Friday, September 30, 2016

Black Moon Tonight

Tonight, Friday, September 30, 2016, is a Black Moon. A Black Moon is the opposite of a Blue Moon. The lay definition of a Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. So a Black Moon is the second New Moon in a calendar month.

Both Blue Moons and Black Moons occur on the first day of a month and the last day of a month. February, because it only has 28 or 29 days (Leap Year), can not have either a Blue Moon or Black Moon. However, such moons can appear in the other 11 months.

There are other definitions of Black Moons, just as with Blue Moons. For example, a calendar month with no Full Moon or New Moon is also sometimes said to be a Black Moon. This definition can only occur in February because it is the shortest month of the year. Likewise, the third New Moon in a season that has 4 New Moons is also said to be a Black Moon. The same is also true for Blue Moons.

As far as magical significance goes, since Black Moons are the New Moon then tonight would be a good time for spells for new ventures and beginnings. Just as with the Full Moon, a New Moon will last about 3 days. So this Black Moon started yesterday, will continue today, and will conclude tomorrow.

The next date of a Black Moon will be on February 18, 2017. It will be the variety that is the 3rd New Moon in a season that has 4 New Moons.

There's no need to try to go outside to see the Black Moon, as there is nothing to see. It will just be a moonless night, like with every New Moon. If you want to take advantage of the darkness to try to see the stars and planets the tonight, weather permitting, would be a good night to do so.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chaste Tree

The Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus, a.k.a. Vitex, Chasteberry, Abraham's Balm, Hemp Tree, Monk's Pepper, or my favorite, "Texas Lilac", is a shrub to small tree native to the Mediterranean but which now can be found over a large portion of the United States. Here in the South, and especially in Texas and Oklahoma, Chaste Tree can grow huge. 

Chaste Tree gets it's most common name for it's alleged anaphrodisiac qualities, It was commonly believed to reduce or suspend sexual desire. The belief that Chaste Tree possessed this quality is ancient, going back to the Ancient Greeks. During the Thesmophoria, a festival of the goddesses Demeter and Persephone, Greek woman would consume Chaste Tree as they were required to remain sexually abstinent for a period of time prior to the festival.  Additionally, the plant was sacred to the virgin goddesses, Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth and home, Artemis the goddess of the hunt, and Athena, goddess of wisdom. Chaste Tree was also sacred to Hera, the goddess of marriage and women. Though Hera wasn't a virgin, in myth she renewed her virginity each year with a sacred bath. Priestesses would act out this myth with a sacred washing of her cult statue. So the plant may be connected to her yearly renewal and for all we know, it may have been an ingredient used in this sacred ritual. 

The magical properties of Chaste Tree are the same as it's folk use, mainly to reduce sexual desire. The parts of the plant used are the leaves, flowers and berries. Chaste Tree can be taken in the form of an extract, drunk as a tea, taken as a tincture, or eaten. If used in conjure work then the dried leaves and berries are primarily used. 

In addition to reducing sexual desire, Chaste Tree is also taken to help alleviate the symptoms of both PMS and menopause. 

Greek souvenir vase showing the goddess Hestia holding a Chaste Tree branch. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kratom - How The DEA Wants To Enslave You To Big Pharma

If I told you there was this herb, a relative of the coffee plant, that was superb as a painkiller, caused you to be relaxed, calm and social, and uplifted your mood, would your immediate response be that it must immediately be classified a schedule 1 drug, on the same order as cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine? Because that's just what the DEA is doing unless citizens stand up and make their voices heard.

The herb is called Kratom, a.k.a. Mitragyna speciosa. It has been used in Asian traditional medicine for centuries as a natural painkiller, for the treatment of coughs and diarrhea, and as an antiseptic in the treatment of wounds. The active ingredients in the plant are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which act similarly to opiods. Around the turn of the century it began being used to wean opium addicts off of opium and is today used by people who are weaning themselves off of heroin and prescription opioids.

I have personally taken Kratom and I can attest that it works marvelously as a painkiller. I have never gotten high off it and don't really understand how anybody could get high off it. It would take large doses to get high and the plant is so bitter that such doses would cause intense nausea and cramping. However, taking the herb does indeed almost immediately invoke relaxation, talking within mere minutes.

