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The Science Behind Gratitude Healing

As priestesses/spiritual guides there’s this great work we do each day to find balance for ourselves first, then to guide others there too. Gratitude is the basis of a spiritual life and when we have a regular practice of gratitude we can become happier individuals. There really is a science behind practicing gratitude.

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Studies have shown that people who have a regular and consistent practice of gratitude tend to be calmer and happier. When we’re neglectful of that practice we become irritable, selfish, and self-destructive.

Sometimes people have a difficult time thinking of what to be thankful for and even the simplest things don’t come to mind. If your stress and tension is so overwhelming that you forget that you can be thankful for the roof over your heads or that you have at least one person you can get a hug from then starting a spiritual gratitude practice for yourself is a priority that should start immediately.

Maybe even those two initial things are difficult for you to reach out for. Stress and depression can cloud our judgement and create a conflict within ourselves that inhibits us from thinking positively about things we really can be thankful for. I would recommend some memory recall rituals to help bring back some feelings of joy that you’ve had in the past. When we can visualize those memories and emotions they travel back through portals of grace so we can experience them again. Once you have those emotional moments back in the present it can make it easier to start your gratitude practice.

Our minds and emotions leave imprints on us when we’re going through experiences, whether good or difficult. When those imprints are made they become a part of our brain activity, both conscious and at a subconscious level. Many times the trauma we experience become embedded in our subconscious and our chaotic emotions trickle out in ways that seem confusing to others around us. Has anyone asked, “What’s wrong with you today?” and you honestly didn’t know? Something that had imprinted on you may be trying to emerge so you can process it. However, our conscious mind doesn’t always welcome those experiences and we end up blocking the portal and those traumatic experiences continue to fester.

Working with gratitude can help heal the soul and improve our overall joy and well-being. When you have a strong practice of gratitude it makes it easier to work through the past trauma, making room for healing to happen.

Maybe you’ve seen friends post in social media about things they’re thankful for. That’s good too, but I highly recommend you work with paper and a writing utensil. Here are some ways to make your practice enjoyable.

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Use a colorful piece of paper. Choose a color that you love! If you don’t have colored paper, use a colored pencil or crayon to doodle hearts, flowers, or any other design that comes naturally to you. You’ll want to personalize your paper.

Anoint your paper with aromatics. You can anoint with an essential oil that lifts your mood or a favorite fragrance of body spray or perfume. When you add your personal touches to the paper you’re layering your magic to prepare for bountiful manifestation. Anoint all four corners to represent the directions and elements.

Use a pen or colored pencil in a color that lifts you. My favorite color is pink so I often write with pink ink pens. You can even anoint the shaft of your pen/pencil with the same oil or fragrance you used on the paper.

Light a candle. I find something truly powerful about lighting a specific kind of candle when I’m working with the power of the pen. I like to use white because it’s associated with diamonds and diamond is my birthstone. The only diamond I actually own is my wedding ring so a crystal I work with is Herkimer Quartz, nickname Herkimer Diamond. I place the Herkimer next to the candle when I light it. You can also anoint your candle with the same oil you used earlier.

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Each day you’ll want to perform this ritual before you write. You can even write down a chant or affirmation associated with your practice. Repeat it three times when you light your candle, prior to writing.

Start with writing down three things you’re thankful for. It can be anything you’re glad about such as a sunny day. Maybe you’re thankful it’s a cloudy day. People have different preferences. Are you thankful for warm clothes on a chilly day? Are you thankful for having reading glasses so you can see? It can be the simplest of things.

Take three deep breaths after each thing you write down. Allow yourself to breathe in gratitude and exhale slowly. Repeat a chant with each breath.

  • Deep breath in…”I’m thankful for….” (and visualize it)
  • Slow exhale out… “I’m thankful for…”
  • Do this three times for each item on your list.

The next day you’ll do this again with three new things. After your last set of three breaths, repeat the first three from the day before. Repeat all these steps for seven days.

At the end of the seventh day, take time to reflect on your week.

