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.
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The Witch’s Corner ~ May Magick!

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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.

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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!…”

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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.

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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:
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1 bottle of “Uncrossing Oil”
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$29.99
 
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Memories in a Handful of Stones

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.

Witches

*Note: this image is courtesy of Pinterest

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)

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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.

Crystals & Stones: Black Stones

A basket of my own crystals & stones. Some were gifted to me, others were purchased @ new-age shops, and some just followed me home during long walks.

The Black Stones!

 Black Opal

Energy:  projective/receptive
(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

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Snowflake Obsidian

Energy:  projective (male)

Planet:  Saturn

Element:  Fire

Powers:  protection, grounding, divination, peace,
compassion, strength, removing blockages, healing

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Apache Tear

Energy:  projective (male)

Planet:  Saturn

Element:  Fire

Powers:  protection, luck, forgiveness, heals grief,
absorbs negative energy, protects the aura

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Jet

Energy:  receptive (feminine)

Planet:  Saturn

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.”

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“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,
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Healing & Prosperity: A Crystal Grid

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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.

The stones situated evenly around the selenite crystal, the inner ring, include eight stones: four blue lace agates, two aventurines, and two bloodstone.

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:

A Crystal Grid

 

I’m Giving In-House Tarot Readings

Hi, Everyone!

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.

Blessings,
Amythyst Raine

For more info, including an address, follow this link:

http://www.next-mill.com

(from my garden pics– I think I caught a Fairy in the yellow glass fairy-catcher, see it twinkle? 🙂

 

A Mojo Bag for My Purse

I decided to re-do the old mojo bag I carry in my purse, and I thought it would make an interesting video for anyone else who would like to make a mojo bag for their purse but maybe wasn’t sure what to add to it.

The bag that I created is for 1) prosperity/money, 2) protection, 3) cleansing

It contains: a money magnet; a real gold coin; sea salt; hyssop; mint; stones of aventurine, moss agate, and onyx; a Virgin Mary medal; and cat’s hair

Dreams, Magickal Formularia, & Fairie Realms

I have a new dream to add to my journal, it’s incomplete, one scene out of an entire adventure, most of which can’t be remembered, but it’s visually memorable:  An Indian (Native American) village is burning.  I don’t see the flames, but the smoke is thick and curling, sulfurous, twisting through the air like dirty gray clouds.   I feel appalled, and yet can do nothing but watch, from whatever invisible perch I’m allowed to view this scene from.

And watch I do, though as an unseen outsider watching a disjointed scene develop.  Occasionally the clouds of smoke will part, and I can see the steep sides of a teepee constructed from buffalo hide.  Other times the thick smoke separates to reveal the wall of a modern home…and this is shocking and unexpected.

And that’s the extent of what I remember, though I know that there was a much broader scenario, lost now in my sub-conscious.

 

 Tarot Card of the Day
(Deck:  Handle)

White Buffalo woman
Daugther of Stones in the West
Princess of Stone

I feel a theme here, unintentional, yet somehow connected to the scheme of things.

From this card, I get…strength; individualism; great effort under duress; quiet fortitude; power that’s understated.  Also, I sense a grounding to Earth, to the Mother Goddess, creativity, and manifestation into the physical realm.

 

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Night before last we had heavy rains here in Nebraska, which resulted in a flooded basement for us.  This sounds awful, and it certainly wasn’t fun, but it’s been worse.  This time the floor was completely soaked the length of the room and all the saturated area rugs had to be drug outside.  We’ve had flooding before that’s left us with ankle deep water downstairs, so I’m not going to complain about this episode.  It was actually fairly easy to get cleaned up.

I took a picture of the ditch ahead of our house about mid-morning the day after the rain.  On the night of the storm, this ditch was filled to the brim with water.  As you can see, it had already gone down quite a bit.

Welcome to Hedgewytch Hollow:

You can see two of our feeding stations here, at either end of the front yard.  These will become much more interesting and ‘wild’ looking as the season progresses because we allow the seeds from the birdfood to sprout and grow beneath and around the feeding stations.  These plants include milo and towering sunflowers.

