Category: mythology

Crystal HerbalismThe Devotion of Tara 

Devotion is a deep and overwhelming magical loyalty, a feeling that is experienced rather than expressed in words. It wasn’t until I found Tara that I was able to root into the intensity of devotion.

Learn about the herstory behind Tara: HERE

Crystal Herbalism – White Stag Within A Crystal 

This is my sacred quartz wand, I found this small beauty a few years ago at a local crystal shop. I placed my hand into a bowl of quartz points and this was the one I drew out. During this time I was having visions of a white stag, the lord of the north, a faerie legend. When I saw a natural silhouette of a stag within this crystal, I knew it was meant for me.

Magick truly happens at a crystal shop.

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Crystal Herbalism – I AM A WITCH

I have been called a witch ever since I was a little girl. It was a way of people labeling me for my extrinsic beliefs and personality. I never was insulted by it because I found a sense of magic in knowing I was different.

The Beginning 

Growing up I never felt a part of something, in regards to the spiritual community. There were always too many labels and groups that didn’t fully align with what I believed in. I never had a church to attend or a “bible” to read, instead I found myself collecting parts of cultures and religions that vibed with my soul.

I created my own sense of spirituality through nature, Buddhist verses, and fairytales. I spent my days in the library, reading about Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Paganism, and Druidism. Like a vision board, I cut and pasted what resonated with me and that became my devotion.

Throughout my life I have met an array of people who have inspired me, from a Medicine Woman to a Gypsy, collecting their wisdom along the way. As I’ve gotten older I have grown into my beliefs, no longer seeking an institution rather knowledge. Books have continued to be my bible, like a gardener I harvest what ignites my being.

All Things Magic

With a collage of spiritual insight, I have never felt the need to define myself. But when I read the book Witch by Lisa Lister, I felt an awakening to do just that. After years of research and practice, I declared myself as only spiritual, because I wasn’t fully a Buddhist, Wicca, Pagan, or Druid, they had certain systems that I didn’t agree with. But as I laid out all my beliefs I found that magic flowed through them. Everything was rooted in goddess and nature energy, from praying to the feminist Buddha Tara to moon magick, I was living a witchy life. 

Witch. that word sparked something within me. Each time I said it out loud to myself, I felt my body rise with pride. I’ve always had a fascination with witchcraft but I ever took the step to declare myself as one, I felt like it was such a ancient practice that I didn’t know if I belonged. When I learned about the witch trials in grade school and I went home thinking, no wonder I cant have anything close to my neck, I was hung like them.

My child mind felt a deep connection with the witches that I studied in class. I remember walking home from school and pointing my index finger at the trees, imagining that I controlled the wind. It may have been the years of intense bulling that I endured, but I found a sense of power and solitude in all things magic.

Trust Reigns

The other night I called my father before I went to bed and he told me, “I always knew you were a witch. Ever since you were little you had powers.”

I’ve been blessed with a family that honored by witchiness. Any vision or dream I had, my parents would take them seriously, whether it was taking a different route to school or locking the back door, they respected my intuitive gifts. I never felt ashamed or embarrassed that I felt or saw things differently. 

There have been countless times where my visions and intuition have saved my life and others. It is a part of myself that I cant imagine living without.In many ways my parents nurtured that side of me, allowing that sixth sense to grow and strength with me. To this day my parents still honor my visions. somethings they even ask me for intuitive advice.

I Am A WITCH

I am at a point in my life where I feel unconditionally empowered and loved. I am grounded, abundant with knowledge, and secure with myself. I have waded through depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and bulling, to become the woman I am today. If it wasn’t for the darkness of my past, I wouldn’t be shining this bright.

Even as a four year old girl buying her first Buddha, I knew that magic resided within me. I just wasn’t ready to master it. So, over the years I continued to feed that alchemy with a spiritual practice of crystals, meditation, yoga, spells, grids, goddess mythology, prayer, herbalism, sound medicine, and astrology.

I have spent years learning the depth and feminine roots to that word, WITCH. I bow my head to the witchy women before me, listening to their kind whispers, Rise Sister.

I reclaim witchcraft as my path, understanding that it has been with me all along.

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crystalherbalism:

Wander into the numinous
realm of the goddess. Discover the legend and magic behind your
favorite divine female spirit. 

This series will be a month long, starting September 1st – 30th. Everyday a new goddess will emerge with:

  • Myth Meaning
  • Mantra
  • Symbolism
  • Crystal, moon, element, & flower affiliation
  • Spell/offering/blessing
  • Herbal tea recipe

DM me @ CrystalHerbalism with your goddess recommendation!

Wander into the numinous
realm of the goddess. Discover the legend and magic behind your
favorite divine female spirit. 

This series will be a month long, starting September 1st – 30th. Everyday a new goddess will emerge with:

  • Myth Meaning
  • Mantra
  • Symbolism
  • Crystal, moon, element, & flower affiliation
  • Spell/offering/blessing
  • Herbal tea recipe

DM me @ CrystalHerbalism with your goddess recommendation!

