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A Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing

A Beginner's Guide to Crystal Healing

Crystals and natural stones have been used in the art of healing for thousands of years. Some of the oldest amulets from a natural source date back 30,000 years and are made of baltic amber. Humans have an affinity for pretty things, and stones and crystals are no exception. These healing and protective crystals were worn as jewelry, sewn into clothing, and placed around the home. As talismans and amulets, they were banned by the Christian church after the death of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that the practice itself died out (1).

How does it work?

Crystals, like everything else in this physical world, have their own vibrations. Some vibrate at a higher frequency while others are lower. Likewise, your body and different body systems work at different frequencies. When one body system is off, the vibration and frequency is off as well. The crystals pair together with the vibrational and energetic frequencies of your body to help heal and repair you mind, body, and soul. There is a well known IBM scientist named Marcel Vogel, who did a lot of research on crystals, their energy, and how they are affected by thought and breath. He learned that when exhaling from the nose in short bursts, accompanied by thought towards a quartz crystal, he could affect the shape of the crystal as it formed under a microscope (2).

So how do you start?

If we take the work of Marcel Vogel to heart and know that our thoughts and energy affect the things around us, it is entirely possible that the opposite is true. You must first open your heart and mind to the possibility that crystals can help you heal in one form or another.

Once you have opened your mind and heart, it is time to pick the crystals to suit your needs. There are a few ways to do this. My personal favorite is letting the crystal choose me instead (I wrote more about that here). You can do this by closing your eyes and holding your hand above different crystals. Feel the energy and vibration from the crystals and choose the one that resonates the best with you. I’ve found that my body and energy vibration knows what I need before I do, and allowing my own vibrational energy to choose the crystal that reacts with it works better for me. Another way you can do this is by researching the different crystals and stones available to you and choosing the one you think you need. Different crystals have different properties and can be used for different things based on their vibrational frequency and energy inherent in them.

Popular Crystals and their Properties

*Amethyst – One of the most popular crystals for healing, amethyst is perfect for anyone who needs some balance in their life. Amethyst is known to bring calmness and focus to the mind, stress relief, and stimulates motivation and memory. Physically, amethyst is thought to balance the hormones, strengthen the immune system, and help keep you sober. The name actually comes from the Greek word “amethystos”, roughly translating to “not drunken”.

*Clear Quartz – Clear Quartz, or Crystal Quartz, is a powerful healing and and meditation crystal. Its vibrational frequency and energy make it the perfect stone for protection and balancing of energies, both physically and spiritually. Crystal Quartz can be used to enhance psychic ability and is easily adaptable, allowing for “programming” with intention to be used for the desired effect. Physically, Crystal Quartz is said to promote healing and balance as well as stimulating the immune system.

*Rose Quartz – Widely known as the crystal of love, Rose Quartz is the perfect crystal for those suffering with heartache. Rose Quartz encourages unconditional love of the self as well as others. It stimulates peace, forgiveness, and compassion for those around you. It is also used to stimulate the wearer’s sense of self-worth as well as healing emotional wounds. Physically, Rose Quartz is thought to stimulate the circulatory system, increase fertility, and protect against miscarriage.

Some final thoughts…

Although healing crystals do work, it is worth pointing out that crystals should not be used exclusively for healing of any ailment, physically or mentally. I always advocate for using alternative healing methods in conjunction with modern medicine. It is also good to point out that some crystals and stones should not be worn directly on the skin, ingested, left out in the sun, or get wet. Please be sure to do your research before embarking on any alternative therapy.

Sources

(1) The Problematic Status of Christian Amulets
(2) Marcel Vogel: Dreamhill Research Facility
(3) 10 Popular Healing Crystals

I Need to Say Something

I Need to Say Something

I don’t have a passion in life. Simply put. This might not be Wicca related, or it might be. I don’t know at this point. I’m basically writing this to get it off my chest because it is something that weighs very heavily on me most days. With my 27th birthday coming up in the next few days, that feeling is getting heavier. I’m not where I want to be in life and, growing up, it was always pounded into us that we should know what we want to be “when we grow up”.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a job that I’m good at that I even have a degree in. But none of that matters. That just proves that with hard work you can keep moving forward. I’m missing that spark in life. That thing that gets me riled up and excited. I’m stuck in a cycle of sleep-work-repeat and I don’t know how to get out of it.

