Metal Allergies, Electronic Music & Protecting the Home
Hello readers! Its been a while since Ive gotten around to answering some of the mail thats come in, so lets get straight to it!
Hi, I just discovered your column today while doing research on nickel allergies. Im trying to find lots of info, but happened to run into this site when trying to find out if witch hazel, which I use a great deal, contains nickel. Do you happen to know?
Witch Hazel is actually created by steaming and extracting the essential oils from the shrub, also known as Hamamelis Virginiana. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent and shouldnt be troublesome for you as it is plant based and not metal based. However, do be careful with wearing any silver jewelry because there is often a lot of nickel found there.
Dear Witch Hazel,
Music is an important part of my life and therefore, an important part of my spiritual life. But Ive heard that electronics can interfere with energy in a circle during a ritual. Is this true? And if it is, is there something I can do to make sure that this doesnt happen and still listen to the appropriate music at the same time?
The electronic elements can interfere with the energy during circle work if it is the wrong kind of electronic sounds. Basically, you want to bring your mind to an alpha state. What works for one may not work for another, so this is where it can be a bit complicated. If you find that the sounds you are using are helping to keep you focused on the circle work, then by all means use it. However, if you find yourself floating off into little day dreams while trying to do circle work or thinking about other things then that should be an indication that it may not be appropriate for circle work.
The one album (now in CD form) that I love to use during circle work is Moon Circles by the late Kay Gardner. It is acoustic and as far away from electronic as you can get, but it helps me focus. It may totally make your nerves cringe. I mention this as an example to illustrate that not all sounds will work equally well for everyone.
If you find an electronic artist whose work has helped to elevate you to an alpha level, by all means, write back and share it with all of us!
Dear Witch Hazel,
Im getting to my wits end so any advice you could offer would be very gratefully received. The local kids have been terrorizing my family for over two years now. At the beginning, we saw it as just stupid kids and it was vaguely amusing, until they started throwing stones and other miscellaneous objects at our windows just because we had our lights on without fully closing the curtains. Having them closed hasnt stopped them either, and weve had a window broken and a general sense of tense annoyance. Then theres the ridiculous door-knocking and then running away which constantly disrupts our lives. Now if there are any kids in the street we all go on edge and theres enough stress in the house without that adding to it.
I know it sounds like harmless pranks but the frequency and growing vindictiveness is really messing up our lives. The police have been helpful, as in they tell us to call in and report any incidents saying that theyll try to send out a car in an hour (which never happens...) so as I said Im at the end of my tether. All I want to do is protect my home. Is there anything at all that I can do? I just want to live quietly.
Michelle, you are in a bit of a quandary. Is there any way of setting up a camera or phone camera to catch the brats in action and then show to the police? Have you spoken with their parents? If the parents are not responsive, there is always the child protection agencies to report them to where the agencies will whisk these little brats away from their homes and out of your hair. This may sound mean but it is evident that the parents of these little darlings are unable to teach them that there is no excuse for lack of common courtesy and as such, shouldnt have them then.
In the meantime, what you can do on a spiritual level is to go into your circle/sacred space. Be sure to cut an opening in the circle so that you can then exit the circle and leave the front door of your home. Sprinkle the consecrated salt water around the home and envision a protective blue shield going around your entire home area. When you come back in to your circle, get on your knees, point the athame on the ground and pour your energy into charging a blue circle of protection around your home.
After you finish circle, heres another tip that works well too. If you know the names of these kids, write it down on a small piece of paper, put it inside an empty medicine bottle with the label taken off. Fill the bottle with black coffee. Hold the container in your hands and envision these kids leaving your life. Cap the bottle tightly and stick it in the back of your freezer.
If all else fails, you can always sneak over to their houses when no one is around and just put a dab of patchouli oil on their front door. That will have their family moving out in no time! I did that to a troublesome neighbor some time ago and didnt remove the oil dab and there was an endless flow of new neighbors every few months in that home until I took it off!
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or comments based on this months column, or something youve been curious about, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Blessed Be!