Kratom is not smoked. It is not snorted. It is not really drunk as a tea either. There are three main methods of consumption.

1. Dissolve Kratom powder in hot water. Kratom powder (powdered leaves) does not easily dissolve in cold or room temperature liquids. Hot water does allow more of the powder to be dissolved. The powder is placed in a cup and just enough hot water is added to cover it and produce a drinkable dose. The contents are stirred and then quickly swallowed, in the same manner that one would down a shot of liquor.

2. "Toss and Wash". This method is my preferred method of consumption. The dose of Kratom powder is poured/dumped directly into the mouth and then one quickly intakes liquid, swirls the contents of the mouth around, and then swallows it.

3. Kratom powder can be placed into gel capsules and swallowed.

Kratom comes in various strains, depending on where it is grown, and three main varieties, white, red, and green, which are references to the color of the leaf veins. A small dose of Kratom is believed to promote energy. Larger doses are said to have sedative effect. From personal experience, it's all the same and I have taken small and large doses and there is not much difference save for the time the compounds last before it wears off.

What does it feel like? Within 3-4 minutes after taking one immediately begins to feel relaxed. You begin to feel good but there is no real euphoria. You just feel happy and can become talkative and social. You do not get "high". Because it's an opiod people may assume that it's effects would be like more well known prescription opiods. Such would be a huge misconception.

I was never a routine taker of Kratom simply because it was far more easier to just purchase Tylenol at local stores than it was to keep a supply of it. A bag of about 100 grams goes for like $40-$50 and a normal dose would be 1/2-1 teaspoon. So it was basically my laziness and just the ease of purchasing other OTC medicines that prevented me from being a regular user. I still have a small quantity left that I will have to hurry up and use and I will discuss that here in a bit.

I suffer from migraines, muscle cramps, backache and shoulder pain from an injury I received as a teen. I can tell you that Kratom works equal or better than almost any prescription medicine I've taken. The only downsize would be that I've found that on a dose-by-dose basis, that Kratom does not last as long compared to prescription medicines. So you have to take repeat doses if you have chronic pain. However, it is all natural and has no synthetic components such as most of the opiods being pushed onto the public.

So this year the DEA flat out stated that Kratom has no medical value and since the deaths of 15 people have allegedly been linked to it, and not quite 700 calls to poison control, then therefore it is evil and must be banned. The DEA announced that as of Sept. 30, 2016, Kratom will now be listed as a Schedule 1 drug, in the same category as heroin, cocaine, crack and meth. This is completely absurd! The only thing that makes sense to me is that the DEA is in bed with Big Pharma and wants to crush any competition. They must feel really threatened that a humble plant is far better at pain management than any of the unnatural chemicals they produce.

So what about those 15 deaths? Well, it turns out that none of them were ruled to have died from Kratom. Instead, all of them had taken various cocktails of drugs, including Kratom, but Kratom was not ruled as the cause of death in any of them. What about the nearly 700 calls to poison control? There are roughly 319 million people living in the U.S. Seven hundred calls to poison control mean absolutely nothing. It's a drop in the bucket. None of the calls resulted in a person dying.

I strongly urge my readers to help save our freedom to chose natural supplements for our own health and well being. I will provide a link to a petition to stop the DEA from banning this life-saving plant. Additionally, I will go the extra step and urge anyone and everyone to try it out and experience for yourself that this is not a dangerous plant. As stated above, I have a bag left and am trying to use it up before or if the ban kicks in so that I won't be treated as a criminal and treated the same as if I was caught with crack. This past weekend I gave out some to friends to try and I will be giving more out this coming weekend. Most everyone who tried it was shocked that they never heard of it before and mad that they are now not able to legally purchase it.

If you do want to purchase it you better hurry. The ban kicks in on Sept. 30 but many business are stopping shipments sooner than that. The company I used to order from is stopping shipments as of September 23.

Sign the Petition to stop this DEA bull shit:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Witch, Author, Witch School Founder, Gavin Frost Dead

Gavin Frost arose to fame when he and his wife, Yvonne Frost, formed the Church and School of Wicca in 1968/69. The pair advertised their courses heavily in magazines and assorted publications and had a reputation for controversy with respect to unsupported claims and endorsements of alleged incest and child sexual abuse.