There are things I enjoy doing, and I pick up an interest in other things along the way. Once I reach a certain point with those things, I begin to lose interest in them and they fall by the wayside. I want to eventually make a career out of the spiritual and crafty things I can do, but I’m also a person who is terrified of failure. So much so that if I won’t try something new if I know I won’t be good at it, or if I even think I won’t be good at it.

I can crochet really well. I can knit ok. I can embroider ok. I can read tarot ok. I can meditate ok. I can give great advice most times.

I’m just blabbering on right now, but I needed to get this off my chest. I haven’t uploaded a new video on YouTube in a bit because…well, I haven’t recorded one, because I want the content that I post to be worth posting. I don’t want to put out crappy content, and I’m not entirely happy with what I’ve uploaded so far. See, I’m a perfectionist, and it really sucks when I have so many things and ideas I want to do, but no real passion for any of them, no matter how much i enjoy doing them.

Anyways, thanks to the handful of you who will read this shit-post lol

Until we meet again,

Megan

Tarot: The Fool’s Journey

The Major Arcana in tarot can be seen as a metaphor for life, with each of the 22 cards representing a major event/person/situation that we may experience on the physical plane. There’s a reason that the major arcana cards are called trump cards, and that’s because when they are pulled in a reading, they are given extra attention due to their importance in the deck. They don’t just stand alone. Each one leads to the next, either forwards or back, depending on your movement in life and the direction that your soul needs to take in this life to achieve its goals. Each image pictured below is from the original Rider Waite deck, which you can find here. Follow along with me on the journey of the Fool.

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(0) The Fool – He sets out for the first time in this world with nothing to himself but what he has in his bag. He is oblivious, but happy. Full of hope. He has no idea of the things that life can and will throw at him, and he doesn’t see the cliff he just might step off of if he isn’t careful. The Fool is the naivety in us all. The newborn soul stepping into this world for the first time. All he knows is the happiness he feels at being alive and part of the physical world and is ready to experience this life he has been given. He knows that the possibilities are endless, and it is fitting that this card is given the number 0, as it has no beginning and no end. The infinite number of possibilities give rise to the spontaneous nature of the Fool, whether to his detriment or not.

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(I) The Magician – The Fool then encounters the Magician, who teaches the Fool that our consciousness and our willpower can affect the world around us. The Magician represents that active part of our creative awareness and impulses, teaching the Fool that all we need to create, we hold within us. The Fool simply needs to take the pieces of the puzzle and put them together, and the Magician teaches the Fool how to use the tools he is given to change his life.

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(II) The High Priestess – After meeting the Magician, the Fool encounters the High Priestess. She teaches the Fool about the mysteries of life and that sometimes they are better left as mysteries. She represents our hidden selves, the shadow of the unconscious, where all mysteries of the self are repressed. The High Priestess teaches the Fool that the shadow is not a bad thing. She shows the Fool that sometimes, it is within that shadow that our creativity may sit, waiting for the spark of imagination and idea to ignite it and bring it into the light.

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(III) The Empress – When the Fool meets the Empress, he knows he is safe. The Empress is a mother figure to the Fool. Through the Empress, the Fool learns to express and appreciate his love for nature and sensation. She teaches him to explore his surroundings and take in all that he sees. She is the Fool’s biggest fan and encourages his growth through the exploration of what is around him.

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(IV) The Emperor – Next, the Fool meets the Emperor who rules with strong will and strict adherence to the rules. He is the authority figure to the Fool and teaches him about structure, rules, and discipline. With the order that the Emperor teaches the Fool, the Fool begins to understand the way the world works. Rules will be enforced, and sometimes the Fool will not always get his way. However, with the guidance of the Emperor, the Fool begins to understand his place in the world.