PELE – 

Hawaiian Goddess of Fire & Volcanoes 

“She who shapes the sacred land.”


Like warm blood, she streams down the earth into the sea as a

numinous

offering. Embers of her spirit glow like shards against the lava, she wades in and out of soft darkness. 

Pele lives at the summit of Kīlauea,within Halema‘uma‘u crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Her ancient presence is very similar to the Hindu goddess Kali, reigning influence over creation and destruction. Pele is the core to the earths womb, her fiery energy ignites divine passion. The ebb and flow of lava follows the rhythm of her sister Nāmaka, goddess of sea. 

Call upon Pele to help you get in touch with your true passion and to illuminate any illusions holding you back. She will give you the courage to feel on a deeper level, blossoming a boldness to kindle your soul fire.

Crystals: Lava, Fire Agate, Carnelian, Petrified Wood, Red Quartz, Garnet

Attributes: 

  • Strength
  • Creation & Destruction
  • Rebirth
  • Igniting Change
  • Manifesting Soul Fire (desire)
  • Purification
  • Activation 

Note: (pronounced peh-leh)

Now, as you’ve probably all guessed, my extensive research isn’t limited to plants, crystals, spells, and things like that. In addition to those, I do extensive research into things like Buddhism, Druidism, and various other belief systems. While I think they all have an innate truth to them, there is one belief system and one deity that has inspired me like no other.

Gnosticism. Believed by many Christians to be the most heretical of heresy, Gnostics are believed to have believed (I say as so very little of their work remains intact, and we must often rely on outside commentators who did not think fondly of them) that the world is inherently, innately flawed. The world was not created by an innately benevolent God, but by a flawed, perhaps one would even call malicious Demiurge.

However, this is not all there is to it! The Gnostics believed there is one truly perfect entity somewhere out there. The Monad, The One, the perfection whose light engulfs all that is holy. Within this light, known as the Pleroma, existed various benevolent emanations of the One known as the Aeons. These Aeons were paired in male and female syzygies who complemented each other and are believed by many to have begotten each other. An example of a syzygy would be Zoe (”life”) and Logos (”word”). Duality is an important thing in Gnosticism, as it is in Taoism, but that’s a post for another time.

The outlier among the female Aeons was Sophia, “wisdom.” She was, in some respects, completely infatuated with The Monad. Some remark on how she tried to get so close to The One, she almost was absorbed back into them, and had to be saved by another Aeon who enforced boundaries between all things. Some texts seem to attest to her having an avid artistic side, which makes her role her all the more beautiful, in my opinion.

So infatuated was Sophia with The One and their light that, when she looked down into the abyss beyond the Pleroma and saw the reflection of The One’s light, she dove down to catch it, as if fetching a pearl from the dark waters. Upon entering the abyss, my research seems to suggest that by her mere presence, terrible entities (including the Demiurge) manifested, holding her hostage and tormenting her as they stole her light and power of creation, set to work truly terrible things in the darkness.

Yet Sophia could not be truly bested, and she regained her light and her power. She pitied the foul things that had come into existence because of her, and despite its terrible nature, she still loved the world they had created. She could not make this world perfect, but she could make it possible to live within. She could add beauty and goodness to temper death, disease, hunger, and all the things which make life so very, very hard. She could provide its residents all with a soul that could be saved when the world reached its conclusion, and she could bring those souls with her to the Pleroma when the time was right. She would not return a moment before that appointed time.

I believe that we see expressions of Sophia in various important goddesses, though perhaps not all of them. We see her in the Mother Goddess of the Earth, in Gaea and Pachimama and the like; indeed, one name I’ve become taken with is “Gaea Sophia.” We see her in Guan Yin, the Chinese “Mother of All Buddhas” who chose to turn back at the cusp of Nirvana because she heard all the world’s lamentations, and would not leave before she could save all of them. She is the Muse, as well, and she is the reason magic is possible, I believe.

I believe that Gaea Sophia has granted all things a soul. Not just humans, but crystals, plants, animals, the stars, everything. We all have a soul that’s connected to her own greater cosmic soul, and it is from this that the Power flows through all things. The Power is the capacity to use or be used for magic of any kind, and although it resides in some things more than others, it is indeed in all things.

And I believe that the Power truly is love. Gaea Sophia truly loved our messed-up world with every messed-up thing that inhabited it, and even if our perception of her is foggy, she gave us all the means to make things better with our time here. Magic, divination, the Law of Attraction… It’s all her love for us, and it’s why magic must be practiced with love.

Whether or not I’m right in all of this, it’s impossible to say. However, I think it’s plain to see that our world is imperfect, but also that it has an innate beauty and potential for goodness – no, greatness in all things. And when I see certain signs, or make a divination, or feel the uplifting rush of a successful spell, that’s all I need to know that everything’s going to be alright in the end.