|This great work that we do comes under scrutiny and criticism from extremists who think our paths are evil. Accusations that crystals are a tool of the devil. Do they forget the holy crystals in Aaron’s breastplate? Did they not notice how much God loves to smell frankincense on the burnt offerings? Did they miss the passages that teach to meditate and think on good things? |
I know they forgot the Goddess, who is referred to by God as the Queen of Heaven. Why does the patriarchy seek to silence her followers and condemn healers who work to bring wholeness to the lives of others?
Many play around with crystals because it’s the latest thing to do but this work that we do is serious business. We diligently work to heal and revive our spirits in a world filled with abuse and heartache.
We aren’t just playing with tarot like it’s a mundane deck of cards. We’re searching our psyche and soul for pockets of pain that needs a salve, for corners of dark secrets that need the light.
This isn’t an easy fix, this broken humanity with many flaws. We hurt, we break. But we do the work to get back on our feet.
Whispering the name of a holy man won’t make all our troubles disappear. We still have a work to do. And we take our work seriously.
We own up to our errors and ask no entity to take the blame. We make amends and offer restitution to those we wronged.
There’s nothing evil about sage when smudging helps to center us. It’s an aroma of holy ancestry that calls us to look inward and find our balance.
As with other paths, we have symbols to remind us to be kind. Magical unicorns that sparkle beckon us to draw upon our compassion and generosity. But we’re condemned again for the magical unicorn. There’s also the tree of life that calls us to make personal sacrifices to accommodate our children’s needs.
There is a profound darkness that does entice us, it calls to our egos.
“This is absolutely right and that is absolutely wrong. This path is the only true path, all other paths are evil.”
It bellows it’s dogma dusted in sugar. It’s sweet but toxic ideals make us wanna be on the right side of a war, but we don’t have to engage in that battleground. We don’t have to climb into the warship that’s headed for calamity. King Solomon once stated that where there is no wood, the fire goes out. He also rightly explained that a proud heart is followed by a great fall.
The ego, that pride of thinking we have the only way, drips with poison. And yet it’s bitter stream sparkles with a fraudulent halo.
This great work we do, to find our balance, takes committed effort. This path requires humility and strength to own up. It’s not an easy passage to travel, but we go forward knowing we take responsibility for our choices and for the steps we take.
Be encouraged, dear ones. Your work is your own. Blessed be.
There’s a buzz about this weekend’s full super moon in Leo along with questions about whether one should or shouldn’t place their crystals out under this eclipsing full moon. Leo is one of our fire signs in the astrological line up and meeting a roaring Leo under an eclipsing full moon can cause one to shudder. It’s also known as a Blood Super Moon! I don’t know about you but when Leo (lion) and blood are involved in a full eclipsing moon, I shake to the bone. There’s a lot of power there.
I’m not one to buy into tales of fear, though erring on the side of caution is a wise thing to do. We can take wisdom from other famous Leos who have become successful participants in this vast universe. Power house leaders such as Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Lynda Carter, and J.K. Rowling can be among those we look to for example of leadership and/or success! How can we harness the power of Leo under this full super moon?
Respect the energy. Leo’s energy can be wild and unfiltered, but at the same time it can be quite the show. Leo is known for its gorgeous mane and reveals to us that our first impressions are important. Put your best foot (paw) forward and look your best! There could be a fight ahead of you and you’ll want to be prepared in every aspect. Sometimes a strong and confident person can effectively shut down an enemy energy before a fight can begin. Be wise and cunning. Leos can blaze through life, but remember those around you. Life isn’t all about us and we should consider the lives around us. A good leader will not forget those around them who need their courageous influence.
Magical people have a long held tradition of wisely selecting crystals to work with under full moons. For this Leo super moon I’m recommending some crystals to heighten that fiery Leo energy along with some protective crystals to balance the chaotic energy of the eclipse.
Orange calcite lends its fiery passion for creativity and motivation to change.
Uses: Creativity, energy, acceptance
Affirmations: “I accept the things I cannot change and am motivated to transform the things I can.”