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(V) The Hierophant – Soon the Fool ventures away from his home and meets the Hierophant. This is when he begins his formal education and starts to learn that there is more than one system of beliefs. The Hierophant teaches the Fool about the belief systems that surround him, and soon the Fool begins to find a place that he fits with others like him. The Fool learns the acceptable behaviors of the society and culture in which he lives, and takes delight in fitting in with his group.

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(VI) The Lovers – The Fool soon discovers the concept of love. He starts to long for companionship and relationship with another person, to become the half of a whole unit. He must understand that with love comes responsibility, and to be the half to a whole requires work on both parts in order for the partnership to be stable and last in happiness. The Fool begins to realize that a partnership with another person can bring joy to his life. He desires to share his beliefs and values with another person of like mind.

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(VII) The Chariot – As the Fool grows and matures, his Ego is mastered, as that is all he has had thus far. He is self-confident and in control of his situation and surroundings, leading him to be assertive in nature and dominant in the things he pursues. He is well-educated and believes at this point that he knows all that he needs in order to be successful in life, and he believes his current success will last.

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(VIII) Strength – Soon the Fool realizes that not everything is going as great as he wanted. Things begin to happen in his life that require Strength, and he learns that sometimes suffering is necessary to grow. By calling on his Strength, the Fool learns to grow his courage to stand his ground and get back up when he falls. The Fool realizes that to be strong, sometimes you must be soft. The Ego of the Chariot needs to be put back in its place before growth can happen on a larger scale.

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(IX) The Hermit – When the Fool meets the Hermit, he starts to question the things around him. The Hermit teaches the Fool to ask “Why?” and to search for deeper meaning in life. The Fool comes to understand that the sensuality that he felt when he encountered the Lovers is not all there is to life, and he secludes himself away to find the deeper truth to life.

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(X) Wheel of Fortune – Not everything in life is guaranteed, and when the Fool encounters the Wheel of Fortune, that becomes clear to him. The Wheel of Fortune teaches the Fool that even though it may not always be clear, everything is by design. The Universe and all of its parts work together in harmony, continuously turning and moving the world forward. The Fool has some questions answered and knows now that even though he may have a small part to play, every part is important. His perspective is widened and his sense of purpose is found again.

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(XI) Justice – With a wider perspective, the Fool meets Justice. Justice makes the Fool look back at his actions, inactions, and their consequences to view the causal relationship between them. The Fool has grown much so far and is now mature enough to take responsibility for his actions. Justice makes the Fool question his current path and wonder if he wants to continue on in life with an open perspective and clean slate or go back to his secluded, yet easier, life of unknowing.

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(XII) The Hanged Man – After meeting Justice, the Fool encounters the Hanged Man who is quite literally hanging upside down. The Hanged Man teaches the Fool that sometimes your actions have undesirable consequences that turn your world upside down. The Fool sees himself in the Hanged Man, and learns that sometimes you have to let go and give up your control in order to move forward and find peace. The Fool feels suspended in time, unable to move forward from the daunting place he is in, until he lets go and allows the Universe to do its work.

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(XIII) Death – One of the more upsetting figures that the Fool meets, Death has an important lesson to teach the Fool. Death is not always the end. Sometimes, Death clears away the things that need to be gone from the Fool’s world in order to pave the path for new and better opportunities and learning experiences. Even though the Fool may feel he is suffering due to the Death of the old and unnecessary, Death teaches the Fool to rise up and face the new dawn. To grow once again where the old was removed.

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(XIV) Temperance – To say the Fool’s journey so far has been harmonious would be false. The Fool has swung back and forth on the emotional spectrum, from the hard and ego-centered ruler of the Chariot to the secluded and introspective character of the Hermit. Temperance teaches the Fool the joy in a harmonious life, one that is ruled by moderation instead of extremes. The Fool has now combined all aspects of himself into one, a centered and stable whole who is able to experience the extreme emotions of the Chariot and the Hermit without letting it overrun his thoughts and actions.

