Spirits: The ‘Good’, the ‘Bad’ and The Labeled


Author: Workings of Mind

Now I see a lot of misconceptions around beings, and what beings (spirits) are ‘good’ and what are ‘bad’. I thought I would just put down my thoughts on the subject. First of all, one must understand that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are but labels. There is no true evil or good, it is all purely subjective and open to individual interpretation. My definition of ‘good’ could be entirely different to your definition of the same thing. Many spirits such as demons or spirits that have dark-based energies (I’ll discuss spiritual affinities later) are typically condemned just due to their energies and origin. Whilst, beings that have light-based energies such as angels etc are placed upon a pedestal. This is quite sad really and very far from the actual truth.

Now before I continue, I’d like to make a point. Religions in particular are regular offenders of this. Christianity in particular, of course would condemn demons and lift up angels to a higher pedestal, as would make sense. If you’re ever offended by my posts, remember that these posts will broadcast my thoughts, opinions and beliefs. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. We all have differing beliefs and perspectives on things.

As I said this is so far from the truth. Its purely individualism. Like in this world, some people are really nice naturally, bubbly and sweet. Some are simply rude for whatever reason. It follows the phrase; ‘To each their own’. Its the exact same with spirits! I’ve known some demons to do some very great/subjectively ‘good’ things just as I have witnessed some angels in particular do some very ‘terrible’ things. I’m not going to argue with religions either, because well; to each their own. Many beings, besides demons are also condemned due to their spiritual affinities which leads me to my next point.

What are Spiritual Affinities?
Affinities are essentially the forms that energies can take the form of, these affinities are basically the spiritual elements. I.e. Earth, Air, Water and Fire (these are known as the classics) and there are many other non-classical elements too such as (Darkness, Light, Chaos, Death, Life, etc). Now some may argue with me and say that Darkness is merely the absence of light, the absence of photons and you would be correct. That is what physical darkness is. But not spiritual darkness. All the different affinities have their own general characteristics, colours, attributes, forms, shapes, textures/consistencies and so on. Spirits/people may have more than one affinity. They could have multiple/various combinations or they could just have one or two. It depends entirely on the person at hand. Beings can typically be condemned by these affinities, the elements that their energies assume. Demons always have darkness, and angels always have a light affinity amongst others. I.e. It’s possible for an angel to have light, earth and water, or light and fire and so on. Same with demons, one might have darkness and air.

What about beings that have both light and darkness? Well, I’ll save the bulk of this discussion for another day. But it’s very rare. Almost like a Hollywood stereotype, the affinities of light and darkness, although similar in method (characteristics) but different in degree (opposites) tend to conflict heavily when they come into contact with one another. If a light being (being with a light affinity) attempted to energetically heal a dark being (vice versa) they would harm them rather than heal them. Unless they were skilled enough to know a way around this. Typically these rare cases only come when beings are born with both darkness and light. Although one can, if skilled enough integrate the other affinity into them if they desire (a being with light trying to integrate darkness). I recommend great caution here, without the correct knowledge and understanding, one could easily become very, very ill and cause untold damage to their soul/ES.

The classical affinities are deemed quite common, whilst the non-classics are deemed rarer or more uncommon. Souls/spirits are born with these affinities. You can’t just pick one, I.e. Darkness, and think; ‘Oh that’s really cool! Sign me up!’. It does not work like that. You can only receive affinities from other spirits that gift you an affinity that they possess, or if you’re knowledgeable/skilled enough to ‘integrate’ a particular affinity into your ES (Energy System).

ES:
To quickly explain what I mean by ES, it basically refers to a person’s energetic body, where their energies, chakra’s, nadi’s and so forth are contained within their physical body.

Now these posts are just me putting down my thoughts and so forth. If you’re genuinely curious about anything I discuss here, feel free to comment or send me a message on twitter or an email. I’m more than happy to answer any questions, or hear any thoughts that you might have.

