Deborah J. "DJ" Martin

A Witch and a Bitch with an Herbal Itch - and an overactive imagination

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Month: April 2015

Money “Magic”

Money is on everyone’s mind. Well, probably most people’s minds. There are spells to win the lottery, spells to get a new job or a rise in pay at work, spells to lessen the amount of a bill … you get the idea.

A few months ago, someone mentioned on a forum (and I apologize but I can’t find the post) that in their culture, one shouldn’t keep one’s handbag on the floor. Then I found this article that basically says the same thing, “a purse on the floor is money out the door”. It’s a feng shui thing, too.


For years (and I mean the majority of my working life), my purse has lived on the floor. At home, I’d dump it on the floor as I walked in the door from work (properly zippered to keep the cats from emptying it). At the office, it sat underneath my desk. Now that home and office are the same place, it’s under the desk in my office.

I made mention of that fact to the forum poster and he/she suggested I put it in a desk drawer. Umm…my desk drawers are full of files and my purse is several times the size of a fanny pack or clutch. I carry almost everything but the kitchen sink, including a couple of multi-tools. It won’t fit in a drawer.

But I got to thinking about it and came up with a solution: I have a small footstool my college roommate made as a Christmas gift. It’s too small to be of much use but it was a gift so I don’t want to get rid of it. I moved the stool from my bedroom to under my desk and placed my purse on it about three months ago. Nothing else, just moved the purse off the floor.

Since that time, I’ve sold nearly twice the number of books as I did in the same period last year. (Thank you!) A few opportunities have presented themselves that I believe will also help me sell books. Although I’m not pleased about the reasons, a couple of my accounting clients have had more work for me – more billable hours.

A word of advice: move your purse off the floor! I wish I’d known that old wives’ tale sooner.

Thank an Herbalist Day

Today, 17th April, is Thank an Herbalist Day. Based on my extensive research brief internet search, it was started by The Herbal Academy of New England. I think it’s a great idea.

If it weren’t for those who have gone before, I wouldn’t have the knowledge I have. I’m not only talking about those who put their insight into print (although they’re important, too). However, the grandmothers and grandfathers who kept herbal medicine alive even after the invention of synthetic drugs starting in the mid-1800s; the grandsons and granddaughters who helped fuel the “rediscovery” of herbal medicine in the late 1900s; those who have kept traditional healing (by whatever name) alive throughout history, those people deserve our thanks.

My teachers are too numerous to list. Those who wrote books (from the 15th century through today); those who share their knowledge in formal classes, in lectures, on blogs, or talking over the fence…they have my profound gratitude.

The moms and dads today who are teaching their children the wonders of herbs through gardening, cooking, and healing infusions – they deserve thanks, too.

So, from me to everyone who uses herbs to heal


Magical Laundry

Yeah, no. Not me.

Yeah, no. Not me.


Today is Laundry Day around here. With only two of us and the husband wearing uniforms to work, it’s not a daily, or even weekly thing (thankfully) but it does occasionally have to be done. (I’m getting my exercise, too. My office is on the second floor and the washer/dryer in the basement. My own version of a Stairmaster.)

We wash our clothes so they’re clean. I even wash brand-new clothing to get the manufacturer’s fabric finish off. (It makes me itch.) But do you cleanse your clothes?

A lot of people shower or bathe before ritual to cleanse themselves of anything negative they may have picked up. Clothes pick up and retain all that, too. Therefore, as I clean, I cleanse. While the washer is filling, I mutter a cleansing spell over it and as I’m doing that, a couple of drops of Rosemary essential oil go into the tub. It’s not enough to make anything smell like Rosemary but is enough to add her cleansing properties. You don’t necessarily need to use Rosemary – it just happens to be my favorite all-round herb. Lemon works, too. Or anything else that says “purification” to you. (If you’re doing diapers or something you want disinfected, try about a teaspoon of Tea Tree oil. A friend of mine swears by it.)

By doing that, I know the next time I put on a shirt (or that new dress I bought that may have been tried on by someone in a shitty mood) I won’t have any leftover negativity beginning my day. Enough piles up during the day from my clients that it doesn’t need a “starter”.

So, do you cleanse your clothes?