How did your emotions transform during the week? Did you feel more outgoing? Did you find yourself smiling more often? Did you receive little (or big) blessings? Did you count them and write them down? Make sure you write down all the things you noticed during that week and give thanks for each of them by speaking those words out loud. What we speak, we manifest! This is the science of gratitude healing.

Thankful for you,

Sisterlisa

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Magic with Rosemary

When it comes to magic with rosemary you might be remembering the famous quote from Practical Magic about keeping rosemary by your garden gate. Rosemary is such a powerful herb and many grocery stores grow it in their parking lots. Though I don’t recommend wild harvesting from those locations since so many of their landscaper companies use pesticides on them. The best place to get rosemary is to grow it yourself, buy from an organic seller, or get a small sprig of organic rosemary at a local food market that’s known for offering safe food.

“There are some things I know for certain: always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder; keep rosemary by your garden gate; plant lavender for luck; and fall in love whenever you can.” ~Sally Owens, Practical Magic

While there are numerous websites that offer their input on the magic of rosemary, I lean toward understanding its physical influence on the mind and body, then learn how that corresponds in the spirit.

Rosemary is a wonderful herb to grow in your own garden for a variety of medicinal uses. Rosemary is wonderfully supportive for lung health, improving memory, kicking the coffee habit, eliminate dandruff, and to aid in digestion.

From the head down to the mid region, rosemary has its influence over our lives. It corresponds with your third eye, throat, and heart chakras. Any magic that comes from these areas can be influenced and supported by rosemary.

Since rosemary can support memory function, it also works well to improve clear thinking and intuitive skills. Pair your rosemary with clear quartz for heightened awareness. Steep some rosemary and lemon zest in hot water to make a tea for memory and psychic improvement. This is the perfect magical tea to substitute for your morning coffee to help kick the caffeine habit. Rosemary and lemon helps to boost brain function in a more powerful way than coffee does. You can add a tumbled quartz to your cup too! If you’re not comfortable working with crystals in your drinks, plant a clear quartz in your rosemary planter.

You can also work with rosemary to alleviate struggles with your respiratory system which influences your communication. For this method of use I would work with rosemary essential oil instead of the plant. You can diffuse rosemary essential oil in a water diffuser to help improve lung function. Keep a diffuser in the bathroom and run it with rosemary essential oil while showering. The steam from the shower will help the diffuser mist to fill the room for you to breathe while getting ready for the day. For communication magic add a larimar heart to your diffuser water.

There’s so much more we can do if we partner with rosemary. Please join us in our FB group Magic of Herbs and Oils to learn more.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Making Magic Affordable

I wish to confess something to all of you. This isn’t something that a lot of people like to admit, but sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to admit when your budget is tight. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend when I first got started in my practice. I saw women in magical groups bragging about their crystal hauls from various popular websites and I would sulk in my seat and scroll passed post after post of glamorous and gorgeous magical tools that I simply couldn’t afford.

sunstone tiles for attracting your desires

To be honest, I felt like an outsider in groups like that. So I remained a lurker, casually hitting the like button on posts I wish were my own. Then one day I saw a brave woman admit she couldn’t make room in her budget for crystals, incense, or anything else for her practice. She received so many supportive comments from women like her, like me! I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t charge hundreds of dollars for every order.

Working with magic doesn’t have a dollar requirement and I quickly learned how to cast my intentions with simple tools like herbs from my own kitchen or a shell and feather found at the beach. Yet, I knew I was destined to work with crystals! Now how could I make it work? I decided to go into business, that’s how. My heart still feels the emptiness pangs when I see women bragging in groups because I still see women who are on hard times and struggle just like I once did. The retail cost of crystals has been rising over the past few years, making it increasingly difficult for people to shop for crystals. It breaks my heart because every crystal sitting in a shop somewhere is longing for someone to partner with so they can manifest magic in the world together.

copper spheres for sending and receiving energy

I know deep in my heart that every crystal in my own shop is buzzing with energy for someone special. I want to make sure each and every one of them finds their forever home. That’s why I offer discount opportunities in all my social media platforms from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on my website. But this will be the first time I’ve offered a special for those subscribed to my blog. When you subscribe to my blog, you’ll receive a one time discount code for 25% off your next purchase. In your Magical Update email you’ll want to read all the way to the bottom to find your code.