Original article: Malevolent Beings vs Benevolent Beings (Misconceptions) — Workings of Mind

Amun “God of Wind”


Amun – God of Winds.

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Amun (Imn, Amon, Amen) is the patron God of Thebes, a god of the wind and King of the Gods. Initially a local God of Thebes, with Amaunet he represented the primordial concept or element of air or invisibility. Later he was to become the Patron God of Thebes, replacing Monthu. During the rule of Ahmose I he fused with the sun God Ra to become Amun-Ra.  It was thought that Amun created himself and then his surroundings.

He is usually depicted in human form, with two plumes on his head and carrying the ankh symbol and the was scepter. He was called upon by those who believed suffering had come about as a result of their own or others wrongdoing. He was also able to calm stormy seas.

In the Hymn to Amun-Ra he is described as

    “Lord of truth, father of the gods, maker of men, creator of all animals, Lord of things that are, creator of the staff of life.”

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Yes, that’s his penis. In many cultures an erection is seen as not only a symbol of fertility but creation as well.

Consort: Amaunet, Mut, Wosret

Element: Air

Planet: Sun

Symbols:Two vertical plumes, Ram-headed Sphinx, Was Scepter

Area of Influence:
Wind, Creation

Source

Tarot- The Minor Arcana


The Minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Each of the suits contains numbered cards from Ace to 10, followed by 4 court cards, very much like a regular playing card deck. The Court cards of all suits together are known as the Court Arcana.

The cards of the Minor Arcana and Court Arcana refer to the lesser events of everyday life. Each of the forty numbered cards and sixteen court cards is illustrated and interpreted in each article dedicated to each individual card that will also cover any and all correspondences.

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The Aces, which are equal to the number 1, represent the beginning of a new cycle and signify conception and innovation. The presence of an Ace in the beginning of a reading marks the impact of a new beginning and fresh start. At the end of a reading, it can represent another new beginning, or sum up the results of all the cards proceeding it.

Aces also represent seasons in a reading can predict WHEN an even is most likely to occur.

Ace of Wands: Autumn

Ace of Cups: Summer

Ace of Swords: Winter

Ace of Pentacles: Spring

The numbers 2 through 10 in each suit represent numerological influences which will be discussed.

The Suits

The Suit of Wands:

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When you think of Wands, think of ideas, because Wands are the conception or “seeds” through which the tree springs forth. They are the original thought, intention, or primary element of growth.

Their key words are: ideas, growth, ambition, expansion. When there are many Wands in a reading, it indicates that conditions are primarily in the realm of thought, or at the very first stages of development.

 

 

 

 

The Suit of Cups:

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When you think of Cups, think of emotions, because Cups are the feeling or bridge between the original idea and the next stage, which is action. They are the glue or cohesive factor in the development of manifestation and esoterically signify the marriage of thought and feeling.

Their key words are: emotion, desire, inner experience, spirit. When there are many Cups in a reading, it indicates that conditions are felt primarily in the realm of emotion, but not necessarily as an outward manifestation.

 

 

 

The Suit of Swords:

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When you think of Swords, think of action, because Swords are the ACT. Esoterically they are like the third part or Holy Ghost in the Christian trinity of the father, son and holy ghost. On the Mundane level, the Swords often times indicate struggle, because of the difficulties man has to move through in order to turn a thought into a reality on the denser or physical earth plane.

Their key words are: action, movement, struggle, keenness. When there are many Swords in a reading , it shows tremendous activity, agitation, or acceleration, because Swords are the last stages of effort before the final result.

 

 

The Suit of Pentacles:

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When you think of Pentacles, think of Manifestation, because Pentacles are the fruits of one’s labor, the culmination of the first three ingredients, the end result or fruition.

Their key words are: manifestation, realization, proof, prosperity. When there are many Pentacles in a reading it indicates that conditions are taking form, or are in the process of being demonstrated.

The Court Arcana

There are sixteen cards that represent  the Court Arcana: The King, Queen, Knight, and Page of each of the four suits.