The center of our front lawn remains uncut.  My husband mows around them, creating a sort of ‘wild island’, where a gorgeous bed of clover is allowed to grow, along with grass, dandelions, and my beautiful wild violets.  There are also large stones in there– I mean ‘large’ stones– that he brought back from Iowa, and a barrel containing columbine and marigolds, along with a statuette of a white sow (for the goddess, Cerridwen), and a black cauldron in which I plant something different each year– this year, it’s marigolds.

So funny– just last week there was a man going door to door in our neighborhood trying to drum up business for a local lawn service.  I answer my door, and he points to this ‘wild’ area in our front lawn and says, “I see you have a few ‘trouble spots’ there.”  I told him that we certainly don’t have any ‘trouble spots’, and that stretch of lawn is just exactly the way I want it.  He looked stunned.

We allow plantain to grow throughout our yard, wherever it may have a hankerin’ to do so; and this plant seems to favor a large area of our front lawn.  Not only is plantain edible, a nice wild green you can add to your salads or cook up and eat with a little butter and salt and pepper; but it has magickal properties as well.

I use plantain to create mojo bags for safe travel, which we keep in our vehicles.  In my old Suburban– the ‘She-Sub’– is a black bag containing plantain, calamus root, a pinch of sea salt, and a stone of tiger’s eye.

For plantain the planet is Venus; the element Earth; the energy feminine (receptive); and the magickal energies are geared towards healing, strength, and protection.

This is the columbine that’s growing in my barrel in the center of our uncut area of lawn.  It seems to like this spot.  I only wish that it’s blooms lasted longer through the season; I think they are so beautiful.  Columbine also has magickal purposes, but if you use it, you should be aware that the seeds to this plant are poisonous.

For columbine the energy is feminine; the planet is Venus; the element is Water; and its magickal energies include courage and love.

When we first moved here, fifteen years ago, there was a huge gorgeous cotton wood tree in the front yard, on the east side of the house.  It faithfully shaded my daughter’s bedroom window throughout three seasons of the year.  In the autumn we were treated to a beautiful golden display of large leaves that made the most magickal sound when the wind moved through it.  But alas, the tree eventually died, and we had to have it cut down for fear of the brittle tree damaging the neighbor’s house, should it go down in a windstorm.


I told them to leave the tall stump, and here it is, yet today, wearing a garland of virginia creeper, standing as the centerpiece in another wild garden spot.  This area, towards the back of the front lawn and to the east of the house, is overrun with virgina creeper, as well as day lillies, dahlias, purple cone flowers, and a baby lilac bush, as well as other foliage that decides to make this magickal spot its home.

I have a magick wand made from a twig saved from the majestic old cotton wood tree.  It’s served me well, as an old friend, which of course, it is.

The growing season is just getting under way in our area, so this space has just begun to fill itself in with this year’s growth.  I took the bottom part of the metal bunkbed I turned into a bird feeding station, and I put it here, using it as a trellis, in anticipation that the virginia creeper will cover it by mid-June.

 I have two potted plants hanging from the bunkbed birdfeeder in the front yard.  One of them is pansies, which remind me of my daughter, Anne.  When she was a little girl, I called her ‘Annsie Pansie’.

 The planet for pansies is Saturn; it’s energy feminine (receptive); the element is Water; and the magickal energies include:  love, rain magick, and divination.  It’s said that if you carry this plant upon your person, you will draw love to you.

The other potted plant is violas.  This plant reminds me of springtime in South Dakota, knowing that a long summer was just around the corner; my grandmother’s house; paved walkways; morning sunshine; and cold dew.  Childhood memories.

 This is clover that covers much of the ‘wild area’ in the front lawn.  I took this photo the morning after the rain storm, and as you can see, raindrops still sit upon it.

This clover holds an attraction for the wild things.  I was coming out of the kitchen one day, and there were my cats– Salem & Pixie– frozen in awe, watching something out of the glass on our front door.  I looked to see what was holding their attention, and sitting in our clover patch, watching the cats with just as much curiosity, was a very large rabbit, one of the largest I’ve ever seen.