Now to get the most out of my offerings be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and join my Facebook Group for additional discounts that are offered periodically throughout the year. I’m always looking for creative ways to make magical tools more affordable, including special giveaways on each of those platforms too. That little witch in all of us deserves to work with crystals in their practice.

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May the Universe bless you richly!

Sisterlisa

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Making Magic at Home

I want to challenge you to work some magic in your bathrooms with some essential oils and crystals. It may seem like a mundane/muggle task but you can work your own unique magic with this. A few things I do to spruce up the bathrooms is to create a layer of magic with oils, herbs, and crystals.

rose quartz, rhodochrosite, amethyst, pink aura quartz, dried mini rose bud

Layering your magic among different kinds of elements adds additional energy to your magical workings. I layer magic in my candles by working with herbs/spices, oils and crystals. I love pulling all the elements together as much as possible.

Here are some simple, fun, and quick methods of adding magic to your bathrooms.

  1. I keep a small dish on the counter with a few crystals that speak to my heart about inner beauty and self kindness. Add dried floral petals or buds for herbal magic. Recommended crystals: rhodochrosite, rose quartz, pink aura quartz, aura rose quartz.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil to the inner toilet paper tube before putting the roll on the dowel. Recommended: lemon, orange, or geranium
  3. Keep crystals in the corner nook of your tub so you can add them to your baths. Recommended: amethyst and rose quartz
  4. Make an aromatic spritz to use on counters and toilet tank lid after cleaning your bathroom. It helps eliminate the smell of the cleaners you use. (unless you’re using a hand made essential oil mixture to clean with). Recommended: lemon with rosemary (In a small spray bottle add witch hazel and your essential oils. Shake well before each use)

Which tip will you implement today?
Do you have other crystal or essential oil recommendations?

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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The Magic of Tools and Why They Matter

There’s an influx of interest in creating magic in our current era and many are wanting to influence politics, attract love, and change the culture of their countries. Magic certainly is a powerful force and the attraction to it is understandable. Some might even say magic is a temptation.

There’s a lot you can do by working with magic and there are some guidelines, based in good philosophy and science, that everyone should learn before attempting to cast a spell or chant an incantation. However, I’m not going to tackle those topics in this article. What I do want to share with you is the practical truth. All the power you need is already within you.

Some practitioners work with everyday items to manifest magic. Some common tools you can use are a thimble, a vintage spoon, buttons, a cat whisker, or even a feather found outside. We have a group on FB where I teach about some of those simple tools that can pack a powerful punch. We can work with simple tools or we can use more elaborate tools like crystals, essential oils, and even fossils!

petrified wood for ancient wisdom

Now here’s why working with tools matter. When we pick up a tool with our own hands, we’re making a commitment with our intentions. Much like the commitment we make when we write something down, like signing a contract. Working with tools makes us more aware of what we’re putting out into the universe. Our tools should give us pause before enacting an enchantment, charm, or spell.

When we go to our chest or cabinet to retrieve a tool, we’re already setting our intentions in motion. We know which tools to select based on what we want to manifest. *Assuming you know what each tool offers.

Working with magic is an art form, just like working with a brush and paint to create a painting. Some artists work with metal to create jewelry. Some craftsmen(and women) work with clay to create pottery. Magical practitioners work with tools to artistically manifest their desires.

larimar and clear quartz

In the image above, I’ve created a crystal grid with a quartz generator at the center, quartz points, and Larimar hearts to manifest loving communication among family. The Larimar hearts are pointed inward to send their communication energy to the generator and the generator sends that energy out through it’s top and through the quartz points that are pointing outward. Making a crystal grid can be a spiritually therapeutic experience for the mind, body, and soul. When we set our intentions, work with our hands, handle tools, and create art with our magic we are sure to manifest the highest good of our intentions. (I firmly believe that even if we get some things ‘wrong’ that the universe can filter that stuff out and work with our best expectations and goals.)

