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.
Also ~ I carry a “Divination Bag” in my purse, and I’ll show you what’s inside!
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These three stones were sent to me by a friend, a friend who lives on the east coast– a magickal, creative, saucy little witch. She brought her special energy to all that she did, everything she touched, from her whimsical blog full of recipes for Pagan holidays to the connections she made in the Pagan world on a variety of social sites. She was loved and respected among us all.
I forgot exactly what the circumstances were that surrounded the stones and why she sent them, but that really isn’t important; I treasure them. I keep them in a beautiful sterling silver dish that is a leaf, a gift from my son. The stones and the leaf are perfect together.
This lovely lady didn’t pass on, as you may have thought when you started reading this post, which sounds somewhat like a eulogy. I guess it is a eulogy in a way; it’s memorializing, remembering, and honoring the spirit of a Sister-Witch who no longer exists. The lovely lady simply decided to take another path in life, she went down a fork in the road, veering away from all the places she had been to have new adventures in a new life. I miss the magickal, creative, saucy little witch; but I’d like to think that some of her energy still exists here, in these stones, and in the memories I carry.
I wish her well. I hope that her explorations unearth new friends and positive connections. I hope that she is happy in the life she’s chosen and the path she’s following.
*Note: this image is courtesy of Pinterest
Happy Winter Solstice!
Named for: “Decem”, meaning ‘ten’
Birthstone: turquoise, zircon
Flower: holly, narcissus, poinsettia
December Moon Magick:
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
Astrological Influences for December:
ruled by Jupiter, projective/masculine, mutable/fire
ruled by Saturn, receptive/feminine, cardinal/earth
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:
Powers: Protection, anti-lightening, luck, dream magic
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.
Powers: Protection, healing
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.
Magickal Stones for the Holiday Season:
To commemorate the season, we’re going to look at stones that promote “Peace”.
Energy: Receptive (feminine)
Powers: Psychism, love, meditaiton, peace, defensive magic, healing, power, money
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.
Energy: Receptive (feminine)
Powers: Healing, peace, meditation, wisdom
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.
The Black Stones!
(male & female)
Planets: all planets
Element: all elements
Powers: astral projection, psychism, beauty, money, luck, power,
self-worth, strengthening the will to live, loyalty, spontaneity
Energy: projective (male)
Powers: protection, grounding, divination, peace,
compassion, strength, removing blockages, healing
Energy: projective (male)
Powers: protection, luck, forgiveness, heals grief,
absorbs negative energy, protects the aura
Energy: receptive (feminine)
Element: Earth, Akasha
Powers: protection, anti-nightmare, luck, divination, health
“…It is said that those who are attracted to this stone are “old souls”,
with long experience of incarnation on earth. Jet promotes taking control of life.”
“In general, crystals and stones used for healing are used in a variety of ways…They are worn on the body as pendents, rings, etc.; carried on the person in pockets, mojo bags, and such; used as healing pendulums suspended above the affected areas; placed directly on the affected body part or placed on the appropriate chakra; and sometimes they are used to create healing tinctures that are taken internally, applied to affected body areas, or sprayed around a space…”
For more information on crystals & stones, cleansing crystals,
using crystals in your home, and correspondences for crystal magic,
For information on making crystal tinctures, click Here
To begin the new year, I felt that a crystal grid to promote energy for good health and prosperity was in order. I sat this grid up on the kitchen table, along with four tea candles, and we wallowed in new-age health and prosperity energy till we were up to our eyeballs in it. If you’d like to follow suit and bring this energy into your space, into your life, and into manifestation, here’s what I used and how I did it:
My center stone is a large selenite crystal used as the energy generator, or battery, for this grid. Selenite is the one crystal that supposedly never needs to be cleansed. It’s energy is pure and constantly moving- this is a high vibrational stone; this makes selenite the perfect battery for any of the crystal grids you decide to create.
Selenite: Planet/Moon; zodiac sign/Gemini; chakra/third eye; energy/receptive or feminine; element/Water. Magickally speaking: selenite induces clarity of thought and perception, it ignites a higher consciousness that allows access to energies found on other planes. This crystal also anchors the lighter ethereal side of our being to the slower heavier vibration of earth, of matter. Selenite is a powerful crystal and can be used for scrying the past, present, future. Selenite stabilizes erratic emotional energy and connects the conscious part of our mind to the sub-conscious, allowing for clear thoughts and unexpected revelations. This beautiful crystal is also an excellent provider of protection, bringing peace and security into your home.