We’ve spotted this rabbit in the clover patch now and then, but each time I run for the camera, I come back to find it has disappeared.  I’m beginning to think, half whimsically and half seriously, that this rabbit is not just any ordinary old rabbit, but perhaps a magickal creature.

The cat is Baby (aka Duchess), sitting on one of the large rocks in the front yard.  This photo was taken the night of the thunderstorm, during the evening, before the storm hit.  This photo is full of orbs; not only is there a large one on the barrel, the sky is full of them.

This is a photo of my latest aquisition– a goddess ring.  It’s sterling silver, citrine, blue topaz, and the goddess’s face is carved from bovine bone.  And no, this one is not for sale– it’s a keeper!

Jewelry is my weakness, particularly rings– no idea why– and my daughters know that someday it will be passed on to them.

The energies for this ring will include:

Citrine…the energy is projective (male); the planet is the Sun; the element Fire; and the magickal energies protction and psychism.

 Topaz…the energy is projective (male); the planet is the Sun; the element Fire; and the magickal energies include protection, healing, money, and love.

From Hedgewytch Hollow
Blessed Be!

Enchanted Jewelry: New Items Up!

These are handcrafted Peruvian rings made with both genuine and synthetic stones, set in Alpaca silver– and these rings are adjustable, with a good solid shank that is comfortable.

Alpaca silver is an alloy of zinc, iron, nickel and copper. It is extremely lightweight and does not rust or tarnish.  In spite of their size, these rings are very comfortable to wear, large and gorgeous…and enchanted!

The Enchantments Include:

 

Fertility Spell
Happy Hearth Spell
Goddess Power Spell
Sacral Chakra Balance
True Love Spell
Third Eye Balance
Protection Spell
Money Magnet Spell

Gray Witch Power

 


These rings are very reasonably priced at $12.95 each,
which includes postage.

My October Newsletter is Out

This newsletter is jam-packed with personal photos of Samhain’s past, my own recipes for pumpkin pie & hot apple cider, a *gorgeous* Samhain video, as well as the usual stones and bones, herbs and tarot, spells and ‘stuff’.  It’s a boiling cauldron of witchy information and links to supplies and occult merchandise.The spell for this month…a ritual:

Breathing Your Poppet to Life

http://wykidwytch.yolasite.com/october-2010.php

 

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Happy Samhain!!
from Lady Amythyst 

August Newsletter: The Theme is “Family”

Witchy Cat Graphics & Comments

The theme this month is ‘Family’, & this includes a slideshow of vintage photos of mine, as well as spells for reconciliation & a few other issues.

I’ve posted an anonymous tarot reading for a client, and I may continue to include this practice in future newsletters. if you’re interested in receiving a free reading, you’ll find more information here.

In the witch’s kitchen- Scott Cunningham had listed magickal correspondences for *Fast Food*, I kid you not, and I can assure you it will be very easy for me to put this into practice.

You’ll find the usual sections…herbs, stones, updates from my website & wytchy shops, videos of the psychic/medium Lisa Williams in action, etc.

 

Anonymous Tarot Reading, Pineapples, & Rum

 The July Newlsetter is out…

Tarot:

This month I’m going to do an anonymous random “mini-reading”.  I’m going to pull three cards and interpret them, letting the universe take me where it will and reveal what comes.  This information is meant for someone out there, and when they read it, they’ll know who they are:

I’ve been busy with the camera, and I’ve posted several personal photos in this month’s newlsetter, including the picturesque view from my bedroom window.

Herbs:  

This month I’m going to list three herbs that have one very big thing in common– they all share the same planetary ruler:  Jupiter. 

Jupiter is associated with expansion and with “Thursday”–the day to traditionally cast spells dealing with money, finances, and legal issues.  You’ll find that these herbs, though sharing a planetary ruler, have many and varied magical uses.
 