The Knights have a significant purpose in a reading because they are the instigators of change, marking the beginning or end of a sequence of events, When a Knight appears, a long-term condition will suddenly change.

The remaining Court Arcana serve several different functions in a reading. Each of the twelve cards is represented by an astrological sign, and in their first and perhaps most important function they represent people, the types of people defined by their sign.

Second, because they are represented by an astrological sign, the King, Queen and Page each have months of the year that their sign is related to, the same as in astrology, for example,

King of Wands: Aries

Queen of Cups: Scorpio

Page of Swords: Taurus

…and so on…

Thirdly, They can also depict events and/or the kind of vocation that’s associated with the type of person their astrological sign represents.

So, in essence, each King, Queen and Page can tell you WHEN you will start a job, WHAT kind of work you will do, and even the TYPE of person you might be working with.

In the following post we will cover each of the court cards and what they represent.

 

Source:

Tarot Made Easy written by Nancy Garen

 

Herbs- Acacia


Acacia (herb:acacia) Acacia senegal, also known as Gum Arabic, Cape Gum, Egyptian thorn, gum arabic tree.

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Magical Attributes

Acacia is considered to be a plant of masculine energy aligned with the Sun and the element of air. It is used in spells related to protection and psychic power and the dried gum is used as a base for many incenses. Combine with sandalwood to make an incense to aid in meditation. The leaves may also be burned on charcoal to increase personal power. Acacia is associated with Osiris, Astarte, Ra and Diana. Acacia symbolizes the afterlife.

Medicinal Uses

Acacia’s main effect is to form a protective, soothing coating over inflammations in the respiratory, alimentary, and urinary tracts. In conjunction with various astringents, it is helpful for coughs, sore throat, and catarrh, as well as in cases of diarrhea and dysentery. The sweetened mucilage has sometimes been used to treat the early stages of typhoid fever. The mucilage also makes a good vehicle for other medicines, in addition to having nutritional value in its own right.

Medicinal Preparations

Acacia gum is used in a variety of products ranging from ink to ice cream. In herbal medicine, the gum is used to bind pills and lozenges and to stabilize emulsions. It is also used to produce a medium for applying essential oils, balsams, resins, camphor, and musk. Acacia gum forms strings when combined with cherry extract.acacia_senegal_-_kohler-s_medizinal-pflanzen-004

The parts used of Acacia is the gum which is  exuded from the stems after the rainy season. Basically, it’s just hardened sap that forms in large blobs on the limbs of the tree. Harvested from December through June.

Gum Arabic is usually dissolved in water to make mucilage. Dosage of mucilage is from 1 to 4 tsp as needed. Keep in mind that with any medication of any kind that they take at least a few minutes to take effect.

To make the syrup, great for coughs, mix 1 part mucilage with 3 parts of a syrup. I like to use honey in this case as honey is a great carrier for medicines as well as having it’s own benefits and medicinal properties, but that’s for another article. A dose of syrup is from 1 to 4 tsp as needed.

About The Herb

The acacia trees of the Darfur region of Sudan are harvested for resins variously known as gum arabic, Indian gum arabic, or talha. Although acacia trees are found throughout the ‘gum belt’ of sub-Saharan Africa, Chad, Eritrea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan, the plant is most abundant in Sudan.

The acacia is a plant in the family Mimosacaea, related to the mimosas of the southern United States and a close cousin of the legumes. It would not be inaccurate to think of the acacia as a tree-sized, woody, spiny bean.

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The plant only produces acacia gum under adverse conditions, such as poor soil, drought, or heat, and damaged trees produce more gum. For these reasons, the most abundant harvest of acacia gum is produced in Sudan.

