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  1. Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind & Spirit by Queen Afua
    Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind & Spirit by Queen Afua
    A guide to healing the feminine body, mind, and spirit by chief priestess, yoga teacher, herbalist, and holistic healer, Queen Afua whose clients include Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder. A journey of physical and ancestral healing that will restore the magnificence of your spirit through sacred initiation, meditations, affirmations, and rituals which joyously spiritualize every aspect of your life. 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" / 408 pages. Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, natural health expert, and dedicated healer of women’s bodies and women’s souls who practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, Heal Thyself, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with Sacred Woman, she takes us on a transforming journey of physical and ancestral healing that will restore the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation. Queen Afua begins by helping us to discover our unique “womb-an-ness”–and to honor the womb as the center of our consciousness and creativity, giving us a twenty-one-day program for womb purification and spirit rejuvenation. Then Queen Afua summons us to enter the Nine Gateways of Initiation, where she blesses us with the exact tools we need to bring our beings into true harmony with the earth and the cosmos. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in ncient Egyptian temple teachings, Queen Afua teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest. With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women–to heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world.
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  2. Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
    Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
    Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "…an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike … Scott's personable charm touches every page… I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this … It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently. In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper. The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft. This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must! A comprehensive guide to the practice of magic herbalism -- the use of plant powers for positive change. Revised and updated 15th anniversary edition. 6" x 9" / 325 pages.
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  3. Cowrie Shells
    Cowrie Shells
    Cowries have been traded as money, used in systems of divination, and worn as protective amulets. Cowrie shells have many uses, both traditional and modern. While they are currently used by many people as decoration and a fashion or social statement, their traditional uses are many. Traditionally, the cowrie shell has a very specific meaning and history, but because many people who use cowries are not knowledgeable about the important spiritual meaning and history that cowries carry, they are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Cowrie shells are not meant to be mere fasion statements; they are serious spiritual items that deserve respect and honor. The cowrie shell was the first symbol of money and wealth known to mankind. In Ancient Africa (and at that time, the African civilization encompassed every land on Earth), the cowrie was used much like the dollar is used today. They were wealth, and they were traded for goods and services. But why would humanity choose the cowrie shell over all other items that could be used for the same purpose? "There is a Goddess who lives in the water called Mote or more affectionately, the 'Mommy of Water'. This Goddess lives in the sea, and because the sea surrounds all of the lands and is connected to all water on Earth, she is accessible through any body of water. This Goddess is a powerful Goddess who affects the lives of people on Earth as well as other Deities. Mote often adopts people as a husband, brother, sister, mother, friend, child, etc., and she can become very jealous when a human that she has adopted becomes close with another human being because she fears that her adopted human might pay more attention to the other human being than to her. The Mommy of Water has the ability to reward those who please her and to punish those who do not. The rewards that the Mommy of Water gives when she is pleased is the cowrie shell, and this is where the notion of money comes from," Master Naba explained. "The Mommy of Water is so powerful that she was able to prove to the entire world that she can reward or punish people at will. The cowrie shell comes as a token of recognition by the Goddess," Naba went on to say. "When people pleased her, she made the sea wash out cowrie shells on the beach that came from deep within her kingdom, the sea. They came as a proof of being accepted by the Goddess and as a reward and gift from her. Because it carried such a heavy spiritual meaning, people who did not live by the coast wished to trade things with people for the cowrie shells. They wanted to have something from the Goddess too." Why was it so important for someone to have an object that was given by a God or Goddess? Why would people travel hundreds of kilometers to trade goods for little shells? "Cowrie shells are a gift from a Deity. The best way to access a Deity is through the gifts offered by that Deity," Master Naba said. The Mommy of Water is a very powerful Deity in that she can affect human life and personality drastically. While she is not part of an Ennead of Gods and is seen as a 'lesser' Goddess, her direct contact with humans makes her popular and powerful. Her counterpart on land is the Goddess Sekhmet, a very powerful Goddess on Earth. "Her gift of the cowrie shell is one that is not taken lightly, as it symbolizes one of the four elements of life: 'mooey', or water. Gods of the other three elements also give important gifts," explained Master Naba, "that could have been used as money but were not. Nwt, or fire, gives the holy fire, a purifying fire that is needed for a God to reach the heavens, and Nwt gives the celeste rock as a gift. Shw (air) gives incense and spices. Geb (Earth) gives gold. We do not see gold in the same materialistic way that others do...gold is really a gift from the God Geb and is holy and spiritual." It makes sense that divination is often done in traditional Africa using cowrie shells. "The best way to access a deity is through their gift," Naba told me. Cowrie shell readings, then, are not readings of Earth Energies, but rather readings of intervention.The accuracy of the readings depend on the growth of the reader. "Mote is a Goddess that can affect everything. Every God found her useful, and that is why cowrie shells are used. The reader is using the influence of the Goddess when doing a reading because she has access to every deity, being and place!" Naba explained. Ancestral Offering - The cowrie shell plays an important role in ancestral offerings. When one puts cowrie shells inside the grave or coffin, the dead person can use them whenever needed in the World of the Dead for intervention.
