Mercury stations and turns retrograde on August 12th, 2017. The retrograde will last for 23 days, until Mercury turns direct again on September 4th. The current Mercury Retrograde cycle is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Gravitating around the Sun, Mercury will turn direct exactly at 28°, which is the […]
Many describe the Mandrake Root as resembling the human shape of the Male and of the Female and in some cases certain body parts
Using the Mandrake Root will exercise control over the body
The Mandrake Root is most unearthed on Halloween
With the Olde Witches Tale that the Root would scream and bring bad luck to anyone who uproot it from the earth from those who would hunt for the Root in the woods
This came about to keep the greedy hands of illicit vendors and common folk away from it…and the rumor seemed to work out beautifullyThe Mandrake Root is handled with caution some wearing gardening gloves or rubber gloves when using it
Mandrake is Toxic
The Root contains narcotics and hallucinogenic alkaloids
Ingesting large doses can cause delirium and madness
It has a few nic names
Hand of Glory
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And so, we’re entering the August Eclipse season!
Eclipses always intensify the energies surrounding it, and this one is no different. Especially since it’s the window to the next New Moon in bright and passionate Leo again!
Tomorrow’s Full Moon in Aquarius will be shared with a Lunar Eclipse. This lunar eclipse will be seen all around the world except for the Americas. Even though in some parts of the world, we may not see it, we will certainly FEEL the energy rising and strengthening.
Eclipses usually bring forth unresolved, old or ignored parts of us, that we’ve chosen to leave in the dark (or maybe we’re unaware that they linger in darkness). It’s never really comfortable or fun to look at your shadow side and see it as clear as day. But this happens so we gain more clarity on who we are, who we want to be and…
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Half black and half white, Zebra Stone is as its name implies – a stone whose rhythmic pattern resembles that of the zebra. Through its own image, this striking stone is all about balance. Like the yin/yang of Chinese philosophy, Zebra Stone also possesses balanced qualities of opposing, yet complementary, forces. When combined, a dynamic equilibrium is reached, and we are then awakened to the prospect of eternity and how it relates to the turn of the Wheel.
It is also known as Zebra Marble, Zebra Jasper, and less often Zebra Agate.
Quiet the Mind
PHYSICAL HEALING PROPERTIES:
With black stripes to match its name sake animal, Zebra stone is one of the best stones for pain management. It is used to treat bone, teeth and gum issues, as well as vitamin deficiencies, muscle spasms, and heart palpitations. Zebra stone stimulates physical energy and is a good stone…
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The word witch is often associated with images of an old woman with warts and a large nose who’s into evil or scaring children. In the Wizard of Oz or other mythology, the witch was either good or bad but never both but these images and stereotypes are outdated and already in the midst of a makeover.
The way I see it, the new version of the witch is much different. She (though could be a he, for the purpose of this article I use feminine pronouns) works for the light and the dark and oscillates between being a loving mother and a wild lover. She has the beauty/power of the seductress and the brains/wisdom of the crone and knows when to use which. She is both the Earthy warrior goddess and the mysterious cosmic communicator.
I want to be this woman. And, as my latest issue of the magazine The…
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Spirits and witches go together like sunlight and solar panels. The ability to work with them effectively can make or break our magic, but developing a relationship with the other side doesn’t always come easy for everyone. Witches can work with the potent energies found in crystals, gemstones, and minerals to help them cross the hedge and build a better practice. This is my list of the seven stones (okay, there are actually thirteen on the list) that you should be working with if you are looking to boost your psychic abilities, make contact with spirits of all kinds, and travel the planes of existence.
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Litha: Summer Solstice – 21st/22nd June
Litha (Midsummer, Gathering Day, Summer Solstice, Alban Heffyn, Feill-Sheathain)
Incense: Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, Lavender
Decorations: Dried herbs, potpourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits.
Colours: blue, green, and yellow
The Fire Festival of Litha
Midsummer or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Because this Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, cook, shed light or purify and balefires still figure prominently at modern Midsummer rites.
Most cultures of the Northern Hemisphere mark Midsummer in some ritualised manner and from time immemorial people have acknowledged the rising of the sun on this day. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from…
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Feel the earth beneath your feet
Grounding is one of the first things that we are taught when beginning our practices of energy work and magic. Some people say that it doesn’t work, others abandon the practice of consciously grounding after a time, and some of us leave it behind because it is a basic technique, because we think that more complicated practices are more important. I do stress the importance of grounding, especially when out and around a lot of people, like shopping centres, bars even the gym.
Grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present. Grounding skills can be helpful in managing over helming feelings or intense anxiety. It helps some people to regain their mental focus from an often intensely emotional state.
Just take a few minutes each day to do your grounding, rather than just visualizing, use all of your senses. During grounding…
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It is very important to become fully acquainted with the Magical Year or the Wheel of the Year. Just as the ocean has tides, so does the energy around us. We are all made of energy and everything in the Invisible World and the World of Form is made of energy. Energy travels in waves so doing an increase spell during times of decrease is like trying to swim against a very strong current with an undertow.
The Wheel of the Year is divided into eight events that mark the progress of birth, death and rebirth of our world. These eight divisions are called Sabbats: Yule (winter solstice), Imbolc, Ostara (vernal equinox), Beltaine, Midsummer or Litha (summer solstice), Lughnasadh, Mabon (autumnal equinox), and Samhain. These Sabbats mark changes in the invisible tide of energy.
The Magical Year really ends and begins with Samhain but for our purposes here, we will…
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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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