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Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine


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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).


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Chakras & The Tarot

You can read tarot for the chakras, the seven main energy centers found in the human body and connected to physical organs and their functions. By doing so you will receive invaluable insight into not only your client’s emotional well being, but also their physical strengths and weaknesses, often revealing health issues which need to be addressed.

The Chakras
From the bottom up:

Root Chakra

Location: in the perineum, at the base of the spine

Organs: adrenal gland

Color: red

Element: Earth

Crystals/Stones: smoky quartz, bloodstone, ruby, hematite

Planet: Saturn

Astrological Connection: Capricorn

Positive Archetype: Mother

Negative Archetype: Victim

The root chakra is connected to our base primal instinct for survival. It encompasses the ancient wild side of our persona…the fight or flight instinct, the overpowering urge to sustain our life at all costs. It’s this chakra that comes into play when we feel threatened, when we are faced with a physical challenge, and when we come up against insurmountable odds. It is the strength of this chakra that pushes us to do whatever we must in order to survive.

Sacral Chakra

Location: two inches below the navel, two inches into the pelvis

Organs: ovaries/testes

Color: orange

Element: Water

Crystals/Stones: citrine, carnelian, tiger’s eye

Planet: Jupiter

Astrological Connection: Cancer, Scorpio

Positive Archetype: Emperor/Empress

Negative Archetype: Martyr

The sacral chakra enables us to enjoy pure unadulterated pleasure. This chakra is linked to the world of our emotions, our desires, and the fulfillment of whatever is found here. The sacral chakra connects to the ‘feel-good’ energy of the universe, and when it is working properly it allows us to experience pleasure without guilt. In a damaged state, this chakra can create all kinds of aberrations, with behavior and mental issues stemming from overwhelming guilt and the need to survive it.

Solar Plexus

Location: directly below the sternum

Organs: pancreas

Color: yellow

Element: Fire

Crystals/Stones: amber, topaz, citrine

Planet: Mars, Sun

Astrological Connection: Aries, Leo

Positive Archetype: Warrior

Negative Archetype: Servant

The Solar Plexus is connected to our ego, our self-worth, our inner strength, and our ability to stand up for ourselves and recognize our voice as valuable. This chakra enables us to make decisions with resolve; it celebrates our freedom of choice. The health of this chakra determines the amount of moxie you have.

Heart Chakra

Location: center of the chest

Organs: the heart

Color: pink, green

Element: Water

Crystals/Stones: pink rose quartz, aventurine, jade

Planet: Venus, Sun

Astrological Connection: Libra, Taurus

Positive Archetype: Lover

Negative Archetype: Cynic

The heart chakra rules our emotions and our ability to love, to love ourselves and to love others unconditionally. A healthy heart chakra allows us to feel fully compassion and empathy for all living things. A dysfunctional heart chakra renders us incapable of real love and leaves us stoic and cynical, unable to successfully connect in relationships of various kinds or on a variety of levels.

Throat Chakra

Location: the base of the throat

Organs: vocal chords, larynx

Color: light blue, turquoise

Element: Air, the ether (containing all energy)

Crystals/Stones: blue lace agate, turquoise

Planet: Mercury

Astrological Connection: Gemini, Virgo

Positive Archetype: The Communicator

Negative Archetype: The Mute

The throat chakra centers on communication, verbal communication, that which is sacred to us– our voice. A healthy throat chakra allows us to express ourselves with fluidity and eloquence; a dysfunctional throat chakra renders us unable to communicate our thoughts successfully.

Brow Chakra

Location: between and slightly above the eyebrows

Organs: eyes, sinuses

Color: indigo

Element: Water

Crystals/Stones: lapis lazuli, sodalite

Planet: Moon

Astrological Connection: Sagittarius, Pisces

Positive Archetype: Wise-Woman

Negative Archetype: Intellectual

This is the chakra of the Third Eye, our intuitive center, the psychic aspect of our human existence. This chakra allows us to connect with the universe on a magickal level; this chakra allows us access to information and knowledge we would otherwise have no way of tapping into. When this chakra is not working correctly, our intuition is shut down, and with it the link to our inner selves.

Crown Chakra

Location: the top (crown) of the head

Organs: brain, spinal cord

Color: purple (violet)

Element: all four– earth, air, fire, water

Crystals/Stones: amethyst, purple fluorite, alexandrite

Planet: the Universe

Astrological Connection: Aquarius

Positive Archetype: Priestess/Priest

Negative Archetype: Egotist

The Crown Chakra allows us to intellectually connect with higher powers. It allows us to tap into spirituality with an underlying understanding that we are part of a larger plan, a bigger picture. It connects us to the Source, also known as God, the Goddess, the All, Jehovah, and by many other names. It connects us to the creator as well as the creation.

