The Witch’s Corner ~ October Newsletter & Video

The Witch’s Corner Newsletter ~
http://www.thewitchscornernewsletter.yolasite.com/

Video Contents ~
Court Case Spells/DUI & Consequences
Samhain Special/Talking about Black Cat Oil
Tarot Card for the Day/Cutting things out of my life
My Sedona Crystals/and my ley line experiences!
Final Footage/Hiking trail in the Grand Canyon

Links:

The Witch’s Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

Court Case Spells ~
https://wytchymystique.com/spells/court-case-spells/

Oils, Potions, n’ Powders/more information on Black Cat Oil, scroll down! ~
https://amythystraine.blogspot.com/p/oils-potions-n-powders.html

 

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Choosing Stones & Crystals for Your Home

In this list you’ll notice that instead of giving you a specific list of crystals and stones by name, I’m giving you colors that are associated with these spaces, and you can choose which stones you connect with in this way.  I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of people are so overwhelmed with the geology of it all that they lose the magick.  I work in a shop that displays and sells a vast amount of crystals and stones every day, and I’ve watched individuals so centered on wanting to get a stone’s name correct, wanting to be sure that they don’t make a mistake, wanting to be assured that every energetic vibration of that particular stone with that particular name is exactly associated with what they’re looking for that the process of choosing a stone seems like a stressful situation for them.

This is all just a bit too analytical for me.  And I don’t believe that this is the correct way for any individual to choose a stone or crystal for their personal use.

For example, blue lace agate is known for it’s calming effects, but if you hate this color connecting with this stone is not going to leave you feeling calm.  Every time you look at your blue lace agate, which you purchased to help you reduce stress and feel calm, your first thought will be, “I hate this color.” Stones of bright and brilliant colors and sheens are usually not noted for having a calming effect, but what if your favorite color is red, what if you love garnets?  What if garnets make you feel happy and peaceful and stress-free?  Choose the garnet.

With that said, here are the various areas and spaces you’ll find in most homes along with the colors and energies usually associated with each one.  Don’t be bound by these suggestions if other colors connect with you and the energy of a particular area.  Find the crystals and stones you feel would enhance these spaces for you.

1. The Bathroom…This room is associated with the element of Water and with the colors blue & black. It is connected with the ultimate basics of life. You can combine crystals with personal cleansing routines, to stimulate your body’s Chi energy and connect with your dreams, goals, hopes, and fears.

2.  The Bedroom…This room is associated with the element of Earth and with the colors yellow and pink. It’s energy lays with friends, lovers, the pleasures and pain of social connections, falling in love, and sex. You can use crystals in this room that will help you with sleep, courtship, sexual stamina, romance, partnerships, and friendships.

3.  The Kitchen…The Kitchen is associated with the element of Wood and the color green.  This is the core of the home, the very heart of the family.  Crystals used in this area will strengthen bonds of togetherness as well as bond you to your own ancestry.

4.  The Home Office…The home office is associated with the element of Wood and with the colors green and red, as well as brown and reddish purple.  You will use crystals in this area to bring you financial success and good luck in business.

5.  The Home Sanctuary…This room is associated with the element Earth and with the color yellow.  This room is associated with balance and well-being.  And this room is just what it’s name implies– a sanctuary.  Here is where you’ll use crystals to enhance your spiritual life and your emotional/physical/and mental growth.

 

6.  Hallway & Foyer…The hallway and foyer are associated with the element of Metal and with the color silver, which can range from shades of white to milky grays.  Crystals used in this area of your home will foster relationships with people near you, people who will prove to be helpful to you; they will also help you deal with the energy of change and with the disruption of travel.

7.  Children’s Rooms…Children’s rooms are also associated with Metal and with the color silver.  These rooms represent beginnings and creativity.  You will use crystals in these areas to help you in the area of inventiveness and to plan future endeavors.

8.  The Study…This room is associated with the element of Earth and with the colors yellow, blue-green, and turquoise.  This room represent learning and intellect, as well as introspection.  Crystals will be used in this area to inspire you to find your potential, as well as to hunger for and acquire knowledge.

9.  The Living/Dining Room…This area of the home is associated with the element of Fire and with the color red.  This space deals with self-perception, your reputation, as well as the way others perceive you.  Crystals used in this area will be focused on public appearance, your reputation in the world, as well as your responsibilities in the face of community.

I hope this is enough information to get you started on improving the energies in your living space and thus in your life.  Our home is filled with rocks, stones, piles of rocks, little rocks, bowls of rocks, and big rocks.  Rocks and crystals are usually part of the children’s Yule list– at their request.  And it isn’t a real birthday at our house if the guest of honor doesn’t receive a magickal stone.

PS ~ It should be noted that the eastern tradition of elements are slightly different than that of the western tradition, which is what I normally adhere to in my spiritual practices.  The western tradition includes Earth, Air, Fire, & Water; where as the eastern tradition includes  Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Metal, & Wood.
Source:  The source for this blog post is a page at my website, The Witch’s Corner, titled “Crystals & Stones”, follow the link.  You’ll find more information on this page including an example of a crystal grid, more info on particular stones, and a video.  If you’ve never visited The Witch’s Corner, or if you haven’t been there for a while, be sure to drop by ~ cick  HERE
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The Witch’s Corner ~ May Magick!

