Crystals & Lithomancy

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Most of us love crystals we like to wear them as jewellery or have them on display at home but they can also be used for meditation, manifestation, healing, psychic development and readings.

With loads of different types of crystals to choose from it can get a bit confusing on where to start so here are a few that might help if you are a beginner.

Tigers Eye is used for grounding and protection, both of which are really important when you start opening up your psychic abilities.

When it comes to actually opening up, Amethyst is a really good crystal to use.  In ancient cultures, only the Priestesses, Priests or Kings had access to the mystery of this stone and it is said to effectively plug us in to the cosmos itself, opening us and deepening our intuition and psychic ability.

Flourite is believed to take us even further along that journey but it needs be used with a lot of respect and reverence as it can open us up really quickly this a powerful stone and it should be used with great care.

Rose Quartz is linked with the heart chakra and is the stone of unconditional love,
very good especially if you are thinking of working as a psychic reader as it will also help you put aside your own judgements and do your readings from a pure heart.

Citrine is a lovely light coloured stone that can help us feel optimistic and deeply
connect with a strong sense of our own abilities and self worth, so it’s great for boosting confidence along the way.

Clear Quartz crystals these crystals can absorb negative energy and they can also be bought in a wand shape for directing energy also look out for ones that are still in their natural form with a point, rather than those that are polished into spherical or other shapes.

Before you use your crystals, it’s important to cleanse them.  To do this, simply hold the stone under running water, as the water runs over the stone, visualise it being cleansed.

So now that your crystal is cleansed its ready for action, so now need to charge it, this means “instructing” the stone to do what you require of it, and you especially need to do this part if you are working with clear quartz or healing stones that have a particular healing property they need to be reminded of what it is that they will be doing, and it is very handy to do this if you will be giving it to a loved one, you have to tell it exactly what you want.

So find a comfortable and quiet place, so that you can connect with the energies within the crystal, hold the crystal and breathe slowly and deeply, feeling the crystal within your hand and focus upon how you want it to help you. In the beginning you may feel a little silly doing this but as you progress, you will become more and more used to it and may also find yourself meditating whilst charging them.

Keep them in a safe place where they can’t be handled by others, and ask that no one touch them or put them in a small pouch or box out of sight if you don’t feel comfortable explaining what you are doing.

Once you feel comfortable and have collected a few could give Lithomancy at try, it’s the ancient art of casting stones, and this is a very basic method it will get you started and working with your crystals on a psychic level.

This is a simple yes or no method the stones are as decided before the cast. For example, a black and white stone can be selected and the black one means “no” and the white one “yes” Then cast the stones having decided that, say, the one that lands closest to you is the answer, other variations that you might use is a silver one meaning “maybe”. Or use four stones – a white, black, silver, and brown, and have the silver one mean “maybe yes” and the brown one “maybe no”. A popular reading is to use five stones, with one being the Personal Stone. Then the stone that lands closest to the personal stone indicates the answer.

Have fun, connect with your crystals and see which ones work for you, and if you’re like me over time you will end have a whole collection to work with and admire.

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The Shamanic Journey

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Traveling to the Lower World.

Shamanism for thousands of years has helped with personal intuitive development and divination. It is effective in working to heal the self. Shamanism can support and sustain positive personal growth and enhance your spiritual connection. Journeying is a powerful meditative state. It takes us into a very special level of consciousness that helps us work more deeply with our intuition with spiritual guidance.

Prolonged hypnotic drumming is used to promote relaxation and the experience of a trance-like visionary awareness. Through journeying, we can find alternative realms during our visions and dreams through spirit travel we can open the door to an awareness to other worlds. These other worlds are sources of the energy, creativity and passion, finding our way there can be a blessing that brings us wisdom and self-empowerment in a positive, healing way.

Journeying is often done lying down, with our eyes closed, while in a trance-like state we travel to other realms. There are generally three types of journeys that can be undertaken.

Lower World can be a dimension of healing and self- empowerment. Upper World can be a place of wisdom and teaching. In Middle World, where spirit is present and ready to work with us.

To begin, get comfortable, lie down, breathe deeply, close your eyes, allow yourself to be carried by the rhythm of the drum. Focus on a specific intent such as “I want to meet and ask advice of my Spirit Helpers” or “I want to talk with my Guardian Angel” or “I want to work on healing for myself.