In the Southwestern United States a potentially toxic plant (a species of Acacia) known locally as una de gato (cat’s claw) is frequently confused with the medicinal plant una de gato from the Peruvian Amazon (Uncaria tomentosa). It is not the rainforest herb, and it is not a source of acacia gum, although it is sometimes sold in hierberas as either or both.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Sources:

Witchipedia

Mountain Rose Herb

The Herb Book written by John Lust

Tarot -Major Arcana


The most powerful group in the Tarot deck are the 22 Major Arcana cards beginning with the Magician #1 and ending with the Fool #22. Traditionally, as well as on the card, the fool has been assigned the number “0”. However, I prefer to put it at the end of the list and call it “22” because of what the card represents, which will be explained in another article dedicated to the Fool card.

The reason Major Arcana cards are so powerful is because they predict major issues in life rather than everyday ups and downs, and as a result, they outweigh ALL the other cards in both impact and effect.

Major Arcana cards also indicate the most important positions in a card spread such as the Keltic Cross, Category,  or Zodiac Month by Month spreads.

The numbers on the Major Arcana represent Numerological influences which may or may not be addressed later on.wallpaper-tarot-9

Each deck is illustrated with symbols that depict experiences we’ve all had or could have at one time or another. Having said this you can see how some have gotten to the point of just looking at the imagery of a card and be able to identify it’s meaning. If a picture is worth a thousand words, than the imagery of a single card is worth a thousand pictures. Achieving this is done through meditation, learning and understanding the imagery of each of the 72 cards and of course practice, practice, practice.

No one is exactly sure how the Tarot cards came into being, but it is widely accepted that the ancient Egyptian Masons developed them as a means of charting their important metaphysical and transformational discoveries.

Think of them as stories conveyed in pictures. There are many different art styles for Tarot and all are equally valid to use. The cards are not “magical,” “occult,” or “evil.” They have no inherent powers of their own. Since Tarot decks and books are chosen because you identify with them or they strike a chord within you, you empower them with your beliefs, attitudes, and personality and by your level of growth or understanding at the time you choose them.

The cards of the Major Arcana are as follows.

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Source:

Tarot Made Easy written by Nancy Garen

Egyptian Pantheon


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Amounet -Amounet is an Egyptian mother/fertility Goddess. Her name means “hidden one”. She was a tutelary deity of the Egyptian Pharaohs and was evoked during Pharoah’s ascension ceremonies. Her consort was Amun. Many of her aspects merged with Neith.

Anubis -Anubis is the Egyptian God of the dead and the embalming process. He presided over the embalming of Osiris when he was killed by Seth. Priests would sometimes wear masks of Anubis when performing embalming rituals.

Aten -Aten was associated with the Sun God Ra. He is imaged as a golden disk with descending rays ending in hands. During the reign of Akhenaten, Aten was made King of the Gods and there was a movement toward a sort of Monotheism in Egypt. It didn’t go over well.

Atum -Atum (or Atem, Tum, Tem, Temu) is the hermaphroditic creator God of Egypt. He is pictured as a man with a double crown. His name means “all” or “perfection” or “the complete one”. He was the first God to exist on Earth. He rose from the waters of chaos (Nun) and created the rest of the Gods.

Bast -Bast, also spelled Bastet, was a cat-headed protectress of the Pharaoh. She was usually seen as gentle, but would rise up lion-headed and ready for battle if the Pharaoh was threatened. She was offered sacrifices of cats and of images of cats.

Geb -Geb is the husband and brother of the sky Goddess Nut and father by Her of Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nepthys. He is imaged as a man with a goose on his head, or as a man lying beneath the arch of the sky.

Hapy -Hapy is the ancient Egyptian God of seasonal flooding which allowed the people along the Nile to grow crops.

Hathor -Hathor is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of happiness and protectress of the hearth. She is the wife of Horus and sometimes considered to be the mother of the Pharoah. Her name means “house of Horus”.

Horus -Horus is the ancient Egyptian protector of the ruler of Egypt. The Pharaoh was considered to be the living incarnation of Horus. After Osiris was murdered by Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the rule of Egypt. In the battle he lost an eye. This Eye of Horus became an important symbol of protection. After the battle, Geb proclaimed Horus the ruler of the living.