Amphibole Phantom Generators contain four minerals to support an array of energy healing. Limonite lends it’s yellow hue to these phantom quartz generators with its support for psychic protection. The red hues are from Hematite, a mineral used to support blood energy. When Limonite and Hematite blend together, you begin working with an inner knowing you can sense down to the bones and marrow.
Carnelian carries it’s own kind of fire, as you can see in these hot flames!
When the Full Moon is aligned with some Zodiacs, you can add Carnelian to your altar or grids to maximize the energy. Taurus, Leo, Cancer, and Scorpio are signs with passion that work well with Carnelian, especially in this flame form. Flames represent fire and passion, motivation and energy.
I choose to work with Black Tourmaline for protective energy under an eclipsing moon, because it carries such a grounding protective force.
Black Tourmaline is my favorite gem to work with when it comes to doing shielding work. I can work with this powerfully strong mineral to block out any spiritual spies from ‘seeing’ me or my family.
“Out of sight, out of mind.”
It’s a simple method of being in the shadows where I can be safely out of sight from those who wish to cause me trouble.
Out of all the smokey quartz I have in my magical tool box, my raw double terminated smokey quartz wand is my go-to crystal for transmuting negative energy that may come from different directions. Since this full super blood moon will be eclipsing we should be watchful about the energy that can permeate the spaces around us.
For those who work with the other elements I recommend anointing your protective crystals with black pepper essential oil. Your fiery crystals can be anointed with orange essential oil. After ritual you can cleanse their energy by smudging with sage and placing in a bowl of salt over night. I like to work with herbs as well and sometimes sprinkle dried flowers and herbs over my crystals to balance their energy. Some herbs I’ve used are fresh ground black pepper, lavender, rose petals, and sage.
Magical blessings to you and yours,
🌒🌕🌘 Hunter’s Full Moon is in Taurus today!
Taurus is all about aesthetics. Does everything look pretty, colors blend well, textures are luxurious and comfortable? This is what Taurus is all about. So it makes sense to work with the Taurus Full Moon to make sure we’re ready for what lies ahead.
We’re preparing for winter and the nights are already cooler and get darker earlier in the evening.
How’s the bedroom looking and feeling? It’s time to feather the nest for the long winter nights.
Clean night stand? Is the headboard dusted? Uncluttered?
🕯Set out a nice candle and clean the linens. Time to pull out the softy blankets for snuggle time.
Taurus also governs daily routines in the home. This is my fav time of year for creating beautiful morning rituals to help set the mood for when the family wakes up.
Essential oil diffuser (rosemary and lemon wake up the brain)
Candles (mornings are darker longer)
Simmer cinnamon and cloves on the stove top
💎Crystal correspondences: selenite, quartz, orange calcite
💰Taurus also governs money matters! When it comes to working with prosperity energy, Taurus knows how to manifest! Let the universe know you trust it to provide and no better way than to invest some dollars into blessing others.
🛍Shop with small businesses,
☕️treat someone to coffee/tea,
🤲🏻donate to a shelter.
Participate with the Universe to help brighten someone’s day.
👫👭👬Taurus us also all about relationships and Taurus is ruled by 💕Venus! Taureans are talkative and this full moon is a good time to heal the throat chakra and speak your truth. Be kind and firm. Make sure people know your boundaries.
💎Crystal correpsondences are: larimar, lapis lazuli, and celestite
PICK one thing from above and let us know what you’re going to work on!
Magical Moon Blessings,
Who doesn’t love all the sparkly gems and rockin’ aromas of essential oils in their magical practice? Superstition teaches you are cursed when you break a mirror (7 years bad luck), but I worry more about breaking the bank. If I go broke buying magical tools then I’m defeating the purpose of magic. If you worry about having all the ‘right’ magical tools or your spells and charms won’t work then shed that stress now because I’m about to tell you 5 basic tools you probably already have in your house.
- Salt– Most people already have salt in the home. Your table salt works just fine and if you have Himalayan salt, you can use that. Garlic salt will work if you’re doing protective or repelling magic. Salt is commonly used for cleansing and for creating a barrier around the house to keep negative spirits out.
- Candle- You can use any candle, even a birthday candle. Colors are typically for specific purposes, but not necessarily a hard fast requirement. They’re great for making wishes, sending prayers, and for consoling those who are hurting.
