Monday, September 26, 2011
Essence of Vali
Relief Massage and Bath Oil
The ingredients of this mixture contains: Jojoba oil, essential oils of lavender oils, peppermint leaves and birch bark.
This mixture combines together to help relax the body, penetrate into the muscles and soothe away pain.
As someone who suffers from several different forms of chronic pain, I found this oil to be suitable to deal with the arthritis in my knees, but not potent enough to alleviate the pain from my sciatica (which is not too surprising since that is a rather severe pain.)
For sore muscles, and arthritis pain however, this massage oil worked quite well, especially when used after a hot shower, applied in a massage fashion, and then covered with a heating pad. This allowed the peppermint oil to really penetrate into the muscle and let the birch bark do its job to alleviate the pain.
Available in two sizes” 2 oz for $10.00, 4 oz for $17.00
Watch for more Essence of Vali reviews in the near future!
Our third set of greeting cards from Anne Baird of Goddess Cards brings us “Isis: Queen of the Immortals” http://www.goddesscards.com/isquofim.html and “Gaia: Mother of All”. http://www.goddesscards.com/gamoofall.html
Though, the Isis one is very interesting, and again the artwork is incredible while telling the story of Isis and her love and search for Osiris around the outside of the card – I am particularly drawn to the Gaia card.
As “Mother of All” this card shows Gaia as mother to the animals that live on the land, in the sea, and in the air, along with humans of different ethnic groups. Animals and children both flock around her, while one small babe reaches out to be nursed.
With a cat curled up in her lap and a cow laying at her feet while a sheep grazes just inches away off of lush green grass, we are truly able to see and understand just what “mother of all” really is. Gaia is mother to not only the animals and people depicted on this card, but the vegetation, tree, flowers, hills, and river as well, making this the perfect card for many occasions including new moms or for someone who just needs to know they aren’t alone – we are all Gaia’s children, we are all connected, we are all family.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Essence of Vali
EOV eau de parfum
When you head over to the Essence of Vali eau de parfum page – Vali herself gives this background and explanation of how this scent came into existence:
I consider EOV my masterpiece blend! It was created over
10 years ago for a private client and I have always loved the
aroma of this complex formula. Five years ago, I had it made
into a Eau de Parfum and it won an award for Best Natural
Product at the Extracts show in NYC in 2004.
It is personally my favorite perfume and I wear it year round.
Where ever I go, people ask –“what is that perfume you are
wearing?” The essential oils we use are – lavender, cedarwood,
rosewood, patchouli, palmarosa, geranium, litsea cubeba & clove.
Men and women can both enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy
and the pleasure of wearing a beautiful fragrance. If you would
like to try a sample, please call or e-mail and we will send one to you free
Being an eau de parfum, this scent is definitely strong and a little dab will go a long way, but what I do find really interesting about this scent is that it will indeed work for either a man or a woman. Slightly sweet undertones, with heavier earthy, woodsy and spicy overtones, this scent is masculine enough for a man, while retaining a hint of mystery for a woman.
Obviously with different body chemistries, scents take on a life of their own when applied to various people, but with a free sample available, you have nothing to lose by giving this eau de parfum a change.
It’s sleek, it’s sexy, it’s seductive. What more could anyone want?
Our second set of greeting cards from Anne Baird of Goddess Cards brings us “Demeter: The Fierce Mother” and “Persephone: the Maiden, Queen of the Underworld”.
With Autumn upon us, this is the perfect time for either of these cards. Again Anne Baird uses her extreme talent to interpret the lives of Demeter and her daughter around the edges of each of these cards and tell us their stories.
The story of Demeter and Persephone is a beautiful story of a mother’s love for her daughter, and how a mother will go to the ends of the earth to protect her daughter from the evils of the world – or the Underworld for that matter.
While I am still more partial to actual paper cards, Anne Baird does also have ecards available through her second website www.egoddesscards.com. A full year’s membership is only $19.95 and for that price you can send up to 40 ecards a day. It is a great price and with the large selection of cards available, anyone should be able to get plenty of usage for their money.
I particularly like the Demeter card as it not only resonates with me as a mother, the main picture of Demeter depicts her walking through a field of wheat as she holds some in one arm and a torch in the other. This card has a very “fallish” feel to it, and fall is my most favorite time of the year.
Whether you have friends with birthdays this time of year, or just want to wish someone a Merry Mabon, this is the perfect card to write your own internal note on and send away to share the beauty with someone you love.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Rita’s Spiritual Goods
Rita sent in 2 products from the dozens she has available on her etsy website to have reviewed. I was pleased when I saw her site and saw what a wide variety of products she has and know that she is catering to the needs of many and not just a few. Her line is extensive and impressive.
Rita’s Signature St. Rita’s Hand Brewed Oil
The description given by Rita on her etsy site for this product says:
St. Rita is the Patron Saint of Impossible Wishes and Causes. It is said that a sweet smell emanates from the walls where St. Rita’s body is buried and that it even perfumes the atmosphere beyond the walls of the church.