Isis -Isis is the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. She is a powerful protective Goddess associated with the rulers of ancient Egypt. She is imaged as a woman with a headdress in the shape of a throne and is often depicted nursing the infant Horus.

Iusaaset -Iusaaset was the consort and “shadow” of Atum in some stories about Him. She is the mother and grandmother of all the Gods by Atum. Her name means the great one who comes forth.

Khepri -Khepri is an ancient Egyptian God associated with creation, rebirth and the movement of the sun. He is often connected with Atum or Ra. His symbol is the scarab.

Khnum -Khnum was a creator God who molded the first people out of clay from the Nile. He was originally the God of the source of the Nile river, but Hapy took over that role. Khnum makes infants out of clay and places them in their mothers’ wombs. Then his wife Heqet breathes life into them when they emerge.

Ma’at -Ma’at is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of balance, truth, justice and harmony. She is the daugher of Ra.

Neit -Neit, Nit, Net, or Neith was a war Goddess honored in the town of Sais. She was the patroness and protector of Egyptian soldiers and virgins. She was also associated with weaving. New Kingdom traditions say that she is the mother of Sobek and the protector of the royal crown. She is shown wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt, or a headpiece showing a shield with two crossed arrows and she carries a bow and arrow in one hand and an ankh in the other.

Nephthys -Nephthys is the ancient Egyptian protectress of the dead, sister of Isis and Osiris, wife of Seth and mother of Anubis. Her name means “Lady of the Mansion”.

Nun -Nun or Nu is the eldest of the Egyptian Gods. He is the primordial waters of chaos and all that existed before the first land rose out of the sea. He is imaged as a man carrying a bark canoe.

Nut -Nut is the sky Goddess whose body forms the vault of sky over the earth. She is the sister and wife of Geb and mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth and Nephthys. At the end of each day, she swallows Ra and every morning gives birth to Him again.

Osiris -The name Osiris is a Greek translation of the Egyptian word which may have been pronounced Us-iri, which means “Throne of the Eye”.

Ra -Ra is the ancient Egyptian God of the sun. He is swallowed every night by Nut and reborn again every morning. Alternatively he travels through the underworld at night. In the Underworld he is imaged as a man with the head of a ram. In the upper world he is imaged as a man with the head of a hawk crowned by a sun disk.khnum_setos_i-_amun

Sekhmet -Sekhmet is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of war. She is imaged as a woman with the head of a lioness. Her name means “powerful one”.

Seshat -Seshat is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of writing and measurement. She is imaged as a woman wearing a panther skin with a star on her headdress.

Seth -Seth or Set is the ancient Egyption God of disharmony and destruction. He murdered Osiris and battled with Horus for the throne of Egypt. In earlier times He was associated with Eygptian royalty. He is imaged as a man with the head of a strange animal, known as the Set animal. (It looks a little like an ant eater to me.)

Shu -Shu is the ancient Egyptian God who holds up the arch of the sky (Nut) so that the Earth and Sky are separate.

Sobek -Sobek is the personification of the Nile crocodile. He is pictured either as a crocodile or as a powerful man with the head of a crocodile. Temples to him were located throughout Egypt where crocodiles were common. Some of the temples kept pools where sacred temple crocodiles were offered the best cuts of meat. These crocodiles became tame and were mummified after their deaths.

Tefnut -Tefnut is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of moisture. She is the wife of Shu and mother of Nut and Geb. She is often depicted with the head of a lioness.

Thoth -Thoth is the ancient Egyptian God of writing and knowledge. He provided the gift of hieroglyphic writing to the people. He is also associated with alchemy and magick and is associated with the moon. He is depicted as a man with the head of an ibis and is also symbolized by the baboon.

I may have missed someone, but I’ll get them added when I find them. Ammit was not added to this list as most don’t recognize her as a Goddess, so I covered her on her own regardless. She wasn’t left out. ^_^ We’ll have a more in depth look at each one as well as the application in our magickal workings. This is just a quick look at the Pantheon.

This list was found at Witchipedia.