- Herbs- Any herb will do. Seriously. If all you have is parsley, it can be worked with. You can use your search engine to discover numerous websites that teach you which herbs can be used for a variety of purposes.
- Fire- You can use a lighter or even a match. Fire symbolizes shining a light for making things clearer and can be used to burn away something that no longer serves you.
- Dirt- Sounds messy, but dirt can be used for grounding magic or for concealing information from people who seek to harm you.
Though I’ve offered you 5 basic tools for magic you may wonder exactly how to use them. First of all, intention is everything. Get your intentions in order and make sure there isn’t any negativity lurking in your situation because that can really interfere with getting the intentions aligned.
Salt can be used on its own. You can sprinkle it on the window sills or thresholds of your home to keep negative energy away. Again, get your intentions in order. If you have fears then that fear will create a weak link in your magic. You need to come from a place of faith and confidence. Salt can also be used in water. Even though it dissolves the salt still carries its clearing energy and an be placed in a spray bottle to clear the air in your home.
Candles do require a base such as a candle holder, but if you’re working with a birthday candle, you can create a simple base by placing salt or dirt in a jar or shot glass to hold the candle upright. When you light the candle you’re going to want to keep your thoughts and intentions focused. Speak the words you wish to use to manifest your intentions. While you look at the flame, envision how your wish will manifest. Once you have imagined that manifestation to its fullest then blow out the candle.
Herbs carry their own energy based on what natural constituents are contained within. Herbs like Oregano and Thyme have healing energy for the throat and can be used for speaking healing words in a relationship. You can brew a tea with herbs and add honey to sweeten. While you’re steeping your tea, focus on your intentions and imagine your wish manifesting. Once you’ve envisioned it then drink your tea. Bonus magic for reading the tea leaves. They may open your eyes to something you hadn’t considered before.
Fire can be a dangerous medium so make sure you use proper fire safety when you’re working with this element. I generally don’t use fire on its own. Fire is usually used in combination with candles, incense, and herbs. It symbolizes the end of things and/or igniting something new. It can be used to give insight during flame scrying (seeing things in the flicker of the flames).
Dirt is the most common element of Mother Earth that can be worked with for a variety of spiritual practices. We can bury our crystals to align them with Mother Earth’s energy. Earth can also conceal magic such as a buried Witch’s Jar to protect the home. I’ve also worked with earth to ground chaotic energy and that can be as simple as gardening bare handed or burying your feet in the earth.
I hope this helps you get started with your magical practice. Don’t let the cost of tools discourage you from tapping into your magical energy.
There’s nothing quite like catching the sparkle of the sunlight in a quartz sphere or generator that shows off its rainbow splash of color. My eyes dance a little jig every time I see them. I feel the same way whenever I see the flashes of gold or blue in a Labradorite specimen or carving. I’m deeply amazed at the beauty Mother Earth contains in her dark caverns. Surely these magnificent pieces of earth were meant to meet the sunlight!
Darkness is often associated with evil, but so much beauty comes from within the darkness. Even the life story of the Lotus flower teaches us this. There’s something magical about coming into the light. When we hold pain in bondage to the darkest places of our hearts it can grow into a powerful force that we so often can’t handle on our own. One day we may eventually get hammered in just the right spot and when that pain emerges it brings with it a manifestation that can harm those closest to us. Even miners know they must be very careful when they are hammering and chiseling away at the matrix because debris can fall and cause injury or even death. Every move they make to discover the next gorgeous treasure from the earth must be done with caution and wisdom.
When we’re dealing with pain or trauma, we need to approach our hearts, minds, and emotions with gentle care. It’s often helpful to meet with a therapist and ask them to guide us to healing. They are trained to know when to stop and when to pay attention to the things we say and the emotions we show.
In addition to a therapist, it’s crucial we have a spiritual guide or mentor who can intuitively enlighten us about trust, growth, and healing. I have my own personal experiences with counselors and spiritual guides. When a spiritual guide has some counseling experience, they can be quite a valuable partner in our journey. I’ve also seen and experienced the dark side of the ‘healing’ community when a leader boasts of counseling experience but their advice didn’t reflect. There are numerous people in the world who claim to be healers and leaders, but the manifestation of their words and behaviors tell a sordid story. We often don’t even realize how shady they are until we’re in the center of their perfect storm.