This essential blend is not only to honor the goddess St. Rita, but also embodies the energy of her patronage to help call on her in impossible situations. Wear it daily as a perfume to honor her or on your third eye and behind your ear to call on her to make your impossible wishes come true.
Rita's ST. RITA Oil comes in an 1/8 ounce perfume roller bottle that measures about 2 1/2 inches with the cap on and as always made when the moon is right.
The price on these bottlew is set at $7.88 making them just over to $10 with shipping.
For several years now I’ve had a favorite scent I get from an online business that also travels the ren faire circuit. This scent is extremely close to that one, which totally caught me off guard and surprised me even more with the price - which is also a lot less than what I’m used to paying – about 1/3 the cost.
St. Rita is also the patron saint of interline travel, sickness, wounds, marital problems, abuse, and mothers – so this blend can be used for more than just impossible wishes and causes.
This blend is rich, sweet, and sensual and will give you a magical boost throughout your day as it helps give you the confidence to take on anything.
Rita's Triple Strength Dragon's Blood Spiritual Mist Spray
The description for this product states:
Rita's Spiritual Mist Sprays are hand brewed with all natural herbal powders and essential oils. Carry one with you or keep it in the home, office or car for when you need a quick cleansing. These sprays are perfect to use throughout the day to clear negativity away from your personal space and revive the energy around you.
This one is a personal favorite of mine, the smell is addicting. I don't know what I would do without Dragon's Blood!!! The magical uses for Dragon's Blood are quite powerful for rejuvenation and cleansing, Energy, Strength, Purification, Changes, Determination, Cleansing, Courage. Use this mist anytime a confrontation has occurred in your home or office, or right before you begin a ritual to charge you and your space with strength and power. It is a must for any witches juju collection.
Rita's Dragon's Blood Spiritual Mist comes in a 4 ounce spray bottle and as always made when the moon is right.
Please note true traditional hoodoo sprays are made to be shaken upon use as some settle make occur of the juju inside, this also helps to charge the energy of the spray before you spritz. Please also note that some sprays may stain fabrics due to oils, resins and/or color even though the color is water based (most of the time washing in cool water with woolite on delicate cycle will work though).
This spray is listed at $9.98, again making it less expensive than many similar products from competitors. It’s definitely very red, so I would be careful where this product does get sprayed if you don’t want to have to worry about clean up.
I honestly was a little surprised with this one – as it is called Triple Stregnth, I thought it would have an extremely strong smell, but instead the smell was actually pretty light.
I can see where people would really enjoy using this – I just don’t know how much of a spritzer kind of person I am myself preferring to use droppers or other methods of dispersing.
This would come in real handy to purify people before they enter a circle, but with the color of it I don’t know how well people would want to take the risk of staining clothes. One of my group members recommended it be sprayed only on the hair of a person, but I don’t know that I would consider that to be quite the cleansing we normally do before ritual. While I can see definitely using it in a personal setting, I think for group dynamics it would have to be discussed ahead of time – just in case.
One way I did find that I really did like to use it was in my own purifying ritual. After taking a purifying bath I sprayed it all over me (while still standing in the shower) and allowed myself to drip dry. This way clean up was minimal, no clothes are towels were stained, and I was able to completely retain the dragon’s blood potency on my own skin and carry it with me for the rest of the day.
While I thought the labels were really great looking for the packaging, I was disappointed to see no ingredients listed – not on the web page, nor on the packaging itself and this could be a problem for people with sensitive skin or allergies, so if you have any of these types of conditions, it would be best to send Rita an email an ask about any possible reactions first.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Essence of Vali
Essence of Vali is a an aromatherapy company created by a woman named….yes, you guessed it…. Vali!
Vali sent in several different products to be reviewed, so like Goddess Cards, in order to do these products justice, the reviews will be broken up over the next few weeks, in order to get them all in and give them all sufficient testing, and opportunity to be written about.
The first product I am going to review is Sleep – A Bedtime Ritual. This is a small vial of a combination of essential oils that you simply place one drop -- and yes – JUST ONE DROP – on your onto a tissue that you can stick inside your pillow case.
My only problem with this product was getting that just one drop out of the vial! You do have to be very careful or you will accidently spill more out of the vial and this potion is so potent, one drop is really all you need.
Sleep is a combination of lavender, cedar, marjoram and ylang ylang. These scents combine together to create a very uniquely relaxing smell that does indeed help induce sleep. Those who have read my reviews for a while know that without some kind of help, I have severe sleep issues, so whenever I go to try out a new sleep aid, I have to basically go cold turkey for a few days on any remedies and then try out the product to give it ample opportunity to prove itself.
This product did just that. It is very relaxing and literally you can feel yourself sinking into a state of relaxation. When I combine this essence with one of my sleep CD’s - I get the best sleep I’ve ever had in my life.
Watch for more Essence of Vali reviews in the near future!
Anne Baird of Goddess Cards sent us so many of her greeting cards to review, I thought it only fair to break them down into sets and review them 2 at a time. Because we still have so many other items to review right now and are a bit behind (thanks to many life events hitting all at once!), these reviews will be intermingled with other products instead of doing a straight series.