“…Thank you to all the people who sent me their true Ouija Board Experiences! It was fascinating hearing about what you went through and how it has affected you. I enjoyed reading your stories, and I’m betting the viewers will enjoy hearing them! Again, thank you for taking the time and effort to send them to me. You’ll find the Ouija Board Stories in this month’s Newsletter Video…scroll down.

The “Special Offer” for this month’s newsletter ~ When you purchase a 3 card audio tarot reading, you’ll receive a FREE crescent moon pendant. (While supplies last). This offer expires on May 31st, so you’d better scroll all the way down to the bottom of this newsletter and use the Paypal widget found there.

Check out the section, Spell-a-Day: Monday-Friday Magick, for some magickal inspiration and some pretty vibrant and major magickal candle spells. Included in this section are the following spells ~ Spirit Guide Protection; Goin’ to the Chapel; Loosin’ the Pen; Goin’ for Broke; The Goddess in Me.

There’s also a special video section this month with some inspiration from some amazing Youtube women. Kudos to them! I hope you enjoy their videos as much as I do!

You’ll find all the usual sections on herbs, stones, and moon magick… I hope you enjoy browsing this newsletter as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have a wonderful, happy, magickal May!…”

http://www.thewitchscornernewsletter.yolasite.com/may-2018.php

 

 

My Magick Box

A special gift box to set someone
on their magickal journey.

One-of-a-Kind Item!!
(only one available)

Here’s a peek inside My Magick Box,

Follow this link,

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  This box is loaded with magickal goodies for the new witch, and would be the perfect “Starter Kit”.  This box would also be just the thing for the seasoned witch who wants to add some new items to her magickal cupboard.  It is the perfect Yule gift!
1)  Candles ~ 3 white votive candles, ready to set with any intention; and three black votive candles ready to disperse negative energy, uncross crossed conditions, and to provide protection2)  Oils ~ uncrossing oil; money oil; love oil; protection oil; black cat oil

3)  Herbs ~ rosemary, sage, mint, cloves and rose petals; for beauty/blessing, cleansing, money/prosperity, protection, and love

4)  Incense ~ 12 Nag Champa cones

5) One rose quartz pendulum in a black velvet bag ~ the perfect divination tool

6)  Four stones ~ one for each of the four elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water

7)  Voodoo Dollies ~ red, for love; green, for money or health; black, for protection.

8)  Book of Shadows ~ a pink leather bound journal (pen included)

9)  Other items included:  straight pins; ribbons…white, red, green, black; 8 white gauze drawstring bags; sea salt; cemetery dirt; coffin nails

My Magick Box

$175.99+ postage

click  HERE  and scoll down

A Few Magickal Things

             Yes!  This is MY cup of apple cider.

It’s in the mid-to-upper 40s here this morning; and even though it’s a bit chilly, that didn’t stop me from going outside on the back porch in nothing but my nightgown to get some cold apple cider from the kettle-that-is-way-too-big-for-the-fridge. It was exhilarating! (both the cold and the cider) 

I have discovered this morning that my Samhain Apple Cider is as good cold as it is hot; it’s rather refreshing cold (remember, along with lots of the usual spices, I add peach tea bags to mine). Yum.

                                                                                                           These are mine…they could be yours ~
These are a beautiful set of chakra pendulums. I’ve had them for some time now, priced as a set (I won’t break the set up); and they’re being offered at a price which breaks down to about $10 a piece. I won’t go any lower, and I probably should have gone higher. I’ve now put a time limit on them…if I don’t sell them by January 1st, 2018, I’m taking them down, and they will permanently be mine!
This photo is a hot love spell that was underway for a client. I’ve always said that I don’t do spells for people, but maybe that’s not entirely accurate. I have a Candle Altar Service, traditionally called “Setting the Lights”, and I will dress and burn a spell candle for you for your particular intention. I prepare this on a tray, as you see in the photo, with additional herbs, stones, and sometimes some very interesting items added to it. When all is said and done and it’s burned down, I use the remaining candle wax, along with the herbs from the tray, as well as extra herbs and things, and create a mojo bag from the spell remnants that I mail to you. This has been very successful, and I’ve received enthusiastic emails from very happy clients.
PS ~ the stuff I add to the mojo bag will definitely not include the statue that you see in the photo! This has a place of honor on my entertainment center, and it’s raised more than a few eyebrows from guests of varying ages and spiritual backgrounds. If you can’t see it clearly, it’s a couple caught in the rapture of a sexual pose. It’s proven quite effective in spells to produce not only love but some major physical passion as well (she says with a smile).

Rainbows ~ Love ~& Yellow Brick Roads

Today I stained my wooden staircase.  I’ve never stained anything in my life, and I discovered that wood stain is nothing like paint.  (Paint I know, paint I can handle.)  I practiced on a board in the garage a little while, playing around with it, until I felt comfortable enough to start on the double staircase that makes up the foyer in my split-level house.  This is the final product, still wet.

The result of having a staircase wet with wood stain is that we have to use the backdoor.  Following is the sign that I posted on my front door so that it would be made clear:

And yes, there really is a Yellow Brick Road:

I have another special gift box up and ready to go, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.  This one is geared to Love & Romance, with the sweet romantic energy of rose quartz, to the passion of the red rose, and the mystery of the Queen of Cups in a ravishing scented magickal oil.  Anoint the red love candle with this Queen’s oil and fan the flame of passion.