In my personal practice, I spend time in personal reflection just breathing steady. I close my eyes and my mind to the chaos of the world around me and just listen to my intuition. I have partnered with Peacock Ore and Labradorite to inspire my Third Eye to relax and allow me to align with my inner core. Our bodies hold a lot of wisdom and we can benefit from it if we learn to listen. Once we arrive at that place of knowing we can invite those issues into the light for healing.
Feelings of fear, pain, and even anger may arise out of the darkness. These feelings give power to those emotions and we need to learn how to face them in ways that can empower us to break free. I will often work with rose quartz to lend its gentle loving vibrations and comfort to my soul. As much as I can partner with various crystals for my healing journey, the trust we experience with those who love us can carry quite a powerful wave of renewal for us. Those who truly love us and have proven to be trustworthy are like a stunning and clear quartz. They vibrate at a higher level of consciousness to support us in our journey.
Though we tend to shy away from our darkness, we can learn so much from those shadowy places. We can become empowered, enlightened, and healed. Trust in yourself and fear not.
If there’s one thing I know all too well, it’s when a spiritual leader gets seduced by greed. Many years consoling victims of spiritual abuse has given me way too much experience by witnessing how people are destroyed when a leader is weak. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with earning a living, but when the mega leaders are buying mansions, exotic cars, and taking trips around the world we begin to suspect foul play. Not just because they’re living it up (because enjoying life is a good thing), but because their offerings to their loyal followers are beyond fair market value and staff is under paid. I’ve seen it all too much in religious communities and we see it in the meta community also.
Money can seduce even the greatest of leaders, no matter how humble we try to be. There are numerous magical practitioners and artisans who offer us their best intentions with their wares and tools for our spiritual journey, but a spiritual leader who can keep greed in check is hard to come by. Money is there to serve us, not to control us. Likewise, we have an ethical responsibility to live sustainably with our earnings.
Answering the call to be a spiritual leader comes with great sacrifice. Humility has the greatest value, but it becomes a struggle for the throne when greed slithers in. There’s a story you may have heard about a man who was called to be a spiritual guide and he began to look down his nose at the people he was called to serve. A great storm came upon him as he traveled by boat and the shipmates threw him to the storm and sea and he sank under the great depth in the belly of a big fish. It was there in his dying moments that he gave the greatest sacrifice one can give, a spiritual sacrifice. In the darkest of moments he gave thanks. Gratitude is the most magical element we have and it comes with incredible humility. It’s our giving of thanks through a truly humble heart that we find our deliverance.
However, after he was delivered from the mighty ocean he continue to ‘do his job’ with a condescending spirit. You see, gratitude requires spiritual sustainability in order to flourish in ways beyond where our own vision can take us.
Lets get back to the most basic lessons of our spiritual calling. Why are we serving, who are we serving, and how can we make their journey successful?
If we’re absorbing their banks accounts to live in obscene wealth while they suffer financially so they can buy all the latest abundance magic tools we have to offer then we are so off balance that even Justice herself takes notice. I’ve wondered if Karma serves our Lady Justice in order to bring balance back to the lives of the people who suffer.
How can we best serve others so they may enjoy the benefits we have to offer? The benefits of magical living is not only for us. We’re here to guide others to create abundance and blessings in their lives too. How can we teach them to fish when the rod, hooks, lure, and bait are so expensive that they can’t afford to fish?
There’s a lesson we need to get centered with if we hope to continue to serve from a place of humility so our intentions can manifest in ways that benefit the highest good of all.
In a land far far away…. there was a Divine Feminine and she was worshiped by so many followers that a patriarchy religion had to go to war to stop them from adoring her. People of faith were slaughtered, including women and children, all at the commands of men claiming their God instructed them to do so. All in his name. Government and Religion joined dirty hands and entered their tainted marriage bed to seek out and destroy evidence of the Goddess.
Now we see her voice calling out to the victims, “Speak out my dear ladies”. It’s high time to let the Divine Feminine voice be heard. No more sexual abuse. No more children victimized. No more women being manipulated by ‘powerful men’. If they knew true power they would use it to keep their peckers in their pants.
