La’au Lapa’au | Ancient Pipes Reveal What Natives Americans Were Smoking

American researchers have used ground-breaking technologies to make discoveries about Native American smoking habits. They have, for the first time, found traces of a non-tobacco plant in a pipe.  […]

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Runeology | Daily Draw: Raido

Raido (Wheel)
Solar Chariot; Rhythm; Ride a Horse

Phonetic value: R

Esoteric interpretation of name: the solar wagon, and the chariot of Thorr.

Ideographic interpretations: a wheel under the chariot in the view; as a half of the solar wheel (see the S-rune).

Today’s message: You have access to “inner advice” which strengthens your ritual abilities and experience.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Jera

Jera (Earth)
Cycles, Right Action

Phonetic values: J (pronounced y as in “yard”). In the later ON period, after about 600 C.E., the initial J was lost in the West Norse dialects and thereafter the rune stood for A.

Esoteric interpretation of name: life cycle, cycle of the sun.

Ideographic interpretation: the holy marriage of heaven A and earth v, or the dynamic rotation of the summer-winter cycle.

Today’s message: Realize that you are part of the cyclical nature of the Universe, and you can work with this nature to manifest your material desires.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Algiz

Algiz (Elk)
Divine Protection; Sanctuary

Phonetic value: a final grammatical Z, which eventually developed into the final R of Old Norse.

Esoteric interpretation of name: protective force, valkyrjur.

Ideographic interpretation: the horns of the elk, the branches (and roots) of the tree, a swan in flight, or a splayed hand. COMMENTARY: This rune is historically perhaps the most complex of all from a symbological perspective. A unified ideological complex does rise to the surface once its secrets are penetrated.

Today’s Message: You are in a protected grove or enclosure dedicated to the gods. Feel the connection between the gods and all of humanity that allows you to trip the Light fantastic.

Lore of the Elder Futhark 49 The Proto-Germanic form algiz means “protection,” and its stave form is perhaps derived from the basic sign of defense and protection: the splayed hand. The concept of the valkyrjur also has been connected to this stave through the interpretation of the name as “swan.” The valkyrjur are protective, life-giving beings who often fly by means of magical cloaks made of swan feathers. These beings are protectors, power givers, and a mode by which 6dhinn communicates with his chosen heroes. the sign: t : is often found carved into spears for protection and victory. Elhaz, meaning “elk,” refers to the four cosmic harts that constantly bite at the needles of the world-tree. The yew again comes into the symbol complex of this rune with the Old Norse word i(h)war, which occurs only in runic inscriptions. This term means either “yew tree” or “yew bow” and is later rendered by the word yr and the stave form: -+-:. This form is an alternate of the usual: t : and in fact they are probably derived from a primal form: :t : found in the Futhark of Charnay. This oldest form displays the tree symbolism quite graphically. The Gothic word alhs (sanctuary) has been related to this rune as well. This is a protected grove or enclosure dedicated to the gods. The Z-rune contains an aspect of the protective power of the divine twins. Alcis, the name of the twins reported by Tacitus in the Germania, may indeed be related to the rune name. Ideographically, the divine twins were sometimes represented as being joined at the head, rather like the primal form of the rune (see Figure 2.3). In their aggressive, warlike aspect, the twins are visualized as harts, while in other aspects they are represented as horses (see E-rune). Elhaz is the power of human life and “spirit” striving toward the world of. the AEsir. Figure 2.3. Divine twins, from the rock carving of Rylandl Tanum. 123%65 / 174

Runeology | Daily Draw: Hagalaz

Hagalaz (Air)
Transformation; Egg of Life; Hailstorm

Phonetic value: H

Esoteric interpretation of name: icy egg or seed of primal cosmic life and pattern.

Ideographic interpretations: the connection of two standing beams (realms of being) by a cross bar in half-timbered building technique (:H:) or the primal snowflake pattern (: * :).

Today’s message: There is a completeness and balance in your power. You are protected.