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(XV) The Devil – Soon after, the Fool encounters the Devil. The Devil’s lesson for the Fool may be a difficult one to learn, but it is one that is needed. The Devil teaches the Fool that sometimes, we may feel lost and hopeless. The Devil shows the Fool that though he may be happy with what he has now, the chains that bind him to the material world are holding him back and he only needs to free himself of these chains to continue to grow and lose any sense of despair he might have.

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(XVI) The Tower – The Fool wants to shake the despair that has bubbled to the surface after meeting with the Devil, and thus encounters the Tower. The Tower is not a physical place but a place within the Fool. It represents the wall he has built around his ego and he knows now that he needs the enlightenment brought by a sudden change to knock down the walls of his tower, topple the crown of his pride, and free the truth within.

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(XVII) The Star – The Star brings the Fool the peace and serenity after the storm of emotion that the Devil caused and the overthrowing of the Fool’s pride by the tower. The Star teaches the Fool to hide behind no disguise and be true to himself. The Fool’s trust in himself is restored, and the Star shines brightly, reminding the Fool to share the love and spread generosity whenever he can.

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(XVIII) The Moon – After the emotional turmoil caused by the Devil and Tower, and the restoration of the Fool’s trust in himself by the Star, what might the Fool possibly encounter next? The Moon shows the Fool not to get lost in his emotional state of being. In his state of pure bliss, the Fool is susceptible to the illusions of reality and a dreamy condition that could bring rise to living in a fantasy. The Moon reminds the Fool not to get lost in his thoughts, as he might end up feeling bewildered and lost when the reality of the situations at hand hit him.

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(XIX) The Sun – With the reminder of the Moon in his mind, the Fool then encounters the Sun. The Sun shines light on the Fool, illuminating all that might be hidden in the darkness and reminds the Fool that without darkness, there can be no light. The Sun directs the Fool’s imagination and dispels the clouds of uncertainty and fear that hold the Fool back. With the light shining on him, the Fool feels empowered and begins to understand the goodness in the world instead of just feeling it.

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(XX) Judgement – The Fool has finally began to shed his ego-driven facade in honor of his true self. Judgement calls to the Fool to examine his past mistakes and, though he may regret them, the Fool now understands that the mistakes made were due to his ignorance and fear. Judgement comes to ask the Fool which values he is going to cherish in this life and allow him to let go of that which no longer serves him. The Fool is now ready to follow his dreams, having the knowledge and experiences he needs to realize his purpose in this life.

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(XI) The World – As the final thing that the Fool encounters, the World is exactly as it sounds. The Fool steps out into the World with a new understanding of life, love, and happiness. He knows now with his experiences that he has the tools he needs to achieve his dreams and spread his message through the world. He becomes actively involved in the growth and achievements in his life, forever reaching higher to continue his growth and achieve his life’s destiny.

Though the Fool’s journey may be over for now, he is us and we are him. He will continue to grow, and he may revisit any of those he met along the way at any time in his life when it is necessary. We all need a reminder sometimes that we shouldn’t lead with pride, rule with an iron fist, or succumb to our fantasies. Let the story of the Journey of the Fool guide you in your life.


Witch by Lisa Lister || Book Review

Witch by Lisa Lister || Book Review

 

“A witch is a wise woman, a healer. Yet for so long the word “witch” has had negative connotations. In this book, third generation hereditary witch Lisa Lister explains the history behind witchcraft, why identifying as a healer in past centuries led women to be burned at the stake, and why the witch is reawakening in women across the world today. All women are witches, and when they connect to source, trust their intuition, and use their magic, they can make medicine to heal themselves and the world. This book is a re-telling of Herstory, an overview of the different schools of witchcraft and the core principles and practices within them. Discover ancient wisdom made relevant for modern witches: •The wheel of the year, the sabbats, the cycles of the moon. •Tools to enhance your intuition, including oracle cards and dowsing, so that you can make decisions quickly and comfortably. •Understanding the ancient use of the word “medicine”. •How to work with herbs, crystals, and power animals so that you have support in your spiritual work. •How to build and use a home altar to focus your intentions and align you with seasonal cycles, the moon cycles, and your own intentions for growth. •Cleanse, purify, and create sacred space. •Work with the elements to achieve deep connection with the world around you.In addition, Lisa teaches personal, hands-on rituals and spells from her family lineage of gypsy witch magic to help you heal, manifest, and rediscover your powers. Above all, Lisa shows that we really are “the granddaughters of the witches that they couldn’t burn” – Book Description from Amazon

