"I feel that the MMC archetype is limiting. It assumes the only possible progression of a female is virgin, mother, and grandma."
"But that’s what women are.” Someone said. That was the phrase. No. Not something they can do, not something most do or have done. That the whole…
I am really nervous about this tea. I haven’t ordered any but there’s one thing that’s bothering me.
This is the description:
Activates psychic awareness, a stimulating formulation of rosemary, clove, mistletoe, oakmoss, elecampane and rue. Loose tea, one package is enough for 5 + cups. (Not to be used as a substitute for a doctor’s care.)
Isn’t…isn’t mistletoe poisonous?!
Um… YES. The entire plant is poisonous and should not be consumed. And as an added bonus, rue is also poisonous.
There need to be warnings on that packet. Seriously. This could be dangerous stuff. Who the fuck put this blend together and did they even GLANCE a medical text?
I have no idea who did it but I can guess that no, they did not glance at a medical text.
The mistletoe was the biggest red flag to me because in my house, around Christmas, we hang PLASTIC mistletoe due to how poisonous the actual plant is.
I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going nuts.
This is something that really REALLY bothers me about a lot of witchy herbal tea blends. If there are ingredients in them that could have adverse health effects, and ESPECIALLY if there are ingredients that are poisons, even mild ones like for this “psychic” tea, then there needs to be a warning on the website and on the packet.
Even if the poisonous herb only produces “mild” psychoactive effects, the consumer still needs to know that. I saw freaking Yew Tea on an amateur site once. For contacting the spirits of the dead. Well, that’ll be easy because if you drink Yew, you’ll BE dead.
Common sense, witchlings. It is your most valuable resource. Use it.
(Never mind my own opinion that these things should never be in freely-available tea because that’s how novices get themselves into trouble, and that distributors of medicinal or psychoactive teas ought to have some sort of herbalist’s license or certification.)
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My basic information, as with most of my references to herbal medicine, came from The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines by Drs. Fetrow and Avila (Pocket Books, 2000).
In the entry concerning Mugwort, the herb is listed as being used to treat a host of complaints ranging from digestive discomfort to fever to menstrual pains to rheumatism. In the same entry, where the side effects are listed, the authors caution that mugwort can cause severe allergic reactions (usually in those allergic to hazelnuts or with persistent hay fever), resulting in skin irritation, wheezing, hives, and chest tightness; and that it should not be taken if you have Acid Reflux Disease or are on a regimen which includes a bloodthinner such as Coumadin. Mugwort is also a strong uterine stimulant and therefore should not be used or handled by pregnant women, due to the risk of premature labor or miscarriage.
Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Foster and Hobbs, Peterson Field Guides, 2002) also cautions that this herb can cause dermatitis, allergic reactions, and miscarriage. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (Kowalchik and Hilton, editors, Rodale Press, 1998 ed.) advises against using the herb internally altogether and recommends reserving it for “ornamental” purposes.
In addition, Mugwort is a very common ingredient in the so-called “flying ointment” recipes and is in the same genus (Artemesia) as the infamous Wormwood. In fact, the two plants are often confused due to similar appearance. Mugwort’s hallucinogenic properties are relatively mild compared to its’ absinthe-making cousin, but the use of any herb which can affect the mind in this fashion should be undertaken with the greatest care. A licensed herbalist or physician should be consulted before starting any herbal regimen.
I hope this has answered your questions satisfactorily.
[Sources: The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines, Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD., Juan R. Avila, PharmD., Pocket Books, 2000; Peterson Field Guides: Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs, Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs, Houghton Mifflin, 2002; Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Claire Kowalchik and William H. Hylton, Editors, Rodale Press, 1998 ed.]
i’m not a traditional witch
You may want to pick up the following:
- Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala
- The Food and Cooking of Ireland by Georgina Campbell and Biddy White Lennon
Aside from having tons of lovely recipes, they include cultural notes about loads of Irish holiday traditions and celebrations.
I also recommend picking up some books on Ireland folklore and faery tales, such as:
- Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis
- Dictionary of Celtic Mythology by Peter Berresford Ellis
- Ireland: Legends and Folklore by Aoife Curran
These will give you a perspective on the hero tales and various deities and mythological figures associated with Ireland (and also somewhat with Scotland and Wales). Be aware that a LOT of traditions used in Wicca and Neo-Wicca today have been adapted from Irish Celtic traditions, so there’s a lot of crossover in the literature and it muddies the waters a bit. Read and think critically.
You can also find resources online at Sacred Texts.
Aside from that, tumblr is a good resource for connecting with other people with knowledge about various Celtic traditions and culture.
CELTIC INTENSIFIES, ASSEMBLE! (Even you, Rome Touchers.)
Ooh, I love Celtic Myth and Legends by Berresford, though I have recently been cautioned about his works since they can be a bit too pan-Celtic and far-reaching (this mostly came up with his book The Druids.) Nonetheless, I think reading multiple sources of mythology is helpful since a lot of it was oral and he did interview locals about the legends.
Another great book for an introduction to Celtic Mythology, albeit with a heavy Irish/Gaelic bent, is Celtic Gods and Heros by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt.
For Irish traditions, no book could better help understand and incorporate traditions than The Year in Ireland by Kevin Danaher (that I read anyway. If there is a better book, I’d sure like to get it!)
If you want to understand Irish “pre-Christian” Spirituality better, I suggest looking into Gaelic Polytheism! (Since “Celtic” spans several cultures, not just Ireland.) echtrai's resource page has pretty much any link I could imagine already on it. In particular, I recommend going to the website Tairis and reading some of those pages. It contains some general things you can do on a day-to-day basis that upholds Gaelic (Irish/Scottish/Manx) values, such as moving sun-wise and upholding hospitality.
As Bree said, there’s a growing community on Tumblr for all sorts of Celtic Polytheists :) In fact, Echtrai again provides an excellent resource of Celtic Reconstructionist Polytheists' blogs! So you can start following them or browsing their blogs, asking questions, whatever!
I hope this helps!
this is a touchy subject, as it falls into what’s known as cultural appropriation. the short answer is that, in my opinion, it would not be a good idea to appropriate a Native American tradition/craft, especially without being educated on the tradition and its culture. dreamcatchers are traditionally made with a willow hoop and sinew by some Native American cultures (I believe the tradition began with the Ojibwe people and it was shared/adopted by other NA people).
out of respect to the origin culture, I advise finding an alternative. here are some ideas:
- Make a Witch’s Snare for Nightmares
- Make a Witch’s Ladder
- Make a Dream Pillow (click here for blends)
- Make a Peaceful Sleep Sachet
- Make a Nightmare Prevention Charm
here’s an interesting design, though I wouldn’t call it a dreamcatcher (it’s in no way traditionally made, doesn’t really resemble the traditional design). something like this can be used a snare and can be customized for your purposes:
so, yeah! as you can see, there are many open and customizable alternatives you can look into without taking something from NA culture.
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