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The AFA (American Family Association) has called for a Christmas boycott of all Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores, because the company’s ads have not used the word Christmas. Gap did in fact, use the word Christmas in its holiday ad this year, but also mentioned, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Solstice. When Gap’s new holiday ad came out this past week, the AFA immediately sent out an “action alert” condemning it as being condescending towards Christian Christmas traditions.

An international human rights group has urged a Saudi court to overturn a death sentence imposed on a Lebanese man convicted of practising witchcraft. Ali Sibat, a psychic who made predictions on a satellite TV channel from his home in Beirut, was sentenced by a Saudi court on Nov. 9. Witchcraft, sorcery and fortune-telling are considered polytheism by the government of this Muslim country.

Spell of the Week – Healing Oil

In 1/2 oz of base oil (jojoba, almond, grapeseed, etc.)
5 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Camphor oil
5 drops Eucalyptus oil
5 drops Orange oil
3 drops Rosemary oil
2 drops Pine oil
4 drops Sandalwood oil

Herb of the Week: Thyme

Latin Name: Thymus vulgaris
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Aphrodite, Hecate, Isis Medicinal Uses: Common thyme has a very long history of folk use for a wide range of ailments. It is very rich in essential oils and these are the active ingredients responsible for most of the medicinal properties.
Folklore: The name Thyme, in its Greek form, was first given to the plant by the Greeks as a derivative of a word which meant 'to fumigate,' either because they used it as incense, for its balsamic odour, or because it was taken as a type of all sweet-smelling herbs.
Magical Properties: Activity, Strength, Courage, Healing, Love, Purification, Rest, Wards off Nightmares.
Cautions: Considered Safe
Other: It is an ingredient of the purification bath sachet: equal parts - basil, fennel, hyssop, lavender, mint, rosemary, valerian and vervain. It is said that if you wear Thyme, you will be able to see fairies.

Crystal of the Week – Fluorite

Colours: Clear, Blue, Green, Yellow, Brown
Crystal System:Cubic
Rarity: Common
Source: United States, Britain, Australia, Germany, Norway, China, Peru, Mexico, Brazil
Energy: Projective
Elements: Air/Water
Mineralogy: Formed in primary, secondary and even tertiary processes.
Spiritual Uses: Stimulates the free spirit.
Emotional Uses: Makes us aware of suppressed feelings.
Physical Uses: Stimulates regeneration of the skin and membranes.
Folklore: The ancient Egyptians used flourite to carve statues and scarabs, the Chinese have used it in carvings for over 300 years. In the 18th century, fluorite was powdered in water to relieve the symptoms of kidney disease.
Magical Properties: Wards off negativity and boosts the aura, power and healing.

Thought For The Week
"It is easy to be human. It is hard to be humane."

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