Book Details:
* Available on Kindle
* $15.99 for Paperback
* 304 pages long

Lisa Lister is a self-proclaimed “menstrual maven”, a third-generation gypsy witch, and the founder of something called SHE flow, a “personal invite for women to celebrate the fiercely feminine, sensual pleasure of being a woman through movement, massage, menstrual mysteries, and magic.”

I’m really on the fence about this book. Some parts of it are written well with good information, but others are full of exclusive and extreme feminism. Lisa Lister makes note in the “About This Book” section that this book will probably piss off traditional witches, Pagans, men, and the transgender community. And she’s not wrong. Even as a cisgender woman and feminist, I found a lot of the feminism-focused writing to be hard to read because of how exclusive it is. She talks of things like “pussy power” and “womb breathing”, centering the entirety of her feminism around those people who have vaginas, wombs, and a capability to menstruate. She calls these people women, but not all women have vaginas or wombs, and not all women want them or feel the “power” in their monthly cycle.

I can agree with some of her writing on patriarchy, but I disagree with her methods and teachings regarding how to combat the oppression that women have faced in the last several hundred years. She does make a good point about how, in ancient times, women were revered as magick-makers, and that our monthly cycle can be a magickal thing. Especially when you think about the fact that our cycle can align with the cyclic nature of the moon and Her phases.

Because of her style of writing and the words that she chooses, I actually decided to keep track of how many times she used the words womb and pussy, because it made me a little uncomfortable to read since I am not someone who centers my magickal experience around my menstrual cycle.

Womb: at least 77
Pussy: at least 10

She also states in her introduction that we must also connect with HE, the Divine masculine. “It’s time to connect with HE, the divine masculine, because wholeness is what we’re all seeking” (xvi), but she only mentions the Divine masculine maybe a handful of times in the entire book, surely less than I can count on one hand.

If you can get past the feminism and womb-centered idea of healing, you might like this book. I divided it into two different sections, because that’s how it appeared to me. The first half of the book is all about reclaiming the power of women using our wombs, vaginas, sexual appeal, and menstrual cycle. I didn’t like this part of the book because it is not a good representation of what I feel feminism should be (inclusive, not man-hating, and good for everyone, not just the women) and I don’t think this type of extreme feminism has a place in witchcraft.

The second half of the book has loads of good information regarding the Sabbats, moon phases, crystals, herbs, and spell work. She says some things that I definitely agree with in regards to tools, how to cast spells, and what needs to be done in terms of focus to help you be successful in your endeavors. She reminds us of what we so often forget, especially in the practice of Wicca. Working with the darkness is not inherently bad. Its like that saying in the witchcraft circles that I’ve seen. You can’t know how to heal if you don’t know how to curse. Now, that’s not something that a lot of people agree with, and that’s ok. It is a reminder that knowing the darkest parts of yourself will help you along in whatever it is that you want to do. You don’t need to embrace your shadow, but you do need to acknowledge that it is there and that it has a lesson to teach you.

“Its in the darkness that roots grow deeper…” (52)

“I invite you to feel into the truth behind the actions you hear or read about. Get curious. What was the motivation?” (61)

“We realize that we’re not separate after all. Instead, we’re interwoven; and the wisdom of Mumma Earth flows through each and every one of us.” (109)

“It’s the focus, concentration, intentions and desires that reside within YOU that are the real ‘tools’ of the witch.” (150)

“What’s important is that you cast your spell with honesty, clarity, focus, and intent.” (161)

She also says some things that I disagree with or that make me feel extremely uncomfortable. For example, the following quote in talking about five witch archetypes that she believes are part of each of us made me shudder. I don’t even want to think of anyone prodding my vagina with a broomstick, for any reason. I think she could have chosen much better words. Words that don’t bring about the shadow of sexual assault to those of us who have experience unwanted “prodding”.