Begin by focusing on and going to a favorite safe place. Many people choose a beautiful garden or beach, and then look for an entryway into the earth, maybe through a hollow in a tree. This entryway often leads to a tunnel that then leads somewhere else. That somewhere else – whatever it may be like – is the Lower World which is what we are using for this journey. As you are being carried by the sound of the drumming, let yourself explore this wonderful place, seeking out your Spirit Helpers. The Lower World often has a loving, earthy feel. It is frequently inhabited by Spirit Guides who are deeply connected to Mother Earth, mythical animals and elfin creatures.

When you encounter a being in your traveling, whether its human, animal, angel or spirit , ask it if it is in fact your Spirit Guide, Helper, Teacher or Power Animal. You can ask its name, what wisdom or message it has for you, why is it in your life, what you can or should work on together. Then, let your Journey proceed, doing as your Helper directs. At the end of the journey you hear the callback rhythm of the drum a sound like four insistent rapping on a door, or when you feel you have completed your Journey’s you can tell your Helpers that you wish return to ordinary reality. Remember to thank them for their assistance, lastly you will hear a series of light, rapid drumbeats, during this rhythm, allow yourself to drift gently back into your body. Reverse the path you took during your spirit travel. There will then be a second series of the four rapping’s on the door. That’s the time to let yourself properly reconnect with your body. Slowly, gently open your eyes. Come back to realty.

New shaman meditation group is  starting soon for more information send a message to bookings@magicandglitter.co.uk

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May – Flower Moon

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On May 10th we have the full moon in Scorpio.

The flower moon in Scorpio invites us to embrace love, intelligence and creativity, it leads us to try and experience new things, as well as heal and release old emotions. Don’t not forget that Scorpio has a sting in its tail, so take each new step slowly and calmly.

It is the fifth full moon of the year, the name of the month comes from Maia, the roman goddess of fertility, chastity, wealth and health. May is the month of flowers and berries, the time to fill our home with flowers.

The moon of May is powerful for performing all kinds of magic to develop and strengthen your spiritual side as well as a time of transformation and understanding your personal power by knowing that you are not alone, and that you have a team of spirit guides and angels that are on your side to help you move through life.

Many astrologers and ancient cultures have always believed that the Scorpio full moon is one of the most powerful for reaching out to ancient ancestors and guardian spirits. It is also believed to be one of the best full moon’s for rituals and manifestation work and psychic readings.

With so much magic energy circling in the first part of May, it is going to be impossible not to feel the effects of this full moon.

When the moon is in the water signs like Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces it is a good time for magic involving the element water, for increasing our intuition and to bring about changes.

When the moon is in Scorpio, it is also good for revealing secrets using magic, spells and rituals, related to passion, love and intense emotions, It is the best night to make love potions and spells, so during this moon why not take full advantage of her power 🙂

You can use it to combat apathy or depression if you have been feeling a little off balance lately.

It is the moon of knowledge, the best moon to conjure spirits that reveal the past and the future of things. The full moon nourishes us with energy in every aspect of our life, but not everything is love or light remember that the moon also has its dark side that assumes an important role in balancing our emotions and different facets, the moon in Scorpio produces uncomfortable situations where jealousy, resentment, revenge, violence, desires and passions are intermingled.

Rituals & Magic

This lunar phase is a good time to carry out regressions, have psychic / future readings and strengthen clairvoyance.

On this moon you can also invoke water nymphs and inhabitants of the deep sea.

Use blue shades green candles for rituals, altars should face west if possible.

Crystals: Moonstone, Emerald, Amber, Jade and Pearls.

Moon flowers: Lilies & Roses

Colours: Yellow, Blue and all shades of Green.

Animal, the Bull and the Eagle.

Incense, Angelica, Cinnamon and Star anise

Maia, goddess of prosperity and health with her blessing you receive calm to make good decisions. Draw the magic circle, this time we can do this either in a room or in an open space. Burn some cinnamon sticks or incense, fill a small cauldron with a blend of essential oils that have floral scents, your choice, flower petals of different colours, sugar, cinnamon and a piece of peridot or agate, while mixing recite the following.

“We wake Nature up and in this ritual we invoke its spirits, make me tolerant, make me patient, make me wise and accompany me in every choice and every step with calm and wisdom.”

Remove the crystal from the mixture and bury it as an offering to the spirits. You can use the mixture try adding it to your bath.

Love Spell

During May full moon we can make this simple but effective love spell place in your Altar some flowers and roses, symbolizing the nature and the power of spring. In a circle made with rose petals place a rose quartz, burn a jasmine incense stick and light a strawberry or other scented candle, write in a paper or parchment your full name and that of your loved one, write your love one’s initials on a rose petal and your initials on another rose petal.