Among the most controversial of unsupported claims made by the Frosts were that they were the founders of the Wiccan religion and that only they practiced true Wicca. The Frosts also claimed that they brought Wicca to the United States. In reality, Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner and it has been widely established that Raymond Buckland was the first Wiccan initiate to bring the religion to the U.S.

Despite these vivid delusional fantasies, the most controversial actions of the Frosts involve their book, The Witches' Bible, first published in 1972 and now re-released with various altered titles, such as The Good Witches' Bible. In the book, the Frosts write about an initiation ritual involving sex with minors, only old enough to begin to display the first signs of secondary sex characteristics. Unfortunately, this may include children as young as ten years old. The Frosts also describe giving young girls wooden dildos, having their mother's break their hymens, and having young girls who experience pain using the dildos to be "helped" by their fathers. There was no further explanation given as to exactly what form of "help" the father was supposed to provide.

When controversy erupted over such blatant endorsement of child sexual abuse the Frosts responded by threatening to sue anyone who accused them of being pedophiles or pederasts.

For almost 20 years the Frosts kept this initiation ritual and defended it. Only later in the 1990s did they add a disclaimer saying that no one under the age of 18 should engage in sex during the ritual. However, all the remaining information about sex with minors was still kept intact.

Despite the controversy, the Frosts were very popular and active in the greater Wiccan community. To this day the couple has loyal followers who will defend them at all costs. Very few Wiccans have spoken out against them

Gavin Frost died on September 11, 2016, at age 86, and while suffering from numerous and undiagnosed medical conditions.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I'm Back!

I got my laptop repaired and am good to go. I can't stress enough how important it is not to have a drink near a laptop or computer! Surprisingly, this wasn't my first time that I've spilled a drink on it. However, each time I lucked out. It is only around $75 to repair but it takes a couple of weeks. Far better than having to purchase a new laptop and then lose all of your information you have saved on it as well.

So, if by chance you make the mistake of accidentally spilling a drink on your laptop let me give some advice that may save your laptop or at least may the any repairs be far less by limiting damage.

What To Do If You Spill A Drink On Your Laptop

1. Immediately turn the laptop upside down. This is a no brainer. Liquid obeys gravity and will seep into any crack. Turn your laptop upside down to lessen this. 

2. Turn off the power. Liquid will short circuit the device so you need to kill the power as quickly as possible.

3. Take out the battery and place it in a bag of rice if any liquid reached it.

4. Disconnect or unplug anything that is connected to your laptop.

5. Use a towel to dry off the laptop.

6. If you know how to take it apart do so and carefully clean the inside.

7. Allow the laptop to dry. Keep it upside down. You can place it near a fan to help speed up the process. Leave it alone for 48-72 hours. Do not use a hair dryer as they can damage your laptop and may actually push the liquid deeper into it.

(Note: Some laptops have water resistant keyboards or special seals around the keys that help prevent liquid from working its way into the laptop. This was generally a standard feature of most older laptops but new laptops tend to forgo this feature to help cut down on overall price.) 

If you follow these steps you may end up with little to no damage. However, it's very common to short circuit your keyboard, which you may need to have replaced. The very first time I spilled a drink on my keyboard I ended up with two keys that didn't work, my "B" and "K" keys. This second time I lost the entire keyboard. Both required a replacement keyboard.

So now that I'm back I will be able to reply to emails in my normal quick fashion and will resume blogging. Great to be back! :)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

FYI To My Bog Readers...

I spilled some drink on my laptop and fried it so that's why I haven't been posting as normal. It's being repaired but I don't know how much longer it will take. So bear with me and as soon as it is fixed I will be blogging as usual.

Also, had the most powerful earthquake I've ever experienced yesterday at about 7:03 AM my time. It was bad. I was scared the building was going to collapse. My 60 inch flat screen almost fell over. Everything was moving forward and then backward. It was crazy. Previous earthquakes just felt like vibrations but this was the most powerful one I've experienced. I heard it was all over the news.