There are the usual sections– crystal therapy, stones, and a spell of the month, as well as a couple spell videos by Deborah Gray, and updates from my online shops.
 
This month the Kitchen Witch has come out with a couple ‘Adult Only’ recipes for Rum.  

Follow the link– and enjoy!

http://wykidwytch.yolasite.com/july-2010.php

 

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Crystal Therapy– Making Crystal Tinctures

(reposted from my May Newsletter) 
http://wykidwytch.yolasite.com/may-2010.php

Crystal Therapy

Making Tinctures

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, and that’s what we’re going to look at here.

The following information is taken from: "Crystal Prescriptions" by Judy Hall, and you can find a link to her book in the list of credits at the bottom of this page.

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Making a Crystal Remedy

All you need to make a crystal remedy is the appropriate crystal, which has been cleansed and purified, one or two clean glass bowls, spring water and a suitable bottle in which to keep it (colored glass is preferable to clear as it preserves the vibrations better.) 

Remedies can be made by the direct or indirect method.  Spring water should be used rather than tap water that has chlorine, fluoride and aluminium added to it.  Water from a spring with healing properitesis particularly effective.

Direct Method

Place enough spring water in a glass bowl to cover the crystal.  Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours.  (If the bowl is left outside, cover with a  glass lid or clingwrap to prevent insects falling into it.)  If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight.

Indirect Method

*Some stones, such as Malachite, Sulphur, Galena and Vanadinite, are toxic and remedies from these stones need to be made by an indirect method that transfers the vibrations of the stones without transferring any of the toxic material from which the stone is formed. if in doubt– use the indirect method.

Place the crystal in a small glass bowl and stand the bowl within a large bowl that has sufficient spring water to raise the level above the crystal in the inner bowl.  Stand the bowl in sunlight for several hours.  (If the bowl is left outside, cover with a glass lid or clingwrap.)  If appropriate, the bowl can also be left overnight in moonlight.

Bottling and Preserving

If the remedy is not to be used within a day, top up with two-thirds brandy, vodka or cider vinegar to one-third remedy, otherwise the remedy will become musty.  This makes a ‘mother remedy’ that can be further diluted. To make a small dosage bottle, add seven drops of the mother remedy to pure water if using immediately.  For prolonged use, vodka makes a useful preservative as it has no smell.

Using a Crystal Remedy

For short-term use, a remedy can be sipped every few minutes or rubbed on the affected part.  Hold the water in your mouth for a few moments.  If a droper bottle has been made, drop seven drops under your tongue at regular intervals until the symptoms or condition ceases.

Remedies can also be applied to the skin, either at the wrist or over the site of a problem, or added to bath water.

if a spray bottle is made, spray all around the aura or aournd the room.  this is particularly effective for clearing negative energies, espeically from a sickroom or an electromagnetically or emotionally stressed place.

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"Crystal Prescriptions" by Judy Hall

Crystal Therapy…Healing Stones

(This piece was originally published in the April Newsletter from
The Witch’s Corner.)
 

I’ve started a new section in our newsletter this month, and I hope to expand on this topic.  In future issues we’ll look at how to make tinctures from crystals for therapeutical use– both direct and indirect tinctures, and we’ll look at other ways to use the energy of crystals for healing.  We’ll also take a look each month at what crystals may work for which ailments.

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The ring above is my newest purchase, and no, this one isn’t going up for sale at Enchanted Jewelry.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  As you can see, this ring contains five individual stones of completely different types– ocean jasper, citrine, garnet, peridot, & aquamarine.   I wanted to see what kind of magickal/therapeutical energies would be combined altogether in this one magnificent piece of jewelry, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do now with the help of Judy Hall’s book:

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals”

Beginning at the top of the ring, we’ll work our way down…

Ocean Jasper:
(The Atlantis Stone)

Source:  Madagascar
Chakra:  Heart, solar plexis
Zodiac Sign:  Leo

Beneficial for:  Renewal, detoxifying, stress, circular breathing, service, responsibility, patience, immune system,  circulation, debilitated internal organs, PMS, insomnia, tumors, gum infections, eczema, cysts, colds, body odor, electromagnetic & environmental pollution, radiation, stress, prolonged illness or hospitalization, circulation, digestive & sexual organs, balancing mineral content of the body, emotional trauma, self-confidence, concentration, perception, analytical abilities, aura stabilization, negative-energy transformation, emotional disease, gastritis, eyes, stomach, uterus, lymphatic system, pancreas, blood vessels, skin disorders, immune system, bringing the body into balance.