My daughter, Monica, and I worked with crystals in 2018 to manifest rain for Northern California. The city of Paradise was swept away with fire and the smoke was so bad people were being hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 87 civilians died. Our intentions were that rain would visit the area and provide a cleansing of the air and offer help to extinguish the fires.

Notice the date on the post.

As we set up our grid, we worked with my rain stick and called upon the forces of Mother Nature to send rain to Northern California.

Eleven days later, heavy rain started to fall in the region, offering help to the fire fighters to contain the flames. Their area received so much rain that our friends in Butte County were messaging us to take down our grid because there so much rain that they were being flooded. Working your magic with tools IS powerful!

If you’re desiring to make changes in your life and see your magic manifest then be sure to join our group before the next lesson commences.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Charmed Jack O’ Lantern

Carving pumpkins in October is a long held tradition among American children. You can get child safe pumpkin carving kits at most grocery stores, but sometimes the best tools are right in your own kitchen already. While most would consider pumpkin carving a muggle project, it’s actually quite enchanted, if you want it to be.

Be sure to choose a pumpkin with a strong stem

The history of carving pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland, but instead of pumpkins they used turnips. Pumpkins certainly are a lot easier to carve and since they grow so large we can give them huge cheesy grins or ferociously frightening faces.

The intention of carving scary faces is to ward off evil spirits. Placing the candle inside illuminates the faces at night, but even the candle can be a charmed part of your magical squash.

I’ve been carving pumpkins since I was a kid, as most of you probably have. I’ve tried the safety carving kits from the stores but they don’t really work as efficiently as what I have in my own kitchen.

BOO!

Nothing can take the place of a good sharp knife to remove the top. I found that removing the pulp from inside works best with a metal measuring cup. I have a set that has a thin edge so they scrape very well and since they’re metal they are far more sturdy than the plastic scoops that come in the kits.

Once you remove all the pulp and seeds you can draw lightly, on the best side of the pumpkin, with a pencil. I use a small pairing knife to make the initial cuts. If you cut slowly you should be able to remove the pieces without messing up the design. Smaller knives work better than large ones, unless your pumpkin is quite thick. That’s when we use a reciprocating saw like this one.

Once your entire design is done you can immerse your pumpkin in a dilution of bleach and water to prevent rot that attracts insects. It will help to repel gnats from attacking it in your yard. Let the pumpkin dry thoroughly!

Eeeek!

Now you can begin your enchantment! You can work with a humor charm or a protection spell. Here are the supplies you’ll need for a protection spell.

Protection Spell

  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf (write a word on the leaf with a marker that corresponds with the spell you’re casting)

I’m not going to give you any words for the spell as the best words are the ones that come from your own mind and spirit.

Directions: Sprinkle the cinnamon into the empty pumpkin and speak your words while sprinkling. With each clove you add, speak your words as they drop in. While adding the bay leaf, speak your words. Finalize your spell while speaking your final words over the pumpkin as you place the top on.

Now set your pumpkin on your porch or in your garden. At night, place a tea light candle (or 2 or 3) inside. I use tea light candles so the flame is low enough in the pumpkin to avoid burning the inside of the top. You can add even more magic by speaking more words over the candles as you light them. Even better would be to use tea light candles that are already infused with magical elements.

pumpkin tea light candles
infused with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and garnet

I hope your October festivities are well protected and filled with lots of fun and magic! Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Happy October!

It’s finally here, OCTOBER! My favorite time of year, next to Christmas of course. But nonetheless, THIS month is one of the funnest months of the whole year! Mornings are spent making an apple cinnamon concoction to heat on the stove and it permeates the whole house with the scents of FALL! Of all the seasons of the year, Fall is the best when it comes to scents.

Each of our favorite scents have magical correspondences too! How much more fun can this get? Below are some spices we use to liven up the ambiance of the home, along with their correspondences.

Cinnamon– abundance, prosperity

Ginger– energy, power

Clove– protection, purification

Nutmeg– comfort, calming

Pumpkin– wards off evil spirits

Apple– immortality, love

hang a cinnamon stick in your car for aromatic pleasure

The recipe I use for heating on the stove varies depending on which ingredients I have on hand, but here is my classic recipe to simmer each morning.