Special One-of-a-Kind Item

The Luv Box

Candles, Oils, & Herbs for LOVE

This special box includes:
1 red scented votive candle
1 large dried rose blossom
1 bottle of magickal oil — Queen of Cups
1 rose quartz crystal point pendant on a 36″ black-ball chain
1 rose quartz ring (size 8)
1 pair of crystal quartz point earrings

The Luv Box

 $38.99

Follow this link:  http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

Today has been a productive day magickally.  I’ve created sweet “Rainbow Mini-Poppets” that are small enough to carry in your purse or your coat pocket, small enough to tuck discreetly in an office drawer, or your glove compartment…

Rainbow Mini-Poppets

These colorful little dollies are charged with soothing peaceful energy to bring calm and emotional comfort.  They are aligned with the colors of the rainbow (and the chakras) to insure a positive flow of energy emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Because of their small size, you can easily tuck them in your purse, coat pocket, or glove compartment. Keep them with you to stay close to their energy.
 Rainbow Mini-Poppet
 $9.99

Eclipse Moon Magick Continues!

We’re very excited at our house and counting down the days to the eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime event!  I’ve been celebrating by adding Moon Magick Specials at The Witch’s Corner this month, and I have a new one up:

A Lunar Special!
As the eclipse draws closer:

 
The Lunar Magick continues with ~
A rose quartz crystal point pendant on a 36″ black ball chain;
A Lunar Oil created especially for the eclipse;
Clear crystal point quartz earrings;
A Butterfly Journal ~ “Today is a Gift”
Follow this Link:
The following blog post contains info on the New Moon, as well as information for September’s Full Moon  ~

Lunar Magick Continues ~ with another Moon Magick Special!

A Lunar Special!

In recognition of the Lunar Eclipse coming up this August 21st, here’s a Moon Magick Special Offer

We’ll start with a beautiful genuine amethyst pendant in a sterling silver plated setting ~

A pair of genuine amethyst earrings
 A special essential oil blend created for Lunar Energy
& a PURPLE voodoo dollie filled with herbs for Moon Magick
This Moon Magick Lunar Special ~
$38.99
To purchase this one-if-a-kind special, visit this page:

A Lunar Magick Special ~ Celebrate the Eclipse!

Hello, Everyone!  I’m trying to squeeze as much as I possibly can into my two days off work, and one of the things I wanted to accomplish was to come up with a great Lunar Special in honor of the upcoming eclipse.  Hopefully,  I have accomplished this!  Be sure to follow the link provided if you’re interested in purchasing, and you should know that I only have two of the moonstone pendants you see here available.  Basically, this is a “first-come, first-serve” offer!

Blessings, Amythyst

A Lunar Special!

In recognition of the Lunar Eclipse coming up this August 21st, here’s a

“Moon Magick Special”

This special offer includes:

A genuine Moonstone pendant in a sterling silver plated mounting; a Moon & Stars pewter pendant on a black cord; a Lunar Essential Oil Blend especially created for the eclipse, and a dozen “Full Moon” incense cones.

Moon Magick Special
$34.99

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https://amythystraine.blogspot.com/

A Special Enchantment

I’ve blessed and enchanted a special piece of jewelry that’s going up at The Witch’s Corner.  I will be offering newly enchanted pieces from time to time, blessed and empowered for a variety of intentions, on the Home Page of my website.  Know that any piece of jewelry you buy at The Witch’s Corner can be blessed and empowered to suit your special request.  I’d prefer to sell a piece to an individual and then enchant it especially for their needs, rather than randomly bless and enchant my jewelry.  I hope this makes sense.

Enchanted Jewelry

A special enchantment ~

 “Uncrossing/Protection”
The following amethyst pendant has been blessed and empowered with the magick to uncross crossed conditions, to protect the wearer from negative energy, negative magick, and negative people.  This pendant is blessed and empowered to keep you safe from the interference of anyone else’s negative actions, thoughts, wishes, or desires.
This special offer includes:
1 genuine amethyst stone pendant
(set in plated sterling silver over copper)
1 bottle of “Uncrossing Oil”
3 white taper candles
Amethyst Uncrossing/Protection Pendant
(includes magickal oil & candles)
 
$29.99
 
To purchase this pendant, along with the oil & candles, click HERE and scroll down.
 Sold!

My Pendulums! (video)

https://amythystraine.blogspot.com/p/pendulums.html
Also ~ I carry a “Divination Bag” in my purse, and I’ll show you what’s inside!
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Music ~
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A Love Filled Afternoon! ~ Florida Water, Lodestones, Love Magick (video)

Hello, Everyone!…Join me for a wonderful afternoon filled with love magick. This was a very impromptu video, which I decided at the last minute to shoot.  I had lots of magickal work to do today.  I decided to work outside on my deck, and I set the camera up so you all could join me .  In this video I’m making Florida Water (my own recipe!); I’m bringing out my Lodestones for some magnetic love magick, and I’ll explain a bit about lodestones, how to choose them when you’re buying your own, how to cleanse them, anoint & baptize them, and name them.  I’m also going to dress a candle for a love spell, which is an actual spell that’s going up on my candle altar for a client.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.  I tried to cover everything I could think of when I was busy putting all these magickal endeavors together, but I squeezed a lot of information and topics into one video, and there may be something else you’d like to know.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel for automatic updates every time I post a new video; and be sure to LIKE and SHARE this video.  (This makes me a very happy witch.)