Ocean Jasper was discovered in Madagascar at the millennium and is said to be connected to Atlantis.  The pattern symbolizes the interconnectedness of all, encouraging journeying and supporting service to humankind.  In addition to carrying the generic properties of Jasper, Quartz, and Agate, this stone reminds us that nature is cyclical, rhythmical, and fluid and assists in coping with change.  With gentle nurturing, Ocean Japer brings to the surface long-hidden unresolved emotional issues and helps you accept responsibility for yourself.

Citrine
(Smokey Citrine Herkimer)

Source:  Worldwide
Chakra:  Solar plexus
Zodia sign:  Sagittarious
Number:  2,6,8
Planet:  Pluto, Sun

Beneficial for:  sensitivity to environmental influence, energy clearing, optimism, letting go of the past, self-esteem, self-confidence, concentration, depression, fears, phobias, individuality, motivation, creativity, self-expression, nightmares, Alzheimer’s itching, male hormones, detoxification, elimination, energizing, recharging, ME, degenerative disease, digestion, spleen, pancreas, kidney and bladder infections, eye problems, blood circulation, thymus, thyroid, nerves, constipation, cellulite, corrects DNA, cellular disorders, metabolic imbalances, recall of past-life injuries and disease that affects the present, geopathic stress, x-ray exposure, libido, pain relief, fear, reproductive system, muscle, nerve tissue, inner vision, telepathy, multidimensional cellular healing, protection against radioactivity and disease caused by contact, insomnia from geopathic stress or electromagnetic pollution.

Smokey Citrine never needs cleansing and does not accept negative energy.  Excellent for enhancing metaphysical abilities and grounding them in everyday reality, it removes blockages from your spiritual path and purifies the etheric blueprint.  A Smokey Citrine Herkimer clears away old beliefs and thought forms that keep you mired in poverty, opening the way to abundance.  Both stones are excellent for removing vows taken in other lives, especially those of poverty and chastity, and assisting you to move out of present circumstances or an environment that precludes expansion.  *Smokey Citrine also carries the properties of the Herkimer Diamond and Smokey Quartz.

Garnet

Source:  Europe, USA (Arizona & New Mexico),
South Africa, Australia
Chakra:  Base, heart, purifies & energizes all
Number:  2  (varies with type of garent)
Zodiac Sign:  Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, & Aquarius
(varies with type of garent)
Planet:  Mars

Beneficial for:  Attracting love, dreaming, blood diseases, regenerating the body, metabolism, spinal and cellular disorders, blood, heart, lung, regeneration of DNA, assimilation of minerals/vitamins.

Named for the seed of the pomegranate, granatum, it is said to be good luck to be given a garnet and bad luck to steal one.  Five hundred years ago it was used to drive off phantoms and demons.  Garnet is a powerfully energizing stone that protects you, and is said to warn of approaching danger, but draws harm to enemies.  Traditionally used for engagement rings, Garnet inspires love and devotion and removes inhibitions and taboos.  Opening the heart, it bestows self-confidence.  This stone balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony.  Red Garnet stimulates controlled rise of kundalini energy and adds potency, heightening the effect of tantric sex, and attracting a compatible partner for sexual healing.

Peridot

Source:  Canada, Russia, USA, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Canary Islands
Chakra:  Heart, solar plexis
Number:  5,6
Zodiac Sign:  Virgo, Leo, Scropio, Sagittarius
Planet:  Venus

Beneficial for:  Jealousy, resentment, spitefulness, anger, stress, lethargy, confidence, assertion, tissue regeneration, metabolism, skin, heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen, intestinal tract, ulcers, eyes, birth contractions, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, melancholia, digestive problems.

