Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Spelling Success: Talismans for Good Luck

Crystals and gems are totems of abundance and they can be used as talismans for  good fortune.
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 For added magic, wear or keep in your pocket one of the following stones:

Red Stones-garnets, rubies, or carnelian- are excellent for attracting positive attention, such as publicity for your recital or poetry reading.

Emeralds and peridot are wonderful for money, the potential for wealth, and successful new projects.

The blue hues of turquoise, topaz, lapis lazuli, and sapphires help you to see clearly and without obstruction.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Who Holds Your Fate Besides You?

Whenever you begin a new project, or if you hit a roadblock in an ongoing endeavor, you should call upon the Goddess, the god Pan, any of the three Fates, or the nine Muses, each of whom can guide you toward your personal wellspring of inventiveness.
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The following will help you determine which muse to summon. Then recite aloud:

Oh, _____, wise and true,
I will walk with thee into the fields Elysian and back.
Anoint me her and now.
Thanks to you, inspiration I will never lack.

Place an offering to your muse on your altar-perhaps a verse of poetry or a drawing-to show your appreciation.

The goddess is the supreme creative force. Long before the birth of Christianity, people worshipped the Goddess, who represents fertility, rebirth and life.

Pan, a pastoral deity, predates the classical Greek gods and goddesses. The god of music, he plays the pan pipes which were named after him.

The three Fates determine all our destinies:

Clotho spins the thread of life.
Lachesis chooses its length and outcome.
Atropos cuts the thread of life.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Self Expression Stones: Throat Chakra Crystals

Speaking stones are those crystals and gems that aid and abet your vocalization.
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If you are a singer or speaker or simply wish to improve how you express yourself, wear these stones in chokers or necklaces to realize a noticeable change for the better: amber, amethyst, aquamarine, azurite, blue obsidian, blue topaz, blue tourmaline, kunzite, lepidolite, and turquoise. Activate, clear and power up your throat chakra with the vibrations of these special stones. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Written in Stone: Crystal Magic Secrets

Gems and crystals can give us messages and warnings or powers of persuasion and perception. 
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Here are a few examples of secrets from the stones:

-A fossil or a gem containing a fossil, such as amber, will lengthen your life span.
-Jasper carved into the shape of an arrow will be a magnet for good luck.
-If your malachite jewelry chips or breaks, beware! It is warning you of danger.
-Malachite gives great success to salespeople. Keep a malachite crystal in the cash register and wear it during trade shows, presentations, and meetings.
-Moonstone is the dieter’s power stone and helps maintain youthful appearances and attitudes.
-Serpentine worn around a new mother’s neck helps her flow of milk.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kiss My Ring: 24/7 Crystal Power

Rings mean eternity, unity, reincarnation, safety, union, power, and energy. Rings symbolize the eternity of the circle shape – the universe.
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Wearing rings was believed to help ward off any kind of malevolence through continuity – nothing could “get in.”  A ring “binds” you with the energy of the stone.  In dream psychology, a ring represents the desire for reconciliation of the different parts of your being and personality – it shows you want to be an integrated whole, which is the first step in making it happen.

When wearing rings, be sure the bottom side of the stone is open, in other words, not set in metal, to give greater connection between the stone and your skin.  As a general rule, you should wear gems that awaken and release emotions on your left hand and that power career and personal goals on your right hand.