“I share them as a broomstick-prod to your pussy…” (104)

She also seems to change the meaning of the word “virgin” and I’ve looked, trying to find a source for her definition (we know how much I love my sources). I found several articles that use this definition, but I couldn’t find a source for the so-called “ancient” definition of the word. Latin-Dictionary.net defines the Latin word “virgo” from which “virgin” originates as a “maiden, young woman, [or] girl of marriageable age”, so it is possible that the original meaning of the word virgin was somewhere along the lines of what Lisa writes, but it might be a bit far fetched to say that it meant sexually independent like she writes.

“Ishtar, Diana, Astarte and Isis were all called Virgin too, but that didn’t mean ‘sexually chaste’ as Christianity has had us believe. Instead, it meant ‘sexually independent’. A woman unto herself.” (66)

Overall, this book was okay. I was able to move past the feminism since I already have strongly held convictions regarding the topic. I enjoyed the writing about the different types of witches and religious paths, the section on crystals and their meanings, and the writing about the Sabbats. I also liked that she gave recipes and ritual frameworks based on her own practices so that we know she isn’t just writing to make a buck and regurgitating information.

Would I recommend this book? Yeah, but only if you don’t mind, or can get past, the way she writes about feminism, being a true woman witch, and healing from the womb and vagina. However, if you are new to the practice of witchcraft in any of its forms, new to feminism, are an identified male (or otherwise not a cisgender female), believe that trans-women are women, etc. I would not recommend this book for you unless you are capable of reading it while disregarding her unwillingness to be politically correct.

While I applaud Lisa for writing about something that she strongly believes in, and writing with such conviction, that part just wasn’t for me.

If you’d like to check out the book for yourself, click the link below.

Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.


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Wicca for Beginners by Sophia Silvervine || Book Review

Wicca for Beginners by Sophia Silvervine || Book Review

I have to say, I didn’t like this book at all. It is written in very plain language, with a lot of summarizing and not much detail. Also, if you’ve read my other reviews, you know how I am about sources and misinformation. This book is full of it. I’d like to start off with some quotes that I’ve pulled that I 100% disagree with, along with some brief notes and explanations of why I disagree. The quotes below are numbered, and my comments are in brackets. 

Wicca Book of Shadows by Lisa Chamberlain || Book Review

Wicca Book of Shadows by Lisa Chamberlain || Book Review

This book is exactly what it says (I love it when books do that!). Lisa Chamberlain does a wonderful job of giving a general history of the Book of Shadows, what it is, what it can contain, how to use it, and how to create one. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book and did not find a template for creating your own Book of Shadows. I do find issue with some statements made that could use sources for her information, but most of it seems valid. 

The Ultimate Wicca Handbook by Raven Starwind || Book Review

The Ultimate Wicca Handbook by Raven Starwind || Book Review

This book claims to be an “ultimate” guide to Wicca and witchcraft, but it is anything but that. You can see by the list of things included that it looks like a lot, but keep in mind that this book is only 36 pages long. There is no detail, no spirituality, no depth, to this supposed ultimate guide book. It also seems to be very scattered in the placement of the sections. In my opinion, this book was written by someone who just wanted to write something quickly and put it out there to make money off of unsuspecting novice Wiccans. This is not an “ultimate” guidebook, and I wouldn’t even call it a guidebook at all. Let’s look at some quotes and I’ll tell you my thoughts on them.

Hot Air Balloons: A Metaphor for Life?

Hot Air Balloons: A Metaphor for Life?

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Recently, we went to the Bacon, Brews, and Balloons Festival here in Redmond, Oregon, and a thought struck me as I watched these hot air balloons inflate. I was also thinking about how scary it would be (for me, at least) to be up in a hot air balloon. Think about it, though. You can’t control where it goes once it is in the air. There’s no way to steer a hot air balloon and the only thing you can control is the altitude! A good hot air balloon pilot can plot out their course based on extensive review of the weather and wind maps, but that can all change relatively quickly.