Place both petals and the parchment inside of an envelope with the crystal, close it and anoint it with a few drops of essential oil roses or jasmine oil at each end, leave it on the altar until midnight, then light a new red candle and burn it. The only thing left will be the rose quartz and ashes, which you will bury in a garden the following morning.

If you have been thinking about having a reading, to see where your life is heading this would be a good week to book one and start to make some positive changes.

(Some aspects have been taken from the Rites of Happiness: Secrets, Spells & Reflections by Elhoim Leafar)

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5 Simple Grounding Tips for Kids

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You’ve probably heard of “grounding,” right?

Grounding is what we call it when we plug back in to the Earth.

Imagine it like recharging your phone. You know the feeling you get after visiting the beach or a national park? The clarity, energy and feeling of connection?

Have you ever considered that your children might need to “plug in” too?

In fact, it’s super important for kids and probably the number one thing I recommend to parents to help with a whole range of issues including sleep, anxiety and sibling tension.

When we become ‘ungrounded’ we kind of vacate our physical body because it doesn’t feel safe anymore. The environment or situation might be overwhelming, chaotic or scary. Your child might take on a glazed look in their eyes almost like ‘the lights are on, but no one’s home!’

Your child might become very loud in an effort to drown out the perceived ‘chaos’…

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A Brief History Of Opals

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A short while ago I wrote a piece giving you a glimpse into the fascinating history of pearls and the other day whilst reading through some myths on jewellery I was reminded of the wonderful history of another favourite of mine, the opal. I have dipped into Fire Opals, which are not real opals, but thought it was time I dipped into the real thing.

Opals have been described by writers in many different ways, and none of them seem to catch the beauty, hints at volcanoes, fire and lightening are ripe in literature and is often referred to with implications of bad luck and evil, but what is this stone really all about? What is the history?

The earliest known opal artifacts were discovered in Kenya, and have been dated to back to 4000 B.C., it is believed that they most likely originated from Ethiopia. It is odd that…

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Beltane

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Beltane is one of my favourite pagan holidays because it represents fertility, abundance and growth.  Like Samhain, the opposite holiday on the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin, and a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits.

A festival of fun and merriment, a time of feasting and Maypole dancing,  as we celebrate the woodland union of The God and Goddess it is a time of rejoicing in the Earth’s fertility.  A beautiful time of year, often some of the sunniest warm days and surrounded by May blossoms, bluebells in the forests the whole world blooming with new life.

Beltane is associated with the Celtic God Bel, also known as Balor or Belenus. He is a God of Light and Fire, and associated with the Sun (akin to the Greek Apollo). Fires were the traditional symbol of Beltane.

Maypole dancing, originally a trunk of a fir tree with side branches removed, but you can use any large branch to tie your ribbons on its great fun. It also represents the ancient phallic symbol of fertility and the God aspect. The cauldron represents the goddess for love romantic and well as self love.

People would jump over the sacred Beltane fire, the young, unmarried men would leap the bonfire and wish for a wife, while young women would leap to ensure fertility.

Beltane fire ritual

Build a fire outside make sure it’s somewhere safe and dance round it with your partner or friends. In ancient times this was done naked after drinking a fair amount of wine. It was probably more fun that way! Anyway, fully clothed is more an expectable way to have a fire ceremony.

Designate a May Queen and King of the Forest to lead the celebrations and dancing. Invite your loved ones and friends to celebrate and together you eat and drink.

Beltane blessing

Beltane is here, and we welcome the time of fertility.
We greet this season of fire, love, and passion
with open arms and loving hearts.
We come together to create life
to honour the Divine union between masculine and feminine
from which all life flows.
As the Earth grows and creates life, we shall grow and create life.
So mote it be.

Beltane celebrations

Gods and Goddesses of Beltane – Green Man, Spring Maiden, May Queen.

Prepare a crown of flowers for the May Queen/Maiden.

Prepare a crown of greenery and a staff with bells, long ribbons and leaves for the Green Man.

Beltane Incense: Mulberry, lilac and frankincense.

Candle Colours: Yellow and White.

Ritual Colours: Green and Yellow.

Decorate your Altar with green and yellow, May blossom and young Oak leaves.

Kindle a bonfire, make and cook your own oatcakes.