Believed in ancient times to keep away evil spirits, Peridot is still a protective stone for the aura and a powerful cleanser.  Releasing and neutralizing toxins, it purifies the subtle and physical bodies, and the mind.  Showing how to detach oneself from outside influences and to look to your own higher energies for guidance.  Peridot teaches that holding on to people, or the past, is counterproductive.  This visionary crystal helps you understand your destiny and spiritual purpose.  It is especially helpful to healers.

Aquamarine

Source:  USA, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, India, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Chakra:  Aligns all, clears throat chakra,
opens third eye
Number:  1
Zodiac Sign:  Aries, Gemini, Pisces
Planet:  Moon

Beneficial for:  Pollutants, stress, intuition, fear, sore throats, swollen glands, thyroid, pituitary, hormones, growth, elimination, eyes, jaw and teeth, near or farsightedness, stomach, immune system, autoimmune diseases.

Aquamarine’s color comes from minute traces of iron.  Said to protect sailors at sea and to guard against drowning, it was the stone of the sea goddess and counteracted the forces of darkness, gaining favor from the spirits of light.  A wonderful stone for meditation, Aquamarine shields the aura, invokes high sates of consciousness, and encourages service to humanity. With an affinity to sensitive people, it invokes tolerance and supports anyone overwhelmed by responsibility. Breaking self-defeating programs, it leads to dynamic change.  Useful for closure on all levels, this stone is helpful in understanding underlying emotional states and in interpreting how you feel.  Removing extraneous thought, Aquamarine filters information reaching the brain and clarifies perception.

Magickal Updates…From Last Night’s Show

 

I had a blast doing Sherri Starr’s show last night, and I just want to post some updates for the magickal information that was given out.

Beauty was one of the main topics, and I mentioned that my grandmother used an egg-white facial for decades.  My great-grandmother did this also…this was a woman who lived well into her 80s and maintained a lovely complexion.  It so simple and natural– and no chemicals:

1 cup egg white

¼ cup glycerin

2 drops orange oil

2 drops thyme

Beat the egg whites until they’re nice and foamy, as you would if you were going to make meringue.  The last three ingredients are all really optional.  My grandmother just used straight egg whites, and if you want to simplify things, so can you.  Smooth this onto your face and lay back and relax, anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes.  The egg whites will dry and you can feeling it pulling your skin taut.

Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry. 

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I had a lady email me before the show wanting to knowabout any dieting magick…I mentioned a stone that is reputed to help you curb your appetites and maintain self-control:  black onyx

I advised this person to wear a pendent or ring, something where she can wear the stone next to her body.  The alternative would be to create a mojo bag– include in this bag the stone of black onyx, perhaps a written note of her intentions and goals, and a few pinches of herbs geared to self-improvement.  Carry this bag with you, or wrap it in a white silk cloth and keep it in a safe place.

*Note–I did warn that black onyx curbs appetites and it doesn’t discriminate which appetites it curbs, so be fore-warned that this stone can squelch your libido…If you don’t believe me, just try it.  *wicked grin*

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A love spell was requested to draw a particular person to you…Some witches have all sorts of qualms about this and worry themselves into a tizzy over magickal ethics.  I don’t find raw desire for a particular individual unethical, and you’ll never know if what you desire is what you want until you get it.

My spell included making a mojo bag, creating it to resemble the target as much as possible.  Fill it with a pink rose quartz, the target’s name, any ‘personal effects’– like hair, fingernail clippings, a scrap of cloth from a piece of clothing, even a used tissue, etc. 

On a Friday eve of a waxing or full moon, carve the target’s name in a red candle.  Take a piece of pink paper and write out exactly what you want from this person, what kind of relationship you desire, and anything else pertinent to this person and your goals.

Burn the paper in the flame.

Take the poppet to bed with you every night.  Lay it on a pillow next to yours, or tuck it beneath your own. 

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Happy Spell Casting!