The First Leaf of Life

Written by Alma De La Cruz

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Cinnamon: Passion in men, and general love.

Cinquefoil: General love.

Copal: Love, and purification.

Coriander: Helps through relationships that have ended.

Damiana: Lust, love and visions.

Dill: Men use to attract women.

Gardenia: Attract a new love.

Geranium: Protects against disharmony in a relationship.

Hibiscus Flower: Lust, love, and divination.

Ivy: Protects a bride and groom.

Jalap Root: Money, love, success, and happiness.

Jasmine: Used to attract and keep a spiritual love.

Juniper Berries: Attracts love.

Lady’s Mantle: Love.

Lavender: Wear for love.

Lemon Verbena: Used to attractrepparttar opposite sex.

Lobelia: Love.

Lovage: Enhances attraction.

Mandrake: Protection, fertility, money, love, and health.

Marigold: Attracts new love or boostsrepparttar 140939 present one.

Marjoram: Protection, happiness, money, love, and health.

Meadowsweet: Used asrepparttar 140940 symbol of love in rituals and potions.

Mistletoe: Attracts new love or helps keeprepparttar 140941 present one.

Myrtle: Burn for love wishes.

Oak: Used by men to increase their attractiveness.

Orange Peel: Love, divination, luck, and money.

Orris Root: Attracts new love. Used as a bath for attractingrepparttar 140942 opposite sex.

Patchouli: Passion in a love.

Primrose: Protection, and love.

Queen of Meadow: Love, divination, peace, and happiness.

Rose: Best for love wishes, burned.

Rosemary: Contentment in a relationship.

Spearmint: Good for love wishes, and psychic powers.

Skullcap: Love, healing, and happiness.

Tonka Beans: Draws love.

Valerian: Love wishes.

Violet: Good for newly married couples; good luck. Love wishes.

Alma De la Cruz, a staff mystic employed by, has a profound personal history where she has unabashedly delved deep into the heart of occult mysteries for an extensive period of her life. Check out her bi weekly metaphysical column: where she takes a new twist, incorporating Latin shamanistic philosophies with leading edge occult beliefs.

Forty Something

Written by Jackie Rouse

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I did mention earlier a beau and 2 grown daughters. Well, yes, I am also a statistic. A single/divorced, Black mother who raised 2 beautiful daughters, and who byrepparttar way, both have college degrees - thank you very much. And I must add their dad was always there for all of us. We just got married way too young, at nineteen, it all worked out fine though. I thankrepparttar 140912 “All Mighty” for that regularly, amongst other things. Because I was married at 19, first baby at 20 and last baby at 22, it gets a little complicated when I try to convince my daughters, 22 and 24 to wait, especially when they both have willing beaus (I like that word, it sounds so romantic.) That was another time and this is a different world. I can wait for my grandbabies, I tell them. Well, enough reminiscing, back torepparttar 140913 issue at hand.

While experiencing forty something I have noticed the, oh so subtle formation of jowls, dimples above my knees andrepparttar 140914 heart breaking loss of my 20/20 vision, which recently prompted me to see an eye doctor. Several return visits for testing have now rendered me a possible glaucoma victim. This is getting depressing, so before I change my mind, let me reiterate.

Yes, life is good, even at forty something, forty-four to be exact.

I am a new writer and I enjoy writing, somewhat humorously about many issues, most often women's issues. I think we need to take ourselves less seriously sometimes and embrace who we are and where we are now.

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