Autumn Simmer Potion

Ingredients:

  • Apple slices from one apple (thinly sliced)
  • 1 c. water or apple cider
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 stick or 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg

Directions:

Place the liquid and apples in a small sauce pan over medium heat and heat until steam is rising from the potion. Reduce flame to low.

Add cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix with wooden spoon just to combine and continue to heat on low. WATCH closely so the potion doesn’t evaporate.

To include some magic, speak your words/wishes over the pan as each ingredients is added. For ex: “As I sprinkle in this nutmeg, may the protection of the universe be upon this house.”

You can transfer the potion to a mug and walk through the house with it to add the magic to each room. Simply wave your hand over the cup, pushing the steam up and away from you as you bless your home and family.

May this recipe bring warmth and comfort to you and yours.

p.s. Please join us on Facebook in our group for more magical conversations.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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5 Basic Tools for Magic

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

~Sisterlisa

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Mortars and Pestles

After working with two different mortars and pestles I began saving pins on Pinterest. I have been fascinated by how many kinds there are and the array of uses for them. Of course, the next thing I had to do was collect more of them and I’m pretty sure I have plenty…for now.

Two of my favorites are the ones that have a fabulous history. One is cast iron and I got it from a woman whose father used to be a pharmacist. The other one is from Maui and I got that one from a woman whose grandmother used to be her tribe’s healer. These two are my pride and joy of the collection I have.

In the video below I share some tips on what I use each one for. I hope you’ll share with me what kind you have and how you use it in your practice. Share a video on your channel or leave me a link to your blog post. Comments are open.

Magical blessings,
Sisterlisa

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Magical Mothering – Is Magic Inherited?

Since magic has been demonized by religious leaders and people were threatened with their lives for even mentioning the word, it has become difficult to trace magic through a family’s bloodline. So how does one know if magic is inherited?

Many magic practitioners have testified that they knew their mother or grandmother worked with magic so their stories make it more understandable that magic is inherited. But does every child inherit magic? Does it skip a child? This can be a confusing topic for children who see you working magic and wish to do the same but just don’t “feel it”.

In all my years practicing my gifts and speaking with others who have varying gifts, I have come to the conclusion that we each have different magical gifts. I don’t think there’s any need to tell a child they may not have inherited magic. Magic can evolve in a person at different times in life. Some can experience a powerful manifestation while others sense a trickling-in kind of evolution of magic.

There have been times when my magic felt incredibly strong and it was usually during times when we were going through great turmoil of some kind. My dreams became more intense and more symbolic, my intuitive sensory field became highly sensitive, and my awareness hit peaks where I noticed things others didn’t. At those same times, two of my children began sensing their intuition speaking to them in ways they’d never experienced before. Now those same two children are adults and no longer living at home, but we can all sense shifts in the Universe in ways that are definitely more than mere coincidence.

I’ve also had a very intriguing experience that has caused me to believe, even more than before, that magic is inherited. My father had another daughter in his second marriage. Due to unfortunate circumstances with her mother, she was kept from us after the divorce. I didn’t see her again until she was 16 years old. I was able to visit with her briefly after our grandmother died and then didn’t get to connect again until many years later. Thanks to Facebook’s algorithm, I was able to find her! By this time I was already in my forties. As we got to know each other, we were practically spooked about how much we have in common. We both worked with herbs and essential oils, both had empathic gifts that are quite similar, both worked with crystals, we even both wore the same style of clothing, are artists, and photographers! I know those last similarities aren’t exactly “magical”, but the fact that we had so much in common sure was! It was as if we grew up together.

There doesn’t seem to be much magic on either of our mother’s sides so we assume it came from our father’s side. As I have meditated and called upon my earliest memories of our father I do recall times when he showed me his interest in stage magic and fantasy magic. We went camping once and he hand created pirate maps and buried treasures at the camp ground for us to go hunting for. He sure knew how to create magic for me. Sadly, he passed away when I was 19 years old so I cannot ask him about these things. However, my step-mother did inform me that our grandmother read tea leaves!

What about you? Do you think magic is inherited?

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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