-Amazonite makes you hopeful.
-Amber boosts your spirits—you will feel good!
-Aventurine creates good opportunities.
-Banded agate attracts a lover of strength and courage.
-Brown jasper makes you confident and emotionally secure.
-Opal enhances beauty and makes you more psychic.
-Pearl augments femininity.
-Citrine for a better ability to communicate,

-Lace agate for happiness with your job,
-Lapis lazuli for mental brilliance,
-Moonstone for self-love and self-expression,
-Red coral for good health and physical strength,
-Rose quartz or opal to make you appealing to others, and
-Turquoise for calmness and protection from the earth.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Crystal Jewelry That Heals: Jewelry Magic Secrets

Earring don't just look lovely,  they can help and heal you. Try these jewelry magic secrets:
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Earrings help to balance both hemispheres of the brain and can stabilize the throat chakra. The earlobes are sensory centers on the body and usually benefit from the stimulation of a gem or crystal. Jade and tiger’s-eye are great for reviving and refreshing. You will generally feel quite good with these two earring choices. Sapphires will bring you greater wisdom. However, lapis lazuli and opal can be overstimulating as earrings, so watch carefully and see how your body reacts to them. Some people feel light-headed with these two stones placed so high on the body. Malachite can be too spiritually stimulating as earrings; don’t wear them unless you want to be in a soulful or dreamy reverie. Go for garnet, as garnet earrings will enhance your popularity. And here is a tip that might soon cause a stampede to the jewelry shop: Rose quartz is wonderful for the skin and can even slow aging!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Geodes for Getting Ahead In Life

Geode jewelry can bring you success at work. 
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At my favorite metaphysical five-and-dimes, I have been seeing baby geodes that can easily be glued to a fabric choker band or are already in pre-made pendants. If you are feeling like you are in a slump at work or want to impress the boss, begin wearing a pretty and professional geode necklace and things will be looking up soon! If this style is not for you, just buy a geode, set it on your desk, and look at it while picturing yourself climbing the ladder of success.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Awesome Amulets: Protection Magic

The term “amulet” comes from the Latin word meaning “defense.” Indeed, amulets are a way to protect yourself that dates back from the earliest human beliefs.
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 Pliny himself subscribed to the use of amulets and wrote about three common kinds used by the Romans of the classical age. A typical amulet of that era was a bit of parchment inscribed with protective words, rolled up in a metal cylinder, and worn around the neck. Evil eyes might be the most global of all amulets, the belief being that they could ward off a hex by simply reflecting it back to its origins. Phallic symbols have always been popular, too, coming in the shapes of horns, hands, and the phallus, of course. Some amulets were devoted to a specific god or goddess, and the wearer of such a piece would be protected by that divine entity.

The peoples of the Mesopotamian plain wore amulets. The Assyrians and Babylonians favored cylindrical seals encrusted with precious stones. They also loved animal talismans for the qualities associated with different animals: lions for courage, bulls for virility, and so on. The ancient Egyptians absolutely depended on their amulets for use in burial displays, and we can see many preserved in the cases of today’s museums. To make their amulets, the Egyptians employed a material called faience, a glazed composition of ground quartz that was typically blue green in color. Wealthier denizens of the Nile, royalty, and the priestly class wore precious and semiprecious gems and crystals as amulets. Lapis lazuli was perhaps the most revered of these and was worn in many shapes, the eye of Horus being the most significant religious icon, followed by the scarab symbolizing rebirth; the frog, symbolizing fertility; and the ankh, representing eternal life.

Organized religions appropriated the idea of amulets from pagan peoples, and it was very popular in medieval times to wear a tiny verse from the Torah, the Bible, or the Koran. Today, many a Catholic wears a medal honoring a given saint, such as Saint Christopher, the patron saint for travelers. Wiccans and modern pagans are great proponents of protective amulets, causing a resurgence in Celtic symbols and imagery.

Amulets are very easy to create and make nice gifts, as long as you believe your friends will truly benefit from them and are aware of the special qualities and powers they hold. To make one, select a crystal that is endowed with the desired energy. Hold it in the palm of your hand until it is warm from your touch. Then, visualize the specific power the stone is offering. If you’re giving your amulet to yourself, wear it as a pendant or tuck it into your pocket or purse for a “guardian to go.” Here is a list of stones from which to choose for the specific kind of safeguard you are in need of:

-Amethyst helps with sobriety by preventing inebriation.
-Aquamarine is good for attracting wisdom and overcoming a fear of water and drowning. It is also a guard against malevolent spirits.
-Bloodstone brings luck and is good to wear during travels.
-Carnelian is to the devil as garlic is to a vampire—keeps him away!
-Chrysolite drives away evil spirits and promotes peaceful sleep, especially if set in gold.
-Diamond in a necklace brings good fortune and lends force and valor. This dazzling stone should always touch the skin and works best when it is received as a gift.
-Emerald can cancel out the power of any magician!
-Jade offers protection, especially for children, and guards their health. It also creates prosperity.
-Jasper is reputed to be a defense against the venom of poisonous insects and snakes.
-Jet set in silver will help expel negativity.
-Moonstone is another boon to travelers and brings fortune and fame.
-Turquoise is believed to be great for a horse’s gait if affixed to the animal’s bridle

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Harnessing the Magic of Fire

I am inspired by the teachings of the brilliant Yoruban priestess, Luisah Teish, who told me she keeps a votive glass candle burning in her fireplace (where safe)  to “harness Magic Fire in another way.” 
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On the next full moon evening, gather a group around your hearth or build a bonfire on the beach or a beautiful fire in a safety-certified fire ring in a park. Ask everyone to bring a glass- votive candle, preferably one of the seven-day candles you find at grocery stores or metaphysical shops. After everyone is comfortably seated around the fire, speak aloud:

We call upon the power of fire.
We call upon the power of the sun.
Lend us your strength and might,
On this blessed Full Moon night.
So mote it be.
Next, go around the fire and let each participant tell a “fire story.” This can be a personal story of fire or where they are needing power and support in their lives.  After each story, the storyteller lights a personal candle from the fire and gives thanks for the fire that warms us and keeps us alive.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Pain Relief Prisms: Healing Crystals

When you feel pain somewhere in your body, it is a small voice that needs to be listened to. It could be old energy that needs to be released or a blockage or imbalance.
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 I was in a hit-and-run auto accident where I was hit by a drunk driver who plowed through a red light and totaled my car, and very nearly me. As I hit the brake, my foot and ankle were shattered, rather like a porcelain teacup thrown with great force. The doctors wanted to amputate my leg, but I managed to talk them out of it. I had to learn to walk again, but I can walk and even dance and run again after lots of physical therapy and healing. But nowadays whenever I hit the brake too hard, I feel pain because my body remembers. The tissue and bones old the memory imprint of that awful day and the terrible trauma.

Crystals have very mild and serene ways of tranquilizing negative energy and releasing the pain. In my case, I ever so gently rub the crystal across my ankle. (Carnelian works well because it is said to be good for healing bones, but quartz can also serve the purpose.) The stone feels cool and calming as the pain dissipates. I can also visualize the pain going into the crystal, and the crystal forming a prism that contains the pain. At first, this was very frightening for me, but I found that rose quartz helped me deal with my fear. I placed the rose quartz over the heart area, the solar plexus, and as the crystal touched upon the heart chakra, I felt the fear dissolving while the pain gradually lessened. Turquoise and carnelian are also good for this.

I once had a copper bracelet set with onyx, coral, and turquoise from a Cherokee reservation that was so effective at treating wrist pain that it finally disintegrated from overuse. Copper is unmatched for dealing with edema, the swelling and inflammation that can be caused by arthritis, repetitive stress injuries, sports-related soreness, and many other issues.

Malachite has a lot of the mineral copper in it, so a pendant, ring, or bracelet with malachite can be a great agent for pain reduction. Iron-rich magnetite is another pain absorber.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Power of Crystals and Gems: Quartz

Where do gemstones get their power? They all have a crystalline structure that can collect, store, and release electromagnetic energy, similar to the way today’s commonplace battery does.
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Scientists and engineers have discovered through experimentation that a crystal will accumulate and concentrate the energy of any given energy field in close proximity. Further, they’ve discovered that if a crystal is squeezed, energy from within the crystal is released. Light can also be released during the compression of a crystal. While the expansion is infinitesimal, electrons are emitted and are then reabsorbed by the crystal, thus producing energy. Schoolchildren discover this by rubbing or heating crystals and feeling a marked static change. This is known as the piezoelectric effect. Anyone who doubts the power of this effect need only be told that it is one of the causes of earthquakes.