My website ~ The Witch’s Corner
http://ladyamythyst.com

My blog ~ Magickal Connections
http://wytchymystique.com

 
 

It’s All About Creating Your Magickal Space ~ Wedding Showers

Wedding Showers

We celebrate the fact that one becomes two.  We celebrate the success of finding a mate.  Yes, we do, even though most feminists might flinch at this.    She did good, they’ll say, eye-balling the future husband, holding him up to their personal measuring stick.  But this is not only the celebration of a coupling, it’s celebrating the creation of a new family.  As the future bride opens her pretty packaged gifts, this will be evident amongst all the shiny new pots and pans, the toaster, and the coffee-maker.  This young woman and her fiance will be setting up house, preparing for a lifetime together to build memories, to raise children, to grow old together.  In our modern world, as progressive and feminist as we’d like to think we are, we’re still chasing Prince Charming and Happy-Ever-After endings.

Creating the Home = Creating Sacred Space

The Kitchen

For most families, this is the center of the home, the hearthfire, where the group gathers for sustinance, for company, for recreation, for connection.  I don’t know about everyone else, but anything that goes down in our house goes down in the kitchen.  Our large kitchen table doubles as my office, the classroom, the dining table, the game board, card table, and craft table.  Things are written, sculpted, painted, eaten, played, and produced– all at The Kitchen Table.

The kitchen is the hub, and shower gifts for this room, this special space, are prolific and fun to buy and give.  I’ve been married five times and I’ve never had a wedding shower, so I’m living vicariously here in this section, remembering (with a wee bit of envy, I admit) all of the cool things new brides can receive to set up their hearthfire.  But there’s one big difference here, we’re going to look at all of these gifts from a magickal and spiritual perspective.  We’re going to wallow in Bridal Mania and Goddess Energy.

1.  Herbs…one of the coolest gifts I’ve seen was a huge beautiful wooden shelf full of bottles and bottles of herbs, large glass bottles.  The Green Witch in me was twitching!   The wooden cubby-holed rack was dark cherry wood, and the whole frame swiveled, so you could turn it, looking at four sides full of glass bottles full of wonderful magickal plants and spices. However, as grand and glorioso as this was, this wonderful gift does not have to break our piggy bank.  Herbs are expensive, and they are so uniquely necessary, both mundanely and magickally, for cooking and witchy revelry.

If everyone is counting their pennies, but you still want the New Bride to start out with a well-stocked herb cabinet, each guest can bring one designated herb.  Coordinate this so that each individual knows exactly what to purchase– Aunt Lacey is in charge of Parsely; Cousin Edie is going to be responsible for Rosemary; Grandma Betty is bringing Cardamom, etc., etc.

O’ Green Witch rejoice!

2.  Pots and Pans…Oh my, this sounds so dreary, bringing to mind the skullery maid chained to the kitchen peeling potatoes, wiping sweat from her brow with her brown work-worn paw…Screeeech! (The tape rewinds)

Pots and pans, think about it…drum roll…The Cauldron!

This is where all our magick brews, it is the myth of the witch, it is Shakespearian and dramatic, highly visual, slightly daunting to the uninitiated individuals, and highly gratifying to the Witches Extrordinaire.

Mundane Pots & Pans:  You know, those teflon pots are nice for a while, but it’s really a drag when the teflon gets scratched and then begins to peel and flake; and if you’re like I am, having come from a humble background, you don’t just toss it out when the first few worn marks and flaws show up.  If you’re anything like me, you use it until it is disgusting and two or three kids have attempted to throw it out and finally hidden it so deeply within the depths of the trash that you won’t find it.  So, if money is an issue, but not that much of an issue, my suggestion would be stainless steel.  Stainless steel pots and pans will last forever.

Magickal Pots & Pans:  This part is much more fun.  I’m thinking…special pots for specific magickal workings.  I’m thinking color-coordinated cooking pots, those pretty bright enamel (and usually teflon lined) pots.  I know, this is an irony, but this is special!  It’s for magickal workings, energy building and moving and shaking.  It’s all about getting things done.

A green pot for health and healing, for simmering teas and making infusions, all the while tossing in the energy to fix whatever is wrong with our physcial, emotional, and mental selves (You have to look at it from all those perspectives, it’s all wrapped up into us.).  You can use this pot to mix and heat magickal oils as well, but one word of caution here.  If you’re going to be using these pots for teas and such that you ingest, don’t use them for other magickal creations that would contain anything poisonous or dangerous.

The rest is easy.  A red pot for love and lust and passion; blue for dreams and visions, psychism, and divination; yellow for creativity and communication; and if you think you might venture into deeper waters and work with darker energies, or anything that is stronger and not meant to be ingested, why don’t you get a small silver or black pot for this.

3.  The Stove…this is the modern version of The Hearthfire, use your imagination for the crackling flames and the dancing shadows on the wall.  I also have a wonderful gift idea for the new bride and her stove.  Think of the flame (the burners) as a you would a flame in a cauldron.  When you’ve finished your magickal workings, you generally dismiss the quarters and the elements.  To put the magick to rest, you can have a set of those round metal burner covers made and decorated with the symbols for the elements–  Earth, Air, Water, Fire.  The symbolsism and the artistry that could go into them are endless, whether you want to keep it simple and just use the correct color symbol for that element, or really go to town…birds and flying creature on the cover for Air; the sea, sea creatures, and sea shells on the cover for Water…You get the point.