Strengthen Your Inner Magick Chant


Note: This is originally from the Left hand Path, but this chant works for all path workings and does NOT affect your inner light/dark. It simply just raises power and works those magickal muscles.black-flame

Your inner magick, inner black flame, Chi/Qi, energy, primal magick power or however you refer to your inner power you use for your manifestations and other workings on your chosen path, here is a great way to help empower and expand your power capacities. Basically, a way to build a bigger internal engine for your magical self to get you that additional horse power to drive your craft. This chant is super easy and SUPER effective. Remember that with most things pronunciation doesn’t matter too much but the intent is what matters most. That’s not entirely true with this particular chant. It doesn’t matter how you spell it, but it needs to be said properly or it won’t work.

I got this chant from one of my favorite black practitioners, The Serpent’s Key, who was given this directly from the spirit of the Goetia, Azazel. Below is her video explaining the chant, how it works, how to use it, correct pronunciation, where she got it, why you should use this chant as well as the most important part concerning some precautions and warnings.

Magick does need to be strengthened and trained to build it’s strength. Much like a muscle you need to work it to build on it, and if you don’t use it it will dwindle and need to be built up again. When you first start with these exercises you can feel a variety of symptoms if any at all such as flu like symptoms, headaches, dizziness, etc. You’ll start to feel energy building in your solar plexus giving sensations of tingling, pressure, rushing or even swirling type feelings. Your first time you may raise a massive amount of energy where it feels like you may have summoned a spirit by accident, or you may not feel anything at all, but you did and practice will increase it over time, so be patient.

The chant itself is great for beginners just starting out to help affirm that you really do have magick as everyone does. I use this as a confidence booster for those that doubt they have any power at all. This can be done as a meditation, a mantra, pre-ritual chant, or any other use you may find for raising power.

Pay Attention to The Warnings!!

This is strong stuff. When you raise your energy using this chant be absolutely sure to dispose/release the energy or put it into a ritual or spell. If you do not, it can cause injury to your being on multiple levels even physical if you raise a massive amount. I tested to see out of curiosity and to be able to convey the importance of these warnings. Magick is not a toy, but a force, a vehicle that drives your WILL into existence. Car accidents happen if you’re not a practiced and knowledgeable driver.

When I used it for the first time I was meditating and left this whispering chant run on loop. I sat there with it going for near an hour and had felt warm crackling type feelings from my chest to my third eye. The more I meditated and deeper I went the stronger it got. After about 2 hours, there was so much power built up in my solar plexus and third eye that despite having my eyes closed it was like looking at the sun on a clear summer day and that I was a very deeply rooted tree ready to explode like an atom bomb. As I released the energy back into the earth I felt dizzy and proceeded to pass out.

Mind you, I have been using magick for nearly 20 years now, and I haven’t raised that much power so quickly and so steadily I was absolutely speechless! This simple little chant was that effective! I did do an experiment, as mentioned above, (which was very stupid but I wanted to test my personal limits at that time) where I used this chant to raise as much power as I possibly could and neglect to release it. I know it was dangerous, but again, I was being stupid. It was very painful on all levels of existence that I can, at that time, perceive. It felt like I was being shredded from the inside like my chakra points were extended balloons that contained swirling saw blades and they were tearing me up. Even my physical muscles were being torn up, but as if I had done a majorly tough workout without stretching and pushed myself much too far. That was in December last year and I’m still feeling the twinges in my joints. Again… very stupid, but now I’m able to tell you that when given a warning, we mean it!! It’s for your own safety.

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Awaken Your Inner Black Flame

Since then I have only used this as a daily exercise for about 15 minutes to stretch those magickal muscles and then release or use that raised energy. Chanting it yourself or listening to her recording is effective either way. I prefer to listen to the recording on loop, personally. This is because when I meditate I get so relaxed that my speech will, for lack of a better term, turn into a train wreck.

If you like what you see here with The Serpent’s Key, I encourage you to check out her YouTube channel as well as her website. She’s a great no nonsense gal who tells it like it is.