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  • Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts
    October 27, 2020 Sara Long

    Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts

    This time of year, while the veil is thin, it is a suitable occasion to dabble in witchery—particularly in that which is dark, dangerous, or extraordinarily strong. 

    People in power have long been afraid of educated women. During the early modern period, women were driven from healthcare by the threat of being accused of witchcraft, while men were educated and licensed.

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  • Precious Gemstone Lore
    October 23, 2020 Sara Long

    Precious Gemstone Lore

    For much of history, gemstones have been assigned mystical, metaphysical powers, due to their rarity and otherworldly beauty. Gemstone magic changes depending on the era and the people who wore them. Discover your affinity with one of the four precious gems: sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond.
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  • Circe’s Apothecary: Floral Garden
    September 29, 2020 Sara Long

    Circe’s Apothecary: Floral Garden

    We have dated the existence of apothecaries back to 4500 BCE, at least. This is consistent with human condition: we have always needed healthcare, and the best of us have always sought knowledge to better help us take care of each other.

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  • Mystery of the Magic SATOR Square
    September 22, 2020 Sara Long

    Mystery of the Magic SATOR Square

    There is something so profoundly satisfying about the SATOR square. It makes sense on almost every level. It’s a palindrome backwards, forwards, up and down; it’s made of words, which hold so much power; it is a perfect 5x5 square. It is flawless symmetry.

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  • why-ethical-jewelry-costs-more
    September 2, 2020 Torie Tilley

    How We Price Our Ethical Jewelry

    People are always curious about how jewelry companies price their pieces - how can that tiny little piece be worth $800? I was one of those skeptical people until I founded Common Era, and learned so very much about all the various factors come together to help us decide the retail price of our pieces.

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