“No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees

Not mowing in May results in more flowers and nectar all summer long for struggling pollinators. Wildlife organization urges us to leave lawnmowers locked up until June. April showers bring May flowers, and if you like food, you should leave those flowers alone. Not mowing in May results in a […]

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Runeology | Daily Draw: Kanuaz

Kanuaz (Fire)
Fire; Knowledge

Phonetic value: K

Esoteric interpretation of names: the controlled fire; crema-tion. The Gothic and Old Norse names are secondary-internal fire, inflammation, etc.

Ideographic interpretation: flame of the torch

Today’s message: Your abilities are strengthening in all realms. Experience creative inspiration in operations of regeneration and healing.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Peorth

Peorth (Hearth)
Divination; Luck; Primal Love; Vagina

Phonetic value: P

Esoteric interpretation of name: divination as an indicator of c/lriog, the “primal laws.”

Ideographic interpretation: dice cup, as in a device used for casting lots.

Today’s message: Hone your perception by performing a divination in order to evolve ideas or events as a magical act.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Isa

Isa (Ice)
Cosmic coherence

Phonetic value: I (pronounced ee as in “deed”)

Esoteric meaning of name: primal matter/antimatter.

Ideographic interpretation: the icicle, or the primal ice stream/wave out of Niflheimr.

Today’s message: Continue to develop your concentration and will (power and strength) so as to constrict and halt unwanted dynamic forces attracted to your macroprosopus.

La’au Lapa’au | Essential Oils for Treating Cold Sores

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Cold sores, which are also called fever blisters, can be itchy, painful, and embarrassing. They are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Cold sores can be treated with antiviral medications, which may shorten how long the symptoms last. There are various home remedies, as well, which are used to ease their discomfort.

Furthermore, a lot of studies have been done that show compounds in certain essential oils may help treat cold sores.

Essential oils might have some advantages over medication. For instance, essential oils usually cause fewer side effects than antiviral drugs.

Although they may be helpful in treating the symptoms of the herpes simplex virus, essential oils can be harmful if taken orally. When used to treat cold sores, the oils are applied topically to the skin only after they are mixed with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

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Runeology | Daily Draw: Nauthiz

Nauthiz (Necessity)
Needs; Friction; Shadow; uses Saturn to create;
“Need fire”

Phonetic value: N

Esoteric interpretation of name: need-fire and deliverance from distress.

Ideographic interpretation: the bore I and the bow ‘-that turns it to kindle the need-fire.

Today’s message: There is a need to develop your magical will and spiritual powers to use the force of “resistance” under will to accomplish your magical goals.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Wanjo

Wanjo (Joy)
Kinship; Heritage; Hope

Phonetic value: V, W

Esoteric interpretation of name: relationship of beings descended from same source.

Ideographic interpretation: the clanic or tribal banner, or weather vane.

Today’s Message: Create fellowship and harmony and banish alienation by realizing the interconnectivity of all relationships to gain happiness and well-being.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Teiwaz

Teiwaz (Victory)
Warrior rune; Masculime gods; Justice

Phonetic value: T

Esoteric interpretation of name: the sky god.

Ideographic interpretation: the vault of the heavens A held up by the universal column I, and sometimes the spear point.

Today’s message: Obtain justice, victory and success by developing your positive self-sacrifice in asserting your spiritual will.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Jera

Jera (earth)
Cycles; Right Action; Harvest

Phonetic values: J (pronounced “y” as in “yard”). In the later ON period, after about 600 C.E., the initial “j” was lost in the West Norse dialects and thereafter the rune stood for “a”.

Esoteric interpretation of name: life cycle, cycle of the sun.

Ideographic interpretation: the holy marriage of heaven A and earth V, or the dynamic rotation of the summer-winter cycle.

Today’s message: Realize the cyclical nature of the multiverse to create and manifest the peace, harmony and enlightenment you seek now.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Laguz

Laguz (ocean water)
Fertility; Living Renewal; Leek (masculine symbology)

Phonetic value: L

Esoteric interpretation of names: life energy and organic growth.

Ideographic interpretation: a wave, or the quick growing green portion of the leek.