Goddess Cards has many different categories of cards, but I am going to start with the actual Goddess Category. This week’s cards are “Kuan Yin” and “Oshun”
The Kuan Yin card states her name at the bottom middle of the card, with “Mercy and Compassion” written underneath. The back of the card gives a bit of information about this Goddess and gives some history and stories about her as well. These cards are both beautiful and informative. If you are unfamiliar with any of the Goddesses featured on any of her cards, the back will give you enough information to be able to understand why the front is drawn as it is.
With the Kuan Yin card, we see the Goddess featured in the center of the greeting card, while other information about her surrounds her, for example, we see her with her sisters before her father the king, and we see her being rescued by a tiger before she was to be beheaded.
These cards are simply beautiful while being educational at the same time.
The Oshun card tells us she is The “Yoruba Goddess of Love and Beauty”. Her card includes the same type of information on the back with important events from her background drawn in all around her on the front.
These blank cards could be used for many different occasions, or for no occasion at all – just to drop a friend a quick note.
In a world of electronic….well everything, these cards are a beautiful way to keep in touch with loved ones, to wish a happy and joyous marriage, or just to help educate those you love in your own beliefs.
You may have a draw to a particular Goddess that you prefer to work with, and Goddess Cards has designs of many of them – which we will explore in later reviews, but go ahead and check out her website to see all of the many cards she offers in the different categories. She also does have sabbat cards and with Samhain and Yule just around the corner, now would be a good time to get your orders in!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Earth Star Studios: Spiritually focused art and unique Goddess imagery
The artwork of Megan Welti is truly awe inspiring. Earth Star Studios owner, Megan Welti sent out several greeting cards to be reviewed that feature her artwork. Not only can this art be bought in card format, but also prints, and there are other goodies available on her site as well including wall plaques and jewelry. Each of these designs is truly unique, thought provoking and they have a strong spiritual presence.
My favorite of the samples is “Danu”. In her green cloak, with braided red hair, the Celtic mother of all nurses one green nature baby – serving as a symbol of the earth – while her belly swells with another child waiting to be born.
Also in this picture we see the grass beginning to green, leaves beginning to form on a tree, and a blue bird preparing to build her nest – all signs of new life approaching.
Each one of these different designs tells its own story and in each one you may find more than one story waiting to be told.
Often in this day and age the simple gesture of sending a card to someone is overlooked. We can email, text, even post to their wall on Facebook. We can continue to communicate in these impersonal, technological ways, or we can take the time to show our loved ones we are never too busy to take some time for a personal, more connected communication. These cards are all blank on the inside so you can use them to write out what you truly want to say instead of using someone else’s mass produced words to try to explain how you feel. Not too mention we often find ourselves in situations that mass produced cards just don’t cover.
These cards will help make your communications more spiritual, more heartfelt, more personal, and more real, all while sharing a beautiful piece of artwork with your loved ones. These cards are also worthy of being framed (or buy the larger print sizes) to decorate your home or even to be used as altar decorations – especially those that are sabbat related or if you will be honoring or working with a particular deity, you can include her picture as you call her into your circle.
Truly a bright and beautiful collection, these cards make you want to take the time to communicate deep thoughts, or other sentimental messages to family and friends, with a bit of spiritual style.
Also look for: Imbolg, Luna (which is really quite lovely), Artemis, The Bee Priestess, and with Samhain and Yule coming up, the prints and jewelry would make great gifts, while the Samhain and Yule cards are great for just letting people know you care without having to spend a ton of money – one of these cards with a picture frame to put it in after the card is read, is an incredibly personal, beautiful and unique, yet inexpensive gift from the heart.
The White Witch of Spiton and the Serpent of Anata by Tracey Rolfe
Jake Boy Publishing: 2007.
When I first began reading this book, I had a difficult time trying to figure out what age the intended audience was supposed to be – actually I didn’t figure it out until I found a postcard that states “The White Witch of Spiton Children’s Books” – still I’m not sure which age group of children they expect this book to appeal to – between the length and subject matter, it seems to be a bit of a clash.
The characters are extremely one dimensional and instead of writing about “real” witches with “real” powers, we are given another Harry Potter want to be type of story except this one isn’t even near as good.
The timeline is even fishy as it doesn’t seem the characters have enough time to complete their different tasks, when suddenly their counterparts are off on another task or adventure, time seems to go by too quickly.
The characters also come across as confusing with some of the language they use, their motivations and their actions, yet at the same time they are also often predictable.
Unfortunately, this book seemed to be another attempt at creating a world of wizards and witches that falls short of its goal. It would be nice to see stories regarding real witches – not people riding vacuum cleaners across the globe.
This is also one of those books that brings color into play (as shown immediately by the title), making it a tad bit on the skewed side – of course we all know “white” is “good” and nothing but – yes – that would be a ton of sarcasm.
Unless you’ve got nothing better to do and you’re strapped into a chair and are forced to read this book, there really isn’t a whole lot of point to bothering with it. You won’t be missing much and I can’t see this being a strong pull for children of any age either. Unfortunately, I can’t like everything that comes across my desk, and this one just doesn’t make the cut.