It made me think about life’s course on the physical plane, and how we think we’re in control of everything, but most times we aren’t. The best made plans can (and will) fail at some point in your life, and your altitude (mood, reaction, etc.) will change. You may be cruising along at a steady pace, on course, with a good altitude, but something in your life comes like a rogue wind and knocks you off course. You can’t change the wind, but you can choose how you react to it.

A good hot air balloon pilot knows to stay calm throughout the rogue wind, and even though they may be knocked off course, they might find a better place to land or see a better view of the world below them. They don’t jam open the valve at full capacity and come crashing back down to the earth below them. They don’t panic. And neither should you. Instead, they radio to their crew and let them know what’s happening, where they’re headed now, and how they’re doing.

Life may knock you off course or ruin some plan you had for yourself or your family, but choosing how you react to the change will determine how it goes from then on out. Don’t deflate yourself to come crashing back down to earth. Don’t panic and forget what you know. Let the wind carry you when this happens. Get in touch with your crew, whoever that may be, and communicate with them, whether you need help or just to let them know how you’re faring.

Let the God and Goddess show you your new path.

The Art of Choosing Crystals and Stones

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Moss Agate, Red Jasper, and Yellow Citrine

For many witches and Wiccans alike, stones and crystals are an important part of their practice. I admit, I haven’t always been that connected to stones or crystals! I didn’t feel like they played a part in my practice or my spirituality at all. Over time, though, that has changed and my spiritual practice has grown significantly. I’m learning every day, and I would like to share with you how I choose any new stones or crystals to bring into my spiritual practice, or life in general!

The stones pictured above are, in fact, mine. I just got them yesterday at a local event when my mom’s booth was set up next to this vendor. I’ll link to the vendor’s website because she is an awesome person with a wonderful vibe. She knows her stones and crystals and is just an amazing person to be around. We’ve been next to or around each other at this vendor event a few times and I’ve gotten to talk to her about where she gets her stones and crystals.

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Rose Quartz heart held by my daughter, bought from the same vendor

Sometimes when choosing crystals, people will research the crystal they think they need and then go searching for it. This is totally fine, and I’m not knocking anyone who chooses their crystals this way. However, I do it very differently.

Instead of researching the huge amount of crystals and stones that are available in the world, I let the crystal/stone choose me. When choosing the crystals and stones I bought yesterday (image above), I spent a few minutes looking at the table that was set up with all the different ones available. I placed my hand in a few different bowls that seemed to call out to me and held a few in my hand. I let the crystal or stone resonate with me and interact with my vibration and, depending on the reaction I get when I hold the item, I decide whether or not this is something that I need. I go into this with no prior knowledge or research about the different crystals and stones that I’m looking at for a reason.

Crystals and stones vibrate at different frequencies depending on their spiritual and magickal uses. If I feel that our vibrations don’t mesh well when I hold them, they aren’t the stone I need at that time. If our vibrations do mesh well, I consider them depending on price and source of the stone. Because let’s face it, just because I’m a Wiccan doesn’t mean I’m made of money. I would love to have the most beautiful and expensive stones, but that’s not practical.

Once I find a crystal or stone that resonates with me, I then choose from the ones available of that kind. This is based on how aesthetically pleasing I find the specific stones or crystals that I’ve selected. Sometimes they aren’t even the most beautiful of the stones of their kind! I believe that if I find the stone or crystal pleasing to look at, then there’s a reason. It’s like it calls to me and knows that I need it.

This method has never failed me, and sometimes the metaphysical properties of the crystal or stone that I choose are things I didn’t even know I needed until I really thought about my life in that moment.

How do you choose your crystals? Let me know in the comments!


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Viper Lapidary – local crystal and stone vendor specializing in stones, crystals, and magickal jewelry

*note: this is not a paid post and I did not get any credit/monies/gifts for featuring Viper Lapidary, I just like her as a person and her products are awesome

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