The Livingroom

Think of gifts geared for relaxation, for reading, for communication, as this is often a lounging and gathering place for family members.  Think of things to write with; board games; books; big soft pillows and pretty small blankets for the couch or easy chair; candy dishes for the end tables or coffee table; a tea set that comes with a serving tray.  I can see all of these delightful things in my mind, and I can see the space that they’re meant for being cozy and inviting, where you feel comfortable and relaxed.

The idea of communication and creativity come to me when I think of a living room space, which steers me towards CDs, books, DVDs (movies!  Yay!)…something to watch, listen to, or read.

The living room, think serenity and peace, think communication and connection.

The Bathroom

The element:  Water
The main intent and purpose in this room:  Cleansing!

Did you ever wonder why, in so many bathrooms you see, people just naturally tend to decorate with sea themes, sea and water creatures, sea shells and other things of the ocean, or water related?  I really believe it’s some ingrained instinct, not fashionable decorating fads, that leads them to these water based interior designs for the bathroom.

So, we got the water creatures and stuff down pat, but there’s other things to think about that would make incredible and magickal shower gifts for the bathroom:

Large glass bowls or lidded containers filled with herbs aligned to the element of water– belladonna, catnip, calamus cardamom, henbane, valerian, raspberry, rose, myrrh, passion flower, and on and on it goes (pick up Scott Cunningham’s book, “Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs”).  And while we’re at it, what about live potted plants for the bathroom?  I’d love live plants for shower gifts, and I’m betting other women would too– roses, jasmine, gardenias, or african violets, all connected with the element of Water.

Candles, so obvious!  When you fill the tub with nice hot water, topping it off with a handful of herbs and pinch of this or that with a dollop of bubbly stuff, you’re going to light candles to set the mood for your bathing experience.  *Ding*…that was the lightbulb going off in my head!  It’s saying, “Time to shop!”  How fun to look for candles and candle holders for someone’s bathroom; and it might be a good idea to play heavily on the personal likes and tastes of the new little bride you’re buying these magickal gifts for.  Candle holders will add so much to the personal aspect of it, holders in different styles, colors, and shapes (animals, leaves, and such).  Have fun!  Shop till you drop, then go home and run yourself a nice full tub of water and prepare to relax.

The Bedroom

Oh my, this is the supreme sacred space, especially for the newly-wed couple; and I don’t care if they’ve been sleeping together for years.  The wedding night is going to be so magickal, this is extremely special.  This space will seem somehow newly sanctified to them through a committment ceremony.  It will be sealed.  It will be celebrated.

The elements?  The energy?

This space is a bit conflicted on this point.  There’s actually two elements that will apply to this room and two very different types of energy.  We’ll look at both of them.

1.  Fire: passion, lust, romantic love, all of which implies lots of energy; lots of physicality; lots of motion and a sharing of energies.  This can be wonderful, but also exhausting.

2.  Water:  peace, dreams, visions, of course.  This is where you sleep, where your body renews itself, where your mind relaxes, where your sub-consious can take over and you can soar in your dreams.

What a wonderful, yet complicated, space to create.  Depending upon the couple and their circumstances, you might want magickal gifts geared to fertility and sex.  At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll want gifts that add to the experience of relaxation and peace.   I know, this room is an oxymoron, and it can get even more confusing if the energies of the two individuals who are inhabiting this space are conflicting, or even polar opposites.

For the wedding shower, offer up a bit of magickal energy and a touch of the goddess through crystals and stones; salt lamps; candles; herbs; mojo bags for protection, fertility, cleansing; statuary that inspires, inspirational CD/DVDs that will add a certain ambiance to the atmosphere.

wedding shower

This blog post is an excerpt from my book,

The Spiritual Feminist

To order your copy, follow this link:
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Choosing & Cleansing Your Crystals

 (The photo above is a small sample of my own stones.
A few of them were gifted to me and the rest I chose and purchased myself.)

How do you choose your own crystals and stones?

I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules for this.  It has to do with the type of stone you need for the intended purpose, of course.  But it also has to do with the depth of color, the shape, patterns that may be found upon it, and most importantly of all– the ‘feel’.

I don’t believe anyone can choose a stone for someone else, not even in a piece of jewelry.  You have to choose it yourself, or rather, it chooses you.  And yes, I do believe there is a great deal of truth to that statement.  I’ve been looking over stones in a shop before, and I’ve had one catch my eye.  Even though I continue sorting through a whole handful of the same type of stone, that particular one will keep drawing my attention back to it.

Don’t be afraid to dive in, hold the stones in your hands, rub them between your fingers, turn them over in your palm and really look at them, listen to them, feel them– feel them beyond just their physical presence, pay attention to the energy they are emitting.

Take your time, don’t let anyone rush you, and don’t let anyone talk you into purchasing a stone you don’t feel drawn to.  You also want to make sure that the dealer you’re buying them from is offering the stones at a fair price.  Some merchants tend to get a little slap happy when tacking a value on their wares.  Stop at more than one shop and compare prices– this also applies if you are purchasing your stones off the internet.

Now you’ve purchased your lovely handful of gemstones and taken them home with you– It’s time to cleanse them, to wash away all the accumulated energy they’ve picked up sitting around the shop, being handled by merchants and customers, passed from hand to hand.