Create your own Maypole, crown with a circle of young leaves, fresh May blossom and flowers, decorate with ribbons and bells. Go dance and enjoy

Decorate your altar in vibrant flowers you can use roses and flowers in any rainbow hues, and don’t forget your crystals.

Make your own sacred maypole using found wood, rainbow ribbons, and topped with a quartz point you can also place this on your altar.

If you’re looking to attract a new love, light a purple or green candle on the evening before May 1, and again on May 1 night, while you visualize the relationship coming into your life, asking that it manifest for the highest good of all.

So it is, so it shall be, and so it has always been. As you celebrate this special day, let the colours of nature inspire you to remember that all things bloom again, and a time for lovers to find each other again.

May you find yourself, your spirit, your passion, remember it’s never too late for you to become who you are intended to be.

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Self – Love

 

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Do things you like to do
Don’t stay in a job you don’t like
Participate in life at the highest level you can
Stop terrorising yourself with your thoughts
Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself
Give yourself the simple pleasures of life abundantly
Wear clothes you feel good in, get a massage etc
Watch what you say. Avoid self put-downs
Stop being critical of yourself and others
Take care of your body
Give it exercise and good food
Be willing to create a life-style that generates and nourishes self-esteem
Associate with others with high esteem
Acknowledge yourself frequently.
Keep a diary of your successes and accomplishments
Avoid comparing yourself with others
Remember that it’s who we are, not what we do, that’s important
Give yourself permission to do nothing periodically
Schedule time by yourself
Frequently take deep breaths
Discover the benefit and pleasure of breathing fully
Eat first class frequently
Don’t look at the right side of the menu
Stop trying to change others
Focus your attention on being the way you want others to be
Look into a mirror regularly
and say I love you, I really love you
Stop feeling guilty and saying I’m sorry
See mistakes as valuable lessons and avoid judging yourself
Consciously generate positive thoughts and feelings of self-love
in place of old thoughts of inadequacy
Be willing to laugh at yourself and at life
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Mercury Retrograde – How Will It Affect You?

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April 9th 2017  – May 3rd 2017 in Aries, then Taurus

Mercury is the ruling planet of all communications, speech, verbal, written, typed and texted.

Including business partnerships, creative projects, friendships, romance, it’s pretty much everything that revolves around communication.

It means things can go awry more than usual, and there are lessons to be learned during these phases.

Astrologers recommend easing off on certain aspects in our life, like starting new projects, signing contracts, completing important tasks.

Also if you’re planning on travelling then add extra time for delays or mishaps.

In generally, try to make space for heightened miscommunications among the people you interact with on a daily basis. Take time to centre yourself, be calm, and reflect.

When Mercury goes ‘retrograde’ or reverses its forward movement around the Sun, we feel it in the form of delays, hassles, misunderstandings.

Many of us are sighing, not again! Now I won’t get anything done!” While there will no doubt be delays and misgivings until Mercury turns direct, there is another side of this period that you may come to appreciate.

Mercury Retrograde is also a cosmic start over, If you want to try again at a relationship, a project, or business  idea, then you get a second chance with Mercury, who stops, backs up, and gives you another shot.

Mercury Retrograde can also bring communication from old relationships and you may be revisited by people who have been out of your life for, months, or even years.

If you’ve been chasing the future in full steam ahead mode and stressing yourself out Mercury Retrograde says let go and trust in the divine because you can’t control everything.

Just remember to breathe, and take things slowly. And never take anything personal during Mercury Retrograde!

Try to find some comfort in knowing that sometimes two steps back can in the end propel you 10 steps forward.

 

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Angel Workshop @ Greenacres

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Introduction to Angel card readings – 8th April 2017

Angel readings can help you put your life into perspective. With the help of the angelic realms they can help shed light on where you are now, whats blocking you and where you’re heading in the future.

What the workshop covers.
What are Angels, Archangels, Angels & their special responsibilities, Connecting with Angels, Angel Signs, Angel Meditation, Angel Card Readings learn about the seven main Angels and how to do Angel card readings.

Everyone one gets to practice and share thoughts or experiences on Angels with a group discussion, enjoy a lovely meditation, its a nice relaxed day that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.


8th April – 10.30am to 2.30 pm. Please bring a Note Pad & Angel Cards, lunch if you wish, Tea & Coffee will be provided.

You will need to book you place and make your payment up front as places are limited.

Cost £30 payment in full please ( use the pay pal link on Book a Reading page )

For more information email Bookings@magicandglitter.co.uk

Venue : Greenacres, Kiln Road, CM16 6AD Epping, Essex