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  4. Black Seed Oil - "Medicine of the Prophet"
    Black Seed Oil - "Medicine of the Prophet"
    Black seed oil comes from the seeds of the ‘Nigella Sativa’. Our suggested use for adults is 1 teaspoon twice daily. If using for the first time, start with 1/2 tsp. You may choose to increase intake depending on your condition. More details below. Some of the blessed seed benefits are: reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, treats conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, and even burns. Taken internally, it can make your hair and nails stronger. It is also a remedy for blood pressure, nervous tension, diabetes, earaches, memory improvement, bronchitis, coughs, stimulates the body's energy, kills and suppresses cancer cell growth, and much more! Black seed oil pregnancy concerns are a constantly searched on the internet, and evidence and facts shows that black seed oil can be taken throughout the pregnancy without issues or complications. Black seed oil and pregnancy can actually provide benefit to the mother and the baby in the womb, due to the positive effects black seed oil has in cognitive development. Due to its effects on the immune system and throughout the body, one must take into consideration the dosage of black seed oil. Taking black seed oil daily has shown to improve majority of conditions and ailments . Proper dosage is based upon ones condition and the length of time needed to be cured. Good scientific evidence suggests that black seeds may be effective in the treatment of lung disorders, with more studies suggestion black seed oil to be effective in the treatment of other conditions such as allergies, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In short, there are no known side effects of black seed oil; the most important thing to consider is the amount taken (which shouldn’t be more than 1 tablespoon daily) Below is a list of dosage based upon the condition and treatment: (Dosage suggestions are for people 12 years and older) Acne: ½ teaspoon of black seed oil and inhalation of vapor of hot water. (Most) Addictions: 500 milligrams of black seeds with black seed oil three times daily for up to 12 days. Allergies: 40-80 milligrams per kilo of black seed oil three times daily for up to 8 weeks. Anti-fungal: Wipe affected area with cider vinegar, followed by black seed oil three times daily for 8 weeks. Anxiety: ½ teaspoon of black seed oil with herbal tea. Bruises: 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil 3 times daily. Colds: 1 teaspoon of black seed oil 3 times daily. Arthritis: 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil 3 times daily. Cough: Rub your chest and back with black seed oil and take 1 teaspoon 3 times daily. Diabetes: 2.5 milliliters of black seed oil 2 times a day for six weeks, in addition to existing methods prescribed by your physician. Colic: Massage warmed black seed oil on the abdomen. Diarrhea: 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with 1 cup of yogurt twice daily. Earache: ½ teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with ½ teaspoon of olive oil warmed and dripped into the effected ear. Leave in place with a cloth. Headache: ½ teaspoon of black seed oil 3 times daily, taken with a meal. Also rub black seed oil on the sides of the head and near the ears. Hair loss: Stroke lemon throughout the scalp and then Apply ½-1 teaspoon of black seed oil and leave in for 15-20 minutes. High blood lipids: Take 2.5 milliliters of black seed oil twice daily for six weeks with other lipid-lowering agents. High blood pressure: Take 1-2 teaspoons of black seed oil and add it to a hot drink mixed with two cloves of garlic before breakfast. Muscle soreness: 1 teaspoon of black seed oil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil three times daily. Asthma: Take 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with boiled vaporized inhalations of black seed oil. Sinusitis and Acute sinusitis: Take 1 teaspoon of black seed oil daily. Acute- Take 1 teaspoon of black seed oil 3 times daily. Stomach Disorders: Drink mint tea with lemon and a teaspoon of black seed oil three times daily. Allergies: If your sensitive or allergic to black seed oil or members of the Ranunculacea family. Allergic contact dermatitis has been reported. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Due to its aiding in menstrual cycles, mothers are cautioned not to take high dosage of black seed oil during conception. Results We found that black seed oil is useful for a lot of different ailments and conditions. With proper dieting and effective dosages, the majority of users found relief from the conditions they were suffering from. Although side effects are low to non-existent, always make sure your system can tolerate and consume a new supplement.
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"...if one is not aware in vision, it is unlikely that one will be aware in behavior. If one is not aware in behavior, one is unlikely to be aware in dream. And if one is not aware in dream, then one is unlikely to be aware in the bardo after death.''
- Tenzin Wagyal Rinpoche
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