I wish I could prescribe specific crystals to protect against these kinds of physical abuses. It would be great if magic was ‘just like in the movies’ and all we had to do was whisper, “Obliviate!” with a flick of a wrist and a little stick. If we could, maybe they wouldn’t be so willing to show their little sticks.
But here’s what we can do, we can speak up. We can go deep within our hearts and minds and pull out our own powerful voices. That voice is empowered by the Goddess herself. She offers ancient wisdom and invites us to be intelligent, well-spoken, and powerful.
It seems just so perfect that the Wonder Woman film was finally made, after decades of discussion. Her film launched the year that we saw our National Women’s March, in 2017. Gal Gadot is a vocal advocate and joined a collective voice of women to move an abusive man out of the production of her next Wonder Woman film. This was also the year Taylor Swift won her $1 symbolic lawsuit against a DJ who groped her at a meet n’ greet with the female power-star.
I may not be the a royal Songstress like Taylor or a highly sought after super heroine like Gal, but I can use my keyboard and my voice to encourage our sisters to stand tall and keep moving forward. The Goddess is with us. She embodies all that we are and who we are. We finally live in a time where cameras can see us and hear our collective voices. It doesn’t matter which Deity you love and admire. Some believe in a masculine God who partners equally with followers of the Goddess. Followers of this God have joined us in chorus to demand a safer world. We stand tall, hand in hand, moving forward in this battlefield for freedom and safety.
It has been wisely stated, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln
We must continue to speak out and support one another. We aren’t alone and we need to convey to the next generation that they aren’t alone either. It’s time to train these wee ones and prepare them for the battle ahead of them.
After diving deep into a strict, hell-fire damnation, religion and being stripped of everything that was me, leaving was another stripping away. It was like tumbling down a steep mountainside covered in sharp rocks and cacti. All that I thought was my flesh was being ripped from my frame, leaving me raw. Bleeding. I was told the blood would be healing. Maybe they were right after all.
I didn’t need to be washed in someone else’s blood. It was my blood that I needed. I ran a race that wasn’t even mine to run. All of the marks of a cult became my field of study, my discipline. I know their ways inside and out. My passion transformed into a deep desire to know myself. To understand my human psyche. Why do my emotions, my mind, and my soul intertwine?
Why do we crave religion, rites, and rituals? Whether it’s an organized religion with ancient roots or the hard fast rituals of the NFL, we crave it. We want to belong, to have community. But at what cost?
The criticism and skepticism of faith, mysticism, and metaphysicalism. Anything that isn’t tangible is called into question. The crowd becomes a mob with torches.
“They’re burning all the witches, even if you aren’t one.” ~Taylor Swift
Where does reality end and belief begin? Can’t they coexist? Can we waltz together smoothly? Maybe the dance steps resemble a fun foxtrot or a sexy tango. For some it may be more of a belly dance.
This ballet of belief carries a self discipline that might be considered a science, but the art of spirituality is where we can be free to express ourselves in ways that can’t be defined by the neat and tightly constructed boxes of science. Thus we’re considered a field of pseudoscience.
We’re accused of heresy, fiction, and of being gullible.
The battle lines have been drawn and we’re told it’s all black and white. You’re either scientific or you’re not.
But I ditched that mentality when I left the cult of religion. That black and white/this is right and that is not, sin and holy facade and I have no desire to go back. I refuse to become a pillar of salt.
The religious community and the science community are ever at odds with one another and I will take no part in it.
Just because my faith, hope, and beliefs can’t be measured by science doesn’t make them invalid.
We can’t scientifically prove love, but the majority of the world still believes in it.
Because we experience love.
I concede, there are con artists who take advantage of people who are experiencing their spirituality. There are fleecers in religion that make your blood boil. There’s a con around every corner so how can we make sure we aren’t duped while pursuing our spiritual enlightenment?
I’ve found my way through the smoke and mirrors. I’ve mastered my own labyrinth.
There’s no reason to get lost in a maze of hay with monsters cloaking in the fog and shadows.