How do you cleanse your crystals and stones?

The easist way, and the way I prefer myself, is to hold them under running water.  There is nothing more absolutely cleansing, clarifying, and rejuvenating than the magick of water.  Period.  I ‘know’ my stones and crystals are truly cleansed after doing this; I can feel the difference.  If you feel a heaviness to any of your stones–as in energy, or they have been used for some particularly heavy duty rituals or healing, this is the best method and the most complete method of cleansing.

Another way to cleanse your stones, and  a way I’ve used myself when I’m in a rush, is to hold them in incense smoke.  This is fast, easy, and it does the trick for light cleansing.  Though I still advise, if your stones are particularly heavy with negative energy, use the first method.

You can also leave them lay in moonlight overnight, or you can fill a bowl with salt and cover them for a period of time determined by you, till they feel ‘clean’.  You can even immerse them in a bowl of water to which a pinch of salt has been added– but be cautious about this method if your stones are polished and finished, because the salt water will ruin the finish on your shiny stone.

 (My lilac kunzite crystal…purchased at Next Millennium in Omaha, Nebraska.  Charlie has a wide assortment of gemstones and crystals to choose from, and I’ve purchased many a stone from this shop.  You can also purchase items online.)

http://www.next-mill.com/

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The information for this blog post came directly from my website:

The Witch’s Corner

Crystals & Stones

Other information found on this page includes:

Choosing & Cleansing Crystals
Using Crystals in Your Home
Correspondences:  Magickal Intentions
Correspondences:  Elemental Rulers
Balancing the Chakras
*Note- click Here for more info on Chakras
Crystal Therapy:  Making Crystal Tinctures
Crystal Therapy:  Healing Stones
A Crystal Grid:  Healing & Prosperity
Video:  A Crystal Grid
Video:  Healing with Crystals & Stones

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My Wedding Ring: Labradorite

I started off my marriage to Joe with a traditional wedding band– a channel ring with diamonds, purchased at a fancy-schmancy jewelry store in Omaha.  I don’t have it now (long story, this will be another blog post for another time).  I needed a replacement.  Joe is very “traditional” about some things (not so much about others), and he had it in his head that I would want/should have a traditional bridal set, complete with the diamonds that he loves so much.  The issues for me were 1) that I’m not a conventional person; 2) diamonds are not my favorite stone, they’re actually way down on my list; 3) I cannot abide by the outrageous ridiculously high prices the fancy-schmancy jewelry stores charge.

I didn’t want to make a fast purchase just to have a ring.  I wanted to find a ring that resonated with me, with Joe, and with our relationship.  I wanted to find that ring, the one you see and you think:  “That ring is My Ring!”

One day last week, we had to make a trip into Omaha on business, and of course we stopped at our favorite new-age shop:  Next Millennium.  (We were married in this shop, by the way, right at the front counter, by the owner, Charlie.) …So this story and it’s ending are so extremely well-suited.

This was an unusual day, for one thing, because we didn’t have to rush to be Somewhere Else, we were on our own time and our own schedule.  This meant Time to Browse.  I wish you could smell scents on the internet, the shop always smells beautiful and exotic with incense going; and the background music is always enchanting and relaxing.  I have spent many happy hours with my nose pressed to the glass of the jewelry display cases, and I intended to add even more hours to this happy occupation.

A tray of rings caught my eye.

It was graciously removed from the display case and set before me on the counter. I looked at a couple rings that I had initially noticed first, and then I saw The Ring.  It was one of those 1 second pauses that actually feel like several minutes.  I slipped it on my finger, and I knew without a doubt– this was My Ring.

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I chose this ring by instinct, on a whim, without knowing all of the properties, energies, and correspondences that go along with Labradorite. (Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a walking encyclopedia of new-age knowledge. I have to Look-Stuff-Up, just like everybody else.)  And this is exactly what I did when I got home.  I was amazed, absolutely amazed, without giving away every nuance of our private lives.  The results of my search only served to strengthen my belief in the magick of stones and crystals and their ability to draw you to them when you need their energy and their magick, as well as when you are aligned with their energy and their magick.

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Labradorite:

1)  Numerologically, Labradorite is connected to the numbers 6 & 7

This blew me away.  Joe & I were married on June 7th, 2013…6-7-13  (6+7=13)

Number 6:  Planet– Venus; Element– Water; Letters– f, o, x; Energies– emotions, magnetism, gods/goddesses, cats

Number 7:  Planet– Neptune; Element– Water; Letters– g, p, y; Energies– material aspects, travel, protection, discipline

2) Chakras:  third eye & crown

Third Eye Chakra:

Location:  between the eyebrows

Age of Resonance:  35-42

Shape:  five-pointed star

Color:  indigo

Musical note:  A

Type of Music:  classical

Element:  the cosmos

Aspect of Intelligence:  control and wisdom

Sensory Experience:  mindful knowing/intuition

Essential Oils:  camphor, sweet pea, heliotrope

Crystals:  sapphire, tanzanite, lapis lazuli

Aspects of the Solar System:  the Moon

Astrological Associations:  Sagittarius, Pisces

Metal:  silver

Mythological Animal:  hawk

Plant:  Almond blossom

Qualities:  wisdom, discernment, imagination, intuition, knowledge

Life Issues:  to focus your intelligence; to know who and what are for your highest good and greatest joy; to distill wisdom from your life experiences, both good and difficult; to choose life, health, joy and fulfillment in every aspect of your life

Physical activities:  yoga, tai chi, qi gong, bates eye exercises

Spiritual Activities:  thinking clearly about your life, reading or viewing uplifting and positive books or films, reflection, contemplation, meditation, and creative use of your imagination to visualize the life you say you want.

