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Do Not rely on any single book or source when figuring out information about an herb. Spend a little time going through multiple sources.

Learn if the herb is poisonous or edible.

Buy it – if its legal in your area.

Use in a cooking recipe – if edible. If you’re not sure Do Not consume it until you have found out.

Draw it in a sketchbook.

Learn its scientific and common name.

Write detailed descriptions of the herbs aroma, texture, color, etc.

Make an herbal tea – if applicable.

Using multiple resources, determine its magickal properties such as love, luck, protection, etc.

Learn which herbs have similar magickal properties.

Grow the herb – if possible.

Read stories and mythology that mention the herb.

Burn as an incense – if applicable.

Learn the herbs that be can used to substitute it if your herb is ever out of stock or not available.

Learn to recite 5 to 10 useful facts about the herb.

Make an herbal sachet – if applicable.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go,
Burn them fast and burn them slow;

Birch in the fire goes,
To represent what the Lady knows;

Oak gives the forest towers might,
In the fire brings the God’s insight;

Rowan is the tree of power,
Causing life and magick to flower;

Willows at the waterside stand,
To aid the journey to the Summerland;

Hawthorn is burned to purify,
And draw faerie to your eye;

Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning,
Adds its strength to the bright fire burning;

White are the flowers of Apple tree,
That brings us fruits of fertility;

Grapes that grow upon the vine,
Giving us both joy and wine;

Fir does mark the evergreen,
To represent immortality seen;

Elder is the Lady’s tree,
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be!

This is my own personal code of ethics for my life and work in magick.

1. I will not work magick mindlessly.
2. I will not be dishonest unless it is absolutely necessary.
3. I will not steal unless it is in order to survive.
4. I will not work magick for someone if it goes against my ethics and standards.
5. All life is sacred.
6. I will not manipulate others unless it is in self defense.
7. I will harm none unless I am threatened or a member of my family is threatened.
8. I will not judge others because they are on a different path.
9. I will treat others as I want to be treated.
10. I will help fellow witches to the best of my ability when necessary.
11. I will give back to the Earth and help protect her.
12. I will always be open to communication unless repeated failure occurs and no solution can be made.
13. I will always be loving and compassionate towards animals.
14. The energy I send out will come back into my life.
15. I am responsible for my own actions.

There are many different tarot decks to choose from. Beginners can easily get lost in all of them resulting in getting a deck that doesn’t work. The Moon Oracle is beautiful but to a beginner is almost useless. Its best to start with one that is well known such as the Rider Waite Tarot. After you’ve mastered that deck then you can move on to others. You can expect to spend at least one year getting comfortable with each different Tarot deck you want to use. It is normal to take two or more years of study to learn the Rider Waite tarot deck alone and this is one of the easier ones. It is compiled of over 70 cards. Each of which you must make a personal connection with and also remember its meaning and significance. Do the math. Lets say you spend 5 days of study on each card. That is at least 350 days. But what if you need more time than that? Most people do and this is why it takes so long to learn. The end result is well worth it though.

An example of how I use the Tarot: I practice magick and therefore must make sure that before doing a spell I won’t be sending out energy that could later cause me problems. Using the Tarot I can tell if the spell I’m about to do will have a positive or negative effect. If its negative then usually I won’t do it and instead think of another way or a different spell to solve my problem.

I’ll write more on using the Tarot in the future.