Quartz is the crystal most often used today in both scientific and spiritual realms. It is, perhaps, the most prevalent of all gemstones and can be found on every land mass on Earth. Common quartz was used in the world’s first radio broadcasts and enabled the chips that propelled the computer revolution. It stands to reason that quartz was the first crystal to be synthesized by manufacture. Today, man-made crystals are in vast usage in our watches, computers, and other electronic devices.

Quartz is composed of silicon and oxygen, the same basic minerals that make up this planet. Silicon dioxide (SO2), the building block responsible for the geologic makeup of the earth, is also inside us, which may explain why there is a natural attraction between our bodies and crystals.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Catalyst for Change: Stones for Starting Fresh

If you are reading this blog, it is a good sign that you are wanting positive change in your life. 
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Crystals and gems are powerful vehicles for creating advantageous new directions for you to try. Certain crystals are revolutionary rocks—they can bring fresh change into your life NOW.

Moonstone stimulates all the senses. Onyx helps with self-control. Peridot balances the physical energies. Sapphire is a motivator. Pink quartz helps overcome bad habits. Bloodstone rids emotional blockage. Alexandrite encourages love for life.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Walking the Labyrinth—A Path of Grace to the Inner Self

At the Grace Cathedral on California Street in San Francisco, scholar Lauren Artress oversaw the installation of not one but two labyrinths. Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Woman’s Book of Soul, invited me to go there one fine day a few years ago. I remember squeezing it into my schedule, feeling hurried, and hoping it would not take more than half an hour or so. I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I know I am not the only busy life-juggler who has found herself surprised by the Sacred.
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When we got there, a magnificent stillness presided over the entire cathedral. We chose the indoor labyrinth instead of the outdoor one, as there was a distinct chill in the foggy air that day. We read the simple instructions and, as told, removed our shoes to tread the path in bare or stocking feet. For my part, I had already begun to calm down, thanks to the peaceful atmosphere. As I walked in the light of the stained glass shadows, my schedule started to seem petty. Suddenly it seemed as if I could give this just a little more time.

Sue, an experienced labyrinth walker, had gone ahead and seemed to be in a reverie, as did the tourists, students, and random folks who populated the nave. I checked the instructions again just to make sure I performed my barefoot ritual “correctly.”

As I began, thoughts skittered through my head, and I had to struggle to focus and be in the now. With no small amount of effort, I was able to have an authentic experience. As I walked the winding path, a replica of the labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral, I felt a growing excitement. This was meaningful; perhaps there was hope even for me and my over-busy “monkey mind.” My breathing relaxed and I had a growing sense that I was going somewhere. When I reached the center of the labyrinth, I looked up at the soaring high ceiling of Grace Cathedral. At that exact moment, the sun struck a stained glass window and a golden shaft of light shone directly upon me. I was mystified, and a beaming Sue, having completed her walk, noticed what was happening to me. I studied the window to see if there was any kind of symbol from which to draw further meaning. To my astonishment, the sun had lit up a window that contained the medieval tableau of a sword in a rock. As a lapsed medieval scholar, I immediately recognized Excalibur of the famous Arthurian legend. Tears came into my eyes, and I realized this was a message. I had often felt a bit guilty for not completing my master’s degree in medieval studies. At that moment, I knew I had to complete that quest. One of my specializations was the Arthurian saga, and here, in no uncertain terms, Arthur’s sword had spoken to me as I stood in the center of the labyrinth. Exhilarated, I retraced my steps, and returned as I entered, brimming with joy. Now, I truly understand what it means to be “illuminated.”