Positive Archetype:  Wise Person or Elder

Negative Archetype:  Intellectual

Angelic Presence:  The Shekinah, better known as the feminine face of God

Positive:  The Wise Person

This is a person who has cultivated wisdom. Wise people offer the best of their life experience to assist others along the path of life.  They encourage spiritual pursuits ands physical adventures as well as guiding us in making optimally wholesome choices for ourselves.  Wise people live by universal principles and trusts in a higher source to guide them through the peaks and valleys of life, and with good fortune they assist us in leading ours.

Negative:  The Intellectual

This is a person who draws only on information from the limited resources of rational, analytic thinking without incorporating either the emotional or spiritual aspects of life.  Intellectuals seldom have a holistic assessment of a situation.  Their thinking tends to be dry, lifeless, and without energy.  They are limited in their scope because they trust only conventional ideas.  The are often judgmental and narrow in their outlook.

Crown Chakra:

Location:  top of the skull

Age of Resonance:  42-49

Shape:  round skullcap

Glandular Connection:  pineal gland, which secretes melatonin and other hormones known to affect tranquility, sleep, and light sensitivity

Color:  violet

Musical Note:  B

Type of Music:  Indian raga

Element:  the Cosmos

Aspect of Intelligence:  spiritual understanding

Sensory Experience:  bliss

Essential Oils:  violet, lavender, lotus, elemi

Crystals:  amethyst, alexandrite

Aspect of the Solar System:  the Universe

Astrological Association:  Aquarius

Metal:  platinum

Mythological Animal:  eagle

Plant:  lotus flower

Qualities:  grace, beauty, serenity, oneness with all that is

Life Issues:  selfless realization of your indelible connection with the greater whole of life; creation of a vital and resilient spiritual context for holding your life experiences

Physical Activity:  non– stillness

Spiritual Activities:  prayer, meditation, reflection

Positive Archetype:  Guru

Negative Archetype:  Egotist

Positive:  The Guru

Gurus are people who realize who they are.  They know that the divine force flows through them and they are identified with that as the substratum of their being, rather than the temporal parts of their life.  They let life move through them and take them ever deeper into consciousness itself.

Negative:  The Egotist

Egotists are people who think their efforts alone carry them through life.  They believe that they are separate from a greater whole of existence and that their striving and effort controls the outcome of their life.

3) Astrological Connections:  Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Again, I find the association amazing– Joe is Scorpio (which explains a lot, but that’s another blog post).

Leo…is self-expression seeking confidence, ease, and honor in the social world.  The house where your Leo rules is where you will be challenged to “shine”; to apply the positive, creative qualities of your sun sign, and find a sense of inner peace.

Scorpio…is intense emotional power probing and penetrating into the unconscious; seeking the power of transformation at work in ordinary reality; seeking to accept all that is frightening or overwhelming.  The house where your Scorpio rules is where you will be challenged to completely transform your life. You seek control in this part of your life and can be manipulative and secretive.

Sagittarius…is an expansion quest to discover truth and the interconnectedness of all things.  The house where your Sagittarius rules is where you will be challenged to expand your experiences. You are philosophical about the affairs of this house, and generous with its gifts.

4) Physical Healing/Emotional & Spiritual Properties

General Healing Qualities: Good for mental sharpness, intellect, right/left brain activity, inspiration, intuition, and originality.  Lets you see many possibilities at once, aids scientific analysis

Also…Good for digestion and the eyes; helps remove warts; beneficial during radionics treatment; aligns physical and etheric bodies; PMS; vitality; brain; stress reliever; regulates metabolism; colds; gout; rheumatism; hormones; blood pressure

Emotional/Spiritual Qualities:  Allows magick to happen; stabilizes the aura and enhances the flow of energy between the aura and the chakras; helps with insecurity, anxiety, and stress

5) Other Qualities, Attributes, and Information about Labradorite

“…Labradorite is thought by some to symbolize the moon and the sun and has, in fact, been found to be a constituent of moon rock.  Feldspar, and therefore Labradorite, assists one to progress from old ways, encouraging unconventional and exciting new methods to attain one’s goals.  Labradorite can also assist one to handle changes, promoting strength and perseverance.  It has been known as the Matriarch of the Subconscious Mind, facilitating the transformation of intuition into intellectual thought.  It is said to be helpful in the treatment of disorders of the brain, to stimulate mental acuity, and to reduce anxiety and stress.  It can assist in digestion, regulation and metabolism and has been used to clarify the eyes.  Labradorite is Saturday’s gemstone.”

“…A stone of transformation, Labradorite prepares body and soul for the ascension process.  This highly mystical and protective stone raises consciousness and deflects unwanted energies from the aura, preventing energy leakage.  Holding esoteric knowledge, it takes you into another world or into other lives.  This crystal helps banish fears and insecurities and the psychic debris from previous disappointments, strengthening trust in the universe.  Labradorite removes other people’s projections, including thought forms hooked into the aura.  With Labradorite, analysis and rationality are balanced with inner sight.  Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance.”

