan (screwpine leaves) flavoured cake with macapuno (a mutant form of the coconut; gelatinous in texture with a tastier flavour)  filling and frosting. Pandan and macapuno are two of the Asian flavours he just loves and I thought he would be delighted if I combine the two. I was so right. Just a whiff of the brewing pandan leaves got him excited already. I don’t think I need to tell you how he reacted to the finished birthday cake.  (Hint: if you cannot obtain pandan leaves, there is a green-colored Pandan extract that you can purchase from any Filipino/Asian food store. Just use 1 teaspoon for the recipe.  Pandan in your cooking steamed white Jasmine rice is also so delish … just sayin’!)  […]

Health:  This 2-Minute Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism, Fight Diabetes And Lower Blood Pressure

The following drink blends the properties of a few incredibly potent ingredients, resulting in a real detox bomb that will boost your immunity, accelerate metabolism, revitalize your body, burn excess fat, and lower blood pressure. This is how to prepare it: Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of lemon juice 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon […]

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Daily Words of the Buddha for March 19, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for March 19, 2018  — khema — full of peace, safe, tranquil, calm

Kodhaṃ chetvā sukhaṃ seti,
kodhaṃ chetvā na socati.
Kodhassa visamūlassa
madhuraggassa brāhmaṇa;
vadhaṃ ariyā pasaṃsanti
tañhi chetvā na socatī.

Slay anger and you will be happy,
slay anger and you will not sorrow.
For the slaying of anger in all its forms
with its poisoned root and sweet sting —
that is the slaying the nobles praise;
with anger slain one weeps no more.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.187
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Card of the Day – The High Priestess – Monday, March 19, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

“I knew that was going to happen!” If you can hear yourself thinking, or saying, these words to yourself today, then that, my friend, is your intuition screaming at you. The question is, when you knew it, did you act upon it? Or, did you continue with business as usual, only to see a detour, or monkey wrench, thrown into the mix, in spite of the fact you thought things would go that way anyway?

We are at the very last degree of Sun in Pisces today, and your intuition may be running strong now. It is important to learn to trust it, especially when it is telling you that something may go down a bit differently than you were hoping. It is far better to take the appropriate measures ahead of time, so learn to trust that little voice trying to save you some grief.

See you here tomorrow!

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