Tarot: A Chakra Reading
From the top down:

Crown Chakra:
The Lovers, 9/wands, Queen/wands

Every relationship you’ve ever had, or attempted, has been negatively influenced by destructive patterns brought about by childhood experiences and possibly past life experiences. This has resulted in a disconnect with the spiritual side of yourself, and the spiritual side of relationships, and you cannot form successful love relationships that are grounded only in the physical realm. To remedy this and to insure success in future relationships, it’s imperative that you find the light and connect, whatever spiritual path you choose.

Brow Chakra:
10/wands, King/Wands ®, The Magician ®

The burdens of life and the control of an individual or a group of individuals in your life has caused a short-circuit with the intuitive side of yourself, and thus, with the most powerful aspect of your being. The key to repairing this disconnect with your psychic center is to regain control of your life, to become better organized on a variety of levels. Learn to delegate responsibilities, to regain control of personal decisions, and to embrace this inner power with confidence.

Throat Chakra:
8/cups ®, 9/swords ®, 2/cups ®

In your life you’ve suffered the end of a relationship with all the anxiety and emotions that come with it. The result is that your feelings of loss and anguish have overwhelmed your throat chakra, leaving you unable to voice your thoughts, to speak up in the face of confrontation or authority, in essence it has crippled you as far as communication is concerned. In order to recover your voice, figuratively if not literally, you are going to have to dissolve the lump in your throat and consciously clear the way for honest open communication.

Heart Chakra:
9/pentacles, King/cups, Page/cups

Your heart is open and ready for love, the real and solid kind that has staying power and often involves serious commitment. And as well it should be, for the Page tells us that the opportunity for a relationship is very close, if not already underway and in its early stages. The openness of your heart chakra will allow for the growth of all that could be wished for in a love relationship. Though your voice may be muted, your emotions are most certainly not, although this predicament can make progress difficult.

Solar Plexus:
Judgment, 3/wands, 6/swords ®

Your past, which stemmed around a very conventional somewhat strict upbringing, has negatively influenced your feelings of self-worth. You were judged harshly in the past by family or peers, and you tend to judge yourself too harshly today. It’s a vicious circle. I believe that you were also the victim of verbal abuse at some time in your past, abuse that was regular enough and harsh enough to damage this chakra. To remedy this, you have to reach deep and banish this negativity, learning to value and love yourself in the process.

Sacral Chakra:
The Hierophant ®, Page/swords ®, 5/swords

Again, the past reaches forth to touch the present. The very strict moral compass that you were exposed to in your younger years still reigns supreme in your life today. This causes you to experience unnecessary guilt and confusion in the present, most of which stems around sexuality and other areas of physical enjoyment, such as food and drink, or anything which brings physical satisfaction. This chakra is most likely blocked and needs to be cleared and re-energized. It is your Achilles heel.

Root Chakra:
Knight/cups ®, Temperance, The Moon ®

The strength of this chakra and it’s balance is what’s holding it all together for you. This is probably how you survived the verbal abuse, though scarred, survive you did. It has also led to two extremes in your personality, one is ineffectual and compliant; the other can actually be cutthroat and it’s operation is not surprising– abused individuals often wind up becoming abusive individuals. You tend to act as you were taught, by example. The difference is that the chakras which were affected by the early trauma have actually kept your level of abuse low and often ineffectual. The real damage was done to yourself.
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This individual has several problem areas within the chakras, which results in both physical and emotional manifestations. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are physical issues with the throat area, including recurring bouts of laryngitis, stuttering, tonsillitis, sore throats, repeated bouts of strep throat, etc. The solar plexus, sacral, and root chakras are the next most keenly affected, which can manifest in this instance as issues with sexuality, perhaps resulting in frigidity, impotence, confused sexual identity, an inability to accept or embrace their sexuality– whether gay or straight, or even perversions of some sort, and this type of behavior would stem from extreme guilt and a confused effort to deal with it.

 


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Chakras & the Tarot

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You can read tarot for the chakras, the seven main energy centers found in the human body and connected to physical organs and their functions. By doing so you will receive invaluable insight into not only your client’s emotional well being, but also their physical strengths and weaknesses, often revealing health issues which need to be addressed.

Tarot- Chakra Reading

 


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Balancing the Chakras

I may have posted this information sometime ago, but someone needs it, and I’m going to re-post…This is actually faster than looking it up.  For more information on the chakras, click  Here

             


Balancing the Chakras is very simple, although it will require a few stones, a pendulum, and a healing crystal.

 Balancing the Chakras

 

 
The stones I prefer to use for this process includes:

 Hematiteroot chakra

Carneliansacral chakra

Citrinesolar plexis

Rose quartzheart chakra

Blue lace agatethroat chakra

Sodalitethird eye

Amethystcrown chakra

 Make sure the recipient of this charka balancing session is reclining comfortably.  Place a small pillow under their head and one beneath their knees if they wish, to relieve back strain.

Before I begin, I explain to the recipient what I’m going to do, and I use this opportunity to assure them they can place the stones for the root chakra and the breast chakra (if the client is female) themselves.

To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position.  This is a good practice to facilitate grounding.  Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone.