Blue Lace Agate: Planet/Mercury; zodiac sign/Gemini; chakra/third eye; energy/receptive or feminine; element/Water. Magickally speaking: This is a serene stone conducive to relaxation and destressing. Blue lace agate promotes a peaceful atmosphere within a space and among individuals who inhabit this space. This is the primary stone I use for healing the body, mind, and spirit. Holistically speaking: The blue agate stabilizes the aura, transforms negative energy, and is conducive to healing any problems with the digestive system, including the stomach; the eyes, uterus, lymphatic system, pancreas, and skin.
Aventurine: Planet/Mercury; zodiac sign/Aries; chakra/heart; energy/projective or masculine; element/Air. Magically speaking: aventurine is used to manifest spells of prosperity and is used as a lucky talisman by gamblers. It is considered an all around good luck stone. Holistically speaking: green aventurine is used to treat malignant maladies; disorders of the heart; blood-pressure; cholesterol; metabolism; allergies; migraines and eye strain; sinus infections; and issues with the lungs and urogenital systems. Aventurine enhances intelligence and increases creativity. It’s a very calming stone and also lends itself to promoting peace and releasing stress.
Bloodstone: Planet/Mars; zodiac sign/Aries, Libra, Pisces; chakra/heart, cleanses & realigns the lower chakras; energy/projective or masculine; element/Fire. Magickally speaking: In ancient Babylon this stone was believed to have the power to overthrow enemies. Bloodstone is used in magickal spells for legal, business, and financial matters; for invisibility spells; and for spells promoting personal protection, including issues of banishing negative influences and healing any wounds in the ancestral line. Holistically speaking: The most potent thing bloodstone is used for is to halt bleeding; issues with the blood and the circulatory system; miscarriages; health issues with the liver, intestines, kidney, and spleen; infections; and fevers. Bloodstone is considered a general health enhancing talisman.
The outside ring of crystals is made up entirely of clear quartz crystal points. Five of these were rough unfinished crystals, and three of them were very small polished quartz crystal points. The purpose of these crystal points is to keep the energy moving, to raise the power level of your grid, basically- to keep the magick flowing smoothly in a positive direction. They are placed with the points all headed in the same direction, and in a direction that suggests a clockwise movement.
Clear Quartz Crystal: Planet/Moon & Sun; zodiac sign/All of them; chakra/harmonizes all the chakras & aligns the aura; energy/projective & receptive, or both masculine & feminine; element/Fire & Water. Magickally speaking: clear quartz crystal is used in spells to enhance power; for weather magic- to bring rain; it’s used in the creation of magic wands for shamans, esteemed in the Native American traditions for its power; and is connected to the Goddess and full moon rituals by some Wiccan traditions. It is symbolic of spirit and the divine, and it is a wildly popular new-age stone. Holistically speaking: Clear quartz crystal is considered a tremendously powerful energy generator; it’s believed to generate electromagnetism and to dispel static electricity; it regulates energy; heals karmic wounds; and is considered a master healer that covers almost any condition.
I used a medium-sized polished clear quartz crystal to activate this crystal grid. Below is a link to one of my videos, in which I explain how this is done:
On Saturday, August 27, noon-4pm, I’ll be giving live in-house tarot readings at Next Millennium in Omaha, Nebraska.
Come on down! Not only can you get a reading with me, but you’ll have a blast shopping at this wonderful metaphysical shop, and I’ll be shopping right along with you, I guarantee. I need some more crystals, and I wanted to see what kind of crystal wands they have available. And of course, I always check out the tarot decks– nice selection– I can’t resist. 🙂
If you have one of my books and you’d like it signed, I can do that for you. If you don’t have one of my books but would like a copy, you can purchase that right here at Next Millennium.
It’s going to be a fun day– it always is. Can’t wait to see you.
For more info, including an address, follow this link:
(from my garden pics– I think I caught a Fairy in the yellow glass fairy-catcher, see it twinkle? 🙂