Regarding yellow Labradorite, which my ring contains: “…Yellow Labradorite accesses the highest levels of consciousness, assisting visualization, trance, clairvoyance, and channeling.  It expands the mental body, attuning it to higher wisdom.  This stone is useful for detaching from undue influence or manipulation by others, and especially for treating codependency or an enabler who is unable to let the person learn their own lessons in life or who unconsciously wants to prolong dependency.”

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Joe & I, standing on a ledge behind a waterfall in The Lied Jungle @ Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha.

The Metal:

Silver

Energy: receptive (feminine)
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: love, psychism, dreams, protection, travel
(physical & astral), money

When worn, silver stimulates psychic awareness and personal abilities and is often worn during divination. You can wear silver to bed to enhance prophetic dreams and to aide in astral travel. It is a protective talisman worn by travelers, particularly to those traveling on or over water. Silver is connected to the energy of the Moon and the Goddess (feminine divinity), and can be worn to aide in a Wiccan ritual known as “€œDrawing Down the Moon”€.

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Resources for this blog post includes:

“The Book of Chakras” by Ambika Wauters

“The Crystal Healers” by Philip Permutt

“The Magic of Crystals & Gemstones”
published by TOPSTONES (Pty) LTD
Simon’s Town, South Africa

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals” by Judy Hall

“The Gray Witch’s Grimoire” by Amythyst Raine

The Websites:

The Witch’s Corner

The Signs of the Zodiac

 

Winter Solstice: December Magick, the Whys & Hows

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Happy Winter Solstice!

 December

 Named for: “Decem”, meaning ‘ten’

Anglo-Saxon: Midwintra-monap

Birthstone: turquoise, zircon

Flower: holly, narcissus, poinsettia

 December Moon Magick:

Oak Moon

Herbs: cedar wood, juniper, sage, star anise, carnation

Stones: lapis, smoky quartz, lazulite

Scents: violet, patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, rose geranium

Colors: red, white, black

Trees: pine, fir, holly

Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Athese

Elements: Fire/Water

Astrological Influences for December:

Sagittarius:

ruled by Jupiter, projective/masculine, mutable/fire

Capricorn:

 ruled by Saturn, receptive/feminine, cardinal/earth

 Pagan Holiday:

Winter Solstice/Yule

December 21

Winter Solstice…the longest day of darkness in the year; and with the darkness comes the promise of light, the rebirth of the Sun. It is no wonder, because of the importance of this date to the ancient pagans and the symbolism involved, that the Roman church chose this date to celebrate the birth of Christ.

 This is the time that the brothers battle– the Holly King & the Oak King. The Oak King will win this fight with his brother, and light and warmth will return to the Earth.

 Herbs: frankincense, myrrh, sage, bayberry, rosemary

Altar Flowers/Herbs: holly, mistletoe, pine cones, evergreen, thistle, cedar

Feast Foods: fruitcake, gingerbread, cranberries, dried fruit, eggnog, cider/wine

Animals: white buffalo, stag, weasels, owls, squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, doves

Incense: bayberry, cedar, frankincense, myrrh, orange, sage, rosemary

Rituals/Spells: hearth and home magick, lighting the Yule log, hopes and dreams spells, wishes

 (The information above is from, “Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way”,  by Amythyst Raine)

© Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way, Amythyst Raine, 2011

Magickal Herbs for the Holidays:

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 Holly

Gender:  Masculine

Planet:  Mars

Element:  Fire

Powers:  Protection, anti-lightening, luck, dream magic

 Magical Uses:

Holly is a protective herb used to keep you safe from lightening, poison, and evil spirits.  Planted around the home, it keeps the occupants safe from black magic.  Holly is said to tame wild animals, and holly water sprinkled on newborn babies will protect them.

This herb is carried to promote good luck– especially when carried by men, because its energy is masculine.  At Yule time its hung around the house for good luck.

Its said that holly leaves added to a mojo bag and kept beneath your pillow will make your dreams come true.

 Ivy

Gender:  Feminine

Planet:  Saturn

Element:  Water

Powers:  Protection, healing

 Magical Uses:

Ivy is carried by women for good luck in general, and is traditionally carried by brides for this reason.

Where Ivy is grown or scattered, its suppose to guard against negativity and disaster.  Its also used in fidelity and love charms and spells.

Ivy is magically “paired” with holly as a potent charm.

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Magickal Stones for the Holiday Season:

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To commemorate the season, we’re going to look at stones that promote “Peace”.

 

Sapphire

Energy:  Receptive (feminine)

Planet:  Moon

Element:  Water

Powers:  Psychism, love, meditaiton, peace, defensive magic, healing, power, money

 Magical Uses:

Sapphires are worn to awaken the third eye chakra and increase your psychic powers.  This stone is said to be the ‘guardian of love’, promoting positive feelings and fidelity between couples.  The sapphire also banishes envy, promotes positive social interaction, and is said to reconcile foes.

Sapphires are worn during meditation to induce a peaceful state.

 

 Sodalite

Energy:  Receptive (feminine)

Planet:  Venus

Element:  Water

Powers:  Healing, peace, meditation, wisdom

 Magical Uses:

Sodalite is a healing stone used for emotionally related diseases, such as those caused by stress, nervousness, anger, or fear.  This stone is said to dispel fear and guilt and to calm inner turmoil.

This is also a popular stone for meditation, said to promote wisdom.