Everyone’s body shape is different, and it may be awkward or impossible to get a stone to lie in this spot for some people.  If that is the case—the body, in this position, forms a ‘Y’; place the stone at the base of the ‘v’ formed by the crease of the legs, at the top of the thighs, and at the base of the genital area.

Place the carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen.  In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located. 

Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval.  Here, place the citrine crystal. 

At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of rose quartz.  If your client is a female, she may be more comfortable placing this stone herself.

To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the blue lace agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here.

The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them.  Gently lay the sodalite stone in this spot.  Occasionally you will have a client who feels the weight of this stone, no matter how small, very acutely.  Be careful in placing the stone in this very sensitive spot, and reassure the recipient that sensations she/he may feel are not unusual. 

For the crown chakra, you will want to take your amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head.  Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body.

There, you have your crystals and stones in place.  Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes.  It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight.  It also helps the client to relax if they feel secure, that their privacy will not be violated, and that they will not be interrupted.

Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them.  This often means that the stone’s work is done.

After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy. 

I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well too.   

   

Checking the Chakras:

Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work.  If it swings back & forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked.  If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras.  A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine.You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras.  When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them.  If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process.

To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point. 

First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra:  Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth.  Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.

You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy.  Some people do and some don’t.  Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—the energy just may be very subtle and you’re not picking it up. 

Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy:   Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you.  Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward.  Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra.  Stop just above it.

Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body.

Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra.  Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra; if not, repeat the process until you get a positive reading from your pendulum letting you know that the chakra has been properly cleared and reenergized.

Make sure that throughout this process you remember to ask your client from time to time if they’re comfortable, and don’t make anyone lay on their back for too extended a period.  Some people with blocked energy and unbalanced chakras may need more than one session to clear things up.

Once you are finished and have reached the end of this session with your client, remove the stones that have been placed upon the chakras at the beginning of the session, do so starting with the crown chakra and work your way down.  Removing the stones in this progression, ending with the hematite stone at the root chakra, or the smoky quartz if you’ve placed one at their feet, facilitates grounding.

 
©  Amythyst Raine 2010
(All Rights Reserved)

 


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Crystal Healing: Balancing the Chakras

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Balancing the Chakras

The stones I prefer to use for this process includes:

 Hematite—root chakra

Carnelian—sacral chakra

Citrine—solar plexis

Rose quartz—heart chakra

Blue lace agate—throat chakra

Sodalite—third eye

Amythyst—crown chakra

 

Make sure the recipient of this charka balancing session is reclining comfortably.  Place a small pillow under their head and one beneath their knees if they wish, to relieve back strain.

Before I begin, I explain to the recipient what I’m going to do, and I use this opportunity to assure them they can place the stones for the root chakra and the breast chakra (if the client is female) themselves.

To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position.  This is a good practice to facilitate grounding.  Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone.

Everyone’s body shape is different, and it may be awkward or impossible to get a stone to lie in this spot for some people.  If that is the case—the body, in this position, forms a ‘Y’; place the stone at the base of the ‘v’ formed by the crease of the legs, at the top of the thighs, and at the base of the genital area.

Place the carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen.  In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located. 

Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval.  Here, place the citrine crystal. 

At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of rose quartz.  If your client is a female, she may be more comfortable placing this stone herself.

To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the blue lace agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here.

The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them.  Gently lay the sodalite stone in this spot.  Occasionally you will have a client who feels the weight of this stone, no matter how small, very acutely.  Be careful in placing the stone in this very sensitive spot, and reassure the recipient that sensations she/he may feel are not unusual. 

For the crown chakra, you will want to take your amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head.  Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body.

There, you have your crystals and stones in place.  Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes.  It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight.  It also helps the client to relax if they feel secure, that their privacy will not be violated, and that they will not be interrupted.

Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them.  This often means that the stone’s work is done.

After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy.

I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well too.
 
 
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Checking the Chakras:

Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work.  If it swings back & forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked.  If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras.  A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine.You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras.  When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them.  If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process.

To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point. 

First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra:  Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth.  Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.

You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy.  Some people do and some don’t.  Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—it just may be very subtle, or you are not picking it up for some reason. 

Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy:   Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you.  Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward.  Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra.  Stop just above it.

Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body.

Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra.  Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra; if not, repeat the process until you get a positive reading from your pendulum letting you know that the chakra has been properly cleared and reenergized.

Make sure that throughout this process you remember to ask your client from time to time if they’re comfortable, and don’t make anyone lay on their back for too extended a period.  Some people with blocked energy and unbalanced chakras may need more than one session to clear things up.

Once you are finished and have reached the end of this session with your client, remove the stones that have been placed upon the chakras at the beginning of the session, do so starting with the crown chakra and work your way down.  Removing the stones in this progression, ending with the hematite stone at the root chakra, or the smoky quartz if you’ve placed one at their feet, facilitates grounding.

 
©  Amythyst Raine 2010
(All Rights Reserved)

  

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