Spirituality can utilize the earth’s elements to become your art form. It’s your method of expressing your path. You create your own gallery of experiences. Find your discipline and use science as a framework. These tools offered here can be worked with to paint the joy of your journey, to sort out your hardships, to cleanse away the doubt and fears.
Discover who you are and equip yourself to become the master of your own fate.
Master of my own fate,
The era of darkness when religions, traditions, and culture suffered a holocaust at the hands of a government, sponsored by one religion, was one we must never forget.
“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” ~George Santayana
“a group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination”.
“the smaller number or part, especially a number that is less than half the whole number.”
It was a quiet Halloween evening in my neighborhood and my parents took my little sister trick or treating. At the age of 17, it was unheard of that I would volunteer to stay and gift candy to the little ones knocking on our door. After the rush swept through there was a calmness and quietness I hadn’t heard in some time. Especially not on Halloween night! This eerie stillness got me all choked up, my throat felt swollen and it was hard to swallow. My breathing became shallow and fear started to creep in. It wasn’t often that I was home all alone at night. I stalked through the house to lock the windows and headed down the long dark hallway to the backdoor. The entire backyard was thick with night. I quickly flipped the switch to illuminate the patio! Though the light shone bright around the door, the light waned as it dimly reached through the yard. It was still dark in the distance and I couldn’t even see the fence. Suddenly, the fear dissipated and the garden called to me. I wanted to respond and for a moment I felt empowered. Just as I gained enough courage to speak out to the abyss of the universe, fear throttled me and my body obeyed with a slam of the door and the click of the lock was the last sound I heard before running back to the brightly lit living room.
My heart was pounding and a few moments later my little sister, followed by our parents, arrived with her pillowcase bulging with the scent of chocolates and fruity sugar candies. Her giggles radiated throughout the room as she dumped her loot on the floor to sort through. When they asked how my evening went, I simply smiled and shrugged my shoulders, “Quiet and uneventful”. I never spoke about what I experienced.
It wasn’t until 25 years later that I realized what really happened. After years of being spooked by anti-witch rhetoric from religious folks, my teenage mind had been programmed to ignore and even run from any hint of magic. Though my childhood was spent laughing at the comedy of Bewitched, the idea of real magic was demonized by many people I knew and dismissed as fake by the non-religious.
After we spent too many years deeply entrenched in religion, the magic began to call to me again. During our departure, spiritual gifts became stronger as we pushed our way through the foretelling of gloom and doom from our religious friends. We were condemned for leaving their community and told bad things would happen if we didn’t stay. I had spent enough time in a few charismatic churches to believe in spiritual gifts, though the cult we fled demonized those gifts as evil.
“Intuition is the discriminative faculty that enables you to decide which of two lines of reasoning is right. Perfect intuition makes you a master of all.”~Paramahansa Yogananda
Religion has effectively demonized spirituality outside of their own. Devastatingly, the hard-fast sweep of religion coupled by government control caused over 100,000 people to be murdered for not conforming. The mentality of the controlled programming, along with the threat of death, forged a very deep level of control that has spanned the generations who have followed.
Even today, in our society that has embraced more liberalism and freedom in spiritual practice, people who no longer follow a religion have deeply held, fear based, beliefs against magic.
What many people don’t understand is how empowering and freeing it is to work with elements of the earth in your spiritual practice. But isn’t that exactly what a controlling religion doesn’t want for its adherents? To be empowered and free. Though skeptics don’t believe magic leads to freedom. Critics have long held a stance that magic is fraudulent and akin to television evangelists working toward obtaining your bank account. In the critic’s mind, it’s all snake oil.
What about these very real-to-me experiences of spiritual happenings?
I can’t scientifically prove these experiences are real, but to me they were very genuine.
How does a mother know her intuition is real except she obey her intuition and it guides her and her children to safety?
I sincerely believe this energy we experience is a real occurrence. You can call it magic, energy, intuition, or the name of your deity.
If it has guided you well, kept you safe, inspired growth, and any numerous other positive manifestations have come to fruition because you heeded that guidance then stay true to it.
I’m not sure why I felt called to the garden so many years ago. I can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened had I stepped out a little further into the darkness. Maybe my intuition, my magic, was telling me to lock the doors and windows for a reason. I’ll never know for sure, but at least I’m here today to tell the story.