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Herbal candle DIY These are good for rituals, scent or the aesthetic of it. Perfect custom altar additions, made just the way you like it. What you will need: -candles or candle wax -herbs/flowers of your choice -a spoon -a heavy book -a clothing iron -parchment paper Optional; -essential oils -food colouring 1. The first thing you want to do is gather herbs and flowers to put in your candle, whether it be for a spell, or ritual or for the scent or aesthetic of it. 2. The herbs must be dry herbs, you can dry them yourself if you like. Pick the flowers of your choice (make sure to dry out any excess moisture) 3. To press/dry the flowers (or leaves), you must press them between two pieces of parchment paper in a heavy book for 15-20 minutes, and then to dry them, run a clothing iron over the paper, keep checking on the flowers to make sure they are not burning so that they do not lose color. Once they are stiff and dry, they’re ready to go. 4. You can use wax chips/blocks or you can melt up an old candle. (BONUS: match the color of the wax to your intent (or add food colouring)). 5. Optional: add essential oils, match the scent to your intent if you wish. 6. Then pour the wax into a glass or mould of your choice, holding the wick in place manually or with a clip until the wax is COMPLETELY DRY. 7. Once the wax is dry, remove it from the mould . 8. Hold an old metal spoon over a flame to heat it. Using this spoon press the flowers into the wax, pressing as deep or as shallow as you like and you can move wax over bits of herb/flower to create your desired effect. VIOLA! You have a goregeous looking and wonderful smelling candle, full of herbs with magickal attributes, which can be activated through lighting the wick. Happy witching ~ @indigo-amethyst

Bookmas Series: 18th December 2016
A review by my grandmother Helen Moore.

Life after Life - kate Atkinson

Rating: 9/10

This book covers life from 1910 - 1967 which encompasses living during both World wars. It is an extremely unusual book and is an ingenious idea for a novel that I really enjoyed it once I understood the story line and is about the possibility of being able to live your life more than once.

The novel is about a girl and her family during 1910-1967 and shows the families lives as they continue through the book. However, the girl Ursula dies and relives her life more than once and in many different ways; some lives are happier and more successful than others. Her various deaths are varied and sometimes unexpected and the narrative jumps from one life to another as you progress through the book.

It is a very clever but complex story that I would recommend it to anyone who likes something a bit quirky and different!

Often, we get crushes on others not because we truly love and understand them, but to distract ourselves from our suffering. When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person
—  from How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
Want a dangerous book? Have a dangerous book!

Found this PDF by accident while looking for a different Dzogchen text.. Flipped through the pages and it has some uber tier mindsauce, great techniques and considerations.

But the description on Amazon says don’t read it else you’ll get fucked up, unless you have the proper initiation. Naturally, I figured you guys might want to read it.

Link to PDF at the bottom. Here’s the Amazon description:

The text here by Jigme Lingpa is commonly known as Triyig Yeshe Lama, or Guidebook Called Highest Wisdom. It is the central text in the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of Dzogchen. This book is meant only for those who already have received the necessary introduction and instructions of the Nyingthig system of Dzogchen meditation from a qualified teacher. Without having received these necessary instructions, reading this text can be harmful to your spiritual health. The translator and author Tony Duff has spent much time at Dzogchen Monastery in Eastern Tibet, receiving the complete transmissions of the Longchen Nyingthig system. He made and verified this translation during attendence at a number of extended teaching retreats on the text. It has to be said that this Guidebook Called Highest Wisdom is sealed and locked. The reason for this is that the text is a summation of the key points for practice found in the Seventeen Tantras, the tantras which are the very root of the Great Completion, Dzogchen. Those tantras explicitly warn that one must have the necessary empowerments, and so on, before beginning to be instructed in and read about these teachings. This is not a meaningless requirement; there is a great danger in reading this material without first having the necessary empowements and related instructions. Therefore, there is a mandate by the lineage that this text is only to be read after having received the Rigpa Liveliness Empowerment (rigpa'i tsal wang) or by those who are about to receive it during a session of teaching on the text. Includes text in Tibetan.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwNr2nYVJnpQak9aaWMwT004bm8/view?usp=drivesdk

Of all the great religions, only Jainism has always preached strict vegetarianism and absolute nonviolence toward animals. This religion, which originated in the sixth to fifth centuries B.C.E., was very widespread in ancient India. It still has around five million followers and often exerts a major influence on Indian society.

Following their ideal of nonviolence, or ahimsa, the Jains denounce sacrifices, arranged animal fights, hunting and fishing, and also the consumption of meat. They have built numerous shelters for animals and run a charity-supported hospital for birds in Delhi—the Birds Charitable Hospital—which can accommodate as many as six thousand birds. There, a doctor in an impeccable white frock, a volunteer like all the others, can be seen treating an old rooster suffering from pneumonia; another might be cutting out a cancerous tumor or setting the broken bone of a kite or a pigeon. If a bird cannot be cured and released, the hospital hospice will keep her until she dies.

They regard it as their duty to avoid treading on insects or other crawling creatures when they walk. Jain monks tie a cloth over their mouths in order to avoid swallowing insects that might be in the air they breathe. For similar reasons, they filter the water they drink. They even avoid eating vegetables that grow under the earth (potatoes, carrots, etc.) for fear of injuring subterranean fauna such as worms and insects. In all conservative Jain homes, fires for cooking are not lit in the morning until forty-five minutes after sunrise so that insects will not be drawn into the flame. For the same reason, cooking fires are put out forty-five minutes before sunset.

—  A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion by Matthieu Ricard  
One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world.
—  Buddha
You may have all the pleasures and comforts and luxuries of the world, but unless you know yourself, unless your inner lotus opens, you will go on missing something. You may not be certain what you are missing but a feeling… that something is being missed, that “I am not complete,” that “I am not whole,” that “I am not what existence wanted me to be.” This “missing” feeling goes on nagging everybody. Only the expansion of your consciousness will help you to get rid of this feeling, of this nagging, of this anguish, this angst.
—  Osho, The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism
If you do not find a companion, intelligent, one who associates with you, who leads a good life, lives soberly, walk alone like a king who has renounced the kingdom he has conquered … It is better to live alone; there is no companionship with a fool
—  The Buddha, The Dhammapada
A Study on Shinki: What is Karma?

When I started writing some notes on God’s Greatest Secret, Liberation and the different ways they affect Shinki, I certainly wasn’t expecting to end up burying my nose in books about Buddhism. This is the longest, most thought-out Noragami theory I have ever written. I’m not counting on everything in here to be correct, but hopefully it will still be an enjoyable read that will spark some interesting debates in the fandom.

So prepare a warm cup of your favorite beverage, and get comfy cause it’s about to get wild.

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