Today’s message: The guidance through this difficult initiatory test is to increase your vitality and life force. Fortify your magical will by increasing your magnetism through deeper development of your “second sight” intuition.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Dagaz

Dagaz (dawn – day)
Intuition; the Light within

Phonetic values: d and voiced th as in “then.”

Esoteric interpretation of name: the light of day.

Ideographic interpretation: the balance between night and day.

Today’s message: Connect with your higher genius following your natural intuition emanating from that tiny space in your heart to walk out of darkness and into the Light.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Eiwaz

Eiwaz (Death)
Yggdrisil, the Tree of Life; Magic; Dreaming

Phonetic value: uncertain; somewhere between e and i. This rune stave is essentially a magical sign that occurs infrequently in the writing of words.

Esoteric interpretation of name: yew, as the tree of life and death-the world-tree, Yggdrasill.

Ideographic interpretation: the vertical column of the multi-versal tree.

Today’s Message: Listen to what is being divinely communicated to you through your dreams, and know that you have the ability to recreate yourself anew.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Mannaz

Mannaz (Man)
Human, Divine Wisdom, Manifestation

Phonetic value: M

Esoteric interpretation of name: the divine ancestor and sky father.

Ideographic interpretation: a marriage between heaven and earth.

Today’s Message: Be the human link in whom spiritual warrior and High Priest conjoin as one … be the mystery of humanity, the power of human intelligence, rationality, memory, and tradition.

Runeology | Daily Draw: Ehwaz

Ehwaz – Horse (pl., ehwo – the two horses)
twin gods; relationships; subconscious mind

Phonetic value: E

Esoteric interpretation of name: the twin gods or heroes, in
equine aspect.

Ideographic interpretation: two upright poles bound together
to symbolize the divine twins (the Bronze Age symbol on.
represented these divinities); also the sign of two horses
facing one another.

Today’s Message: My subconscious mind is letting me know that the path that I am pursuing presently is a good and righteous path.

Home | How To Build Your Own Self Watering Garden

With more people living in  urban landscapes now than ever before, and healthy organic food being on the top of everyone’s mind, having your own veggie garden has never been more important. Growing your own food remains one of the best activities your health, the beauty of your outdoor space, and the joy of your family

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La’au Lapa’au | Bergamot Orange – March Herb of the Month

What do Earl Gray tea, the confection Turkish Delight, the liqueur Bergamia, eau de cologne, and some air fresheners have in common? The answer is: the essential oil from the bergamot orange, Citrus ×bergamia, The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month for March.  […]

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La’au Lapa’au | Essential Oil Spotlight: Clove Oil

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Clove oil uses are incredibly impressive, ranging from improving blood circulation and reducing inflammation to helping acne and boosting gum health. One of the best-known clove oil uses is to reduce the pain associated with dental problems. Even mainstream toothpaste makers agree that clove oil reduces the pain and swelling that comes with a toothache.

In addition to being a proven anti-inflammatory and pain reducer, one of the common clove oil uses is as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial to keep countless diseases at bay, which is why it can be such a wise choice for boosting your immune system as well as a powerful addition to homemade cleaning products.

Plant Origin of Clove Oil

Indigenous to Indonesia and Madagascar, clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be found in nature as the unopened pink flower buds of the tropical evergreen tree. Picked by hand in late summer and again in winter, the buds…

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La’au Lapa’au | Food as Medicine: Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae)

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Plants commonly known as elder belong to the genus Sambucus and consist of 20-30 species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the Adoxaceae, or moschatel, family.1-3 Sambucus species are native to forested temperate and subtropical climates and grow to an average height of 32 feet (10 m).1,3 Elder shrubs have light brown or gray stippled bark and narrow, dark green pinnately compound leaves with five to nine toothed leaflets.2,4 In early summer, elder plants produce flat to roundish clusters of tiny, cream-white, saucer-shaped flowers. Depending on the species, the clusters of small fruits, botanically characterized as drupes, are blue-black, black, or red (and rarely, yellow or white).2,3 The only elder species with a history of culinary use are those that produce blue-black or black fruits. Elder species are highly adaptable and readily naturalize in an area, making them potentially invasive outside their native range.3 This…

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